Monday, November 27, 2006

Cutting Bait For The Fishing To Come

Add the hyperpartisan House Donk John Dingell to the incoming Democrat majorities' aspiring political death squad:

The incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is promising an array of oversight investigations that could provoke sharp disagreement with Republicans and the White House.

Representative John Dingell, D-MI, pledged that Democrats, swept to power in the November 7 elections, would govern "in the middle” next year [uncontrollable eyerolling]. But the veteran lawmaker has a reputation as one who has never avoided a fight and he did not back away from that reputation on Sunday.

Among the investigations he said he wants the committee to undertake:

The new Medicare drug benefit. "There are lots and lots and lots of scandals,” he said, without citing specifics [heh].

Spending on government contractors in Iraq, including Halliburton Co., the Texas-based oil services conglomerate once led by Vice President Dick Cheney.

An energy task force overseen by Cheney. It "was carefully cooked to provide only participation by oil companies and energy companies,” Dingell said.

One long fishing expedition featuring Halliburton conspiracism and anti-Cheney paranoia. Yeah, that's "governing from the middle," alright.

Charlie Rangel - he of the galloping contempt for the military that his party is incapable of suppressing - echoes this sick joke of Democrat "centrism" by claiming that his House Ways & Means Committee will be civil and responsible by avoiding "contentious issues, such as extending expiring tax cuts or overhauling Social Security, at the beginning of the year." Raising taxes and expanding Social Security, on the other hand, will be a top "bipartisan" priority.

Barney Frank, the rump ranger set to chair the House Financial Services Committee, will use a crusade to destroy more working class jobs (i.e. raise the minimum wage) as a metaphorical rain slicker to cover a renewal of another Dem crusade, the one to force the military to accept open homosexuals into its ranks. Unconfirmed rumors hold that Frank will extend this push to queer chaplains performing sodomarriages in foxholes. Evidently there are quite a few dinnermashers who want to tie the knot in Darfur next spring.

Perhaps that's the castor oil (or Crisco....) to make Rangel's cynical draft reinstatement bill seem palatable by comparison. If so, the gambit doesn't appear to be working.

But then again I can't fathom why Crazy Nancy and Dirty Harry are bothering to try and conceal the left-wing extremism of their party now that they've finally wrested their power back. They were as discrete as a SuperBowl halftime "wardrobe malfuction" before, and they still won the mid-terms. The logical conclusion to draw is that the American people have turned back to the left with a vengeance and want all the neoBolshevism the Donks have to offer: tax increases, more entitlement programs, more public debt, more anti-Christian persecution and regulatory repression, unconditional unilateral surrender in the GWOT. That's what the American people voted for on November 7th, whether or not they realized it, and that's what they're going to get.

It's not as though Donk leaders could keep a lid on their hordes of Bushophobic, Christophobic, Ameriphobic fanatics anyway, even if they were so inclined. With the wind now unquestionably at their backs, happy New Deal/Great Society/Saigon April 1975 days will be here again.

It would have been preferable to keep the GOP in charge and avoid all the tragedies soon to come. But as a future famous astronomer will declare seventy-two years from now, "It seems that every once in a while, history requires that the monsters win, so that when they are utterly defeated, future generations may count their blessings."

Until the next election, anyway.