The Democrats Lied, Is Anyone Surprised?

The old joke goes, “How do you know when a politician is lying?” Answer: “His lips are moving.” This is true of most politicians and I am sure that in the future some Thesaurus will have liar as a synonym for the word politician. During the last campaign the Democrats told everyone how tough they were on National Security and that Republicans were the ones who were really weak. The Democrats promised to implement every recommendation of the 9/11 Commission. I do not necessarily think that all the recommendations of that commission need to be implemented but, then again, I did not promise to do so. The 9/11 Commission was stacked with people whose sole purpose was to exonerate Bill Clinton and to protect his legacy. Sure they came up with some good ideas but not all of them were necessarily so. The Democrats used the fact that not all had been implemented to bash Republicans as weak and promised to implement all of the recommendations if they were placed back in control.

[Nancy Pelosi 6/13/06] “Republicans’ misplaced priorities mean America is not as safe it should be. Democrats have a new direction for the American people — one that will fully implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and make the security of the American people a top priority.U.S. Newswire

[Harry Reid 10/9/06]Reid said if Democrats take power, they would work to redeploy troops off the battlefields. Renew efforts to fire Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Fully implement the 9-11 Commission’s recommendations.Las Vegas Sun (all emphasis mine)

Now it would appear as if implementing all the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission is not so pressing and they can be studied, or looked at a bit longer, or ignored. You see, the Democrats are now in power so they really do not need to follow through on what they promised because the mindless drones who voted for them will forget this, ignore this, or believe the Democrat’s excuses when they run the next time. I believe that Pelosi said that Republicans had misplaced priorities because they had not implemented all the recommendations and she promised that Democrats were focused on keeping Americans would make this a priority. Since they are not implementing ALL of the recommendations, is it now safe to say the Democrats have misplaced priorities and America is not as safe as it should be (her words)?

One of the recommendations of the Commission is to reorganize Congress to improve oversight and funding for intelligence. Now that they are in charge, the Democrats do not want to reorganize Congress. It would seem that this was only a good 9/11 recommendation when they could use it against Republicans in the campaign. When it actually comes to acting on their beliefs about making America secure, the Democrats fail miserably.

Because plans for implementing the commission’s recommendations are still fluid, Democratic officials would not speak for the record. But aides on the House and Senate appropriations, armed services and intelligence committees confirmed this week that a reorganization of Congress would not be part of the package of homeland-security changes up for passage in the “first 100 hours” of the Democratic Congress.

“I don’t think that suggestion is going anywhere,” said Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.), the chairman of the Appropriations defense subcommittee and a close ally of the incoming subcommittee chairman, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.). “That is not going to be their party position.”

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. Washington Post

In addition to not reorganizing Congress, Pelosi has ignored the recommendations of the Commission in order to avoid giving Jane Harman the lead on the Intelligence Committee. In 2003, the House put into place one of the Commission’s recommendations to do away with term limits for people serving on the Intelligence Committee in order to provider better continuity. Pelosi used the excuse of term limits to pass over Harman even though those limits do not apply because of 9/11 Commission recommendations that were already implemented by the Republicans.

I have written many times that Democrats can not be trusted and that they are weak on National Security. Despite the bravado during the campaign, they have proven to be just what I said all along. This will be a fun two years. I will enjoy the role as a blogger of the minority. Now it is my turn to find inconsistencies from the majority and watch the liberals try to explain why these people who they slobber over, have done something wrong. It will be fun to listen to all the excuses and drivel that will be spewed about these wonderful Democrats. That is of course, if we are not attacked and killed in the next two years. In that event we can change the title to “The Democrats Lied and People Died.” The leftys will like the protest sound of that.

Those of you who voted for these idiots are not allowed to complain. You know what they are like and you still put them in power. A shameful act to be sure but you may not complain. You caused the problem and now we all have to live with it.

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