Friday, April 29, 2005

Bush Just a Diversion

While I was helping draft a response to Bush's little "press" conference ("Can I call you stretch?"), I think I figured out what the point of the little episode was: Distracting from the recently passed budget. It passed the ultraconservative house by only 3 votes and 4 in the Senate. (I'm giving Mr. Joementum the benefit of the doubt and assuming he'd have voted against it.) Here's the first paragraph from the Times:
The House and Senate broke a lengthy impasse over federal spending Thursday night, narrowly adopting a $2.56 trillion federal budget for 2006 that aims to trim the growth of Medicaid by $10 billion over five years, add $106 billion in tax cuts and clear the way for oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge.

I'll bottle my rage up for the moment...Quoth DeLay:
Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, the House majority leader, called the spending plan " the best since the historic Balanced Budget Act of 1997."

"This is the budget the American people voted for when they returned a Republican House, a Republican Senate and a Republican president to the White House last November."

Come now, is this really what the American people wanted:
But because the conference agreement also calls for substantial new tax cuts and increases in funding for defense and international programs, the budget resolution would increase deficits over the next five years by $168 billion, compared with the deficits the Congressional Budget Office estimates would occur if there were no changes in policies.

If you've seen episode 2F22 of The Simpsons, I feel kind of like Milhouse when his Shelbyville doppleganger says "radical", but maybe a little less dramatic. And partly because it's passed my bedtime.


At April 29, 2005 10:48 AM, Blogger Nell Selander said...

Way to go Gilbert! I totally didn't think there was anything shady about Bush's impromptu address last night (except that it pre-empted The OC).

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