Thursday, September 17, 2009

Do As I Say, Not That Other One

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I now have confirmation that the GOP is not in fact, a political party. It is performance art.

Representative Jack Kingston of Georgia is now criticizing Democrats for being too much like Republicans. Yes, he actually said that in his anticzar speech.

"I think we made a mistake as Republicans rubber-stamping too much from the Bush administration. In fact, if we had had a little more oversight and scrutiny of the administration's decisions when Bush was president we'd still be in the majority, probably. So I think that the Democrats are making a huge mistake here, and I can promise you the members who voted against this amendment, they will regret that."

Various Republicans added their own "thoughts" as to what Obama's czars are doing.

The more than a dozen House Republicans who joined Kingston's Wednesday-afternoon press conference offered a number of theories as to what the "czars" are up to. Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) compared the officials on his "czar" chart to those responsible for last year's Wall Street collapse. Rep. Pat Broun (R-Ga.) suggested that they are creating policy and law "counter to the Constitution." Either that, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) said, "or they're simply figureheads, at which point they're collecting a salary for doing no work for the taxpayers."

Oddly, none of these gentlemen had anything similar to say about Bush's czars, which included:

Cyber Security Czar
Regulatory Czar
Bird Flu Czar
Intelligence Czar
Health IT Czar
Katrina Czar
Manufacturing Czar
Drug Czar
Domestic Policy Czar
War Czar
Copywright Czar
Abstinence Czar
Mine Safety Czar
Latin American Czar
WTO Health Czar
Corruption Czar
Privacy Czar
Health Czar

Do as I say, indeed.


  1. I don't think "don't make the same mistakes we did" kind of advice is equivalent to "do as I say, not as I do." In the latter you are actually still doing what you are telling someone not to do.

    For example. If I tell my son not to forge his parents' signature on a note from his teacher, because he'll get caught and make things even worse than if he just brought the note home. That's me telling him not to repeat a mistake I made.

    On the other hand, me telling him not to sit on the internet for hours straight and go out and do something, while I sit on the internet for hours straight, is a "do what I say, not what I do" situation. I don't see them as being the same.

  2. I'm pretty sure the statement "don't make the same mistakes I did" implies that these guys recognise that they made mistakes. The vast majority of the Replublican party are not cool with that. They didn't make mistakes, they were made of win. It's the "Demoncrats" that have made all the mistakes.
    If the Republicans knew that Czars were a mistake, why on earth keep appointing them?


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