Good thing no one has noticed that this poor “broke” nation just fired 160 million-dollar-a-piece cruise missiles into Libya. Fine, maybe 2 million a shot. Has the grand old party has turned a blind eye to the expense of an entire fleet steaming around the Mediterranean, and the cost of flying hundreds of planes on nightly sorties through the Saharan dark? Maybe, but think about how much we’re saving flying 20 B2 bombers out of Missouri to Africa and back.
In fact, the once reasonable Lindsey Graham, who used to be the one senator willing to negotiate with the Democratic majority, has now come out to demand leadership in the Libyan “no fly zone” operation. Well, it’s really more of a “no breathe” zone for Gadaffi isn’t it? But let’s not call it a war, that would be very unpopular and everyone knows we’ve given that up completely.
We would think that after the debacle of Wisconsin, where we proved tricker than the Democrats at getting laws passed and boosting union membership, we might want to take a short breather and let someone else drive for a while. Nah. Not only does the Republican leadership want to be in charge of operation “Pound Sand”, they’re complaining that we didn’t get started fast enough.
So, where’s the “we’re broke” party now? If you listen carefully you can almost hear the crickets chirping in the Tea Party seats, or is that the ocean? Still it’s obvious that everybody has to cut back and share the load, except the military of course, and anyone making over $250,000 a year. It’s a simple case of Teachers and Firemen for smart bombs and enhanced firepower. That’s what makes America great.
Although I do believe I heard Republican leaders mutter the words “defined goals” about the ongoing conflict. We better get that in writing. By “ongoing conflict” I mean Libya, not the other two. Although, Iraq has calmed down to a trifle so I suppose we have room to start another military action. It’s all good press for a stupendous military budget, and now that the danger of state employes looting the treasury is vanquished, there should be plenty for all.
Thinking about the future, should we be worried about 2012? Please, from a population of voters who buy that the problem with public schools is that the teachers make too much money? Nah, and Nah again. We’ve got the next election sown up! All we need now is a creditable candidate, and to pay off our campaign debts from last time, and a really good explanation for why we can’t seem to pass a budget, and ….. Well you know, stuff.
Copyright Prentiss Gray 2011