|I used to agree with Scott about the relative pro-Americanism of the GOP as compared to the Dems, but no longer. No matter the praise that can be given Bush for prosecuting a strong war effort in the Middle East, the GOP's reckless expansion of deficit-financed discretionary spending has been a disgrace that far outweighs their paltry achievements. The Republicans control the legislature and the executive; if they were really a party of smaller government, they wouldn't have to "try to rein in spending," they'd just do it. |
Bush is expanding discretionary spending faster than LBJ. His latest crass attempt to buy votes and save face with a $200 billion dollar giveaway to the South, and his lack of any scruples about deficit spending in general, betray a lack of concern for this country's economic health every bit as dangerous and contemptible as the outright cynicism and self-flagellation of the Democrats. I'll probably be voting Democrat in the midterm elections in the hope that the gridlock of a divided government may somehow delay the inevitable day when one more dollar borrowed by the feds proves to be the straw that breaks the economy's back. Either that or I just won't vote.
The other day Tom DeLay declared victory in the war against pork and said, "My answer to those that want to offset the spending is sure, bring me the offsets, I'll be glad to do it. But nobody has been able to come up with any yet." Yeah, he and his party can cram it. They were the only hope for a limited, principled government -- and got themselves elected to office on that promise -- and then betrayed it all for the trappings of Beltway power. They're worse than the left, worse than the liberals, worse than the progressives, because they know (or at least at some point they knew) the importance of human freedom and liberty, and they sold it down the river.