Thursday, March 16, 2006

Hats Off to the Spendthrifts on Both Sides of the Aisle

$9 trillion surely deserves some kind of celebration. After all, this country has never in its history had this much national debt. It certainly is a sign of something noteworthy, of a famous or infamous nature. Mostly, it's a sign of a rotting dollar.

Breitbart news.

[Thanks to the White House, Angeline Gazdag for the photo.]

It's also a sign of major hypocrisy. Let's look at the figures. It's curious, but the vote was 52 to 48 -- a party-line showing.

YEA 52
52 Republicans

NAY 48
3 Republicans
44 Democrats
1 Independent

Were the nay-sayers inspired by the sheer size of the figure? "Hey, let's get on the stick and reduce spending before the night is over." Don't think so. Were they really going to let the Treasury go into default? Or did they rationalize, "Hey, I can now say I voted against the debt."

Did the 52 Republicans think, "Oh, this is only temporary, we'll be getting things back on the small-government track next year."

The conclusion is stark and clear. Most Republicans say they want to restrain government spending, but in truth they want to spend, and to hell with tomorrow. At least they can count and know what a budget is.

Most Democrats want to spend, can't count, and think "Budget" is a rental car company.

Lord help us from ourselves.


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