Republican Party officials say they will try next month to pass a resolution accusing President Bush and congressional Republican leaders of embracing "socialism," underscoring deep dissension within the party at the end of Mr. Bush's administration.
"We can't be a party of small government, free markets and low taxes while supporting bailouts and nationalizing industries, which lead to big government, socialism and high taxes at the expense of individual liberty and freedoms," said Solomon Yue, an Oregon member and co-sponsor of a resolution that criticizes the U.S. government bailouts of the financial and auto industries. Republican National Committee Vice Chairman James Bopp Jr. wrote the resolution and asked the rest of the 168 voting members to sign it.
"The resolution also opposes President-elect Obama's proposed public works program and supports conservative alternatives," while encouraging the RNC "to engage in vigorous public policy debates consistent with our party platform," said Mr. Bopp, a leading attorney for pro-life groups
Considering their determination to subcontract government to "private industry" the charge of socialism is odd. How exactly is it different for government to put money in the hands of banks or automakers and for them to give it to Haliburton, Blackwater, and any number of contractors in Agencies? Haliburton was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy when Cheney et al started handing out no bid contracts and ramming asbestos liability limits through Congress. Blackwater essentially didn't exist. Carry on Republicans, be careful how taxpayer money is spent, no socialism.
McConnell and Boehner are against a stimulus plan as "wasteful." How many votes cast when they were in charge of Congress don't count, now? A person could conceivably deny Iraq military spending was a waste, but then one runs straight into the money that actually disappeared into the Iraqi corruption maw in reconstruction, training, and supply. When Radhi Al-radhi testified before Henry Waxman's committee note who scoffed at corruption, a hint (R). These are the kind of people who claim to want to watch how money is spent, as they bailed out of town after the '06 election.
Their mantra is still supply side economics - tinkle down - something that has not once since it was proposed worked. Not one time and its best model in fact and history is called the Robber Baron Era because so much tinkled down. In the face of the current economic wreckage, they still cling to it. In the face of Katrina and NOLA they cling to "small government" while demonstrating their utter contempt for the actual limitations laid on government, like say Habeas Corpus and the 4th Amendment. Torture is a moral and ethical failing and not a part of this discussion. Really, c'mon assholes. This crap is all public record and you really want to start this fight?
Yes, they do. It is what they've got no matter how hypocritical it is. They don't dare go near race at this point, despite Magic Negro childishness. They can try pounding the Southern Baptist theme, but I don't see it getting traction. Americans stopped liking Iraq and started to get testy about the traitors rhetoric and gave Obama 53% in the face of it. While a level of political comity is good for America, I don't see them going there. I actually hope they play the cards they've played over the 30 years, at least until some form of reason is beaten into them. 2010 will speak volumes to where America wants to go and another (R) bloodbath might teach them something. So, please Republicans, don't abandon hypocrisy.