They are just like frequent flyer miles, or something. Which, of course, explains why he had to deny knowing about it for about a year. Cuz everyone lies about their frequent flyer program.

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, said an account executive at Countrywide Financial Corp. told him that the VIP status was “nothing more than … courtesy stuff.”

Cuz, you know, when I get the same treatment as everyone else gets (frequent flyer miles), I totally lie about it.

No favorable treatment at all. That he’s getting a unique benefit (mortgage rate reductions) from a company he’s supposed to be overseeing is totally kosher. Of course. How could there be anything wrong with it?

Um. Why isn’t he in jail? He’ll probably end up getting re-elected instead.

Yep. Put them in charge of 1/5 of the economy.

Crumbling sidewalks near the Jefferson Memorial are sinking into the Tidal Basin. Reflecting pools are filled with green, smelly water. And millions of visitors have trampled the soil into virtual concrete where grass can’t grow.

So they’ll fix it right? Just like they’ll assign funds properly to 1/5 of the economy, right? Yeah, right.

Last year, when dozens of ducks and ducklings died of avian botulism because the water in a mall pool near the Capitol was so fetid, and as urgent repairs were needed to stop the Jefferson Memorial’s sea wall from sinking into the mud, the Senate killed a $3.5 million earmark for the mall.

Instead, funding went to projects back home. All told, Congress sent home more than $181 million in earmarks through the park service budget last year – an election year – according to data compiled by the group Taxpayers for Common Sense and analyzed by the AP. Nearly half that money was driven by lawmakers who were on the House and Senate appropriations committees.

Wait. You mean, given the choice between maintaining a decent park for everyone and giving money to their own voting bloc, they choose the latter? I’m shocked. Shocked I tell you.

At least we know that congress is so competent at running things that service will be efficient and without any wait times. Oh hell.

And now we are promised a tax increase for this wonderful service? Well, damn. Why didn’t you tell me in the first place? Sign me up, man.

Less care. More waits. More inefficient. Higher taxes. Less choice. It has all the makings of success!

Obama, under criticism for saying a white cop acted stupid for arrested a black professor, defended his actions, saying:

“I think that I have extraordinary respect for the difficulties of the job that police officers do,”

And really, when you think about it, Obama is right. He, more than anyone else, understands how hard it is to be an officer. He has some buddies with a history of blowing up cops. So if anyone understands how hard their job is, it’s Obama.

Biden Today:

“We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation,” Biden said.

“Well, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’” Biden said. “The answer is yes, I’m telling you.”

Would you like to buy more of our bonds? We need to auction off about $1 trillion by the end of the year. We are bankrupt. Would you buy some, anyways?

Oh yeah. About that stimulus that is “working as intended” – it really wasn’t about stimulus at all.

Bills should be passed so as to not interfere with vacation time.

“It is an ambitious goal, but it is doable,” Durbin said in an interview last week. “Don’t rule out the possibility of Mondays, Fridays and even weekends as we come to the close, the finish. … As long as you tell people, ‘This is going to happen, and focus on it. If you don’t get busy and get it done, you can lose part of your August recess’ — it is amazing how much you can finish.”

May as well rush it through. They, apparently, will not be read anyways.

“If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn’t read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes,” Hoyer told at his regular weekly news conference.

Hoyer was responding to a question from on whether he supported a pledge that asks members of the Congress to read the entire bill before voting on it and also make the full text of the bill available to the public for 72 hours before a vote.

In fact, Hoyer found the idea of the pledge humorous, laughing as he responded to the question. “I’m laughing because a) I don’t know how long this bill is going to be, but it’s going to be a very long bill,” he said.

And surprise 300 page amendments to bills will be added moments before the vote.

Overnight, House Democrats tacked onto the bill a 300-page amendment.

No matter. The administration won’t bother reading them anyways, either.

But I guess it’s all okay, cuz, as we all know. It’s Bush’s fault.