Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Delusions of Tom DeLay

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an "ongoing victory," and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget.

Mr. DeLay was defending Republicans' choice to borrow money and add to this year's expected $331 billion deficit to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. Some Republicans have said Congress should make cuts in other areas, but Mr. DeLay said that doesn't seem possible. "

My answer to those that want to offset the spending is sure, bring me the offsets, I'll be glad to do it. But nobody has been able to come up with any yet," the Texas Republican told reporters at his weekly briefing. Asked if that meant the government was running at peak efficiency, Mr. DeLay said, "Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we've pared it down pretty good."

Has "The Distinguished Majority Leader" seen the recent highway bill? The Republicans have been lucky that in the last six years the Democrats have been imploding as a party; that is the only way they have remained in the majority. What happened to the Republican Party of 1994? Have they done nothing but prove Lord Acton's theory that power corrupts?

The words government and efficient are oxymorons, most people understand this, and DeLay's statement is moronic. Is this the face Republicans want of their party; an ethically-challenged controversialist who apparently finds government spending, and waste, only a problem when the opposition is in power?

Unless things change soon the Democrats will be able to run, in 2006 and 2008, as a party of fiscal restraint and sound foreign policy. Who would have thought this was ever possible?


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