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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

John Conyers

Starting a new writing gig today: Not much time to post.

However...

By now, you've heard the latest Repub talking point: "If the liberals take control of Congress in the fall...there will be...hearings! And...they'll try to impeach the President...in wartime! Waaaggghhh!!!"

A sub-talking point is aimed at John Conyers (D-Mich), one of the true Democrats in the House.

During his appearance on ABC's This Week, Tom DeLay went so far as to say that Democrats should not be allowed to take back the House because, "John Conyers will be the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee..."

Tim Russert repeated that "fear" during his Meet The Press sit down with Nancy Pelosi by ominously stating that, "The chair of the Judiciary Commitee would be someone named John Conyers" if the Dems took over.

(As if Timmeh didn't know who Conyers was.)

Conyers responds...via the HuffPo. The real issue...is congressional oversight:
Perhaps Mr. Russert has forgotten, but I have been a Chairman before. For five years, from 1989 to 1994, I was the Chairman of the House Government Operations Committee, now called the Government Reform Committee.

I have a record of trying to expose government waste, fraud and abuse.

That was back when Congress did something called "oversight."

You know, in our tri-partite system of government, when Congress actually acted like a co-equal branch. The Republican Congress decided to be a rubber stamp for President Bush instead.

Perhaps, if we had a little oversight, we wouldn't be mired in a war based on false pretenses in which we have lost thousands of our brave men and women in uniform and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis.

Perhaps we would not have had an energy policy drawn up in secret with oil company executives that has led to gas prices of more than three dollars per gallon.

Perhaps, if we had a little oversight, we wouldn't have a prescription drug plan written by the pharmaceutical companies, that prohibits the government from negotiating for lower prices with the same drug companies, and that no one really understands.

Perhaps, if we had a little oversight, we would know the extent to which our own government is spying on our phone calls, emails and other communications, contrary to the law of the land.

Oversight should not be a partisan undertaking. As we saw in the late 90's, when oversight is used out of anger or spite, or to gain partisan advantage, the American people express their strong disapproval.

Personally, I have had enough partisanship for the last six years to last a lifetime and I think we need to bring the American people back together.

But we also need to serve their interests. Congressional oversight is part of that. It is a check and balance, designed to protect the American people from too much power being concentrated in too few hands.

If I become a Chairman again, I intend to push for oversight of this Administration.

Our Constitutional system of government requires no less.
The stakes are high, people.

And the Repubs are running scared.

Gonna be an ugly summer.

More later...

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