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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

2008 verse is the same as the first

The much-anticipated signs that the GOP learned nothing from November's election were coming fast and thick before Democrats took power, and they're still arriving. The latest is yet another move to squash lobbying reform. The WaPo writes:

Senate Republicans scuttled broad legislation last night to curtail lobbyists' influence and tighten congressional ethics rules, refusing to let the bill pass without a vote on an unrelated measure that would give President Bush virtual line-item-veto power.

The move is even getting a boost from everyone's favorite pandering phony-- oops, I mean straight-talking maverick-- John McCain, who's recently reversed his stance on the issue and inched ever closer to becoming a carbon copy of one-time foe Dubya. And losing supporters in droves.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has told conservative activists that he will vote to strip a key provision on grassroots lobbying from the reform package he previously supported.

The provision would require grassroots organizations to report on their fundraising activities and is strongly opposed by groups such as the National Right to Life Committee, Gun Owners of America, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

While grassroots groups on both sides of the political spectrum oppose the proposal, social conservative leaders such as Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, who broadcasts a radio program to hundreds of thousands of evangelical Christians, have been its most vehement critics.

Time to swap the Straight Talk Express for the Money Talks Express.