Having wasted the better part of the last several weeks playing politics with garbage like the proposed gay marriage and flag desecration constitutional amendments, you might think that the Republicans in Congress would be ready to start doing some actual work for the American people. You know, trying to find solutions to problems like the quagmire in Iraq, the shaky economy, the national debt crisis, our disastrous trade deficit — real stuff that affects real people.
But, of course, you’d be wrong.
No, it turns out that if you’re a Republican in Congress, now is the perfect time for yet another media stunt.
Yeah, that’s the ticket: Screw trying to solve the budget deficit. Instead, pass an utterly meaningless resolution condemning The New York Times.
Condemn them for what you ask?
Why for reporting on stuff, of course.
(The Hill) GOP bill targets NY Times
House Republican leaders are expected to introduce a resolution today condemning The New York Times for publishing a story last week that exposed government monitoring of banking records.
The resolution is expected to condemn the leak and publication of classified documents, said one Republican aide with knowledge of the impending legislation.
The resolution comes as Republicans from the president on down condemn media organizations for reporting on the secret government program that tracked financial records overseas through the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT), an international banking cooperative.
We have an administration that’s been flattening the constitution like a steamroller running over a Dixie cup, and how do our majority representatives in Congress respond? Do they demand answers? Call the administration to task?
No, they propose a resolution attacking the press for exposing it.
Then I suppose they get together for an after “work” cocktail, slapping themselves on the back for a job well done.