Thursday, September 29, 2005

Delay ... government to the highest bidder

Some excerpts from David Brooks -- the conservative comentator from the NYTimes. He points out the spending Delay has overseen has had no rhyme nor reason -- other than rewarding people who give money to Republicans.

Our government has been sold to the highest bidder -- which isn't surprising. What is surprising is that they are not even attempting to do the right thing for the country... At least democrats come out and tell you they want your tax $$$ for social programs... You have a chance to agree or disagree and vote accordingly. This new class of Republican says they are fiscally conservative, then proceed to dole out our tax dollars to those who contribute to the cause.
 

By

DAVID BROOKS

Published: September 29, 2005

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The big difference between the two men is that while Gingrich is a self-styled visionary, DeLay is a partisan. Gingrich was quite willing to cut deals with Democrats if it would serve some policy objective. ... The DeLay Era would be marked by one word: partisanship. Far from being a conservative ideologue, DeLay was a traditional Tammany Hall politician who would do whatever it took to put more Republican fannies in House seats.

Over the past four years, according to a Heritage Foundation study, spending on veterans' benefits has gone up 51 percent; spending on the Housing & Urban Development and Commerce Departments is up 86 percent; spending on community and regional development is up 71 percent .

Small-government beliefs were fine for the campaign trail, but when it came to actual governing, the spending just splurged out in a shapeless ooze, guided by no sensible set of priorities other than the idea that voters who get money may vote for incumbents.

Politics is a team sport. Nobody can get anything done alone. But in today's Washington, loyalty to the team displaces loyalty to the truth. Loyalty to the team explains why President Bush doesn't fire people who serve him poorly, and why, as a result, his policies are often not well executed.

Loyalty to the team is why I often leave meals with politicians thinking "reasonable in private," but then I see them ranting like cartoon characters on TV. Loyalty to the team is why someone like Chuck Hagel is despised in Republican ranks even though, whether you agree or not, he is courageously speaking his mind.

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