Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Republicanism - You're on your own (Updated)

Republicans peddle the idea that they are for "smaller government" even though they expand government and government spending more than the Democrats. But in a few areas they really are for smaller government.

Twenty-five thousand Americans are stranded in Lebanon and have been watching as the Japanese and French governments rescue their citizens. The Bush administration in another example of asleep at the wheel planning finally have promised to help. Ah, but there is a catch. The U.S. will transport or rather should I say dump Americans on the island of Cyprus and will send a bill for cost of being evacuated to the newly dumped evacuees. That also applies to you even it's your dead body being evacuated. Apparently Bush and Co. have spent too much money in Iraq, $8 billion every month, to be able to afford rescuing American students trapped in a war zone. I wonder when Bush allowed the Bin Laden relatives to flee the U.S. after 9/11 did he send them a bill?

This is around the same time Bush is dusting off his veto pen so that he can use his first veto while in office for the last six years to kill the stem-cell research bill passed by Congress. If you have Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, spinal cord injuries and a number of other cruel diseases or conditions I guess you need to start doing your own medical research in your basement.

The Republican philosphy of government is clear. If you are making minimum wage, trapped in war zone, suffering from paralysis or Lou Gehrig's disease or flooded out of your house and city you're on your own. That's there vision of smaller government. Small government when it comes to actually helping people and curing diseases and large government when it comes to shoveling billions of dollars to their cronies. Has a nice, sick yin-yang feel to it.

Update: The Bush administration in their latest flip-flop of incompetent governing has announced that they will not be charging Americans for transportation out of a war zone. How big of them. Does the guy who wanted to charge Americans fleeing Lebanon get the Medal of Freedom or the guy who got the administration to flip-flop get it? Or do they both get a medal?

3 Comments:

Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Well gosh, those students must be a bunch of whining liberals always expecting the government to do everything for them. I mean, come on, how are they ever supposed to learn to deal with life if they think the US Marines will be sent in everytime there is a conflict? The government didn't send in anyone to help the Katrina victims and look how much better off they are for it.

This is compassionate conservatism at its finest.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Bush isn't asleep at the wheel, he's hard at work stuffing his face, swearing, spitting, belching, bullshitting with Blair and grabbing female leaders of other countries like the overgrown, undereducated frat boy he is.

I'm sure he thinks they can walk home from Lebanon, or at at least from Cyprus, or maybe fly home in their private jets like all his friends.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous utah desert rat said...

This is a repeat of a post I made a month or so ago. Thought it needed to be repeated, especially in light of current events......

Things You Need To Believe To Be A Republican:

Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals, Arabs, environmentalists and Hillary Clinton.

Saddam Hussein was a good guy when Reagan gave him chemical weapons to use against Iran, but a bad guy when Bush I made war on him for invading Kuwait, a good guy again when Cheney and Rumsfeld sold military equipment to him, but a bad guy again when Bush II couldn't find Bin Laden in Afghanistan.

Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

The United States should get out of the United Nations, but our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.

A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.

The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches and wear little flags on your lapel while you re-deploy soldiers for the fourth time, charge them for protective equipment, slash veterans' benefits and cut their combat pay.

If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex. So, if driver’s education is kept out of schools, teen drivers won’t have accidents.

A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle and antagonize our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy, but providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.

Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

A President lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense, but a President lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.

The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's and Dick Cheney's military and drunk-driving records are none of our business.

Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.

Supporting "Executive Privilege" is imperative for every Republican ever born, who will be born or who might be born in perpetuity, but is not applicable to Democrats, Independents or Greens.

What Bill Clinton did as a college student in the ‘60s is of vital national interest, but what George Bush did as National Guardsman in the '70s is irrelevant.

There's nothing wrong with drunken hunters who shoot their friends in the face and then blame them for looking too much like quail, but there is something very wrong with a husband who wants to honor his comatose wife’s wish to die with dignity.

1:33 PM  

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