Monday, July 28, 2008

Painting the Walls with Mayonnaise

I used to have a friend that managed a large block of apartments. One of his biggest frustrations was when he had to evict someone and as their final act of defiance they would trash the apartment in some way before leaving. One of their consistently favorite tricks was to smear mayonnaise all over the walls. The residual oil, of course, made clean up and repainting a terribly arduous task. It is childish and speaks volumes of their social adjustment.
Guess what. A large percentage of our GOP Senators are not any more socially developed. It appears they have decided to paint the walls with mayo as the voters show them the door. This kind of behavior is inexcusable in supposedly grown and responsible Senators. It seems like they just want to leave the place so trashed that it will overwhelm the new administration.

Today, by a vote of 52 - 43, Republican Senators stuck with Tom Coburn and voted against moving forward of the Omnibus package, which included numerous vital bills sponsored by some of those same GOP Senators.

This from Harry Reid, a partial list of what was at stake:
“The same Republican Senator who continued to hold up passage of the ALS Registry Act has unfortunately done the same for dozens of other worthy and overwhelmingly bipartisan bills. Just a few of these bills include:
The Emmitt Till Unsolved Crimes bill – Which would help heal old wounds and provide the Department of Justice and the FBI tools needed to effectively investigate and prosecute unsolved civil rights era-murders.

The Runaway and Homeless Youth bill -- Which would provide grants for health care, education and workforce programs, and housing programs for runaways and homeless youth.

The Combating Child Exploitation bill – Which would provide grants to train law enforcement to use technology to track individuals who trade child pornography and establish an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

And the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act – Which would enhance cooperation in research, rehabilitation and quality of life for people who suffer from paralysis.
“We tried to pass each of these bills separately, but those efforts have been stalled by the objection of one Senator.
Well, now 41 other Senators have stalled those efforts.

Via MyDD Courtesy of Josh Orton, here are some other bills the Republican Senators rejected today:
Senator Thad Cochran - introduced - Stroke Treatment and Ongoing Prevention Act (S. 999/HR 477)

Sen. Christopher S. Bond - introduced - Vision Care for Kids Act (HR 507/S. 1117)

Sen. Sam Brownback- introduced- Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act (S. 1810/HR 3112)

Sen Domenici, Pete V - introduced - Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Reauthorization and Improvement Act (S. 2304/HR 3992)

Sen Vitter, David - introduced - Enhancing the Effective Prosecution of Child Pornography (S. 2869/HR 4136)

Sen Lugar, Richard G. - introduced - Reconstruction and Stabilization Civilian Management Act (HR 1084/S. 613)

Sen Coleman, Norm - introduced - Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act (HR 1678/S. 840)

Sen Stevens, Ted - introduced - Ocean Exploration, Mapping & Research (HR 1834/HR 2400/S. 39)

Sen Snowe, Olympia J. - introduced - Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act (S. 950/HR 2342)

Sen Voinovich, George V. - introduced - Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments of 2008 (S. 496)
It was a good strategy by Reid to bundle a lot of the bills Tom Coburn was blocking but the GOP has once again pissed on the parade.

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