Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Irresponsible Democrats Go Off Topic

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings on the Patriot Act, or at least the hearings were supposed to be about the Patriot Act. Instead, the Democrats on the committee used one hearing as a platform to attack the Bush administration's anti-terrorism policy, especially on the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo. Of course, the Patriot Act, which was supposed to be the subject of the hearing, has nothing to do with Guantanamo detainees.

That did not stop the Democrats from calling a panel of witnesses to testify about the perceived shortcomings of Bush's policies on Guantanamo and the war on terror. At the end of the hearing, chairman Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) tongue-lashed the the witnesses and the Democrats for presenting grievances against the Bush administration that did not concern the Patriot Act.

When will the Democrats begin to act responsibly in carrying out their legislative duties? If the hearing concerns the Patriot Act, invite witnesses to testify about the Patriot Act, not other unrelated issues.

Also see Power Line and Power Line again (the last half of the second post).

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