Charlie Pierce wrote the other day about the Interstate Highway System. It got me thinking. The system was championed and built by Dwight Eisenhower, a twice elected Republican President. Setting aside the fact that 50's Republicans were more liberal than today's Democrats (if you don't believe me read the 1956 Republican party platform) does anybody think we could get the Interstate System build today? I sure the hell don't.
First off you'd hear bullshit like: "The Fed-ral Gubmint can't be tellin the graht state of Mizza-sippee how tah be buildin ah roads, this ain't nuttin but an utha tak ovah from dah bee-row-crats in uh Washin-ton.
"The good pee-pul of 'Bama dont need the gub-mint tellin us what kind o signs we need on the high way"
..and so on.
The US Chamber of Commerce would be lobbying on behalf of the trucking industry about the minimal increase in the federal gas tax and how it would put the trucking industry out of business.
You'd have deficit hawks crying about how we couldn't afford it.
You'd have the Koch Brothers working behind the scenes trying to privatize the whole damn scheme.
We wouldn't have an Interstate Highway System, would we?
The Republicans are gathering in Tampa this week for their convention, the delegates consist of the following groups of people:
1. Folks who believe the world is 6,000 years old and people rode dinosaurs as did Jesus.
2. Other folks who believe life begins at conception and ends at birth.
3. A large group who believe Global Warming and Climate Change is a hoax promoted by evil scientists who just want to get rich.
4. People who learn biology from people with degrees from theological seminaries.
5. People who want the government out of their Medicare.
6. Morons who still believe the "Tea Party" is a grass roots organization.
7. Christianists who believe tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes are "god's" punishment for bad behavior will be hard pressed trying to explain why Hurricane Isaac is threatening Tampa.
8. Delegates from Texas who have rewritten the states school books to make Newt Gingrich more important than FDR and rank Reagan with the Founding Fathers.
9. People who don't believe in Evolution or any kind of science.
10. People who believe the "market" is the answer for everything as long as there is no competition or any rules to govern it.
I could go on, but I know one thing for sure, the only thing Mitt Romney has going for him with this group of flat earthers is, he is not Obama.
Republican Donor Sheldon Adelson explaining how big your dick gets when you have a billion or two dollars to throw around. Mitt is going to have a hell of a time getting his mouth around that one, isn't he?
One last thing, why doesn't Sheldon Adelson move to Israel or Macao? His heart is in Israel and he makes 90% of his income in China. Sheldon, just pack your shit and get and by the way human hair doesn't come in 'shit brindle brown" does it? You'd think billions could buy you better hair color, wouldn't you?