Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader, said the veto override “sends an unmistakable message that Democrats both will continue to strengthen our environment and economy and will refuse to allow President Bush to block America’s real priorities for partisan reasons.”
“The Water Resources Development Act provides authority for essential new navigation projects and funds programs to combat flood and coastal-storm damage, restore ecosystems, and projects guided by the Army Corps of Engineers essential to protecting the people of the Gulf Coast region,” Mr. Reid said.
-Accoding to the Times
2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.I would like to claim a prophetic mantle, but the truth is that it requires a very modest perspicacity indeed always to be right about Democrats, and at last there is no more complicated answer to the question of how DailyKos and FireDogLake and MyDD and the rest of the Donkle-adoring Netrootsian crowd can be so consistently and completely wrong in their analyses and wrong in their hopes than that they are, at the root of it, idiots. There's no neater way to put it. People for whom the Democratic party represents even a sliver of hope or lesser of evils are morons.
2:14 Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled? 2:15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.
2:16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head.
2:17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way? 2:18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river? 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
2:20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.
-According to the Prophet Jeremiah
I once wrote that what was most astonishing about Democrats was that they could, even as a minority party, hold the line on freezing forever the pittance of a pension that passes for social security in America, that they were able to hang on so that some grandmother in 2040 can be assured of her $900/month, unadjusted for inflation, while they have proven incapable--by which, yes, I mean unwilling and uninterested--of erecting even the most minor impediments to the creeping absolutism of the American State. Grandma won't be secure in her home, nor in her person, but thank God and the Baby Jesus, she shan't eat of the catfood, or whatever.
Now we find that without any evident effort, with apparent ease, the Congress can cobble together a substantial majority to overturn a presidential veto on a pork-filled boondoggle of a bill that purports to be about saving the Gulf Coast from some future Katrina.
Here, I shall explain something in simple terms that even a Democrat can understand. The Army Corps of Engineers can dredge the oceans of the world from now until doomsday, but if Mama Terra wants to send a big enough storm, there is fuck-all anyone can do about it. Protect the environment? How does that inevitably arrive in the liberal imagination at "Preserve things precisely as they are, but with the adjective green attached." The way to mitigate the human and economic toll of catastrophic natural disasters is to alter the very nature of our patterns of settlement, to remove the government-subsidized insurance incentives that have sent human habitation sprawling in poorly-constructed splendor from Corpus Christi to Daytona Beach and back again. Downtown Miami is a strong wind away from showing broken glass like rain across a thousand square miles. There is a phrase for what happened to New Orleans: Only a matter of time.
But sure, pour billions of dollars, good after bad. That's a governing choice. It's really the governing choice, the singular linkage from Periclean Athens to Bourbon France to the Soviet States of America: spend your money, and stupidly. Let us not, meanwhile, pretend that it is simply beyond the purview and power of the Congress to stop the madness of secret government, secret police, secret courts, and secret warfare. I am tired of explaining Can't and Won't to people who claim to be able to read.