Welcome To Congress

A speed reader was necessary to read 450 amendments Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas added to a climate change bill to stall it. Why bother with any form of "debate" when an elected representative can just use procedure to the extreme and exclaim about House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman: "He has got a chance to get the votes. If you are familiar with Texas Hold 'em poker, he doesn't have the nuts. It is not a done deal. Nor do I. . . We will see which has the other by the nuts next week." Delightful.

Via TPM:
Earlier today, we reported that Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have taken an extraordinary measure to combat nefarious Republican stall tactics. Faced with the possibility that the GOP minority might require the committee's clerks to read aloud the 900-page Waxman-Markey climate change bill, or many of its 400-plus proposed amendments, the committee's chairman, Henry Waxman (D-CA), hired a speed reader. An quick tongued, acting-clerk, if you will.



I find it sad that gimmicks are required to combat idiocy and refusal of science. It seems the only quotient that STUPID Congressmen understand. I don't like to call people stupid, but in this case, it fits. Barton even makes a joke about the speed-reader reading in a Texas accent in the video. It is all a game and Barton and his GOP cronies could care less about anything on this planet but themselves.

Wait! I am so silly at times. I forget that Mars and Jupiter are the barometer of what occurs on this planet. Atmospheres be damned.

Regardless of Rep. Barton's idiocy, the climate change bill passed the committee. Now the bill goes to Ways and Means. Welcome to Congress.

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