Thursday, April 08, 2010

Repeal & Replace; $2000 strip club expenses

Search the web for "repeal and replace" and you'll find that it's the GOP's latest mandate. They want to repeal and replace the healthcare bill. Ignore the merits or lack of merits of the law for a minute and think about this: there's no mathematical chance that the GOP can get the law reversed. They just don't and won't have the numbers. And that's not coming from me. That's from those who know. People like David Frum, a right-wing republican who has since been disowned by the right-wing movement. So why then are the GOP using that phrase as their rallying cry? Because people are inherently stupid and will believe anything. Provided you shout loudly enough. So yeah "Repeal & Replace" has no legislative legs but it'll get some republicans into office.

Second, recently GOP chairman Michael Steele came under fire for some spending by the GOP. Specifically, because the GOP paid out an expense claim for less than $2000. Turns out the money was spent at a strip club. Everybody (on the left) had a field day lambasting Mr Steele. Jay Leno did a joke about it for 3 days in a row. The Today Show had a segment on it. But what nobody stopped to think about was this: do you really expect someone in charge of millions of dollars to know that a junior staffer approved a $2000 expenditure? Come on, give me a break! I am a liberal and I think Steele is a moron but even I don't expect him to track every dollar spent by the GOP.

As to the claim that the GOP spent money on luxury hotels, private jets etc. So what? How else are they supposed to entice and attract big donors? Imagine someone is begging you to donate huge sums of money, the least you'll expect is to be wined and dined.
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