Saturday, December 22, 2007

Budget goofiness

Here's a link to the Register's editorial on the bloated budget Congress passed and the president signed this week. Play games with money for the Iraq war (which eventually came with no strings or even pretenses, but in a way that allowed some Democrats to vote against it and look tough), and include lots of earmarks, which everybody condemns but all legislators love. I especially liked Ill. Sen. Dick Durbin's response to the effect that he can't wait to put out a press release to brag about all the goodies he got for Illinois. So long as legislators think their job is to get a piece of the booty for themeselves and their constituents we'll have elections that are advance auctions of stolen goods.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When has it ever been different.

Going all the way back to Davey Crockett who complained about excessive executive power, constituent interests trumping principle and the country, gerrymandering and unchecked growth of government.

He also averred that public service and sacrifice were not the true reasons for persons becoming Congressmen, but getting rich, and as for saving the republic stated:

"Heaven knows that I have done all that a mortal could do, to save the people, and the failure was not my fault, but the fault of others."

All this before the countries first great traitor, Lincoln, murdered liberty and limited, constitutional governance of the founding.