Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The Ol' Bait and Switch

Via Nathan Newman, "That $350 million for Tsunami relief is not going to be new money in the budget, but is going to be subtracted from other aid programs." Also, you know that victory that all the lefty bloggers are jumping up and down and celebrating regarding the Republican reversal of their threat to scuttle the House ethics rules they themselves set up? Let's not forget that, as Democracy Now points out, "Republicans changed a party rule so DeLay could retain his leadership post if indicted by the grand jury in Austin. Republicans gave no indication before the meeting that the indictment rule would be changed." This is standard operating procedure with these people, folks; let's not kid ourselves that progressives' efforts on both fronts actually won anything substantial. I tend to doubt many of them even have enough of a conscience to be truly embarrassed by either action, as many blogs claim they were.