Thursday, March 26, 2009

GayPatriot Finds New Excuses to Criticize Democrats; Excuse Republicans

Ah the hypocrisy continues over at GayPatriot. Today we have two new posts criticizing Democrats on issues the Republican majority failed to undertake for eight years.

First in the disparaging "When Are the Grownups Coming Home" GayPatriotWest/Dan Blatt fantasizes that if only we had mature, responsible people, a la Republicans or conservatives, in government we could finally have mature, responsible government, not an "amateur hour" at the White House.

He sites the number of unfilled positions in the Treasury department, and that the Presidential Economic Recovery Advisory Board failing to meet yet as examples of this. Also somehow the President is sloughing off responsibility by noting how we got where we are.

It would be nice for one if Dan had asked these same questions, oh I don't know, through the last eight years or so. Regarding the Treasury department, as some have noted how "maddening" the vetting process is, if only Dan had asked this of Republicans as attorneys were fired and hired in the Justice Department. The Treasury department could use the same modus operandi as the Bush Administration, and install partisan hacks instead of considering an ethical and thorough review of the candidates.

And the reports about the blue ribbon committee indicate that the process for the committee is proceeding and that informal gatherings have taken place. But rather than highlight the committee was generally only set to convene "about once a month" having been formed six weeks ago, Dan cites the gotcha story from Politico and other sources from Pajamas Media as authoritative voices. If only he'd criticized the previous administration in the same manner about not heeding the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group we surely would have helped that desert flower of democracy bloom by now and our troops would be home.

And finally, what most irks me most about GayPatriotWest's assessment is that the President shirking duty by noting the path that led to our current situation. It's fact that during the first six years of the Bush administration that Republicans were fully and overwhelmingly in the majority. They had an overt opportunity to change the practices that led to the economic meltdown. Even in the two years of Democratic house majority of the Bush administration, Republicans used procedural methods to regularly block any kind of movement on any legislative reform of anything they didn't support. The spike in use of filibusters is unprecedented by Republicans. The President Obama started his own knowledge of economics issues well before being elected, convening experts to begin examining problems and working toward solutions before ever stepping into his new role. Where was Dan then? Why wasn't he accusing Republican leadership of shirking their duties by allowing the housing bubble to occur in the first place? Why wasn't Dan fully criticizing his own Republican candidate ("I Don't Know Much About the Economy" McCain) for not being more informed about economic policies and having realistic and proven solutions to deal with them?

Would you like some whine with your cheese?

Oh and by the way Dan, if you ever happen to read this, grownups check their spelling before posting ridiculous partisan criticisms.

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