When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

11 April 2006

Pork barrel spending, incompetent foreign policy

George Conway, writing in "Reconcilable Differences" on National Review Online:
I've never voted for a Democrat in a general election in my life, and I don't expect to anytime soon, but it's been impossible for me over the past couple of years to get enthused about the Republican party. I voted for President Bush twice, and contributed to his campaign twice, but held my nose when I did it the second time. I don't consider myself a Republican any longer. Thanks to this Administration and the Republicans in Congress, the Republican Party today is the party of pork-barrel spending, Congressional corruption — and, I know folks on this web site don't want to hear it, but deep down they know it's true — foreign and military policy incompetence. Frankly, speaking of incompetence, I think this Administration is the most politically and substantively inept that the nation has had in over a quarter of a century. The good news about it, as far as I'm concerned, is that it's almost over.
Mr. Conway, I'm right there with you. I voted for Bush twice myself (my reasons can be summed up in four words: Al Gore, John Kerry) but the fiscal imprudence (to put it *mildly*), breathtaking corruption and hamfisted foreign policy of the Bush administration have been more than a grave disappointment; they've caused me to seriously reconsider my lifelong party affiliation.

I continue (barely) to see the GOP as the least-worst alternative between the two major parties, but will probably re-register as an Independent this year, and as for writing checks, unless someone with genuine principles shows up as a candidate, forget about it.

Hat tip: Sully.

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