GOP Investigated Pres. Clinton’s Cat But Only Plans ‘Oversight’ on Pres. Bush’s Admitted Illegal Spying

Compare and contrast:

  • 1995: Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), then chair of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, investigated whether taxpayers were footing the cost of stationery and postage for the fan club dedicated to President Clinton’s cat, Socks. (They were not – and it turns out Barbara Bush’s dog Millie had a fan club too.)
  • 2005: Two weeks ago, President Bush admitted he willfully flouted a law that requires him to get warrants before wiretapping U.S. citizens. His justification for ignoring the law appears to be LÉtat, c’est moi. In reaction, Republicans in charge of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced on Friday that they are planning “oversight” hearings into the matter.

The president has admitted he broke the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) hundreds of times. Isn’t it a bit late for “oversight?”

49 Responses »

  1. Trish December 26, 2005 @ 12:47 pm

    Should have named that cat Tuxedo.

  2. George December 26, 2005 @ 2:17 pm

    I’m hoping they just need to warm up to this inevatible impeachment and removal from office. This has come on them quite suddenly and just as they went home for the Hollidays.

  3. TruthEverywhere December 26, 2005 @ 3:56 pm

    Let’s hear the “I” word again and again. Impeachment.

    President Bush is the Emperor with no clothes. And the “I” word finally brings that front and center. This is not an imperial society where we need to bow to the rulings of the King. Don’t be swayed by this Administration’s Talking Points. Talk is cheap. New Speak? Just like 1984, folks, and by the way, isn’t that a book they’d like to ban from the libraries? Ever wonder why???

  4. Brian de Ford December 26, 2005 @ 5:09 pm

    Although the wiretapping is probably the least heinous of all Bush’s crimes, it’s the one that will get him impeached (if any of them will).

    The Republicans in Congress indulge in a lot of adultery and bizarre sexual practises (nothing wrong with that) which would lose them votes. The Republicans in Congress are, for the most part, astonishingly corrupt. If Bush wiretaps them then they have to obey his every whim or be exposed.

    None of the Republicans can tolerate that, especially as Bush’s popularity plummets and Bush getting involved in an election campaign is seen as the kiss of death. So they either impeach him now or resign themselves to being puppets.

    Puppets who will be forced to repeat Amendmendment XXII of the Constitution. Naturally, the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states will be blackmailed by use of wiretap information into supporting that repeal. And then it’s hello President-for-life Dubya the 1st.

    The Gop doesn’t care about all the other damage Bush has done to the country as long as they and their rich cronies are better off. The GOP doesn’t give a damn if Joe Public’s phonecalls are monitored all day long. The GOP is ecstatic that their Democratic opponents are monitored because the information gained can be used to neutralize them. But there’s no way they’re going to sit still and let Bush turn them into puppets. They’re good at putting on a united front in public but they go their own way in private and will never give that up.

  5. Stephen Kriz December 26, 2005 @ 5:12 pm

    For Gods sake, the American people even knew about the size and curvature of Bill Clinton’s penis, thanks to Ken Starr’s taxpayer-financed pornographic writings! And we don’t even know for certain how many times George W. Bush has been arrested, as his handlers have always evaded the question! No double standard there. No siree…..

  6. Christy K.Sweet December 26, 2005 @ 10:00 pm

    Impeached? I say prosecuted, convicted and then executed on the Winter Solstice, along with Cheney , Rumsfeld , Rice and Powell.
    Furthermore..We the People no longer need Congress, remember, it was invented to represent those who had no voice because of lack of communication..Well, we’ve got communication now!
    Mass voting by Lotto machine, phone, internet, ETC., all open-sourced software, of course

  7. Sticker December 27, 2005 @ 3:22 am

    Well, what do you expect. Republicans are criminals and always have been.

  8. bob the nihilist December 27, 2005 @ 6:31 am

    If I had a rocket launcher…

  9. Dave, the butcher December 27, 2005 @ 7:22 am

    THE NUMBER OF “HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS” REQUIRED FOR IMPEACHMENT?

    Democrats = 1

    ReThuglicans = ? ? (a large number approaching infinity)

  10. henry December 27, 2005 @ 7:56 am

    Can the congress people look them selves in the mirror and say that the president,GWB. did not brake the law? If thats the case then every one can ease drop on there neighbors telephone and E-mail conversations. with out it being A crime.Oh what A tangled webb we weave when first we practice to deceive. If we make him king gwb. then no law is broken.

  11. cowboyNEOK December 27, 2005 @ 8:01 am

    REPUBLICANS = HYPOCRISY

    Didn’t they claim they were going to bring honor and integrity back to the White House? Oh, I guess they meant the illusion of honor and integrity. They meant if no one ever investigated anything they could “just pretend” our Preznit was an honorable and honest man.

  12. Former Bush Fan December 27, 2005 @ 9:11 am

    Just as I always suspected. Republicans are more interested in Pussy than our constitutional rights.

  13. Robert Baker December 27, 2005 @ 10:06 am

    Christy K. Sweet, that is an outrage! There is no way I’m waiting that long.

  14. Ricardo December 27, 2005 @ 10:40 am

    Republicans set the standard for impeachment with Bill Clinton. This administration has far exceeded that standard. Makes Republicans look like horse’s asses.

  15. Romelee December 27, 2005 @ 10:55 am

    I can`t get to excited yet about the i word as they always get out of everything some way. What will happen willbe to late to help America with all the troubles we have hunger poor housing poor health care or none at all .But we must give the rich thier tax break

  16. bill December 27, 2005 @ 2:39 pm

    –you would think he would be impeached but this administration is already above the law because the republican congress abdicated their duty to the people–be sure to vote against them in the coming election–although that has been fixed in the past–so in essence get used to monarch rule or move to canada before our king closes the borders–to protect us naturally. the constitution is dead–long live the king–God help us all.

  17. John December 27, 2005 @ 3:40 pm

    The corruption that has so thoroughly subverted the Republican Party has also spread to the Democrats. I actually hope to see some on the other side of the aisle successfully prosecuted as part of the other ongoing investigations of the Rs.

    This spying scandal, though, this is beyond mere party concerns. It’s a scary assumption of secret power by an Executive Branch already out of control.

  18. TARA WILLIAMS December 27, 2005 @ 3:49 pm

    bush needs to be impeach and now this man thinks he is above the law and he is not enough is enough i am sick of him

  19. adrien December 27, 2005 @ 4:08 pm

    Come on! If pecker tracks are a legitimate area for Congressional investigation, that amoral cat’s behavior in our nation’s capital is certainly grist for the GOP’s mill.

  20. John December 27, 2005 @ 4:19 pm

    Anyone with at least one parent or grandparent born in Ireland can apply for citizenship and a passport. Think about it.

  21. Sunny B. December 27, 2005 @ 4:31 pm

    Impeach him?! He never, ever, should’ve had enough votes for the fraud the re-elected him to take place. But hey – better late than never at all, and that’s what it’s looking like to me. Where the hell is the media in all of this?! Why, in bed with the President, of course! This is good example of why our news media can’t be allowed to be owned/run by just a few – so easy to control 5 big media congloms. If there were a draft and their kids were being sent over to die for lies, only then would we hear truthful coverage. But they pay no personal price and want those big favors handed out like Halloween candy in D.C., so don’t expect our “lapdog” media to expose any Bushy truths! Too many still think that if it was serious, TV news would cover it, so they slap a yellow ribbon and a flag on their SUVs and go on their oblivious way! Same folk who voted for the idiot — “sheeple”! Since most (not all) of Congress unwilling to do what we overpay them to do, we should offer any country who wants to press their own charges on Bush & Regime cohorts, to come get who they choose and take ‘em home for trial! We’d have plenty of takers, I’m sure. Then we can work on removing almost all of both Houses of Congress – “clean house” and put in some new, grassroots folk who’d be able to relate to and represent the rest of us non-elite slobs who PAY the taxes that support this system! Let’s keep a couple of Members though – Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Waxman, for starters…they have been trying damn hard to make others do the right thing, and both know for whom they work! And no matter what party goes in, we need more of that! Oh – and no less than 3 real, viable parties – break up that “along Party lines” voting problem that screws things up!

  22. Diane G. December 27, 2005 @ 5:05 pm

    All I want to know is did Bush inhale or leave a stain somewhere? If anyone knows, please come forward & notify the FBI or CIA. This will impeach him!!!

  23. Charles Karafotias December 27, 2005 @ 6:28 pm

    Why is Bush allowed to yet another free get out of jail pass re Slam Dunk Tenet? He gave him a medal for performing exactly as the WH wanted. Thw proof? Long after the UN Weapons inspectors found NOTHING, and Iraq was criminally invaded, and months later, no WMD were found! This gives the lie that Bush was missled by the big bad CIA. Furthermore, why was thge outright lie spread that Atta, the leader of the hijackers “met with an Iraqui Intelligence Officer in Prague”. This was totally rebutted. So where is the outcry for cramming this treasonous crap down our throats?

  24. Bob F. December 27, 2005 @ 6:33 pm

    On Bush…I hate the son-of-a-bitch to the very core of my being, to the marrow if my bones. I can only wish him a very long, slow, and painfu death, my opinion, but impeachment? It’ll never happen. There are too many people in this country as ignorant or more ignorant than Bush. They are in the majority. Consequently impeachment will never happen; and that, is truely a sad commentary on this country.

  25. PSzymeczek December 27, 2005 @ 6:52 pm

    Rep. Conyers will not back dowwn – I sincerely believe that!

  26. Conley T. Gwinn December 27, 2005 @ 7:09 pm

    There is no prospect of impeachment at this time, but if the electorate is careful to force vote accountability, the 2006 mid-terms could lead to executions enough to satisfy even the bloodthirstiest of the Repugnants – albeit, OF those very Repugnants.

  27. Gus Katz December 27, 2005 @ 7:51 pm

    I am not sure what the big deal is about. You can get fleas from a cat whereas you can get terrorists by tapping.

    Gus K.

  28. Bryan Hurst December 27, 2005 @ 8:21 pm

    forget impeachment… if an investigation was conducted as to whether taxpayer money was used for Socks’s fan club, then I want an investigation as to whether any of my tax money went toward the production and distribution of that stupid Barney/Mrs. Beazley video. Now, THAT was a crime.

  29. MillionthMonkey December 27, 2005 @ 8:32 pm

    “The corruption that has so thoroughly subverted the Republican Party has also spread to the Democrats.”

    Um, OK, if you say so.

  30. The Profit December 27, 2005 @ 8:35 pm

    They hung Musolini.

  31. james epperson December 27, 2005 @ 11:43 pm

    with all the criminal activity surrounding
    the bush administration i can’t help wondering,
    where is the public outrage. there was a cartoon some months ago with bush and chaney
    walking down the hallways of the white house
    when bush asked chaney what he thought that
    they should do that day and chaney replied,
    “any dam thing we want to george”. not saying
    very much for the thinking ability of the
    american people.

  32. Kevin Strandal December 28, 2005 @ 12:54 am

    If we can investigate a cat, can’t we investigate a chimp?

  33. Andrew, Renton Barber December 28, 2005 @ 8:24 am

    Bush never did win either election! why does no one speak to this? over a year before the last presidential election a BBC article gave two accounts of special elections here that the night before the election the exstreme right candidate, R of corse was way behind in the polls. Morning after the elections look who won.
    I have read that tests have been run on the computer voting machines in Florida and experts have shown that just a click of the mouse switches the vote when sent to the Diebold main computers.
    The winner is the vote counters. Unless voting is cleaned up its all over, as that BBC article was titled *Bush has won, dont bother to vote americans.*

  34. Marty December 28, 2005 @ 9:38 am

    Gee, you don’t think Mr. Bush would actually spy on his and the Republican’s political enemies, not just terrorists do you?
    He wouldn’t cheat and lie like that would he?
    His past is obviously full of examples of his ever-so-generous and honest nature isn’t it?

  35. phil December 28, 2005 @ 11:38 am

    It goes to reason that if you are in control of the count, why would you even CONSIDER speaking out against your party’s nefarious tendencies. You will keep your mouth shut and enjoy the perks.
    That is, if you’re the type that hasn’t got an ounce of humanity or a sliver of concience.
    Face it people, it’s a foregone conclusion that if the Repugs maintain majorities in ‘o6
    (by 1-2% margins of course), we have ourselves a fixed system……

  36. RDM December 28, 2005 @ 2:48 pm

    The opnly way Bush will ever come to justice is if the balance of power in Congress is changed. Vote only for moderate Republicans and Democrats is you really and truly want change and justice. Unfortunately there are only a dozen or so moderate Republicans in the whole Congress so your choices are clear.

  37. RDM December 28, 2005 @ 2:52 pm

    The only way to rid America of the Bushie neo-con politcal abomination is to change the balance of power in Congress. If you wantto do this you must only vote for moderate Republicans or Democrats. Since there are only a couple dozen moderate Republicans in the whole Congress your chices are pretty much determined.

  38. ksec December 28, 2005 @ 3:39 pm

    One can only hope that the repubs in Congress realize that the American people are watching them coddle and protect the guy who brought “honor” back to the White House. 2006 aint that far away.

  39. clarence swinney December 28, 2005 @ 5:25 pm

    BRIEF ON BUSH

    draft dodger

    crimial military deserter during wartime

    criminal drug user

    criminal drunk

    criminal insider trader

    alleged adulterer (where did she go?)

    Pathological liar
    google search my list of 234 lies.

    (clarence swinney + political historian + bush lies)

    member of one of most unethical families ever to be in the White House

    clarence swinney

  40. mary k. stabile December 29, 2005 @ 1:34 pm

    John. I have already been thinking about it. Both grandparents from Ireland. I think we may be seeing a rush to the Old Sod.

  41. Elizabeth January 31, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

    I tell you what, this president is the most selfish, power-hungry person I’ve heard of. He is worse than Hitler! He deserves to be executed like the men on the German town squares where soldiers were shot.

  42. Elizabeth January 31, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

    Aaaaahhh!! I will hate that bastard to my grave! He has destroyed our country, thrown it into chaos, and has ruined it beyond repair! How many of you agree with me? Roar in your approval!

  43. Susan March 16, 2006 @ 1:51 am

    We may never know just how many votes Gore won by in Florida in 2000. As most of the evidence has deliberatly been erased and unsaved. But one thing is abundantly clear…brother Jeb and Katherine Harris had Gore’s positive numbers flipped over to the negative and given to big brother George in the positive which then resulted in Georgie coming out even. Then 400 or so votes were added to George’s tally (for good measure) to give him the clear win.
    Just look at all the hackable machines all over the USA and you will see just how easy this heist is and just how trusting we Americans are with regards to voting machines. If your state is suseptible to voting machine fraud…get involved in a grassroots campaign to make voting machine software-coding SECURE, unhackable and transparent. >Go to VotersUnite.org or bradblog.com

  44. clarence swinney July 7, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    Are you better off?
    I am not. If you owned Cisco stock in 2000 you are bad bad bad now.Took me to showers.

    1.How is your Ira?
    2. How is your 401K?
    3.How is your stock portfolio?
    4.How is your pension?
    5.How are your property taxes?
    6.How is your gas price?
    7.How is your home heating oil price?
    8.How are your education costs?
    9.How are your health care costs?
    10.How are your bank cd’s?
    11.How is your Medicare?
    12.How do you like your profit making HMO handling your Medicare?
    13.How do you like going through profit making HMO to get permission to see an expensive specialist?
    14.How are your state taxes?
    15. How many businesses have closed in your city?

    If you are better off you are a Country Club card carrying Republican with great wealth.

    Clarence swinney burlington nc
    please quote me.

  45. Specious Reasoning November 18, 2006 @ 9:34 am

    It is Called a Double Standard – GOP / Bush Scared Out of Their Mind

     

     
    Right now the GOP is doing its best to spin the American public into thinking that any oversight by the newly elected Democratic majority is somehow just needless attracts and partisan spite. The Republicans are begging the Democrats not to

  46. Peter Piper March 28, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    Maybe this is why they were so interested in Clinton’s kitty kat?

    ——————————

    At the Republican National Convention in 1988, [Bush] was asked by a Hartford Courant reporter about what he and his father talked about when they weren’t talking about politics.

    “Pussy,” Bush replied.

    ————–

    http://archive.salon.com/politics/feature/2000/09/04/cuss_word/

  47. […] Yesterday, Shays bitterly attacked Waxman’s inquiry as “a partisan witch hunt.” As proof of this, Shays complained that congressional investigators are only looking into him and “not going back and looking at what might have happened under Bill Clinton.” While every action President Clinton took was thoroughly investigated, Shays has thus far eluded oversight. Now Shays is lashing out: “It’s the kind of thing that I think might happen in a place like Russia where the party in power goes after the party that they want never to be in power,” Shays said of the investigation. “This kind of stuff just grosses me out.” […]

  48. […] Why the GOP’s unanimity in opposing the stimulus package should be surprising is anybody’s guess; the last time we had a newly elected Democratic president, in 1993, congressional Republicans were unanimous in opposing his economic package, too. Then-Rep. John Kasich went so far as to promise that if Bill Clinton’s plan worked, Kasich would switch parties. (It did; he didn’t.) Point being: Congressional Republicans do not have a strong track record of working with Democratic presidents in recent memory. Perhaps because they were too busy trying to subpoena the White House cat. […]

  49. […] Pres. Clinton. After Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate, the Vince Foster suicide and even the their investigation into Socks the cat failed to produce impeachable offenses, they resorted to trapping Pres. Clinton in a perjury about […]

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