Upper Left points out the following facts about the latest Congress (some of which come originally from Steny Hoyer, MD):
- This fiscal year will be the most fiscally irresponsible year in our history - a year in which we will run a record budget deficit of $422 billion.
- At the same time, the Congress has enacted just one of the 13 bills to keep the federal government operating.
- And yet the Second Session of the 108th Congress is on course to work fewer days - 94, as of today - than any single Session of Congress since 1948.
- And yet the Congress has somehow found time to take on a number of important issues such as:
- The proposal and subsequent defeat of a gay-marriage ban.
- Putting Saturday-night specials back on the street.
- Swerving around constitutional restrictions to keep the Christian God in the Pledge of Allegiance.
In spite of this huge red hole in the U.S. budget, many of the right-wing sites I visit insist that we need less property taxes or perhaps a flat-tax. Perhaps some leftward defective gene in my chromosomes prevents me from seeing how adding minuses together creates a plus. Who's knows? It might just work. Perhaps we could follow the North Korean example and leave our roads unpaved and we can hammer out spoons from our old railway ties and take all the excess labor and metal and use it too build tanks. This would seem to be the logical conclusion of right-wing proposals. The shrublings of the world all want to dramatically reduce taxes while increasing military spending, after all.