Friday, April 29, 2011

Lindsey Graham, Porker of the Month, Proves GOP = Dems

Every so often American politics goes through a ritual. The GOP claims that it is for small government, while the Democrats claim that they serve the poor and that the GOP is the party of the rich.  Therefore, small government is in the interest of the rich.  The Democrats claim that George Soros, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckleberg, Bill Gates, Larry Paige and Paul Pelosi are altruists.  They aren't rich because they're Democrats. They can prove that the Republicans are the party of the rich. The proof is that Charles Koch is a Republican. And he's no altruist because he's a Republican. Soros is an altruist because he's a Democrat.  Democrats are geniuses.

Republicans equally are geniuses. They claim to be the party of small government. But the Republicans have failed to cut government. Three levels of government spending are in excess of 40% of national income. But the Republicans cannot find more than a few percent to cut.

Today, Citizens Against Government Waste has named Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Porker of the Month. CAGW notes that GOP stalwart Graham was willing to bring the Senate to a standstill over Congress's failure to fund his $40,000 earmark for a federal study concerning Charleston's port, a study that is not a federal responsibility.

CAGW notes:
On April 11, Sen. Graham threw a fit, telling reporters that he would 'tie the Senate in knots' until the port study money was approved.  Unfortunately, the tantrum paid off.  Despite Congress’ ongoing earmark moratorium, on April 15 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pledged on the Senate floor that he would find funding for the study before the end of fiscal year (FY) 2011. 'This project and the study it requires both reek of pork,' declared CAGW President Tom Schatz.

Exactly why Americans believe in a two-party system which has produced the likes of Lindsey Graham is a puzzle.


Anonymous said...

It is so sad that all the tea party Governors in the tornado affected South are asking for federal help.

Mitchell Langbert said...

It's so sad that the federal government spends billions on a department of energy which can't explain why gasoline prices have doubled this year.

Anonymous said...

Classic Langbertarian: Divert attention from the main question.

Okay let us go with the oil prices. Supplies are much greater than the physical consumption. Look at the oil futures. If there is a shortage of oil the market should be a backwardated market; instead it is a contango market. This is an indicator that there is NO shortage of the physical commodity. The price increases are NOT based on fundamentals but on financial flows. Oil prices have been manipulated before. They are being manipulated again. This is capitalism. The only remedy: Let the market correct itself. I do not want the government to set oil prices.