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House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an "ongoing victory," and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget.
Sometimes you really have to wonder...
Open your copies of the newspeak dictionary:
fat: spending on the poor.
What I think Delay meant to say was that the tremendous sums reserved for political cronies and payoffs is a political neccesity.
"Its our pork, no touchie!!"
Maybe what he's saying is true though? Maybe we've cut the useful government to the bone and all that is left is the machine of federal corporate welfare?
All the "bad government" (aka social programs) is nearly gone and all we have left is the "good government" (aka huge military spending and pork projects to help get politicians reelected).
Never mind that we are spending more than ever and borrowing at breakneck rates. Nothing is too much to keep incumbents in power?
Strangly, one of the more astute observations made in the post-Katrina outpouring of opinions was made by The Rude Pundit (as seen at Steve Gilliard's).
So when Barbara Bush grits her teeth to say that poor blacks have it better off in a hurricane shelter than at home and when O'Reilly and Will say that poor blacks need education, there's one thing they're leaving out: what are we gonna do about it? O'Reilly goes the idiot's route (which, to say about Bill O'Reilly, is to say that cats know where the litter box is so they can shit there) by saying that government cannot solve people's problems, but, you know, government provides education, which, if you work in the realm of logic, seems to indicate that government can solve problems. Will, on This Week With George Stephanopolous's Hair, spouted on that America has had poverty programs for years. Problem is, of course, the Great Society's poverty programs only lasted for a decade and a half before Reagan came in and gutted the living shit out of them. Since then, we've had piecemeal poverty support in America, at best.
Some ideas are so good that we need to try and fail at them over and over again; mainly because they benefit the right people. Other programs are declared dead on arrival because they threaten to actually reverse inequality.
Ok, one more time, let's try giving the rich people huuuuge tax breaks and see if that makes the economy work better.
ok, one more time. Maybe if we invested Social Security in the stock market?
President Reagan is adored by the stupid right simply for declaring our efforts to alleviate poverty a bust and giving huge wads of cash to the rich. The stupid right thought that Bush would be their useful idiot and go even further. And they were right to a certain degree. If you look at the policy agenda for W. you'll see huge tax cuts for the rich, repeal of the estate tax and a plundering of social security high up on the list.
Even now, as the consequences of years of neglect are becoming obvious, as we watch the plight of America's left behind, our brave politicians are pushing to repeal the estate tax, a move that would hurt charities but help establish a permanent aristocracy in America.
Class warfare is ongoing. We are counting the casualities in New Orleans.
Maybe Tom Delay is right? Maybe we've reached a Republican utopia wherein all government spending goes towards helping the politicians and their well connected friends and people no longer see their government as useful?
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