Remember a few months ago when the Democrats were out for Tom DeLay’s blood? What happened to that? My guess is that the Dems saw that if they pressed DeLay’s dubious dealings the GOP would turn around and probe them like a redneck on a UFO. So everybody in Congress sort of walked away whistling.
Anyway, I only bring this up because I almost wish the Democrats had won. Read this from today’s Washington Times:
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an "ongoing victory," and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget.
NO FAT LEFT TO CUT! Is he a moron or does he think I am? Probably both.
Mr. DeLay was defending Republicans' choice to borrow money and add to this year's expected $331 billion deficit to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. Some Republicans have said Congress should make cuts in other areas, but Mr. DeLay said that doesn't seem possible.
Not possible? Point to any page in the budget, get out your scissors, and cut. That’s all there is to it.
"My answer to those that want to offset the spending is sure, bring me the offsets, I'll be glad to do it. But nobody has been able to come up with any yet," the Texas Republican told reporters at his weekly briefing.
So, the fact that his fellow Congressman can’t find anything to offset against Katrina relief means that there is nothing to be cut? Since when can a congressman, of any party, find something that isn’t worth spending MY money on?
Asked if that meant the government was running at peak efficiency, Mr. DeLay said, "Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we've pared it down pretty good."
Unless “pared it down” means “stuffed its ass with sausage” DeLay should be beaten with a phonebook. As Rudy Canoza would say, “he liiies!” The government has ballooned under the Republicans. Even worse, they brag about it. Remember the last Republican convention?
Mr. DeLay said the budget this year was pared down and 100 programs or offices were eliminated in this year's spending bills. "We have been doing that for 11 years," he said. He said it's an "ongoing process" that will be more complete after this year's budget process, which calls for cuts to Medicaid and other entitlement programs.
The budget is like the hydra, for every program you cut, two more are created. We need a Hercules to destroy the beast, and as far as I can see there is none in either party.