Friday, December 01, 2006

Dems Reneging on Promises Already

They're not even in control yet and the key mantra of their election bid has already been kicked to the curb. How many times, during this election and the 2004 election, did we hear from the Dems how the Republicans didn't implement ALL the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission? And how they would immediately implement ALL the provisions the panel made...

I guess it should come as no earth shattering shocker that they are now backing down from that promise. And what recommendation would be in their best interest to let fall by the wayside? The wholesale reorganization of Congress to improve oversight and funding of the nation's intelligence agencies:

"...It may seem like a minor matter, but members of the commission say Congress's failure to change itself is anything but inconsequential. In 2004, the commission urged Congress to grant the House and Senate intelligence committees the power not only to oversee the nation's intelligence agencies but also to fund them and shape intelligence policy. The intelligence committees' gains would come at the expense of the armed services committees and the appropriations panels' defense subcommittees. Powerful lawmakers on those panels would have to give up prized legislative turf.

But the commission was unequivocal about the need.

"Of all our recommendations, strengthening congressional oversight may be among the most difficult and important," the panel wrote. "So long as oversight is governed by current congressional rules and resolutions, we believe the American people will not get the security they want and need."

Now Democrats are balking, just as Republicans did before them.

The decision will almost certainly anger commission members, as well as families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, many of whom have pressed hard for implementation of the recommendations.

"The Democrats pledged to implement all the remaining 9/11 reforms, not some of them," said former representative Timothy J. Roemer (D-Ind.), who served on the commission.

Carie Lemack, whose mother was in one of the jets that hit the World Trade Center, echoed that sentiment: "It wasn't a Chinese takeout menu, the 41 recommendations. You have to do all of them."...(source)

Lying, self-serving politicians...say it aint so.

(Picture Credit: California Conservative)

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