Meanwhile... (Holiday "Cheer" Redux....)
Leave it to old-school Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the Dean of the House, to use his Season's "greeting" email to slam his Republican colleagues. Here's the text of Dingell's holiday poem, titled "The Grinches that Stole Christmas":
Every Democrat (and many Republicans) in Congress liked Christmas a lot.
But some Grinches who lived just north of Congress, Did NOT!
The Grinches hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be their perspectives weren't quite right.
It could be, perhaps, that their budgets were just too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all,
May have been they were still having a hard time accepting their fall...
Whatever the reason, their perspective or their fall,
They stood there near Christmas, hating the Congressional halls,
Some at undisclosed locations with frowns and sneers,
They reflected on all the Democrats accomplished this year,
A new direction was made, and much was completed
They knew this was true, and their brows became heated
"We must stop their progress," they grumbled and mumbled
"We'll veto and veto and hope the Dems stumble.
"We'll tell them S-CHIP was bad, a political fumble"
"Well we'll see who laughs last when the Democrats crumble"
"They're counting their votes," they said with a sneer
"Energy independence will pass before recess gets here."
So off they rode south, speeding down Pennsylvania Ave
Saying, "I will take from the poor and give to those that have"
"Drive faster", they screamed at their non-union drivers
"The House passes bills as consistent as a geyser"
But then a phone rang, with an audible tweeter
It was none other than the Senate Minority Leader
"Sir I have plan to stop the Christmas cheer"
"One that is dastardly, mean and quite insincere."
"Do tell!" said the listener, his ears all atwitter
"We need a good plan, the pick of the litter."
"We have no agenda, the Party's a mess
"Our presidential frontrunner too often wears a dress
"Tax cuts for the rich failed, so too has fear, war and bigotry
"So what I propose are filibusters and stopping conference committees"
"So simple, so sure, so plain to see"
"When we have nothing to offer: obstruct the majority"
"Dems have an agenda, a plan for the holiday season"
"We have nothing, not at all, no rhyme or no reason"
And then grins spread from ear to ear
And laughs were let out for all to hear,
"Yes that's what we'll do, we'll complain and obstruct -- it is all we can offer
"Elections have consequences, but our hearts are not softer."
So on Coburn, DeMint, and on McConnell too
Obstruct if you must, but the American people will blame you know who
Change is in the air, a new direction is steered
Minimum wage, SCHIP, stem cells and ethics...all that you feared
All passed by the Congress, with the people's support
"Bah humbug" is all that the grinches could retort
But America knows who helped them this year,
Who fought for working families, those far and those near
Who raised the minimum wage, presented a plan for Iraq
Who helped all Americans get off the mat
Who continue to help to spread Christmas Cheer
It certainly wasn't those with grumbling sneers
In three short weeks, we begin once again,
And all can be merry and all can be friends,
Legislation can pass for all to help write,
Going to conference committee is proper, and need not be a fight
We all can make laws as the framers intended,
We mustn't resort to rules being suspended
All the majority asks for is good faith, on both sides of aisle
To settle our differences together, with a handshake and a smile
The American people wanted change, and that's what we have provided
Because when this Congress works, we can all be delighted
In this season of Christmas and holiday fun
Let's work together - politics will be there when our work is done
For now let us work on the people's agenda
The Congress will always be here, but come next Novemba'
We'll have a new President, the people's new choice
Then we can say "adios!" to these divisive cowboys.
Mary Ann Akers
December 14, 2007; 4:20 PM ET
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