Tuesday, June 28, 2005
GOP Hubris Watch
Correct me if I'm wrong. But back in 1994, the majority party in Congress was acting all imperial, taking junket after junket and bouncing checks at the House and Senate Bank. A hard hitting 60 Minutes Report (back when news was actually news) showed fat cat democrats in the Caribbean on the tab of the people they were supposed to regulate. The GOP promised better and the American Voter gave them a chance. It worked for about a year or so.
Now, with surprising speed, the GOP is acting as imperious as the Dems did back in the early 1990s. Junkets, the Abramoff scandal and focus in non-governance issues like Flag desecration are pushing these folks beyond the bounds of traditional inside the beltway lunacy. Yesterday it took an new and more ridiculous turn when Tom Davis (R-VA) said the following:
"I think Major League Baseball understands the stakes," said Government Reform Chairman Tom Davis (R), the Northern Virginia lawmaker who recently convened high-profile steroid hearings. "I don't think they want to get involved in a political fight."
Davis, whose panel also oversees District of Columbia issues, said that if a Soros sale went through, "I don't think it's the Nats that get hurt. I think it's Major League Baseball that gets hurt. They enjoy all sorts of exemptions" from anti-trust laws.
Again, we are at war, discretionary federal spending has grown over 33% in the last four years, oil prices are at near record highs, health care costs keep going up, China is on the rise and what are we focusing on? Some stupid vendetta against George Soros? What next a constitutional amendment to prevent Michael Moore from buying the NHL's Capitols?