Political Thought of the Day

Posted on February 8, 2009
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When I listen to Republicans talking about how unacceptable spending $1 trillion in America is, I would take them a lot more seriously if:

  1. The national debt had not increased from $5 trillion to $10 trillion when Republicans ran all three branches of the government
  2. Republicans had not been telling us over and over again for the last six years how important it is to spend $1 trillion in Iraq. I’ve decided that I don’t actually give a damn about Iraqi infrastructure but I’ve paid for an awful lot of it.
  3. The Republicans hadn’t sold us the Bush tax cuts on the really rich as a stimulus package when it obviously had the opposite effect.

Listening to the Republicans talk about what will fix the economy makes me thinks of this analogy: Imagine you have a friend who one Saturday night gets really drunk and drives his car into a ditch. He calls you up at 3 AM and asks you to come pick you up. You do, and he spends the whole ride home complaining about how you drive. He might be right and he might be wrong, but considering what he accomplished when he was driving, I think he should shut the hell up. I’m not taking seriously pronouncements about what will and won’t fix the economy by the people who were the architects of the meltdown.

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  1. Rev. Dan on February 9th, 2009 12:13 pm

    Thanks for posting this, Dave. It’s the sort of thing I like to label as “Clear Thinking.”

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  3. James Slusher on February 9th, 2009 5:38 pm

    Amen and pass the ammunition.

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  5. gray on February 9th, 2009 10:17 pm

    A few months ago, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd insisted that there was no impending Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac crisis. Now they chair financial committees in Congress.

    Taking your analogy further, the drunk friend has now borrowed your car to get home.

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  7. PJ Cabrera on February 10th, 2009 7:47 pm

    I would be a little willing to listen if rather than just say “the Democrat plan won’t work”, they actually followed up with alternatives. But “the Party of ideas” won’t even do that.

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  9. Rev. Dan on February 17th, 2009 4:14 am

    PJ: where did the “Party of Ideas” thing come from? I’m absolutely certain it’s missing an adjective or two.