Monday, March 2, 2009

Can this be the best the GOP has to offer??

I don’t want to always be picking on Sarah Palin or Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, but they keep on giving me such great material!

You will recall Jindal’s embarrassing rebuttal to President Obama’s speech to the joint session of Congress. Quite apart from the shameless self-promotion and the worn-out fallback to gummint-is-the-problem ideology, he also mocked some of the projects included in Obama’s stimulus package.

The legislation, he said, “is larded with wasteful spending … such as a magnetic levitation [rail] line from Las Vegas to Disneyland, and $140 million for something called volcano monitoring.”

Well, yeah, there’s money in the bill for rail – and their damn well should be! – but no specific mention of a Los Angeles-Las Vegas route. But here's the punchline: four days after Jindal mocked money for rail, his own Department of Transportation put in a request for some of that filthy lucre!

And, Bobby … here’s a photo taken from my front yard. See that mountain back there? That’s a freakin’ volcano! The experts say it isn’t active, but you can bet yer butt that I’m in favor of a few bucks being spent for them to keep an eye on it. Furthermore, I'd be willing to bet that people living near Mount Saint Helen’s would agree.

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