Monday, September 12, 2005

Republican governance drowns in the bowl of New Orleans

from corrente:
"New Orleans filling up like a bowl." Remember what Grover Norquist said? He said he wants to make government so small he can drown it in a bathtub. Well, under Bush we have a government that's large in size, but puny in performance—so I bet that's good enough for Grover.

"New Orleans filling up like a bowl." Yes, Norquist, Bush, and thirty years of Republican governance have succeeded. They've won. They finally drowned the government.

Republican governance drowned in the "bowl" of New Orleans. Too hollowed out, too puny, to function. Republican governance drowned in the bowl of New Orleans, along with thousands of American dead abandoned by a government that was too hollowed out, too puny, too conflicted, too politicized, too ideological, and too in denial to rescue them.

You put people in charge of the government who want to drown it, sooner or later it's going to drown.

Now it has. It's going to up to the American people to decide whether a drowned government is the kind of government they want.

I'm betting Americans don't want a drowned government. And it's going to be up to what remains of the Democratic party to find a spine and fight and win on their behalf.

Actually, a big, expensive and ineffective government should be everyone's nightmare. But there's wasteful spending and then there's wasteful spending. Shoveling billions into the pockets of defense and energy companies bothers Bush, Norquist et al. not in the slightest. Because redistribution from poor to rich makes a government pretty damned effective in their view.


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