The Talking Dog

March 8, 2005, Quickie Thought

The Republicans have always made it clear that they stand for the "value" of advancing the interests of the rich. Really, little has changed on that score since the days of the beloved William McKinley. Sure, we have the occasional GOP apostate like Rockefeller or Teddy Roosevelt (themselves rich NY Republicans who think that "noblesse oblige" exists)... but generally, consistency.

The Dems by contrast... well, since FDR and LBJ, who the hell knows what they stand for?

Fast forward: the Dems controlled Congress for decades. Dems COULD HAVE seen to it that (1) voting was set up in a tamper-proof, as opposed to partisan, manner, (2) our tax code was about collecting taxes, instead of complex corporate giveaways, (3) K Street lobbyists were out in the open, and government giveaways had to be via politically ugly subsidies, etc., (4) the liveable minimum wage-- and liveable health care mandated from employers and not government-- could have been legislated, etc., etc.

In short, decades of mediocre governance have led to the conditions for the current GOP feeding frenzy. Even on something as basic as the bankruptcy bill, the Dems are incapable of anything approaching a moral stand.

Once again: a consistent, but awful policy will almost always prevail against a possibly better but amorphous non-policy policy.

At least, that's what it looks like...


I really disliked John Kerry the flipflopper, said he was a "soldier" but was a "sailor", negotiated with Viet Cong, etc.

But now I'm getting really annoyed with the Bush camp and Republicans. Outsourcing torture, blind eye to military abuse, insane Social Security plan to profit the insurance firms and funds managers, etc.

Two party system has sunk. I think I like your point of view here. Is my first time at your blog today.

Ethical Anarchy, a kingdom "not of this world" seems the only true path.

Posted by Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate at March 8, 2005 2:16 PM

Yes, I am annoying. You would be too if you couldn't spell Kurd.

Posted by Annoying Turd at March 8, 2005 10:41 PM

Hey the TD asked me to step in while he's on hiatus. Here goes.

How about that Bush. He's really something ... TO POOP ON.

And that Condi Rice, she really has given the leaders of Europe something ... TO POOP ON.

And finally, you know, the TD really needs his hiatus, yes, yes. Now he can spend his time on more productive things, like channeling his inner Republican. Seriously, TD has never met a Republican he didn't like ...

But I kid.

Posted by Triumph the Insult Political Comic Talking Dog at March 10, 2005 12:23 AM

We here at NyQuil want to wish the Talking Dog a long and happy hiatus.
Sure, our reasons are purely economical. When the TD has taken a hiatus before, people looked to our product to assist them, and our sales went through the roof. We look forward to another period of increased sales. So enjoy your hiatus. Take extra time.

Posted by The Makers of NyQuil at March 10, 2005 12:33 PM