Indigo Insights

Thursday, July 03, 2003
News on Our NC Golden Boy
Trojan Horseshoes brings this to our attention, via Ipse Dixit

Edwards Blocking Legislation to Benefit Soldiers
It looks like John Edwards is playing some dirty pool.

Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat, is single-handedly blocking Senate action on legislation all but unanimously supported by the House to ease the student-loan burden for soldiers fighting overseas...

The bill is stalled in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee under a "secret hold," said Sen. Judd Gregg, New Hampshire Republican and chairman of the committee.

Senate tradition allows members to lodge secret, or "anonymous," holds against a bill and block it indefinitely...

Mr. Edwards and his office initially denied responsibility for blocking the bill at all.

"I just talked to Senator Edwards," Mr. Graham said as he stepped off the Senate floor last week. "He said if he has a hold on it, he didn't know about it. He didn't even know about the bill."

Told last week that everyone involved with the legislation adamantly said that Mr. Edwards put the hold on it, Edwards spokesman Mike Briggs replied, "They're adamantly wrong."

Yesterday, however, Mr. Briggs acknowledged that his boss was stalling the bill.

Comment to Trojan Horseshoes:
Which makes Edwards pretty much of a bald-faced liar after the promises he tossed around Camp Lejeune during his campaigning. Guess he thought the Corps (nor the civilians) wouldn't remember! [posted by Indigo]

A Real Class Act
He has trouble making time to vote (having missed 20% of Senate votes so far this year while he's been out campaigning), but Democrat Presidential wanna-be John Edwards has time to block veterans' relief to further his own ambitions. Having lied about it at first, Edwards' front man has now admitted that Edwards is the one secretly blocking a bill that would defer student loans for soldiers fighting overseas. The only reason for this surreptitious obstructionism appears to be that he wants to use the issue to boost his Presidential pretensions by claiming credit for it when it passes sometime in the future.

There's really no need to comment further, now is there?

[No, CD, there isn't. But Indigo must say that the Edwards lying seems to be becoming a defining characteristic. Of course, some say that's a presidential requirement, and if so it may help Edwards if he attains his far-fetched goal.]

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