According to Roll Call, the “bill that has burned up precious days of the Senate’s lame-duck session appears headed back to the chamber because Democrats violated a constitutional provision requiring that tax provisions originate in the House.
For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest was to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform … in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law.
Progressives view widespread personal liberty; the freedom of people to make most decisions for themselves without government interference, as the great domestic threat.
The last 4 attempted attacks that we know about:
1. Christmas Day bomber – He should have been on a no fly list and stopped outside of the USA.
2. Ft. Hood murderer – He didn’t need an airplane and murdered and injured dozens. He had a calling card.
3. Times Square bomber – He didn’t need an airplane
4. Cargo bombs to Chicago – No full body scans would have stopped it.