Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Roger Kimball, writing for Pajamas Media, bucks us up with some salient advice: When you hear the word “bipartisanship,” run for the door marked “voting booth”—you have the power.
Kimball writes: “As usual Thomas Sowell hit the proverbial nail on the head. In his RealClearPoltics column, Mr. Sowell recalls the old Peanuts comic strip routine in which Lucy holds a football for Charlie Brown to kick, only to snatch it away at the last moment. Charlie Brown tumbles to the ground, we laugh, and then the same thing happens in the comic strip a week or two later. Charlie Brown suspects; he tells Lucy he doesn’t trust her. But she reassures him and he comes trotting down the field, only to come a cropper when Lucy once again snatches the ball away at the last moment.”
The Republicans-as-Charlie-Brown, bad-guy scenario makes Republicans look bad: no doubt about it. They are made to appear unintelligent, on the one hand, and heartless on the other: too stupid not to act with Pavlovian regularity when presented with the football to kick, too feckless to take the rhetorical (and the moral) high ground when presented with “compromise” spending packages that compromise chiefly on fiscal responsibility and political integrity.
Sowell writes, “This old trick is now being unveiled by the Obama administration, like so many other old political tricks used in this ‘change’ administration.”
“In one of President Obama's many prissy little sermonettes, complete with finger wagging, he has declared: ‘Next year when I start presenting some very difficult choices to the country, I hope some of these folks who are hollering about deficits step up. Because I'm calling their bluff.’”"There is already a bipartisan commission set to provide political cover for the Democrats' wild spending that has increased the national debt from 63 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product in 2004 to 83 percent in 2009—and official estimates of more than 90 percent this year, with more increases in sight."
Exit question: Why do Republicans continue to rescue the Democrats from the political consequences of their actions?
While Democrats continue with their absurd social engineering playing the role of Santa Claus, the Republicans are cast in the role of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The voting public's willingness to believe fancy rhetoric and ignore hard facts is a crucial part of the scam that is played out in our nation’s capital day in and day out. Remember November and throw the bums out. You have the power. Yes. You. Can.
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