Thursday, July 13, 2006
Personal Asides: Bushs Forecast of a Deficit Drop Topinkas Dont Mess With Mama...
If there was any lingering doubt about George Bushs legacy, it should have been shattered yesterday with the announcement that tax cuts have produced the economic growth that has slashed the budget deficit down from $423 billion to $296 billion. And presumably with more deficit reductions to come. Still the reactionary fight `em on the beaches, fight `em in the hills, deny-deny-deny and never concede New York Times is finding reason to worry. Indeed, in this Blogs long memory there is only one comparison that rings true. That was the reactionary forces of ultra-conservatism in the 1930s which determinedly fought FDR every step of the way fought Social Security, fought the Wagner Act continued to fight him when he recognized that the forces of fascism and Nazism were threatening the world hunkering down and insisting we build a moat to separate us from the rest of the worldforces, incidentally, that are aligned to fight this president including some of our paleo friends typified by the Know Nothing, Learn Nothing, Flat Earth Society spokesmen like Pat Buchanan, a sad spectacle who exists like a dead fly trapped in amber.
Read his magazine, The American Conservative and then the ultra-liberal, pathologically Bush-hating The Nation and you find precious little difference. Theres a kind of weirdness about the paleo right. Joe Sobran, once a kingpin at Bill Buckleys National Review, was warned repeatedly about anti-Semitism. He kept slipping in sly asides until he was fired. Fired, he started his own column that is well-written (everything Joe writes is done well) but permeated on occasion with the same old stain. Its all about oil. Were in Iraq because the big oil companies need to be protected. Hes just a few steps away from Buchanan who seems to take pleasure in predicting every Bush rejection. The far-left and very far right are one in hating free trade (the gang that demonstrated in Seattle could very well be reading Sobran), hating any preemptive strike to keep terrorists from hitting us (they could easily endorse Buchanan for president). These are pathetic losers. The only thing that hurts about the far-right losers is that before they went nuts I knew and liked them all.
Another supposed star with the paleos was I wont mention his name a guy who once wrote editorials for The Washington Times, a Ph.D who was warned by the Times about anti-Semitism, warned again and finally fired. The paleos regarded him as a martyr. He was regarded as a Deep Thinker, someone who at cocktail parties the far-righties would gather around to catch a few conversational pearls. What did he think about Bush? Oh, he was a scream. Nobody ever asked him very strange nobody ever asked him whether he believed in God. It turned out he didnt. He died suddenly, under strange circumstances with some guy guarding the death beda guy nobody ever saw before and who nobody seemed to know. Buried on a hilltop in the deep South whose reverence he held because the South had slavery his epitaph written in a teary column by Buchanan and others. Comon. This guy was a conservative hero?
Dont Mess With Mama?
Well, excuse me: Tugboat Annie still hasnt elevated the gubernatorial debate. Shes not up to it. Her slogan, announced the day Giuliani came here to campaign for her, Dont mess with Mamawhats that supposed to mean?
Thank you for all this, Bill.
She couldnt have done it without you.