The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 September 2005

What, are you nuts?

Yes, Tom DeLay, I'm talking to you:

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an "ongoing victory," and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget.

Mr. DeLay was defending Republicans' choice to borrow money and add to this year's expected $331 billion deficit to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. Some Republicans have said Congress should make cuts in other areas, but Mr. DeLay said that doesn't seem possible.

Mr. DeLay is evidently suffering from Deficit Inattention Disorder.

Says Jeff Taylor:

It is official. The GOP is now exactly in the same position Democrats were in circa 1993 — the disconnected, unapologetic party of bloated federal government. Only demographic trends and the Democrats' steadfast refusal to evince a lick of sense will keep 2006 from being 1994 in reverse.

Of course, "unapologetic" is DeLay to the very core: if he backed over your cat, you had it coming.

Addendum, 7 pm: Bruce notes:

Maybe Tom DeLay is right? Maybe we've reached a Republican utopia wherein all government spending goes towards helping the politicians and their well connected friends and people no longer see their government as useful?

I wouldn't call it "utopia," exactly, but DeLay has always believed in taking care of his friends first.

Also second, third and fourth, should it get to that point.

Posted at 6:28 PM to Political Science Fiction , Say What?

He would then tax you on the 2.5 litres of fuel you could make from the now deceased cat.

Posted by: Mel at 6:35 PM on 14 September 2005

Someone has since suggested that DeLay is trying to provoke his fellow Republicans (and apparently succeeded) so that they'll tell him where to find more to cut.

Remains to be seen whether the second part of that strategy will pan out.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:22 AM on 15 September 2005