Your money

One of the Republican Party's most simple-minded memes is the idea that there's "your money" and that you can spend it better, smarter and more effectively than "they" (the government) can ever hope to do. John Hood trots that old saw out every chance he gets, including in his column today about liberal politicians and taxes.

What they want is more of your money to spend. They want it because they are convinced they will spend it better than you will. It’s as simple as that.

It may be as simple as that when you're a Pope Puppet, but if you actually stop to think about it, there's plenty of evidence that government programs can spend money far more effectively than any individual can. Unless of course you constrain those programs, as the Bush administration has done on prescription drugs, to forbid price negotiations with big pharmaceutical companies.

I'll grant that some government spending is wasteful and misdirected. All you need to do is look at the Bush administration's sad legacy of corruption, greed and incompetence. The War on Drugs, the War on Terror, The War on Poor People (Katrina), The War to Spread Fear (Homeland Security), the War on Truth (the Rove propaganda machine), the War on Learning (NCLB) and virtually everything else these clowns have tried to do.

Of course, why would we expect anything different? Pope Puppets and the wingnuts they admire HATE government. They don't trust government. They have declared War on Government.

And they're doing everything they can to make sure everybody else hates government too.

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Competence and common good

If you've been following Mark Warner's emergence onto the national political scene, you probably know about his remarkable record in Virginia. A supremely competent Blue governor working in a Red State helped radically restructure its financial picture to further the common good.

Those are two things wingnut puppets don't understand: Competence and the common good.

The other big meme

is all about how tax cuts spur growth that feed the treasury coffers (as though wingers give a damn about those coffers in the first place). If you really want to understand how tax cuts worth, check out this excellent diary -- which is good an analysis as I've ever seen on the issue.

Of course if you don't really want to understand, just keep spouting Republican talking points, where a lie is as good as a fact if it gets you what you want.