From the column in the Wall Street Journal today titled “Earmark Nation,” by Daniel Henninger.
John Murtha of Johnstown is the canary in the mine shaft. In politics, the canaries don’t die. They adapt and learn to live with the toxic fumes of public spending on scales beyond morality or understanding. We are just about there.
These words come very close to enshrining just how little I think of John Murtha.
Another great line concerning the bleak future:
Barack Obama isn’t a reformer. He’s the president of Earmark Nation. We are about to enact the Obama federal health-insurance entitlement, which on top of all the other entitlements and their limitless liabilities will require pulling trillions of dollars more into the federal budget. Whatever nominal public good this is supposed to achieve, it means that they, these 535 pols, most of them gerrymandered for life, will decide in perpetuity the details of how to dole it out.
Get ready for the rough ride to the bottom.