Tuesday, September 14, 2004
It continues to perplex me how George W. Bush has so thoroughly demolished what "conservative" used to mean. The latest example in his "damn-the-deficit", Big-Brother, "Half-ass support of the military" ways comes from a revealing piece in the Washington Post.
It analyzes the costs of W's domestic policies over a 10-year period. First up are the cost of making his tax cuts permanent and partial privatization of Social Security: $3 trillion over a 10-year period.
Now, I should say here I support lower taxes and the privatization of S.S.. And over a 10-year period, with judicious spending cuts and fiscal prudence, these two pieces of domestic legislation would be feasible. And would be a major accomplishment for any president, on a par with Reagan's reworking of the tax codes or Truman's passing of the Marshall Plan.
Unfortunately, this is only the tip of W's fiscal iceberg. There is also the following
- $4 billion a month for Iraq: Let's recap what we are getting for this money: A completely inept handling of the reconstruction of Iraq, blatant interference with combat operations on the ground (proving he is as bad as the Vietnam-era politicians), and a growing insurgency that is resulting in our soliders being attacked over an ever-widening area. Hardly the end of "combat operations".
Oh yes, he also isn't counting this expenditure in his budget. That's responsible...
- $422 billion: That's the federal budget deficit for this year. The highest ever.
- $2.3 trillion: That is the new debt we are expected to accumulate over the next ten years.
- $8 trillion to $12 trillion: That is the estimated real cost of W's prescription drug benefit as more people being to retire and use the benefit.
Not exactly chump change, is it? Nor is it the "small government" that Republicans used to stand for.
Bush refuses, flat-out, to talk about the deficit or how he will pay for any of these programs. To wit, a except from a stump-speech of his:
...[we have] explained how we're going to pay for it, and my opponent can't explain it because he doesn't want to tell you he's going to have to tax you.
Actually, George, Kerry has explained how he'll pay for it. It's called "pay-as-you-go." Basically what every household in America tries to do. What hasn't been explained is how YOU'LL pay for your expenses, George. How about discussing that? Or the deficit? Or the deteriorating situation in Iraq?
How about one comment, one statement, one sentence that shows you actually know what the hell is going on today? It's not 2000 anymore, Bush. Wake the f--- up and take a look at what is going on. The picture isn't pretty.