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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Without Delay

So Tom Delay has been indicted on vague charges that will not bear scrutiny. Hell, even if he's guilty he won't be convicted. This is a great political victory for the DNC. No more GOP House minority leader!

"DeLay is the only Republican who has been in the leadership continuously since the GOP took control of the House after the 1994 elections." - CNN.com

"Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we've pared it down pretty good." - Tom DeLay, on the budget. Incidentally, I spent half an hour looking for his original remarks, but no one really cares for source material anymore.

"Each party steals so many articles of faith from the other, and the candidates spend so much time making each other's speeches, that by the time election day is past there is nothing much to do save turn the sitting rascals out and let a new gang in.
" - H. L. Mencken

The GOP is, as you may have noticed, spiraling toward its doom with drunken sailoresque spending. Though, as Reagan noted, at least the sailor's spending his own money.

So DeLay's out. Many expect the new House leader dude to be a sort of temporary puppet figure, but there are two objections to such: The puppet may want real power, and he evidently has supporters to get to that point. Also, there is no time frame for DeLay to resume power, and it is foolish to erect temporary structures for long use.

If the new guy, whom I know nothing about, is a fiscal conservative, then we may see change for the better. I have doubts about the ability of one man to impact the system, but there has been a groundswell of support for discipline lately. We all know that spending cuts are popular so long as it's someone else's spending...

While we're on the topic, pure pork isn't that bad. It balances the books between states, as it were, and at a mere 25000000000$US a year. The vast federal programs are better positioned for liposuction. But the topic was DeLay...

I've heard that a budget freeze is gaining support. IE, it now has more than one supporter. Budget freezes are a beautiful way of cutting the budget without pain, but they seem to be harder to enact than selective trimming. Oh, that was the wrong delay.

What I'm trying to get across is that the GOP will maintain control if they can cut the deficit a little. By deposing DeLay the DNC may have dug its own deathtrap.


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