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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Why is Congress so Dysfunctional?

I learned a lot last night when I watched the 2 hour documentary called 'Capitol Crimes' on Channel 2. It will be re-run tonight (Thursday) at 7pm on Channel 13. Bill Moyers is the host.

It's a detailed recap of the Tom DeLay/Jack Abramoff/Ralph Reed/Grover Norquist story. At the end of the documentary report, Moyers does a round table with Norm Ornstein and Thomas Frank (author of 'What's the Matter with Kansas'?)

The depth of cynicism in the DeLay circle is beyond what even I could imagine. They took everybody for a ride, including evangelical Christians. Ralph Reed is all about situational ethics. If it was advantageous for him to fire up the base with righteous anger over the evils of gambling, he was there. On the other hand, he profited greatly from funds generated by Native American casinos. Praise the Lord.

One of the observations from the roundtable discussion is that the cynicism is allowed to run rampant because we have a Republican-run government made up of people who run on the fact that they don't like government. No wonder they won't hammer out appropriation bills. They're not interested in governing, they just want to win the next election. Michele Bachmann will fit in perfectly with this crowd.