by Chris Haire
Maybe I've been reading the Southern Avenger for far too long ... and finding myself agreeing with him again and again and again.
Or maybe it's just because I live in South Carolina, the most glorious batshit crazy Confederate cornhole in the nation.
Or maybe it's just because I've listened to the Morning Buzz with Richard Todd for years now and have felt my blood pressure rise whenever Todd or anyone else suggests the solution to nation's woes is as simple as voting all the bums out. (Seriously, we can vote them out, but what's to prevent the new bosses from behaving just like the old bosses? And to that I have a solution: Slop. Yes, we will require them to eat slop for a week each and every time they go back on their word. And if they sell out to a lobbyist, then they will have to wear a banana suit for two weeks. That'll keep them in line.)
But I responded to the Politico's story this morning on Rick Perry and the incendiary comments he makes in his book Fed Up! with a big ole meh. (Correction: Make that a half-hearted meh. I mean, I really don't think you can really put your all into a meh. It's very essence is a lack of enthusiasm.)
Anyhow, here are a few of the choices bits:
Small chunks of “Fed Up!” have already entered the political bloodstream, such as Perry’s description of Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme” and his talk of repealing the 16th Amendment, which permits a national income tax.
But that only scratches the surface of what’s inside Perry’s book, which is essentially a 185-page manifesto in favor of states’ rights and a dramatically scaled-back federal government. The strong ideological bent of the book isn’t necessarily the problem—it’s the sharp language and its exquisite suitability for attack ads that makes it so potentially dangerous to his candidacy, especially in a general election.
Perry faults Republicans for taking an “unprincipled” stance by voting in the wake of 9/11 to create the Department of Homeland Security, which he criticizes for its “massive” scale. (In the 2002 campaign, it was some Democrats who found themselves on the defensive for opposing the creation of DHS.)
He takes a prominent shot at the Medicare Part D drug benefit, a popular entitlement among senior citizens that was implemented by President George W. Bush and a Republican Congress, saying it “just expanded a broken program.”
In addition to describing the 16th Amendment as a “milestone on the road to serfdom,” Perry takes aim at the 17th Amendment, which allows the direct election of senators, as a measure that promoted fiscal irresponsibility.
Whatever. I don't even feel like feigning outrage.