Friday, September 16, 2005

Faced with President's call to heal poverty caused by racism, conservatives suddenly rediscover long lost concept of fiscal restraint

The raging winds of Hurricane Katrina, already credited with uncovering the long lost spine of America's news media, has turned up another long lost artifact - the Republican Party's concept of fiscal restraint.

Suddenly, after years of spending money like a drunken sailor, conservatives were brought up short last night when President Bush said:

"There is also some deep, persistent poverty in this region...

"And that poverty has roots in a history of racial discrimination, which cut off generations from the opportunity of America," he said. "We have a duty to confront this poverty with bold action.

Lawmakers, who evidently feel that lining up at the pork trough is patriotic when dealing with a threat from Muslim countries balked at the idea of spending to improve the lot of this country's most impoverished citizens.

Senator Jim Demint: "We know we need to help, but throwing more and more money without accountability at this is not going to solve the problem."

Senator Tom Coburn: "I don't believe that everything that should happen in Louisiana should be paid for by the rest of the country. I believe there are certain responsibilities that are due the people of Louisiana."

Senator John McCain: "We know this is a huge bill, We don't want to lay it on future generations."




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