Thursday, October 16, 2003

Piggies at the trough

Kevin Drum has been posting some on what he sees as the overarching goal of the GOP ... to remake the national political landscape in the image of the Texas political landscape. In doing so, he points out that the Texas GOP is quite radical.

He notes that the Texas GOP wants to do away with welfare, the EPA and a whole host of other government programs. Except for NASA, which everyone knows has a big presence in Houston.

Don't get me wrong. I'm all for NASA. I'm secretly hoping that China's recent success spurs a race for humans on Mars. But I'm a liberal, so the government largesse required for such a venture doesn't cause me philosphical concern. Just how do Texas Republicans handle the cognitive dissonance?

You've got to be kidding

Atrios says, "Holy crap":

Why is this man in the White House? The majority of Americans did not vote for him. Why is he there? And I tell you this morning that he’s in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Crap

There are others out there. Others who know about crap.

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Adam notes that the U.S. Government has been threatened by a religious zealot, yet this man continues to walk free. Of course, it's "just a joke." Does anyone else get the feeling that had, oh, Al Franken made a similar comment, he'd already have been hustled down to Gitmo?

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The Texas GOP is hellbent on making themselves the sole representatives of anglos. Demographic trends ensure that blacks and hispanics will far outnumber anglos soon.

So in 10 or 20 years, once the "mood of the country changes" and Texas is once again represented by Democrats wholly at the state level, will the Republicans be eager for redistricting?

I think not.

Of course, the fat ladies of the U.S. judiciary haven't sung yet. If the recent past is any guide, the greedy GOP won't get to have their cake and eat it too.

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It strikes me as very odd that anti-government types like the GOP are eager for U.S. tax dollars to be given to Iraqis to build schools, hospitals, police and the like, while federal funding for such here in the U.S. needs to be cut in favor of the free market.

Shouldn't we let the free market take care of Iraq? Certainly, this is a perfect laboratory for everything that the right has been claiming for years -- that minimal government and the reliance on "market forces" will create Heaven on Earth. Let the Iraqis build their own roads, their own schools, their own hospitals -- if the demand is there, then certainly some Iraqi entrepreneur will fill the need. Let the Iraqis fend for themselves -- that would seem to be what the GOP would want in any other case.

Well, in any case where oil isn't involved, I suppose.