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September 21, 2010


I was sorry to see Ornstein misuse the word "myth." "Myth" should mean something definitely false. Legislation that could possibly be passed in a future lame duck session shouldn't be called a "myth" just because it's unlikely in Ornstein's judgment.

For those of us who believe that legislation already passed in this term has been enormously harmful, any chance that more of the same will be passed in a lame duck session is a serious concern.

I'm not convinced that lack of time will prevent more bad legislation. This Congress likes to rush bills through without knowing what's in them. They rushed through a "stimulus" bill with the excuse that stimulus spending had to happen immediately. (In fact, "stimulus" spending has been gradual.)

They had no excuse for rushing the health care bill, but they did so anyway. It makes radical changes in health care and other areas. No member read the bill or could describe all of what it does. To this day, I don't know who actually wrote the Health bill.

The ending of a lame duck session will give Congress a perfect excuse to pass bills without attention to what they contain. That's why I'm worried.

I'm disappointed that the Delaware Republicans picked a turkey for Senate instead of a likely winner. The new Senator from Delaware will be seated immediately after the election. Having one fewer Democratic Senator might prevent a considerably amount for further damage.

“I can’t predict what will happen in the lame-duck,” [Senator Carl] Levin said. Those who make predictions have “a lot more courage than I do,” he added.

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