Mike Huckabee’s characterization of the economic stimulation plan racing through Congress was spot on. We will borrow $150 billion from the Chinese and then hope most of it gets spent at Wal-Mart buying stuff made in China. I wonder if this is what people had in mind when they swept the Republicans out of Congress in 2006? Nancy Pelosi and friends didn’t put up much of a fight against GWB on this, but that seems to be their role in the current political scene: yap like little lap dogs, but then fall in line with whatever the President wants.
Meanwhile, Senator McCain was on Meet the Press this morning talking, in part, about how damaging Congressional pork barrel politics are to our economy. He claimed there were over $35 billion “bridge-to-nowhere-type” appropriations in 2007, which is equal to the annual cost of over 900,000 decent-paying jobs with good health care.
P.J. O’Rourke, the author of A Parliament of Whores, may have said it best: “The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.”