Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Took 'em long enough

The fiscal conservatives are rising up! My question is, where are the Democrats? There's been all this infighting in the Republic ranks of late, and the Democrats are eerily silent. Is it (a) that the Democrats are at least as splintered as the Republicans, or (b) that they're holding back and letting the Republicans exhaust themselves fighting each other?


Blogger Noumenon said...

ScrappleFace's take on it:

(2005-10-17) -- Congressional Republicans today announced a plan to make real spending cuts in the fiscal 2006 budget, as part of a new approach that one House Republican called a 'conservative' agenda.

"The GOP transition from 'the party of compassionate deficits', to one that advocates lean federal budgets and local solutions to local problems could take years," according to an unnamed legislative aide, "but it's a radical experiment that's worth a shot."

Some Republicans immediately bristled at the new term 'conservative' because it suggests a stubborn reluctance to create generous new entitlement programs, like the Medicare prescription drug benefit, with taxpayer dollars.

"How in the world are we going to buy votes if we can't use the voters' money to do so?" said one seven-term Congressional veteran. "You start throwing that word 'conservative' around, and people will expect us to reduce spending, focus on national defense and get the government off the backs of small businesses. Ordinary Republicans will wonder what happened to the party of Lincoln...you know, Lincoln Chafee."

Meanwhile, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, today introduced a bill to ban all federal government funding of abortions, a medical procedure she called "barbaric", in an effort to "restore America's respect for human life."

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