Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Oh! The Irony: Bush Claims Dems are Like Kids With Credit Cards.

Failing to get the irony, Bush did another round of finger wagging at Dems yesterday. You'd think he would have a hard time doing this with a straight face. Just who is "like a teenager with a credit card?" I dare say many teens would be more responsible.

But bailed-out George, who never met a failure Daddy or Daddy's friends didn't rescue him from, didn't have any trouble accusing them of being big spenders. This is from the most profligate spender in US history, the one who inherited a surplus, bankrupted us into the next two generations, and is actively trying to spend and destroy the Social Security surplus, so he can dump seniors into "onyourownership."

Bush's many failures as Texas governor included him having to run back to Texas the summer before the 2000 election in order to patch a half-billion dollar hole in the state budget, all because of his poor management. And yet this was so underreported, he now gets to play similar havoc with the nation's fiscal resources.

The only question I have is why are not his fellow Republicans joining in holding him accountable? Our national treasure is not to be wasted on elective, disastrous adventures of Dick and George. They are for our infrastructure and human services. We have had the best military in the world for decades. And yet nearly every aspect of the nation's budget masks what is largely "defense" (or "offense," in the case of preemptive war) spending. It's long past time to throw a few crumbs our way. That means health care, education, infrasturcture, environment protection, inspection of food supplies, social services, enforcement of consumer protections, and more. But first, bring the troops home, stop the mad-cap adventures of Dick and George, and get our priorities back in balance.

As President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said:

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children...This is not a way of life in any true sense. Under the cloud of a threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron." --Dwight D. Eisenhower, from a speech before the American Association of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953."