Thursday, May 20, 2004
On the Hill yesterday, a pompous fat windbag who doubles as the Speaker of the House engaged in what he thought was some clever, witty banter. I'll just print the exchange between the reporter and this goofball:
"Can I combine a two issues, Iraq and taxes? I heard a speech from John McCain the other day..."
Reporter: "John McCain."
Hastert: "Where's he from?"
Reporter: "He's a Republican from Arizona."
Hastert: "A Republican?"(nervous laughter)
Reporter: "Anyway, his observation was never before when we've been at war have we been worrying about cutting taxes and his question was, 'Where's the sacrifice?' "
Hastert: "If you want to see the sacrifice, John McCain ought to visit our young men and women at Walter Reed and Bethesda. There's the sacrifice in this country. We're trying to make sure they have the ability to fight this war, that they have the wherewithal to be able to do it. And, at the same time, we have to react to keep this country strong."
Who the fuck is Hastert to tell McCain what sacrifice is all about?? Hey Denny, I have two words for you: "Hanoi. Hilton." John McCain has earned the right, more than anyone else in the House or Senate, to speak about this war and the sacrifice we are, or aren't, engaging in. Also, McCain was asking where is OUR sacrifice, of the people and their leaders? He wasn't questioning the soldiers, as you implied so bitterly.
John McCain released a statement that, I think, shows not only how right McCain was to bring up the issue, but how much more class he possesses that the fat gasbag from Illinois:
"The Speaker is correct in that nothing we are called upon to do comes close to matching the heroism of our troops. All we are called upon to do is not spend our nation into bankruptcy while our soldiers risk their lives. I fondly remember a time when real Republicans stood for fiscal responsibility. Apparently those days are long gone for some in our party."
Amen and Hallelujah! That is why I quit the GOP last year. W and his boys haven't cut spending one dime, but have accelerated non-military spending at a reckless rate like Democrats on crank. Here we are in a WAR, and W is passing 500 billion dollar federal programs for Medicare. WHAT? That's insane! As insane as LBJ's "guns and butter" spending during Vietnam. And the fiscal results...well, does anyone fondly remember the economy in the 70s?
In my dreams, I see McCain and Lieberman bolting their parties and forming a third party that preaches some fucking common sense. In reality, the government is run by toadying pus-heads like Hastert. Jesus wept.