Late Night: GOP Has Brilliant Brand-New Original Ideas — Tax Cuts, Wars
Oh goody. The Republican Party is going to unveil its Brand-New All-Original Ideas to Redeem America by announcing a Pledge to America, a bold new innovation that is so totally not a rehash of the Contract with America from the 1990s, which as you may recall didn’t work and was a load of asinine hooey, because “Pledge to America” has a different noun and preposition.
You can find the complete text of this Compendium of Cutting-Edge Conservative Thinking at the link; I’ve read the whole thing, and, well, that’s two and a half minutes of my life I won’t get back. Essentially, they Pledge to get rid of excessive spending on preposterous boondoggles by fully funding missile defense.
It’s about that level.
Basically, you won’t be surprised by anything in there, except for certain genuinely loopy specifics. Like:
Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit
Probably this is how they intend to make government less bigger, by introducing an impossible to verify red-tape nightmare. Though it is nice to see Republicans arguing for legislative oversight over the executive branch. For those of us able to remember the Cheney administration, that has a definite piquancy. (A definite fucking piquancy, even.)
And then this:
Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority
Whatever the fuck THAT means — presumably, that a bill can’t become law until John Roberts signs it, just as the Founders intended.
It is all astonishing but yet tediously predictable hooey and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that the Democratic Party decided that it was vitally important to not behave like liberals who believe in liberal things, thus ensuring that the GOP will get to run and win again on the same ideological horseshit the spectacular failure of which led directly to the Democratic Party taking the House, Senate, and White House. That is a Whimsical Irony.