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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Wobbly wagon wheels

Hey George, you might want to check the wheels on your wagon. They are looking a bit wobbly.

The Theocons are up in arms over this choice of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court, the compassionate conservatives think money to pay for the rebuilding of the Gulf States should come from the people who suffered the most, the economy is showing new signs of stress from those cost of the oil bidness and Iraq is just as untamed a frontier as ever.

Unless the Theocons are staging one of the most elaborate shell games recorded, there is thunder rumbling up from the hard right on Miers and her lack of ideology purity. George Will, for gosh sakes, as true a journalistic soldier of the right as there has ever been, says this appointment is a sop to diversity!

Give credit for truth-speaking to Manuel Miranda: "The message of the meetings was the president consulted with 80 United States senators but didn't consult with the people who elected him," said Manuel A. Miranda, a former nominations counsel for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). George Bush, wholly owned subsidiary of the Theocons.

Then there's the nascent uprising about the fiscal conservatives who think the way to pay for the billions for Halliburton and Bechtel to clean up and rebuild the Gulf States should come from Medicaid and other programs to aid the poor -- you know those folks left behind in the Big Easy.

Some folks are even starting to notice that there is a bit of a double standard here: there has never been a call for "offsets" to handle the out-of-control costs for the "other" Gulf state -- Iraq.

And speaking of Iraq, where is all that cheap oil Rummy promised would flow right after they swept up the flower petals tossed at us upon our arrival as liberators?

Oil prices are going in one direction and the stock market is heading in another. We haven't even factored in the consequences of unaffordable heating oil and natural gas prices for the folks up North. Maybe the French have the right idea?

Meanwhile, back in Baghdad, it appears there is some concern that our newly democratic friends are learning their lessons too well. Holy Ohio, Batman!


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