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The Facts of Life

John Murtha explains Article I of the Constitution:

The region’s outspoken congressman is in the national lens again – this time CBS News television cameras – in a report Wednesday that calls him “the king of earmarks who wastes a lot of taxpayer money” and implies that the FBI is investigating.

U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Johnstown, responded by waving the Constitution at the camera, saying: “What it says is the Congress of the United States appropriates the money. Got that?”

"The money," says Murtha. The money. There's just this money out there, floating around in the magic zone, and Congress appropriates it. At least that's how Congressman Murtha seems to see things.

Well -- guess what? We make the money that senile, corrupt, and anti-American bastard appropriates. Our work gives it its value. And so I'd like to think we get some say in how it gets spent. And we even get some say in who spends it.

If the Republicans can't get their act together long enough to make Murtha their Number One Incumbent to Beat in 2010, then they deserve to stay the minority party for a very, very long time.

(Hat tip, Insty.)