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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 06:41 PM
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Edwards proposes 'Brownie's Law'
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/12/08/505515.aspx

Edwards proposes 'Brownie's Law'
Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2007 3:01 PM by Domenico Montanaro
From NBC/NJs Tricia Miller

CONCORD, N.H. -- Edwards, who launched his candidacy in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, took a question this morning on rebuilding the Gulf Coast city. He talked about improving law enforcement, providing stepping-stone jobs and rebuilding infrastructure, including hospitals and schools. He then told the questioner about what he calls Brownies Law, named after former FEMA head Michael Brown.

Its a radical idea, Edwards quipped. Heres what it would provide: that in order to be in charge of a major federal agency you have to actually have some experience and competence.

The last few words of his response were drowned out, as the audience applauded for almost eight seconds. Asked afterward about Brownies Law in relationship to the Senates confirmation process, Edwards responded, The president of the United States has a responsibility to nominate people for major positions in government, who actually meet the qualifications. Is it the responsibility of Congress to also go through that process? Of course it is, but the President of the United States has that responsibility, and we ought to have a law that actually requires it.

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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 06:43 PM
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1. sounds like a good idea to me!
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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 06:44 PM
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2. Youd think that wouldnt be necessary.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 06:45 PM
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3. Agreed but Bush has proved to me it is.
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Prophet 451 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-09-07 06:26 PM
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15. You would think so..... n/t
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 06:45 PM
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4. Sadly, after bush
this may actually be neccessary.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 07:12 PM
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7. "May"?
When people can't see the line they're crossing, sometimes you have to make it a wall.
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asdjrocky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 06:46 PM
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5. k nt
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 07:01 PM
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6. "Brownie's Law"?
now that's cruel. I mean it's bad enough being a prize goof and screwing things up and having Bush call you Brownie and tell you you're dion' a heck-uv-a job, but this?
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Usrename Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 08:22 PM
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8. It might be cruel if Brown were doing time for the people he killed.
But how did Brownie ever come to believe that he could run FEMA to begin with? What were they thinking?

He didn't even question his own qualifications. That's a pretty gross disregard for the lives of his fellow citizens.
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frogmarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 09:18 PM
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9. I like it, but
not the proposed name for it. I don't feel sorry for Brownie, but naming a law after him makes it sound as if he proposed it. Or was a victim of his own incompetence.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-09-07 09:31 AM
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10. I like it. Seems like common sense, but in a totalitarian nation like Imperial Amerika
Edited on Sun Dec-09-07 09:31 AM by tom_paine
common sense must be legislated, and must fight an uphill battle against both the Bushies and the Vichy Dems.

Watch. If Brownie's Law is ever proposed, more than a few of our Brave Democratic Leadership will work very hard against it.

Sorry to be so pessimistic, but I am merely basing a projection on the future of dozens of episodes from the recent historical past, which seems to not have changed one iota.
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-09-07 04:56 PM
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11. I love it
and it is truly sad that this kind of thing is necessary.
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HootieMcBoob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-09-07 05:03 PM
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12. I would add
that the person's experience should not be in trying to undo what the agency's mandate is. For example the head of mine safety should not have been a lobbyist for the coal industry.
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Yukari Yakumo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-09-07 05:12 PM
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13. I'm not keen on it.
How would it be enforced? Since appointments require Congressional approval (usually), how would have that stopped Bush from installing Brown?

Sounds like a lot of rhetoric and no substance from Edwards, again.
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zalinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-09-07 05:44 PM
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14. Part of the problem is that in the past
Presidents actually nominated people who were qualified. But then we have Bush, he nominates people who are barely qualified, and if they don't pass Congress, he then nominates someone who is even less qualified. So what happens is Congress will pass someone who is not really qualified because they could get someone who is even less qualified. When these nominations happen all work on the people's business gets side tracked and they have devote time to these quasi qualified candidates. When we had Presidents who actually cared about doing the best job, there was no need for a law, but maybe because of Bush, we need one. This actually should be called the Bush's law.

zalinda
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falconwing Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-09-07 07:51 PM
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16. I think it's part of the Clean-Up Process
that we are going to be in for the next decade. Anything we can do to keep our eyes on the reasons why we all have to have brooms, mops, buckets and bleach in our hands to rectify this muck-up of the last 7 years is a good thing.

Never forget how we let ourselves get here. Never forget how we let the ruthless people into power. Never forget how we thought, "they wouldn't do THAT, would they?" and then they would. Every damn time.

And I feel they will again, with Iran....

Black-hearted sonsabitches....
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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 09:15 AM
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17. Thanks for posting this
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