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Friday, September 23, 2005

MontereyJohn is Discontented and Jonah Goldberg Has the Reason

I have not been blogging much in the last few weeks, to the probable relief of many. I wondered whether that was a function of other things being more important to me be it my new grand daughter or the hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. There was just no zest in sharing opinions or even reading other's opinions.

Then I read Goldberg's column at NRO this morning, and he put his finger right on it, it just isn't any fun supporting much of what is coming from the administration these days.

Here is what Jonah had to say:

"On the home front, while I obviously think much of the criticism of George W. Bush from the Left often amounts to a form of paranoid delirium heard from muttering autodidact vagrants at the public library, slow-poisoned monarchs, and two thirds of the contributors to the Huffington Post, I have to concede that as you move closer to the center the criticisms have enough heft of fact to them to make defending Bush less fun. And even if you win these arguments, they tend to be pretty small victories."
That pretty well sums up how I feel.

I have grown increasingly tired of the administration and the Republicans in Congress acting as if the Democrats have won the last several elections. They keep trying to make nice with the Democrats. They keep appealing to the "reason" of their opponents though there is absolutely no evidence the Democrats are motivated by anything reasonably proximate to reason.

Then there is the response to the disaster in New Orleans. $250 billion???!!! Who says so? From where did that number come from? Does anyone have any idea how much money that is? We are running a war over a whole country for less money than that, not to mention rebuilding that same country. Who is watching the bank here? Lousiana politicians?

Where are our conservative principles here? Someone has to say "Whoa, holding everything, we need to take a look at what we are doing here." Maybe the Speaker of the House had a point when he said that it might not be a bad idea to take a look at the wisdom of rebuilding a city below sealevel before spending a huge portion of the national budget on such an enterprise.

This morning the levees in New Orleans failed again when the city took a glancing blow from Hurricane Rita. Is the handwriting on the wall here? Should the destroyed areas of New Orleans, those below sealevel, not be just left alone until we figure out what to do over the long term? Is it totally unreasonable to ask the question and enter into the process of arriving at sane answers? Must we run from the hard questions merely because The Left says we are heartless just for making the inquiry?

There is more that has left me disgruntled. Do not start me on Arlen Specter trying to maneuver the timing of the next appointment to the Supreme Court. I really fear that the next appointment is not going to be what I would like to see.

Shall I go on?

Jonah, you got me thinking here... damn it.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn