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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Reasonable Congressmen Make Reasonable Requests


Reasonable Congressman Number one:



Bill Johnson (R-Handsome Devilville)




GOP Rep: Obama 'Ought To Reimburse' American People For Website


"Here's one thing I will tell you, Bill, the President ought to reimburse the American people for any cost that's associated with fixing or replacing this website. Over $400 million have been spent. It's been a flawed rollout. It's a waste of taxpayer dollars. The American people need to be reimbursed."



Perfectly reasonable. Of course the president should reimburse all the American taxpayers for any extra expenses associated with the we3bsite that a private, for-profit corporation built. Just like how the Bush Administration reimbursed all of us when their war that was supposed to last "six days, six weeks, I doubt six months" ended up running for a decade. And they happily reimbursed the treasury for the $60 billion that just disappeared in Iraq, or all the overcharges from the no-bid contracts with Halliburton. It's a generally accepted principle that all things any government agency does must cost exactly what is estimated with no overages or the President must pay out of pocket for any overruns. Everybody knows that.

Reasonable Congressman Number 2:
 
 Cory Gardner (R-CreepySmileton)

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) had a lofty request for Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: exempt my entire district from Obamacare.
“I would like to submit a waiver from my district from Obamacare and hope you consider waiving it for the fourth congressional district,” said Gardner, concluding a contentious exchange with Sebelius.

Perfectly reasonable request. Everyone knows that federal laws should only apply to places where their congressman agrees with them? Or something? It's only been, what, 150 years since the Civil war? It's about time we got back to states or individual districts nullifying any laws they don't like!