Hypocrit and politician are two words that often go hand in hand, and I realize that it is rude not to accept a gift when it is offered; however, somewhere in the future Perdue and the other GOParanoids are going to point to the Federal Stimulus Dollars as the largest expansion of Goverment since World War II.  They are going to say things like, “We can’t continue this level of deficit spending”  and “why is Obama sacking our children with all this debt?”  How do I know this?  Because they are already doing it. 

Actually they may have a point; but, if you are going to have a point, have an alternate solution.  People like Sonny and the GOParanoid do not have a realistic solution to any of the problems that face our current society.  They have talking points.  They will tell you that the Free Market is best at correcting itself.  They throw words around like state’s rights and local control, but never give you a straight answer as to how any of that will solve your problem. 

So remember the West Wing episode where Pres. Bartlett was debating Gov. Ritchie for a second term as President.

Well if you don’t here is the part I am referring to: (Make sure you read the last line…)

MAN
Perhaps the biggest philosophical difference between you and the President
is over the role of the federal government itself and whether national problems really
have national solutions. Can you explain your view?

RITCHIE
Well, first, let me say good evening and thank you. It’s a privilege to be
here. My view of this is simple we don’t need a Federal Department of Education telling us our
children have to learn Esperanto, they have to learn Eskimo poetry.

REPORTER MARK
Eskimo poetry?

C.J.
Shh!

RITCHIE
Let the states decide. Let the communities decide on health care, on education,
on lower taxes, not higher taxes. Now, he’s going to throw a big word at you–
“unfunded mandate.” If Washington lets the states do it, it’s an unfunded mandate. But
what he doesn’t like is the federal government losing power. But I call it the
ingenuity of the American people.

MODERATOR
President Bartlet, you have 60 seconds for a question and an answer.

BARTLET
Well, first of all, let’s clear up a couple of things. “Unfunded mandate” is two words,
not one “big word.”

There are times when we’re fifty states and there are times when we’re one
country, and have national needs. And the way I know this is that Florida
didn’t fight Germany in World War II or establish civil rights. You think states should
do the governing wall-to-wall. That’s a perfectly valid opinion. But your state of
Florida got $12.6 billion in federal money last year– from Nebraskans, and Virginians,
and New Yorkers, and Alaskans, with their Eskimo poetry. 12.6 out of a state budget
of $50 billion, and I’m supposed to be using this time for a question, so here it
is: Can we have it back, please?

So somewhere in the future when you asks all those questions that I predict you will ask Mr. GOParanoid, please answer for me: Can we have it back please?

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