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Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Nancy Boyda
If you want a reason as to why the financial bailout bill failed Monday, look no further than the upcoming elections:
In a letter posted on Congress.org, a constituent praises Rep. Harry Mitchell, Arizona Democrat, for his "brilliant intellect." As evidence, Mr. Mitchell's admirer cites the congressman's vote for the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.
Last year, congressional Democrats bemoaned the GOP's "culture of corruption." Rightly so, after 12 years holding the reins, Republican leaders had been corrupted by power. They encouraged their membership to burn through billions of taxpayers' dollars by passing "earmarks" to fund local pet projects with federal dollars. They neutered the ethics committee and got way too cozy with now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. By November, two members — Bob Ney of Ohio and Duke Cunningham of California — had pleaded guilty, and American voters revolted by handing the leadership to Democrats.
It's not often that an opinion article shakes up Washington and changes the way a major issue is viewed. But that happened last week, when the New York Times printed an opinion article by Brookings Institution analysts Michael O'Hanlon and Ken Pollack on the progress of the surge strategy in Iraq.
It's not easy to pimp surrender, but some of our congressional and media worthies are giving it their best shot.
It's tough being a member of Congress. Even if you're in the majority, as is Rep. Nancy Boyda, Kansas Democrat, you never know when your ears may be assaulted by outrageous and offensive ideas.
A bipartisan group of more than 100 House members is urging President Bush to halt a plan to give Mexican truckers full access to U.S. roads, saying it would compromise national security and provide a way for foreigners to enter the country illegally.
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Republicans, seen as divided during the fight over immigration on Capitol Hill, hope to use the bill's resurrection to expose a Democratic split on the issue.