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For the first six years of his presidency, Bush managed to avoid vetoing even a single bill.

With the election of a Democrat majority in both houses of congress, he's started issuing vetoes. Congress has had a hard time trying to override them.

So last week, one of his vetoes was finally overridden. What hot button issue was it on? A bill that is almost entirely pork barrel water projects.

No wonder congress has an even lower approval rating than Bush does.

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On November 14th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC), harrock commented:
39% pork by volume...
Yeah, that was a pretty pathetic performance. Too bad we can't (successfully) mass-censure the yea votes for calling the Legislative Branch into disrepute.

It doesn't surprise me that this was the first override, though. It's hard work to split the difference on a policy issue in a way that will get a veto-proof majority; it's easy if all you're doing is collectively agreeing to raid the fridge. A useful, if depressing, civics lesson.
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