What do conservatives do when they are down and out – and clearly in the wrong? They do the only thing they do well: spin, spin, spin.
— GOP Rep
Faced with the gargantuan task of rebuilding New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the leadership of the Grand Old Spending Party in Congress has no plan to offset or raise revenues to cover these huge expenditures – other than to borrow another $200 billion or so from Communist China.
Rather than deal with the substance of the problem, the Gops are launching a full PR assault, using the trusty Libruhl Media, to change the perception that they are mismanaging the government’s money.
Prodded by conservatives, President Bush and GOP leaders have said they are willing to offset those costs with spending cuts. But realistically, the political will does not exist to vote through the cuts that have been proposed, said House leadership aides and sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. Nor have Republican leaders given serious thought to reversing course on tax cuts, lawmakers said yesterday.
“I don’t see any change in fiscal policy,” said Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), a former vice chairman of the Budget Committee…
“This leadership group is so out of touch, it’s unbelievable,” said one House lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid inflaming leaders further.