Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Let's call the whole thing off

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. -- US Constitution, Amendment 14, Section 3

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Senate vote for Patriot Act: 89-10

House vote for Patriot Act: 280-138

Looks like we're light by 369 congresscritters altogether, and far short of a quorum in both houses of Congress. The legislative branch of the US government has effectively liquidated itself.


The executive branch is a little more problematic. After President Bush resigns his office with the act of signing the damn thing, his successor won't have a Congress to appropriate money for his departments' operations. President Cheney can look forward to a lot of spare time for fishing and hunti ... fishing. Let's stick to fishing, m'kay? He can fly back to Washington every so often (as long as the credit card for gassing up Air Force One holds out, anyway) to lay off people as the accounts deplete. I suggest getting the troops home ASAP, though -- they are going to be Grade A pissed if they have to hitchhike back after the money runs out.

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