Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Thursday, April 07, 2005

One more from Saint Ronnie 

The following stuck out to me from Reagan's 1983 SOTU address, a speech which I also referred to in my immediately previous post,

I will adjust our program to restore America's defenses by proposing $55 billion in defense savings over the next 5 years. These are savings recommended to me by the Secretary of Defense, who has assured me they can be safely achieved and will not diminish our ability to negotiate arms reductions or endanger America's security.

Contemporary right-wingers would have you believe that Reagan "won the cold war" by forcing the Soviet Union to keep up with U.S. Defense spending. Even if Reagan hadn't suggested reducing defense spending, it would still be not so.

When Republicans suggest defense spending cuts, right-wingers say it's sound policy but when John Kerry votes for defense spending cuts it's wishing for the destruction of America. Go figure.

I'm absolutely certain that in two more decades, right-wingers - if they have not extinguished themselves by trying to prove that smog is good for you too little dioxin exposure is a health risk - they will be claiming liberals got us into the Iraq mess and tremendously increased national debt during the Bush administration.

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