How Do I Love Thee?
Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) released this statement today:
With customers paying over $3.00 at the pump, I am pleased that my Republican colleagues have noticed. It's ironic that the same leadership asking the President to consider an investigation into price fixing is also responsible for an Energy Bill that's providing oil companies with $15 billion dollars in subsidies.
When the Congress gives away billions in taxpayer dollars to an industry that does not need another handout and refuses to act while Americans struggle with record-high gas prices, maybe it would be more appropriate for the Congress to review its own actions — and inaction — on this critical issue.
Succinctly put, hmm? Even better, though, is this snarky treat, which he reportedly read on the House floor:
Mr. Speaker, investigators have recently uncovered a letter from the Republican Leadership to special interest lobbyists—I'd like to share it with you today.
Dear K Street Lobbyists,
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth of thy oil wells,
For thou shall have $14.5 billion to drill them.
I love thee to the heights of thy drug profits,
For the Medicare bill gives you $139 billion.
I love thee for thy golf courses, and for thy private jets.
I love thee for thy donations, libations, and vacations.
For now we must part, and I'll call it reform,
But remember, in December, once we get past November,
The travel ban expires, and I'll meet you at the tees.
Yours forever, 'cause I can't quit you,
The Republican Congress.