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Ear to the Ground

Pelosi Tells Bush to ‘Calm Down’

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Posted on Mar 28, 2007

With Congress nearing a consensus on a withdrawal timetable, the president repeated the claim Wednesday that Democrats would be held responsible for denying the troops funding. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded by saying Bush should “Calm down with the threats,” and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid simply asked, “Why doesn’t he get real with what’s going on with the world?”


AP via Yahoo!:

Democratic leaders, determined to force Bush to change course in Iraq, also disputed his contention that Congress would be to blame for any funding difficulties in a war they have vowed to end.

“Why doesn’t he get real with what’s going on with the world?” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (news, bio, voting record), D-Nev. “We’re not holding up funding in Iraq and he knows that. Why doesn’t he deal with the real issues facing the American people?”

Pelosi responded to Bush with a blend of conciliation and challenge.

“On this very important matter, I would extend a hand of friendship to the president, just to say to him, ‘Calm down with the threats,” she said. “There’s a new Congress in town. We accept your constitutional role. We want you to accept ours.”

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By Gary R, March 29, 2007 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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Our Incompetent-in-Chief makes the following moronic statement:

“Now, some of them believe that by delaying funding for our troops, they can force me to accept restrictions on our commanders that I believe would make withdrawal and defeat more likely,” Mr. Bush said. “That’s not going to happen. If Congress fails to pass a bill to fund our troops on the front lines, the American people will know who to hold responsible.”

Will someone with some knowledge of American government civics please tell this worst “President” in American History that 1) We already lost the “war” and this legislation does nothing to change that, 2)Despite his assertion to the contrary, Congress actually did pass a bill to fund the troops, and that it will land on his desk shortly 3) If he vetoes the bill, it will be he alone, in fact, that has withheld the funding.

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By chuck i, March 29, 2007 at 10:53 am Link to this comment
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Go Girl! Pelosi is doing great. I’m delighted to see her stand up to bush. I hope he squirms! What world does he live in? There is bloodshed and bombings everyday in Iraq. How can things get better there? We need a political solution not a military surge in Iraq. Bush should listen & negotiate with Congress instead of being an evil person defending the daily bloodshed in Iraq.

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By Pat R., March 29, 2007 at 9:54 am Link to this comment
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The friendly admonishment that Pelosi gave Bush to calm down was very appropriate in that he seemed to be beside himself in the thought that his Executive Powers might have to conform to Constitutional law, beyond the scope of Executive Privilege he has so enjoyed during his two term liberated terms.

For the public, it is nothing less than an observation in government mockery to see the varying power plays that continually influence government decision making - political fencing that operates as government. At tax season, it isn’t consoling to know that our hard earned tax dollars are held hostage to the vagaries of play yard politics.

In such an instance, gentle admonishment is surely the appropriate posture of any human being. Congratulations are in order to Nancy Pelosi for using her good judgement.

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By DennisD, March 28, 2007 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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Talk is cheap but will Congress follow through. They got our beneveolent dictator’s attention. Stay tuned to see if they keep it. The future of what’s left of our republic is at stake.

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By Truth Be Told, March 28, 2007 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment
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Your Democratic Congress at…should I call it work or what it really is…sabotage.

The supplemental funding bill whose express purpose is for supporting our troops in a war zone, is full of pork!

24 million for sugar beets, 32 million for livestock indemnity, 100 million for dairy prod. losses, ect…ect…ect…

Are these additional expenditures-emergencies?! DEFINITELY NOT!!!

You would think our supplemental funding bill would be a SERIOUS matter, one of high importance and urgency.

Unfortunately if you do believe this, you’ve obviously mistaken our Democrat-run Senate as a serious institution.

The winners of this pork lottery, these additional expenditures may have their own merit, BUT they should NOT be addressed on THIS BILL!

Do you support our troops?

Therein lies your answer.

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By Ask the NSA, March 28, 2007 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment
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If Bush wants to veto the bill that provides funding for the troops, let him. Does he really think he’s going to blame Congress (Democrats) for not “supporting the troops”?

The funding is there, if anyone deprives the troops of it, it will be the White House. If he thinks accountability is a “string” attached to legislation, he’d better get used to it. The free ride on the rubber-stamp express is over.

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By Quy Tran, March 28, 2007 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment
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How could a crazy man calm down ?

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By Tobiaz, March 28, 2007 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment
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All of a sudden, Bush cares about whether or not our troops in the field have what they need! Amazing.

He didn’t care when they were sent off to fight without proper body armor. He didn’t care that the bad helmet design forced on these guys has produced a myriad of brain injuries. He didn’t care that National Guard troops had to scrounge for old plywood and tin scraps to give themselves a little additional protection. He didn’t care when reports came filtering back about the failures of the private contractors to get edible food to them. He didn’t care when money came up missing. Believe it or not he didn’t even care when some troops came up short on Ammo!

But now he cares. And ... and ... monkeys fly and the Wicked Witch of the North is gonna getcha!

[Sometimes wonder if the man sits up Christmas Eve waiting for Santa?
Maybe that’s why he took up drinking. “Santa doesn’t love me anymore.”]

“If Congress fails to pass a bill to fund our troops on the front lines, the American people will know who to hold responsible.” Bush whines.
Well, Congress has given you every damn penny you’ve asked for up to now sir, and look at the mess YOU have made of your war, the danger our troops are in, have been in, in spite of the funding.

Or maybe BECAUSE of the funding!

[Not a good idea to hand someone who never had to manage money a big wad of money, huh?]

Rest assured sir, the American people know exactly WHO TO HOLD RESPONSIBLE!

WE ARE READY TO IMPEACH YOU SIR!

Problem were having is getting that damnable democrat Congress you lambaste all the time to recognize WE ARE SERIOUS!

But not to worry [or maybe you should] we wont give up.

“On this very important matter, I would extend a hand of friendship to the president, just to say to him, ‘Calm down with the threats,” Palosi said. “There’s a new Congress in town. We accept your constitutional role. We want you to accept ours.”

Nancy!

This man has abused and used and dissed the Constitution on a daily basis!  He demonstrates his contempt for Constitutional law every time he turns around!

PAY ATTENTION GIRL!

Democratic leaders, determined to force Bush to change course in Iraq may not be successful, because Bush threatens to Veto any bill with a timeline for ending the war.

WHICH SHOULD PROVE ONCE AND FOR ALL how much he really cares about what our troops are going through! They are not afraid to fight. I don’t think they are even afraid to die. But they are certainly sick and tired of HUMAN SACRIFICE for no better reason than to satisfy the ego driven hubris of a man in the White House.

War has to stand for more than one stubborn ego!

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