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Thursday, April 21, 2005


WHEN GOOD REPUBLICANS GO BAD...

In yet another blow to the idea that Republicans believe in something called federalism, Tom Davis said he will propose legislation that will effectively derail a construction projectaround a Metro station. Proving that Republicans are just as willing as are the Democrats to stick their noses where they don't belong, Davis has decided that a squabble over how much development to permit near a local subway station needs to be handled on the Hill. There's no national interest at stake here, there's nothing that will affect the people of Minnesota or Texas or California. It is purely a local matter. Nonetheless, one of the highest ranking Republicans in the House has decided it is just fine to make it an issue that needs the attention of Congress. Which is understandable, it's not as if Congress has anything else it should be doing... like addressing Social Security reform, passing tax reform, improving national security removing Tom DeLay from his leadership position, and so on...

Davis's job is to represent his constituents on matters that properly belong on the federal stage.... not to use his powers to interfere in a matter that the elected representatives of the local jurisdictions are fully capable of handling on their own.