Saturday, October 22, 2005 

"Soiling Our Public Discourse"

I'll remember that particular phrase. It's sounds like the crystallization of what I sometimes have to say about MDE.


Unholy Alliance

A fair amount has been written about the "unholy alliance" between Kos and the Club for Growth on the issue of the Coburn amendment, which failed Thursday on the Senate floor 15-82. Basically, it was legislation to cut a little pork and redirect that money to the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. You can get the details from any of the links above.

I'm wondering why this is seen as such a crazy thing. Since the Republican takeover of the House in 1994, the federal budget has continued to balloon, a fact entirely antithetical to the Republicans' stated goals. Much has been said about the enormous increases in spending during the last few years under the Bush administration and an entirely Republican Congress, increases greater than even LBJ's. Then, of course, we have indicted former majority leader Tom DeLay (I love writing that) saying there's no fat left in the budget. This can lead us to only one conclusion: the GOP is unwilling or unable to keep the budget under control.

Much of this ballooning budget is due to pork and, with Republicans in control of Congress, most of it goes to Republican districts. Thus, it's not really in our interest, as taxpayers or as Democrats, to have this much pork being doled out.

It's time for Democrats to start presenting a clear economic alternative to the kamikaze policies that the GOP has been using for the past decade. We need to become fiscal conservatives. We need to show the American people that we're against spending money wastefully. When we do spend money, we can show the electorate what it's going to pay for: getting rid of a useless $223 million bridge can pay for x people covered by universal health care or y soldiers in Iraq equipped with the body armor they need to keep fighting. As long as we're not able to spend money on the things we know need it, we should be against most spending in general. Lets not let this be the last thing we agree on with the Club for Growth. Let work to curb Republicans' ridiculous spending habits and show the American people that we're the ones who will be responsible stewards of their money.

Friday, October 21, 2005 


Thanks, Smartie, for throwing a wet blanket on the fire.

Thursday, October 20, 2005 

Taking Back the House

There's a very inspiring piece in Rolling Stone about Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who, as any follower of congressional politics should know, heads up the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC, or D-Triple-C). Definitely worth the read.

Via Kos.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 


The Star Tribune handicaps the governor's race. It all looks about right.


Stormin' Norm

Sen. Coleman is focusing on the important issues, fighting the good fight, and promoting international cooperation.

It makes me very sad to think about Coleman occupying Paul Wellstone's Senate seat.

Monday, October 17, 2005 

Tom DeLay...

...not just crooked!

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