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Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Tom DeLay ... Thinker

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is seeking to broaden his professional pedigree from exterminator to philosopher (and liberals call the GOP anti-intellectual!). Explaining why he opposed a "pay as you go" requirement that would force any new tax cuts to be matched with a reduction in spending, DeLay said:

"We, as a matter of philosophy, understand that when you cut taxes the economy grows, and revenues to the government grow," Mr. DeLay said. "The whole notion that you have to cut spending in order to cut taxes negates that philosophy, and so I'm not interested in something that would negate our philosophy."

I'm sure that "as a matter of philosophy" he also "understands" that there are Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, and that "as a matter of philosophy" he "understands" that the 2003 Bush Tax Cut has created 340,000 new jobs a month since it was passed, just as its sponsors said it would.

Regrettably, for our international credibility and the more than 2 million people who have lost jobs since this administration took office, I have to point out that as a matter of fact, neither of those things are true.

Philosophy over facts. I guess those liberal "anti-intellectual" arguments might be onto something after all.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Who's the "Nanny Party?" Bloomberg reports:
Bush, 57, and Vice President Dick Cheney, 63, also have agreed to one joint private session with all commissioners, Gonzales said. Bush and Cheney won't testify under oath, McClellan said. One commission staff member will be present to take notes of the session, Gonzales said.

Up to now, Bush had agreed to meet only with the commission co-chairmen.

The President tells terrorists to bring it on, but he won't face the 9/11 Commission un-chaperoned? Who's in charge here?