Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., promised Americans that when they took over Congress in 2006, they'd restore accountability and transparency.
They didn't say anything about intelligence.
When the current Democratic Congress isn't busy shoehorning financial giveaways to their union friends and business partners, when they're not busy ramming unread, horribly written thousand-page bills into law, they're busy on matters of vital import like resolutions praising Michael Jackson and pricey vacation "investigations." They're bad -- they're bad -- and they know it.
That's right. In the middle of the "worst recession since the Great Depression," fostered by George W. Bush's anti-capitalist policies and exponentially increased by President Obama's open pursuit of nationalization, inflation, and taxation, our Congress is spending our tax dollars on junk legislation and expensive European junkets.
On June 26, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, and Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif., introduced a resolution on the floor of the House celebrating the King of Pop. Their resolution runs a full 1,539 words, almost six times as long as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. And it's just as eloquent, tracing the entire course of Jackson's life. It's as though Jackson-Lee and Watson went through Jackson's diary: "Whereas Michael Jackson began his stellar recording career as the featured member of The Jackson 5 … Whereas, on Jan. 10, 1984, Michael Jackson visited the unit for burn victims at Brotman-Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, and demonstrated his concern with people suffering from grievous injuries …" The resolution finally concludes by labeling Jackson a "global humanitarian and a noted leader in the fight against worldwide hunger and medical crises," as well as "an accomplished contributor to the worlds of arts and entertainment, scientific advances in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, and global food security." According to Congress, Jackson is the Madame Curie of 1980s rock.
Apparently, it was important that such a resolution be introduced in the House. It is not quite as important, however, that our representatives in Congress read bills that dramatically redefine the relationship between government and the individual, bills like cap and trade, the stimulus package and the original bailouts. It's a wonder the Congress didn't invite the Jackson family to have his memorial service on the floor of the House. Sen. Al Franken, D-Saturday Night Live, could have been the MC, and the Democrats could have sung an arrangement of "Smooth Criminal."