Hear the drumbeat…

3417560913_63cbc5dbd8The remarkable thing about today’s partisan Republicans is their capacity to forget instantly and entirely anything that went on for the past eight years. And so suddenly we are rushing toward socialism, even though by far the biggest jumps in state power and debt occurred under a president they worshiped and worked hard to re-elect. There were no tea-parties to protest the $32 trillion Medicare prescription drug benefit. There was no Randian rumbling as Bush took over local schools. There was no defense of the Constitution as Bush and Cheney secretly suspended the fourth and first amendments. But put a Democrat in office tackling a historic collapse – and spending must be frozen! Reading the partisan right blogs, this ability to disappear the past is striking, and it helps explain base GOP loathing of Obama (even if the base is much smaller than it was). But the broader public, those with eyes and ears and functioning short-term memory, are not so cocooned. –Andrew Sullivan


5 Responses to “Hear the drumbeat…”

  1. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    The problem with people like Andrew Sullivan is they never actually listen to conservatives. You see Republican doesn’t mean much to anyone on the right. Conservative values are based on principles, not parties. That is what you continue to harp on and never seem to understand. I read a statements like this and just shake my head. It doesn’t make any sense to me. You will never understand that.

  2. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    Oh and please tell me where Andrew Sullivan came up with 32 trillion dollars as the cost of the prescription program. And how did Bush and Cheney secretly suspend our 1st and 4th amendments? Please, are you taking this clown seriously?

  3. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    And while you are checking out the graph, you will also notice that there are not a lot of kind words for Bush’s hand in this debt ridden mess. A conservative organization.

  4. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    And just some more comments I picked up this morning while surfing around. This is from Neal Boortz, a conservative/Libertarian. He doesn’t sound so partisan:

    Just remember that whenever government says that a program is going to cost a certain amount, it is never ever going to cost that cited figure … it will always cost more. In this case we are talking about the $700 billion TARP, which was originally cited to cost the tax payers $189 billion. But guess what? The Congressional Budget Office has raised its estimate of how much the tax payers are really on the hook for .. try $356 billion. That’s just a mere $167 billion more than originally estimated. It is guaranteed to go higher.

    By the way, TARP belongs to Bush, you know. The original intent was to purchase toxic assets from financial institutions so that they could lend again. Sure didn’t work out that way. Another spending program that belongs to Bush is the Medicare prescription program. I wonder what the tab is for that now. At a minimum it is twice what Bush told us it would cost.

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