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What was that about small government?

The Chimp lugging his tired, sorry, hot-air-blowing, flopsweating ass back on Air Force One after last night’s tour-de-force.

Spending money is easy — especially when it isn’t your own. Talking about smaller government is easy, before you get up to your rear end in a war of your own making, and your country is hit by a natural disaster of epic proportions. Then the taxpayer looks like a nice piggy bank, ready to raid for that rainy — you don’t have any Kool-Aid left to dole out to the sheeple to make them believe that all is well. The jig is up — terrorism prevention and “homeland security” are a farce. Your poll numbers are sinking like a stone. What else is there to do but put on a show.

Last night’s exercise in futility, a grand production with a backdrop lit by generators brought in for the occasion, was to reassure the American people that the president gives a damn.

When I heard “Gulf Opportunity Zone” emit from his pie-hole, I also heard the sucking sound of money leaving my wallet and getting deposited into all of his thieving contractor friends’ bank accounts.

“Within this zone, we should provide immediate incentives for job-creating investment, tax relief for small businesses, incentives to companies that create jobs, and loans and loan guarantees for small businesses, including minority-owned enterprises, to get them up and running again.”

There really was a frightening moment last night, a real sense of meglomania when he launched into this portion of the speech. he took responsibility for the f*ckup, but his solution sounds like it’s going to be a big problem with the “states rights” crowd.

It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces — the institution of our government most capable of massive logistical operations on a moment’s notice.

Four years after the frightening experience of September 11th, Americans have every right to expect a more effective response in a time of emergency. When the federal government fails to meet such an obligation, I as president am responsible for the problem, and for the solution.

Haley Barbour, for instance, didn’t like what he heard.

That comment concerned Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, whose state was hard hit by the storm. “We don’t need the federal government to come in and take over what we’re doing,” he told CNN.

If Karl Rove was looking for a slam-dunk, he didn’t get it.

Check out Shakes Sis and The Heretik on Bush’s flopsweat.

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