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November 15, 2010

Maybe we Need Another Midterm Election

There has been much discussion, even among supporters, over whether or not Barack Obama and the Democrats “get it,” the “it” being the message voters sent in the midterm elections.

Of course, there is no question that Republicans “get it.” Why, Republicans are the ones who led the charge and were the greatest beneficiaries of a restless electorate.

For example, Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma heard you loud and clear and is now working on the #1 priority of voters:

Preserving earmarks.

You may not specifically recall the populace turning Democrats out of office by the score because they were infuriated over their woeful lack of commitment to earmarking, but that’s clearly the message Senator Inhofe got.

As he points out, a ban on earmarks:

“…trashes the Constitution and violates our oath of office.”

You see, it’s not so much that the Senator likes to curry favor with constituents by directing money in ways that personally benefit him politically, he is merely doing his best to live up to the vision of our Founding Fathers when he buys Tulsa a new fire truck using your money. 

Sure, directing federal funding to special interests with little oversight might not be a specifically enumerated power, and was largely repudiated as a practice early in our history, but that’s not what’s important.

What’s  important is that you’ve been brainwashed into thinking that it’s inadvisable for elected representatives to use their budgeting authority like a personal slush fund.

Besides, after noting that article I of the Constitution grants the legislative branch the sole power to authorize spending, Senator Inhofe points out that even with a ban on earmarks the money would be spent anyway by the executive branch, strongly suggesting that the Senator’s encyclopedic knowledge of the Constitution is perhaps exceeded only by that of Vice President Joe Biden.

But Jim Inhofe isn’t the only Republican member of Congress who “gets it.”  Jim “The Senator from the Tea Party” DeMint also heard you loud and clear:

The only way to address our looming fiscal crisis is to finally get serious about getting gay teachers out of the classroom.

Also, women who have sex outside of marriage.

As Senator DeMint said last week:

“Well, you can’t be a fiscal conservative, and not be a social conservative.”

Why is that, you may ask?

First, it is well understood that Jesus had grave reservations about whether or not public spending could be sufficiently curtailed without adequately addressing entitlement reform.

Second, the only way to limit the size and scope of the federal government is to have its leaders make recomendations as to whom you should have sex with and under what specific circumstances.

We have to admit, we sent a lot more messages over the midterms than we realized.

J.

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