Monday, February 14, 2011

GOP Infrastructure

Let me get this straight:

The Port of Savannah needs $500 Million over the next few years to become a deeper, 'supermax' capable port facility. This is so it can better compete with ports in Florida and South Carolina.

This money needs to come from Washington, DC.

The GOP in control of the House of Representatives has forsworn "earmarks," which is one way to get this done. Instead, they will depend on the President's Budget to fund the expansion.

Every GOP official ran political marketing that stated the Federal government spent too much money and that President Obama is a profligate spender of taxpayer dollars. We're "leaving debt to our great-grandchildren" or whatever.

The President releases his budget today, that the GOP calls cowardly and too expensive. We don't have enough money for winmills and trains.

The Georgia GOP is upset, however, that the President's cowardly, too-expensive budget doesn't get them enough money.

So in this budget, Obama is spending too much money and not spending enough money.

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4 comments:

Dante said...

Pat, you're just upset because the GOP represents you better than they represent fiscal conservatives even if the GOP doesn't act like it. You have two Parties fawning over you on fiscal matters. I have none.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

That's ridiculous. If there were any parties fawning over my fiscal priorities, we wouldn't have the problems we do with schools.

The GOP is defunding education and infrastructure to avoid making real fiscally conservative choices that may be percieved as unpopular; they marginalize investments that pay off and focus on giveaways that return less and less. Then they blame the Democrats for debt, the economy and job loss as if these problems didn't exist before 2006.

For example, Glynn County is a heavily Republican county in a heavily Republican section of a heavily Republican state. Their local school board and county commission are overwhelmingly Republican. Every state legislative office from that area is held by Republicans. They live in a state that's legislature and governor's mansion have been dominated by the GOP for nearly a decade. For six years of the past decade, their national government was almost exclusively Republican.

And yet, they blame Democrats when their property taxes go up. That's one reason I see the GOP as mainly a marketing consortium that talks about fiscal policies that will never, ever matter.

Because I'm waiting to see the risky GOP sponsored budget that fixes the deficit and debt by cutting everything their constituents love about Defense, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid -or- really finally defunding all those programs they demonize all the time.

Being a Republican is easy - if you don't get the money for your project, a Democratic official would rather spend it on Cadillac Queens; if you do get the money for your project, Democratic officials are spending too much money nationally. That's one heckuva fiscal policy, there.

Democrats, for their part, seem unwilling or unable to explain why investments in education and infrastructure pay greater dividends than the endless forms of subsidization that our government has long used to favor industrial and economic winners. Of course, don't ask them to cut any of those subsidizations, because some interest group or marginal constituency somewhere might get upset. Democrats need all the friends they can get, after all, who else will make fun of the GOP with us?

Dante said...

Local politics aren't national politics. You've made that point yourself many many times here (and elsewhere). Using local policy to defend my assertion of the national Party is poor form indeed.

"Because I'm waiting to see the risky GOP sponsored budget that fixes the deficit and debt by cutting everything their constituents love about Defense, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid -or- really finally defunding all those programs they demonize all the time."

FWIW, defense is taking it on the chin more and more from the right lately, but I'll believe there will be any action from this sort of talk when I actually see it.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Local politics aren't national politics. But I'm not a part of the market strategy claiming they are. One reason I advocate more involvement in local politics is so that people will start to see the difference, and hold their local officials responsible for local issues.

I use Glynn County as a case study for why I feel that way. They excuse the behavior of their local Republicans because of their support for national Republicans.

And I completely agree with you about Defense. To date, the only individual who's walked any walk on cutting defesne is Robert Gates as a part of the Obama Administration.

Like you, I'll believe these Republicans and Tea Partiers are serious when I see it.