Thursday, March 31, 2011

The GOP Leadership and me

So it looks like the GOP leadership is going to compromise with the Democrats, and reduce the budget cuts to $33B, or about 0.9% of the overall FY2010 budget.  Another way of looking at this is that they'll reduce the deficit by about 2.2%.

They say that this is all they can get.  They say it would be irresponsible to shut down the government to do more.  They're clearly scared of how the Democrats would try (with the biased media's connivance) to paint the shutdown as their fault.  They have a bunch of "strategists" who are crafting a cunning plan for victory in the next elections.

The ancient Greek poet Archilochus is best known for his saying the fox knows many things; the hedgehog knows one big thing.  The GOP leadership knows many things, about election cycle tactics.

Me, I know one big thing, which is:
Five months after an election victory of historic proportions, the GOP doesn't have the guts to stop the runaway train wreck that is the Federal budget deficit.m  They're content - even after the biggest victory in living memory - to add another trillion dollars a year to the burden that my children will have to bear, and to let the Federal Reserve continue to destroy the value of the dollar. 
There is only one explanation that remotely makes sense about why they would do this.  It's not that they're scared of the media (although they are) or not smart enough to figure out how to get the message out anyway (they probably are).

The Big Thing that I know is that they don't want to cut the budget.  Sure, they want to cut some parts of the budget, but they like cutting government tax code deals to their friends, just like the Democrats.

Here's the Big Thing that I know:

All of them.
Dans ce pays-ci il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres.  (In this country it is useful, now and then, to kill an admiral, to encourage the others.)

- Voltaire, Candide

Hey Stupid Party - watch this:

$400B a year in interest on the debt, in only 3 years.  Not just going to be #1 Son and #2 Son paying for this ...

Via Reason Hit & Run.


TinCan Assassin said...

This is why my philosophy towards the .gov is thus: Like you would do with an enemy, Divide and conquer, let the parties get more and more partisan and encamped. Anything that enjoys bipartisan support is dangerous for my liberty, and my pocketbook. Inflame party passions, but only in the Capitol. Amongst the People, try and unite and make THEM your allies.

Divemedic said...

This is what I have been saying for months: The Republicans are no different than the Democrats. They both have the same goal: to get elected.

The TEA party was a good thing in the beginning, the first real attempt at citizens trying to fix things.

Then the politicians in the Republican party managed to merge the TEA party into just another branch of the Republicans.

Jeffersonian said...

They keep saying "government shutdown" like it's a bad thing.

BobG said...

“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn.
The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it. ”
-P.J. O'Rourke

"It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."
-G.K. Chesterton

Unknown said...

I remember Alan Greenspan talking about the tax cuts---The man said those cuts are in fact going to be paid for by our children and our grandchildren, and perhaps our great-grandchildren. Not right, Not Good.
The sins of the father are visited upon the children, really is true and it means that our children do experience consequences of our actions.