Al's Rantings

A view of the world from a hillbilly perspective.

Location: Virginia

I was born and went to school in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, in southern West Virginia. After graduating from college, I got married, and began working in Bristol, TN. I have have various jobs from Tennessee to up state New York and a few points between. Now I work in West Virginia. Some day, I want to live in Alaska.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Congressional Manners

I read this editorial in the Roanoke Times and had to chuckle. They are against Line Item Veto because:

The constitution places taxing and spending decisions in the legislative branch, where careful consideration of priorities and negotiation between competing interests lead to compromise. A president who could revive surgically chosen parts of a bill for reconsideration would undermine that intent and the trust necessary for good-faith negotiations between lawmakers.

Two things strike me. One, my understanding of a veto is to take out items not revive them as is suggested. And two, does any one believe Congress uses careful consideration and negotiation to reach a compromise? My perception is that they use back room deals, threats, knock down drag out fights, back stabbing, bribs, scratch-my-back-and-I'll-scratch-yours, cheating, etc in order to get money for their district and could care not care less if the money is better spent in a different district. Its every man for himself with an eye cast toward the next election. Careful consideration my foot!


Blogger John said...

It's all about the green. No real incentive to save a dime for those guys anymore. When did we leave the five-year-olds in charge of the cookie jar?

12:35 AM  
Blogger Pumps said...

It seems the editorial writers
forgot the Constitution, in that,
#1 Balance of powers
#2 Presidential veto override

3:05 PM  
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