Friday, October 21, 2005
Our Heads are Bloodied, But Unbowed
Well, our Hill was overrun. The battle was brief, yet enlightening.
Apparently, some Republicans (including both of my Senators) don't believe in doing anything other than keeping and maintaining power using the same old corrupt instruments that they harangued the Democrats for using in the decades leading up to the 1994 legislative revolution.
"I've been here now almost 37 years," [Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK)] said. "This is the first time I have seen any attempt of any senator to treat my state in a way different from any other state."You know, that sounds very familiar.
"I don't kid people," he said. If the Senate decides ... to take money from our state, I will resign from this body."
Where have I heard it?
Oh yeah -- I heard it last time I was at the park with my kids. Another neighborhood kid wasn't getting his way, and so he threatened to "take his ball and go home."
Essentially, that is EXACTLY what Senator Stevens said.
My thought? Good riddance. If Senator Stevens is so emotionally immature that he cannot recognize the need to place the nation's interests above those of his state (and, more particularly, a small town whose total population could fit in my office conference room), then he needs to go home. Heck, he's been in the United States Senate since before I was born -- he NEEDS to get back into the real world.
Alaska's other Senator, Lisa Murkowoski (R-nepotism), said "It is very difficult to stand here as an Alaskan and not take this personally."
Well, Senator, it is very difficult to stand here as an American and not take this naked pork barrel project, this waste of taxpayer monies, very personally.
Oh, and lest you think I am picking on Alaska, let me quote Senator Kit Bond (R-MO): ""We have very different philosophies on how we serve our country."
Yes, I suppose we do, Senator Bond. Senator Coburn and a few brave colleagues recognize that, unless this pork barrel crap is cut out of the budget, we are NEVER going to be anything more than a culturally conservative replacement for the Democrats. Fiscal responsibility seems to be off the Republican's collective radar.
Hopefully, this will lead to support for the balanced budget amendment and line-item veto authority for the President. Heck, even Bill Clinton supported the line item veto.
Hat tip, PowerLineBlog.