DURST: Conclusion of the 105th Congress, Part II

Where when asked, the time of day will be given through a mumbled curse, a frozen glare or an emphatic gesture. Occasional spit included.Before we were so rudely interrupted, I think we were speaking of the 105th Congress finishing up their first half exhibiting the grace of an elephant on an escalator. Let's continue shall we?*Chemical Weapons: Ratified treaty five days before pact took effect. Simply because it was right thing to do. Just had to make sure a ban on land mines wasn't part of it.*Education: Denied administration money to develop reading and math tests. Message here being; an educated electorate tends not to favor incumbents.*Transportation: In order to make Amtrak more competitive, services were cut. Begging the question: what's left? They got a plan to tear out the seats? After getting public accustomed to sandwiches tasting like cardboard, now real cardboard can be substituted.*Children: Made it easier to remove children from abusive families. Next year we can work on removing constituencies from abusive Congresspersons.*Judgeships: Out of 77 nominations, only 36 were confirmed. And Congress has agreed to accept 36/77ths of their pay. Right, and formica is edible.*Contested Elections: Still squabbling over jurisdictional charges by Bob Dornan R-Cal, concerning Democrat Loretta Sanchez whom he claims beat him with votes from dead people. After all, Orange County is not Chicago, it's Disneyland.*China: Human rights, schmuman rights. Extended most-favored nation status for another year. Now that Pol Pot has recanted, perhaps we can get him some sort of special status as well.Will Durst will take 36/77ths of their pay for five months worth of work.


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