Sunday, June 11, 2006

Punitive Voters Might Want to Reconsider

Those of us who welcomed the '94 Republican revolution and the Contract With America as a turning point in "business as usual" Washington politics have only been saddened and enraged by the actions of the Republican majority in Washington ever since 2002. They are proving the lyrics "Meet the new boss / Same as the old boss."

Those of us who have also argued that there's just one party -- the Republicrat -- that is out only for itself and its own enrichment have had nothing but confirmation, especially in the last two years.

There's been talk of doing something to get the attention of Washington Republicans, either actively reducing their majority or just passively staying home this November. Very few Republicans will cross the aisle to vote for any Democrat; don't believe the hopeful hype of Democrats. Most are likely to stay home and the Republican leadership is going to find teh base very hard to energise come this Fall.

There's hope that this step will somehow wake up the leadership. Or, maybe, the newly back-from-the-dead Democrats will behave as they did in the fading Clinton years of Washington "frugality."

Don't count on it.

The Club For Growth is reporting the comments of Democratic Congressman Jim Moran. He can't wait to be restored to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee:
At a recent gathering for Democrats, Congressman Jim Moran ... promised to bring home more bacon if the Democrats re-capture the House and he gets re-elected. And he isn’t shy about admitting it. Here’s what Moran said according to a report in the Arlington Sun-Gazette:

“When I become chairman [of a House appropriations subcommittee], I’m going to earmark the s—t out of it,” Moran buoyantly told a crowd of 450 attending the event.”
Meet the newest boss / Same as the oldest boss.

Sigh. It seems that nothing short of a Jeffersonian revolution, filled with the blood of patriots and tyrants, will break up this this protection/extortion racket. You get some pitchforks. I'll get the torches. We'll meet at the castle.

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