Wednesday, January 28, 2009

John Cornyn - Damaged ! Defective ! On Sale While Supplies Last !

Texas Republicans are attacking Obama's Stimulus plan, or so says the Houston Chronicle.

Big, Fat, Hairy Deal. It doesn't matter. These are symbolic little protests, meaning nothing.

The fix is in. They've already thrown the fight. Senator John Cornyn (Daddy Party, Texas) voted in favor of the Timothy Geithner confirmation. If you can vote to confirm Tim "The Tax Dodger" Geithner as Chief Tax Collector/Big Brother Of The Bailout , is there anything you won't do?

Here's the frustrating thing.... John Cornyn is great on Free Trade and 2nd Amendment rights. He's consistently voted anti-mafia anti labor union.

But he believes that Social Security benefits are sacred, that we need a constitutional amendment against flag desecration, and that we need a constitutional amendment against gay marriage. When George W. Bush did the right thing and vetoed the latest obscene Farm Bill, John Cornyn voted to overide the veto. Cornyn is also for teacher-led prayer in the public schools.

In short, John Cornyn is a typical Daddy Party politician. (All of the above info comes from a site called On The Issues. Long-time libertarians will be interested in the chart at the bottom of the page....)

Our current party system has an infuriating division with The Daddy Party advocating economic freedom and an insane amount of government interference in what should be private matters, while The Mommy Party fully embraces economic insanity, but has an ok record on social freedom (after the mid-1970's, anyway).

Having to vote between The Daddy Party and The Mommy Party is like shopping in a massive warehouse full of Factory Seconds, Damaged & Defective Product, and goods that couldn't pass the final Quality Control Inspection. Every now and then a Jeff Flake or a Ron Paul appears on the warehouse shelf by mistake, but those guys are like diamonds in a dungheap.

In the meantime, $1,000,000,000,000.00 gets taken from your pocket and given to the Daddy/Mommy Party supporters because you don't think you have any other choice.

Just a reminder....there are other warehouses where you can shop.


Dr Ralph said...

WS - I know you'll be shocked, but I wasn't all that impressed with the Geithner nomination, and would not have faulted anyone who voted against him.

The fact that Cornyn didn't bat an eye on Geithner after all of his bloviation about Hillary Clinton's nomination leaves one just a trifle cynical.

I suspect, given his role as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, I suspect we'll see a lot more of this bipolar behavior in the months to come.

Speaking of Ron Paul and Jeff Flake, if I seem suspicious of the Libertarian Party on occasion, it's because so many of their ranks seem to be drawn from the Republicans. Despite lip service on social issues, mostly what I'm hearing from the LP is the same old Free Market song and dance. Their voice was noticeably absent during the Prop 8 debate in California last November.

Suzette Watkins said...

Dr. Ralph - my guess would be that's it's easier for Cornyn to pick on a vulnerable female as opposed to a vulnerable male and probably makes him feel more of a man to do so -- he made that choice, shame on him. I see no other reason for his "bipolar behavior."

The Whited Sepulchre said...

You'll be pleased to know that the Dallas/Fort Worth Libertarians won "Best Float" in the Dallas Gay Pride Parade a couple of years ago.

California being a Blue state should only add to the disillusionment of Mommy Party devotees who care about that issue.

Dr Ralph said...

California's classification as a Blue State is subject to a lot of qualification; it is a mostly Red State with a very thin, very Blue edge that abuts the Pacific Ocean.

Over the previous 10 presidential elections, California has swung Republican more than Democratic; over the last 40 years, there have been twice as many Republican governors as Democratic ones.

This is the state that gave us Dick Nixon and Ronald Reagan for Christ's sake.

...And I'm very proud of the DFW Libertarians for their participation in the Dallas Gay Pride parade. Just out of curiosity, which of you cigar-smokers rode on the float?