Saturday, September 20, 2008

So Much for Republican Free Marketeers and the War on Terror

From the Washington Post
"Historic Market Bailout Set in Motion
Sat, Sep 20, 2008 6:00 AM
The Bush administration yesterday proposed a historic $500 billion bailout of financial firms that would let the government rather than the cold judgment of the marketplace decide the winners and losers from the crisis that has shaken the U.S. economy for the past year."

Another article notes that the bailout would be more than the budget for the Pentagon! Compare that $500 billion to the Federal budget on Education and Training: $89.9 billion last year.

These are the same bunch who have been blathering about how Big Government and "oppressive" taxes kill the economy/market, which just needs to be free of that same Big Government. What kind of social programs, to say nothing of levees and roads repaired, could be paid for with that 500 billion? And the billions on the war to make us save from terrorism?
And do these hypocrites sleep easy? Dark, dark times.

Just below that WP headline was this one: "A Modernized Taliban Thrives in Afghanistan
Sat, Sep 20, 2008 6:00 AM
KABUL, Sept. 19 -- Just one year ago, the Taliban insurgency was a furtive, loosely organized guerrilla force that carried out hit-and-run ambushes, burned empty schools, left warning letters at night and concentrated attacks in the southern rural regions of its ethnic and religious heartland."
The most expensive, supposedly well-equipped and -trained military force in the world can't seem to break this bunch of ragtag guerillas. Modern understandings of warfare must be undergoing a serious revolution. As are global bragging rights...
New world, same old tired rhetoric from this inept bunch.

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