Thursday, December 28, 2006

Inca ruins or Ford Funeral?

Story: "Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will miss the state funeral for former President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday night, opting instead to lead a delegation to South America with an expected stop at the Machu Picchu Inca ruins.

Reid, D-Nev., left Wednesday afternoon from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland with a bipartisan group of five other senators, including Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the incoming assistant majority leader, for what has been described as a weeklong visit to Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.

The highlight of the trip is said to be separate meetings with the presidents of the three nations, with the last one scheduled in Peru on Tuesday afternoon.

"They would be difficult to cancel," Reid spokesman Jim Manley said via mobile phone as the congressional delegation took off in a U.S. military plane.

The senators are also scheduled to be in Cuzco, Peru, on Sunday, which would give them an opportunity to view the nearby Inca ruins and anything else in advance of New Year's Eve.

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Other senators making the trip are Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Judd Gregg, R-N.H., Robert Bennett, R-Utah, and Ken Salazar, D-Colo."

Disgraceful, arrogant, uncareing, disrespectful...ect.
This group of senators won't even honor a dead president by attending his funeral? Excuse me, but a trip to visit ancient inca ruins doesn't seem to hard to reschedule. they've only survived the last 500 years, I'm sure they're capable of surviving another few months.
I'm not the biggest fan of Ford, but this is enough to make me angry.

On the flip side, I wouldn't like them at my funeral, so Ford may be getting the last laugh.

2 comments:

SolaMeanie said...

Unfortunately, Palm Boy..that is what passes for political discourse/priorities these days..especially from the left. It is sad, even though I agree with your sentiment about not wanting Harry Reid at my funeral.

Watch what happens when Jimmy Carter finally assumes room temperature. I imagine most Republicans will attend and pay their respects, putting aside political disagreements. Personally, I would rather ship Carter's remains to Havana or Beijing where he'd be more comfortable, but I am willing to defer that sentiment until his funeral is over. Unless I hear some lefty clergymen begin giving readings from the heretic Paul Tillich (Carter's favorite theologian). Then I'd have to leave holding my nose.

Anonymous said...

The good part of them continuing with their junket and meeting the presidents of 3 South American nations is that the decent people's of those countries may get a brief reprieve from corruption and oppression that they live with on daily basis.

Secondly, rather than ship Carter's remains to Havanna or Beijing, they should load him up in a nuclear submarine and duct-tape him to a polaris missile; then send it to Havanna or Beijing. A fitting tribute to an old submariner.