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March 6, 2009 Leave a comment
Notice Gov. Bobby Jindal not answer the question at all:
I live in a volatile seismic area and was troubled by your comment that funding volcano-monitoring is “wasteful.” What makes some spending superfluous? Caitlin Kidder, KENT, WASH.
I listed several examples. It wasn’t just volcano-monitoring. It was $300 million in new cars, a billion dollars for the Census–the list goes on and on. Here’s my point: Why were they in a temporary, targeted stimulus bill? Somebody’s going to have to explain to me how these items were critical to saving our economy.
let’s go back and review that part of his speech, shall we?
While some of the projects in the bill make sense, their legislation is larded with wasteful spending. It includes $300 million to buy new cars for the government, $8 billion for high-speed rail projects, such as a “magnetic levitation” line from Las Vegas to Disneyland, and $140 million for something called “volcano monitoring.”
“something called”? like he’s never heard of a volcano?
it’s obscene, as Jon Stewart pointed out, that a guy whose state got the biggest natural disaster ass-whipping in our nation’s history would so purposefully minimize and belittle another area trying to protect itself from a similar happening.
Just because the Republicans – yes, you too Bobby – didn’t pay any attention at all to the three days worth of warning signs about a Category 5 hurricane bearing down on New Orleans doesn’t mean that some of us wouldn’t like a bit of warning if, say, the top of a mountain were to blow off covering a region more heavily populated than New Orleans with 500 feet of mud, rock and lava.
It wasn’t the idea of it being something that shouldn’t be in the spending bill that I found offensive (it probably shouldn’t), it was the “something called,” designed to purposefully make fun of the idea. “Volcanoes? what’s a volcano? you mean like Spock?”
fuck you, pal. That is not “wasteful” spending if you live in the shadow of the third most dangerous volcano in the country and one of the most dangerous in the world. It may not be stimulus spending, but answer the woman’s question about it being “wasteful.”
oh you can’t? that’s right, because you are parroting the same bankrupt bullshit we’ve been hearing for 30 years. that’s what I thought…
and by the way, Bobby, spending $300 million on new cars for the government creates private-sector jobs to build those cars…
also, the mag lev train – which again, would create private sector jobs while it was being built – does not go to Disneyland. It goes to Anaheim, outside LA., which just so happens to be where Disneyland is located.
It would be like saying the government is spending $70 million to build a highway (which is the amount for repairs and construction on I-10, which was partially destroyed in Katrina) from Pascagoula to Big Daddy’s Strip Club on Bourbon Street.
Also, the census money is not only CONSTITUTIONALLY REQUIRED (although I have learned not to expect those of you who “love and revere” the founding documents to know that…), it would provide jobs for people to conduct said census.
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i have a suggestion for the floundering Republican Party, and it might just be radical enough to work: How about some ideas? I know it’s more fun to stomp your feet, make fun of foreign-sounding words like “volcano” and generally just piss on things to make short-term political points (at the expense of a larger strategy), but maybe – just maybe – if you spent your time coming up with suggestions to get us out the mess you created, instead of, you know, finding new and unusual ways to distort plans of others (the American people are smarter than you give them credit for and they can totally see through your bullshit), you could get that approval rating up above 35 percent.
We need a viable opposition party in this country and so far, you guys ain’t it…