Congressional Minority Leader John Boehner (R, Ohio) could be seen on the news this morning, veins popping, contorted face and a veritable forest fire under his color, decrying the stimulus package recently passed. Then, no sooner do I finish watching this spectacle, I get a blog submission from my good friend, The Workbench Blogger (http://georgeswebpage.com) He, too, was concerned about the irresponsible action of the Democrats and went on to state, I paraphrase, that this was nothing more than a power play by the new boys in town. No matter. Time will tell whether Republican naysayers are right about the stimulus package. But the part of The Workbench Blogger's piece that troubled me was his assertion that we are in, and again I paraphrase, dire danger of an unacceptable level of government control-this in unison with like statements from many Republican Congressmen and Senators, including that great American Hero, John McCain! HELLOOOOO! Where exactly have you all been for the past 8 years? Where was your outrage when your phone was being illegally wiretapped? Where were your eye-popping speeches before your colleagues about this country's acceptance of torture? Where were you when the previous administration's policy was driven by personal religious convictions? Where were you when the last president never once deigned to travel to Capitol Hill to make his case before the loyal opposition? Where were you? Oh, but that's all OK because after all he's a fellow Republican. Talk about hypocrisy. It's OK for Republicans who controlled both houses of Congress for 6 of Bush's 8 years to condone Bush's misdeeds and on top of that hand the next administration the biggest deficit in the history of this nation but let the Dems take a shot at fixing what's wrong and it's politics as usual! What crap!
Here's a simple test:
1. Can you get up in the morning and watch whatever you want on TV without fear of government interference?
2. Can you pick up absolutely whatever publication you want, read it, and write a letter to its editor expressing absolutely whatever you want without fear of retribution?
3. Can you go (or NOT) to whatever temple or place of worship you want without fear of condemnation?
4. Can you be confident that whatever laws have been enacted were done so without consideration for some politician's particular faith (or lack of it)?
5. Can you vote in a fairly defined district (reference Tom Delay, Texas)?
6. Can you undertake whatever occupation or profession you want without fear of rejection?
I could go on but you get the idea. More government control? I think not. I contend that the next 4 and hopefully 8 years will bring less of it.