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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Bob Barr: He may not win but he's making sense

Bob Barr is everywhere. Alas, I missed him at his speech at Oberlin College (possibly the most leftist place I've ever had a latte in). I also missed his media blitz on Glenn Beck and Fox News. However, I did find video of Bob at U of Florida. And he was in great form. When asked what practical measures would he implement when he first takes office, his answer was sooooo cool. He said that the first thing he would do is cut the executive budget of the president by 10% with the goal of cutting the presidential budget by 50% in order to "Lead by example."

A politician who wants to lower his salary! If he'd shave that awful mustache I could have a serious man-crush. His second measure would be to let congress know that any budget that would spend "one dollar more than the last budget" would be immediately vetoed. Wow. I got your fiscal responsibility right here!

He of the 70's pencil mustache but steel trap mind wrote a column on conservative Uberblog "Townhall.com" outlining why Republicans have abandoned conservatism.

Here are some memorable quotes:

"Over much of the last eight years Republicans have controlled the presidency and the Congress, yet spending rose faster than any time since Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.” Earmarks hit a record. The GOP increased domestic, as well as military, outlays. As a result, the budget for virtually every government agency, from the Department of Education to the Department of Health and Human Services, expanded"

"The GOP once believed in federalism, but now it is the Republican Party that pushes to expand national control over education. Republicans once recognized that the national government was one of limited, enumerated powers, yet it was Sen. John McCain who led the congressional 'investigation' of steroid use in baseball."

Baseball seriously? That's part of your enumerated powers? Say it ain't so Maverick. Say it ain't so!

There's more about earmarks and even a short line about a wasted vote. After the election, I hope he keeps talking. I may not agree with everything he says but if he's right about most of this, then I understand why Barry is campaigning in Nevada  which has been as red as Tina Fay's Sarah Palin wardrobe.

A story goes that a large trailer park was hit by three tornadoes in a row. The residents were angry. They wanted answers. They demanded someone tell them what happened. Then one man rose from out of nowhere and stood up on a makeshift platform and declared: "Good people I know what has caused your plight. I have the answer to your problem. I know what causes tornadoes like these--Trailer parks cause tornadoes!" And they believed him because no one else was making sense.

The moral of the story: in the absence of leadership, people will follow any Tom, Dick, or Barry with a stage and a message no matter how insane. I don't want to say it but if McCain loses this election it will not because of any major mistakes in his campaign. It will be because leading Republicans stopped being conservatives a long time ago and settled for just being politicians.

Posted by Jay Lafayette on October 26, 2008 | Permalink

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He does make a lot of sense...to bad about that awful moustache though eh? Didn't stop me from giving him my vote though.

Posted by: JC | 2008-10-26 7:50:47 PM


Who cares about a freakin' nobody.

Posted by: epsilon | 2008-10-27 10:41:24 PM


I've never been able to figure out why Libertarians aren't more popular in the US. A party that believes that the government should stay out of your bedroom (sort of like Democrats) AND out of your pocketbook (sort of like Republicans) seems like a good idea to me. Why is it that we have evolved into a country where one party harps on about how terrible it is to take our money and spend it yet believes that it is ok to tell us who we can marry and how we do or don't procreate? And then we have another party that professes that we are better judges than the government on what we do socially, but insists that it knows how to spend money responsibly than we do.

Posted by: CLG | 2008-10-29 2:38:30 PM



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