Congressional Democrats have awakened to a new reality: the party may be over. They are scurrying for cover, like cockroaches when the light shines on them Their latest ploy? From the Dems’ house organ, the WaPo:
…an independent budget commission and to put its recommendations for fiscal solvency to a vote in Congress by the end of this year.
“Fiscal solvency” from Dems is like chastity for hookers: an oxymoron. The gimmick, and that’s all it is, is to gain political cover for making the hard choices that those in power are supposed to. The better word for it is cowardice.
Democrats: at least pretend like you are adults. You’re in charge of both houses of Congress, and you’ve at least got the Teleprompter-in-Chief in the White House. Too much debt? Stop proposing and passing spending that is not essential. Stop proposing trillion-dollar entitlements and throwing earmark money to the wind and calling it “stimulus.”
From the Wall Street Journal, a brief list of recent spendalots by the Dems:
In the past year they have passed: a $447 billion omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2009, a $787 billion stimulus, $3 billion for cash for clunkers, $75 billion in mortgage assistance, $34 billion for children’s health care (Schip), $30 billion in anticipated auto bailout losses, with another nearly 11% spending increase teed up for fiscal 2010 for domestic programs.
They are cowards, the Dems who are now in power*. But at least some of them know, or seem to know, that their spending can’t go on without consequences. Who knows, in time they may come around to the notion that we can’t afford it.
*Note that Republicans were not much better when they were in power, albeit with far lower deficits. But I believe the Rs are teachable. The Ds have too many tax cheats and slimeballs in power and don’t appear to be.