something's rotten in the state of Denmark

I don't want to beat a dead horse here; nor do I wish to gloat or sound like I'm dancing on someone's grave. However... ...I do think it's about time--especially given Rove and DeLay--we seriously consider why we believe neo-conservative economic principles somehow lead to more responsible fiscal management than other kinds. __________________________________ Oct. 19, 2005, 11:42PM Arrest warrant issued for DeLay By SUZANNE GAMBOA Associated Press AUSTIN--A state court issued an arrest warrant today for Rep. Tom DeLay, requiring him to appear in Texas for booking on state conspiracy and money laundering charges. The court set an initial $10,000 bail as a routine step before the Texas Republican's first court appearance Friday. DeLay, R-Texas, could be fingerprinted and photographed, although his lawyers had hoped to avoid this step. DeLay probably will surrender in his home county of Fort Bend, near Houston, but he could go to any law enforcement office in Texas. His court appearance will be in Austin. The warrant, known as a capias, is "a matter of routine and bond will be posted," said DeLay's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin. DeLay has stepped down as U.S. House majority leader--at least temporarily--under a Republican rule requiring him to relinquish the post if charged with a felony. Two grand juries have charged DeLay and two political associates in an alleged scheme to violate state election law, by funneling corporate donations to candidates for the Texas Legislature. State law prohibits use of corporate donations to finance state campaigns, although the money can be used for administrative expenses. The indictments charge that a DeLay-founded Texas political committee sent corporate donations to the Republican National Committee in Washington, and the national party sent funds back to the state for 2002 campaigns. DeLay has denied wrongdoing and accused Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle--a Democrat--of having partisan motives. Earle has denied the accusation. Earle did not ask for the arrest warrant for DeLay, but approved the court's request, his office said today. DeLay's Republican fund-raising in 2002 had major political consequences, allowing the GOP to take control of the Texas Legislature. The Legislature then redrew congressional boundaries according to a DeLay-inspired plan, took command of the state's U.S. House delegation and helped the GOP retain its House majority.


Blogger Seth said...

"Seriously consider why we believe neo-conservative economic principles somehow lead to more responsible fiscal management than other kinds."

It seems to me that conservatives who seek to lower taxes do so because they believe that the private citizen knows how to spend their money better then the government does.

I think it's really just more of an excuse to 'spend my money the way I like.'

Of course the government doesn't spend money as wisely as we like, but there is so much evidence that the private citizen doesn't know what the hell he or she is doing either.

Consider the average amount of credit card debt, bankruptcy rate, forclosure rates, the amount of money we spend on PURE entertainment (from restaurants to professional sports to pornography) - we even have a damned holiday (call Christmas what it is) celebrating our consumerism.

In another way, how many actually vote against taxes because they are a bad idea? I would tend believe it's because we don't want someone to infringe on our outrageous spending habits.

10/23/2005 5:05 PM  
Blogger e said...

I once heard Michael Moore complain that America is filled with "R.I.N.O."s--Republicans In Name Only. By which he meant people who are essentially liberals on most moral issues but want the government to stay the hell away from their wallets.

I think Moore completely underestimated the number of those who do have more conservative moral commitments (like myself, perhaps, though I'm not sure I want to categorize myself this way). However, I also think he's right to an extent.

and I think you just hit that nail on the head.

10/24/2005 10:58 PM  
Blogger Seth said...

I think to a large extent he is right, and I would agree with your comments as well. Although I would probably say (and not completely exclude myself from this) most Americans are 'Christians In Name Only.'

I just read a facinating article in this month's Harper's about our country's move toward torture.

'International illegality, the deliberate repudiation of international law, and torture, gratuitously employed in defiance of the moral intuitions of ordinary people, all show that the Bush Administration has chosen to place itself outside the moral community of modern Western democratic civilization. This is not an unwarranted or outrageous judgement; it logically follows from the evidence (see article this paragraph concludes - Seth). It seems a strange choice to have been made by an American government that more than any other in history identifies itself with righteousness and with Christianity.

In that respect, if one is to invoke religious judgements, I would cite Andre Malraux's remart to the novelist Georges Bernanos, who had returned to France from wartime exile and asked what judgment Malraux made on Europe in 1945. Malraux replied, "With the camps, Stan has visibly reappeared over the world."

(By the way, next time you're in town we're hanging out.)

10/29/2005 8:37 PM  
Blogger Seth said...

Ahem, not Stan, but Satan.

My apologies to all Stans out there... I'm sure you are nice people.

10/31/2005 10:14 AM  

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