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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-02-05 20:47
  Subject:   Scarborough: "If you are a true conservative, there is no way you can support staying the course."
  Music:RatM - Year of tha Boomerang


I've been saying for quite a while now that Bush and the NeoCons who dragged us into Iraq are, well, not exactly Republicans. That they do not, in fact, represent the actual values of "true Conservatives." (If you'll forgive me for using such a nebulous, poorly defined term.) It's nice to see several on the right waking up to this fact, and beginning to see how completely they were duped. It's doubly nice to see them actually thinking about the troops, and acknowledging the obvious fact that, why yes, the Bush Admn's policies are bad for our soldiers. Though as Patrick Buchanan quite astutely points out here, almost none of those idiots inside the beltway seem to have figured any of this out...

In other political news, watching Duyba's recent (and hilariously transparent) attempts to throw his own party under the bus have been an endless source of amusement for me. (Quoth Garfield: "People don't want "nice." People want "consistent."")
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2007-02-06 23:09 (UTC)
  Subject:   Also, Congress is useless and stupid.
That’s what Tom Coburn wants you to know. Not about Steven's $200 million bridge to nowhere; about the bigger thing. He wants you to know how it works in Washington, how the machine keeps itself running, and the favors get traded, and the deals get struck, and the bridges to nowhere are going up every day. He wants you to know that the United States Congress simply cannot stop itself—that both parties are in on the fix, backing each other and looking the other way, and that in the spirit of bipartisan waste, they manage to blow $500 billion more than they collect in taxes every single year. He wants you to see where that money is going: the 10,000 personal projects and earmarks that senators and congressmen are sneaking into the federal budget every year—like the Waterfree Urinal Conservation Initiative in Michigan. And the Sparta Teapot Museum in North Carolina. And the Appalachian Fruit Laboratory in West Virginia. All paid for with your tax dollars.

That’s what Tom Coburn wants you to know. That the members of the United States Congress will spend your money just because they can. That they’ll do it even when they can’t. That every year, they borrow the extra $500 billion from China, raising their own credit limit each time they reach it and then raising it again the next year, for a total of $9 trillion in debt so far. That’s right, nine trillion dollars, a figure so enormous that even if the fifty richest people on earth—including Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and Michael Dell, along with the richest men in Saudi Arabia and Russia and Hong Kong—got together and sold everything they owned, right down to the last buttons on their last embroidered shirts, and then they donated all their money to the U.S. national debt, they still couldn’t afford to pay a single year of interest at 10 percent. That’s how much $9 trillion is, and that’s what Tom Coburn wants you to know: that in Washington, there isn’t really a party in charge, or a principle, or a leader. What’s in charge is the money. Because at the end of the day, when it comes down to a choice between borrowing $200 million from China to build a bridge to nowhere and taking a stand against government waste, four out of five politicians will blow it on the bridge.

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