August 10, 2007, - 1:12 pm
From Afghanistan To Detroitistan: Too Many Republicans Support Bribes (of Your Tax $$) for Moral Behavior
By Debbie Schlussel
I never understand why Republicans who claim to be conservatives believe that we should waste our tax money to entice people who should engage in good behavior anyway to engage in that behavior.
It’s quite obvious that, like Pavlov’s Dog, those people will rely on the payments, and when the payments stop, the unlawful, bad behavior will eventually resume.
The Bush Administration announced that it will offer “increased rewards” for Afghan farmers who cut poppy production.
That means we will have to pay these Afghans forever. The minute we stop, there will be a bumper crop of poppies on each of their farms. And since the Bush Administration is now upping the payments, soon that, too, will not be enough, and we will keep increasing them to no end.
George W. Bush & Newt Gingrich . . .
Want Too Much of This . . .
Then, there’s Newt Gingrich. Minus his extremely disturbing friendship with Islamofascist Grover Norquist, I like Newt Gingrich. I know him personally and was friends with his daughter, Jackie Sue. And he endorsed me in the Republican Primary and donated to my campaign when I ran for the Michigan House.
But, while I usually agree with what he has to say, his idea–made during a controversial “FOX News Sunday” appearance–to pay Detroit students to stay in public schools, instead of dropping out, is absurd. Even members of the Detroit School Board–liberals all–denounced the idea of paying kids to stay in school and do well, something they should want to do on their own, not as addicts sucking from the teat of big government.
What was he thinking? We know Bush is not too bright. But Gingrich is. And yet, he’s coming up with way too many whack-job, liberal, statist ideas to ever become President. Why on earth would we ever want to create new forms of welfare and new classes of–national AND international–dependents?
So, to recap: Big government payments by Bush to Afghan drug growers–bad; Big government payments by Gingrich to Detroit kids not to become drop-ous–bad.
Personal responsibility without government subsidies behind it–good. And I thought Republicans were all about the “teaching a man to fish” philosophy.
Tags: Afghanistan, Big government, Debbie Schlussel, Detroit, Detroit School Board, Fox News Sunday, George W. Bush, Gingrich, Jackie Sue, Michigan House, President