Monday, May 14, 2007

Fredo For Free

There's been a bit of hand wringing in the blogosphere about how to handle Fredo Gonzalez. In just about every other comparable situation, the Cabinet official in question has had the decency to resign, or was fired by the President. But neither the White House or Fredo himself seem to be concerned with his incompetence or the malfeasance done during his tenure. And the thought process is, short of impeachment, what can a Democratic Congress do?

Well, here's an idea. Let's zero out his office budget. When the annual Justice Department authorization bill makes it way to the House and Senate, they ought to zero out the line-item for his office. Transfer the money to fight terrorism, or prevent violence against women (or if they have a sense of irony), give it to the Civil Rights division. It doesn't really matter. But the American taxpayer should not have to fund Fredo Gonzalez' salary, or his incompetent staff. If he wants to work for free, then so be it. But he's proven he ain't worth a dime.


At 6:08 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Considering most of his staff is now gone, he may be able to do it for free.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger Emphyrio said...

Fun idea.

Still can't get over the fact that Bush nicknamed him "Fredo." Maybe so people would stop using that for Bush himself (though he more resembles the hotheaded, good-time Sonny).

Does anybody else have their browser frequently broken by this site? Firefox freezes up.

I think it's the "snap" popups. I vote to get rid of them.

At 10:25 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

I have Firefox, and it doesn't freeze, but it takes awhile because of all the gizmos, yes.

I vote for the ironic Civil Rights division idea!

Let's do something impressive already! And, per Paddy's post upthread, let's start with Feingold-Reid! And then add BC's Fredo plans into the mix, too.

And then...THEN...can we impeach? I'm feeling frisky.

At 2:12 AM, Anonymous latts said...

I'd just leave him there-- after all, it's not like they're going to nominate anyone better, and the odds are that a new AG would be even more malevolent-- but stay so on top of him that he can't function even in his already-limited capacity. Open investigations into everything he does, period. Drag him in for a new round of testimony ("are you ready to tell the truth now?") every month or so. Defund any pet projects of the administration's that go through Justice and reallocate the funds to state or district groups (hey, it's federalism, right?). Make sure that Gonzales does not have the time, the funding, or the management ability to do anything Bush wants him to do. We're better off without an AG like him anyway, so if he can't be impeached he can at least become a meaningless figurehead at best and a huge distraction for the Bushies at worst.

At 5:57 AM, Blogger toasterhead said...

Gonzo is a constant source of comedy and I see no reason to force him out. If we get him to leave, the staff at The Daily Show will have to start writing material again!


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