Tin Shop Tartan - Randolph County Alabama's Own Snarky and Surly Scot Gets All Native

Blogging from the suburbs of the Tin Shop community, Captain Plaid brings Progressivism, and a share of Quixotic angst, to the ridges and hollows of Randolph County, Alabama. Hardly a booster yet rooted here enough to fight, Plaidsters can perhaps find like cause in trying to build local solutions to global concerns. Education, environment, economy, entertainment, engagement ... Trust the Tartan!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The soft bigotry of low expectations?

Bloggered still on posting images, I'll point locals to the East for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's resident Libertarian/Republican shill Jim Wooten for today's "Right Thinking".

Jim's a frequent target of Captain Bama yet I've thought locals might enjoy reading some of his "thinking". Our post title comes from a Bu$hCo line defending "accountability" in education such as "No Child Left Behind". "Low expectations" certainly applies to Jim's vision of government when he writes the following:

... While some have called this a do-nothing Congress, House Republicans point to a long list of accomplishments, ranging from tough border security to a 37 percent reduction in earmarks, or $7.8 billion. They cite, too, House passage of a version of the line item veto, death tax repeal, health savings accounts, reauthorization of the Patriot Act, prescription drug, a 401(k) tax-deferred savings account for kids and various other initiatives, though all have not made it into law.

Lots of the disgruntled conservatives are upset about spending. But what’s the alternative? Bigger spenders? Not likely. It’s worth asking: Is this a do-nothing Congress and, if so, how do you intend to respond to it?

Frankly, I don’t want or expect that much. Secure borders, tax relief, a reduction in pork-barrel spending and support for the war on terrorism — that just about covers what I want out of Congress. Confirmation of judicial nominees is about all I want out of the Senate.

I'm often floored that Jim continues to get space. If I were a GOP guru, I'd dare not let Jim shill for me, even deep in the Red States. I can barely follow his writing and logic on some days. Perhaps they, like Wooten from government, expect little? While I'm thrilled that much of the House legislation has not become law, since they are simply such dreadful policies for average Americans, the idea that all Jim would want from the Senate is to have them simply confirm Justices like "Strip Search Sammy" Alito is revealing.

I can think of so much that government could do for our society, including here locally. To have Jim Wooten openly reveal his distain for government is appreciated. Roanoke/Randolph County, and Alabama/The South plus our nation and world, needs to understand Republican/Conservative "thinking". Jim is actually a great advocate of what this philosophy has created and how failures will continue absent a new direction. Conservatives have had essentially twenty five years where if they weren't in control then at least they were nearly so. They've certainly shown these last six years their ideas and beliefs are simply dangerous. It is time for a return to reason and high expectations. Peace ... or War!