Who is to blame?

You knew that it wouldn’t take long. As soon as the Minneapolis bridge collapsed, media personalities began to question who is to blame. Not surprisingly, some began pointing fingers at President Bush and the War in Iraq. CNN’s Jack Cafferty had this to say:

“The total outlay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, so far, over $600 billion. Think for a minute about what we could do with that money here at home, not only to improve our own infrastructure, but for other domestic needs that go wanting. Here's the question: In light of the Minnesota bridge collapse, how could the U.S. better spend the $2 billion a week that we're pouring into Iraq here at home?”

According to Cafferty, we are neglecting our own infrastructure because we are wasting so much money in Iraq. We don’t have the funds to fix our bridges and roads!

Nevermind the fact that, in 2006, the Government spent $1.4 TRILLION on entitlement programs (i.e. Social Security, Medicare, Welfare, etc.) It’s the money in Iraq that we really need to worry about. Sure, Jack.

MSNBC, not to be outdone by CNN, presented their own take on the Minneapolis bridge collapse. Mike Barnicle, guest host for MSNBC’s Hardball, actually had the gall to ask the question:

“So, I mean, to stick with the political, on this evening when nearly everyone in America is preoccupied with, with the natural disaster in, in Minneapolis, does this help the Democrats?”

In the face of tragedy, Barnicle wonders if such a disaster could benefit his buddies in the Democratic party. Why do I call them his buddies? Because, in true leftist fashion, Barnicle believes that the best way to handle future situations such as this would be to raise taxes and grow the size of the Federal Government.

Speaking to Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, Banicle said:

“So I mean you're a Republican and yet your old pal, the President's father became famous or infamous at the convention in 1988, 'Read my lips, no new taxes.' How are we gonna pay for this stuff?

Government's gotta get bigger to help, to help governors in, in various states.”

Barnicle also interviewed Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, who apparently agreed with Barnicle’s assertion that “Government’s gotta get bigger.” Congressman Frank had this to say:

“And we've got this odd view that some people have been holding, which is that any time you cut government it's a good thing. And I have colleagues who say, ‘It's the taxpayers' money not the government's money. Let the taxpayer keep the money.' Well, of course it's the taxpayers' money. Sensible taxpayers know they have two sets of needs. Some are best done individually but some we have to pool our resources. I can give you the biggest tax cut in the world, you can't fix a bridge.

Frank slams the Bush tax cuts apparently without realizing that the tax cuts have led to HIGHER government revenues. But, we’ll ignore that ignorant comment for now. His main point is about “sensible taxpayers” knowing that the Government can do more for us if we just give them more of our money.

It’s interesting that he should say that, since the Minnesota House of Representatives recently announced a $2.1 billion budget SURPLUS. This means that the citizens of Minnesota were already overtaxed. However, Barney Frank believes that “sensible taxpayers” will recognize that more of their money is required to do what is needed.

The numbers just don’t add up.


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