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GOP Off-Track

Tuesday, 22 March 2005 12:00 AM

Baseball is a private business; do we need congressmen commenting on the aptitude and competency of the baseball commissioner? Are they qualified to even express an opinion over the running of a business they have never even worked in?

Yes, Mark McGwire embarrassed himself at that committee hearing. But these same congressmen, who heaped scorn on the use of steroids by these players, all posed in the anterooms with the same players and

Then the next day they turn their (short) attention spans to the tragedy in the Schiavo family: a case that has been looked at by Florida courts for over a decade.

Why, suddenly, do these congressmen in D.C. know more about this case – and about Florida law – than do Florida judges and doctors?

How dare the too-ambitious Senate Majority leader, Bill Frist, a former heart surgeon, say that he can diagnose Terri Schiavo from a 30-second TV news clip? How irresponsible can you get? I can diagnose this: Frist has a terminal case of Potomac Fever!

These Republicans – so-called ‘conservatives' – have now fallen into the habit of meddling in everyone's – and anyone's – business.

They have opened Pandora's box: What internal family dispute cannot now be grist for their mill? A child custody case? A divorce that involves controlling shares in an important business? Disputed ownership of a valuable asset? Why can't – and why won't – the Congress now feel it is suddenly

The liberals were always the ones who fell in love with massive federal power. And it ultimately led to their political downfall.

Now the Bush Republicans have fallen in love with it. From the very ‘nation-building' that then-candidate GW Bush criticized in 2000 to the massive new Department of Homeland Security and now their intrusion into baseball and the Schiavo case, these ‘conservatives' have become Big Government Republicans.

They spend money like liberals, they run up the debt like liberals and they ignore their own past beliefs like liberals. If it quacks like a duck ...

Fiscal responsibility is out the door nowadays; the very same congressmen who balanced the budget with Bill Clinton in the Oval Office now are presiding over massive federal debt and over-spending with GW Bush calling the shots.

And the one case that

Yes, the Republican Party is seriously off-track. Their saving grace is that the Democrats are so left-wing and out of touch that they are no threat to Republican power.

But conservatives are left to scratch their heads and ask, "Who speaks for us?"

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