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July 29, 2005

Lame Duck?

The Times has a piece lauding the enormous efficiency of the Bush machine on Capitol Hill. CAFTA, the transportation bill, the energy boondoggle -- all are passing and this duck, once thought to be lame, is soaring with the eagles.

Of course, this is really like being impressed that a waterfowl with a jetpack is able to get airborn. The media, much of the time, does not quite seem to comprehend the importance and legislative power of Bush's party controlling the House and the Senate. It's rather hard to imagine how, save for a major intraparty schism, Bush could become a lame duck in this legislative situation, at least on relatively uncontroversial issues.

And save for CAFTA, Bush's accomplishments have been relatively uncontroversial. Democrats won on the energy bill. What stopped passage last year was DeLay's amendment to retroactively shield MTBE manufacturers from lawsuits. This year, it got dropped. The transportation bill was so loaded with pork that everyone wanted it to go through. And CAFTA? A midnight vote, extended almost an hour beyond its schedule, where the GOP leadership may have broken the law because they were so desperate to buy "ayes".

Bush isn't a lame duck. How could he be? But he's sure not flying very high.

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Comments

I was just interested in the MTBE issue.
Mr. DeLay was right.
There has to be some one to save the oil companies.
how can the people be so cruel? I mean, the oil companies shouldn't be held completely responsible for the MTBE contamination.
It was the government’s idea to introduce MTBE and it is legal too.. The government should have imposed strict control measures to prevent leakage or spilling and strict standard on the containers. May be that could have helped. Now at the end of the game , blaming the oil companies is ridiculous. Who do you suppose will find a good alternative to MTBE? The government?
I got my information from the site www.mtbelitigation.com .It has got all important information on MTBE and its use written in simple ways so that everyone can understand and also provision to ask your doubts. It is a must check for every responsible American

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Posted by: peter.w | Sep 16, 2007 11:04:22 PM

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