Now I'm not admitting that I particularly trust any legislators -- it's much easier to assume they're all forms of crooks and embedded with special interests. I just hope (sic), with hands over my eyes, peeking through my fingers, that those special interests are occasionally worthwhile interests.
But even those interests and the politicians who imbibed are probably feeling the Monday morning hangover of this struggling economy after the last eight years of political partying. I would imagine that if you do in fact know how many zeros make up a billion, then you're probably getting a little concerned as you see the billions dwindle.
And that makes me, at least momentarily, a little smug.
Despite this denial-fueled smugness, I've kept my mouth shut. And you know what? I think there are a few politicians who need to work on that. Particularly if you meet any of the following requisites:
2. Voted for the war
3. Supported George W. Bush in any way (I would consider this to extend even to W's bicycle)
4. Recently went on a frivolous trip to the Caribbean paid for by one of the many fraud bankers who helped get us into this global snafu.
Yup, Big Bad John Cornyn, I'm talking about you. Actually, scratch that, I'm talking to you. A message, from the syndicate:
Shut the fuck up.
From here on out, you have lost your entitled-gasbag-talking-about-what's-right-for-the-economy privileges.
If you want to talk about how to build a balsa wood bridge that will withstand four hundred Hybrids driving across it, or the ecological aspects of leather fringed jacket-making, or maybe even your snowy-haired political aspirations, have at it. You can even post a guest blog!
But I officially do not want to hear another person who has signed blank checks for a wasteful war refer to this bailout as excessive spending. Republicans have spent the last eight-plus years cramming pork into bills while being outraged about who Clinton was porking and now they're crying that the bailout robbed "America's freedom?" No, that was another piece of legislation, a Constitutional hacksaw wrapped in a flag and stamped with an eagle called the Patriot Act. Oh and Perry? That flag's been bleeding for a while. Nice of you to notice.
No, I'm not interested in hearing from Republicans on this one. Their moral authority extends no further than the cuffs of their overpriced suits. When it comes to fiscal responsibility -- and more importantly, fiscal veracity -- Senator Cornyn and his cronies have demonstrated they have none.