|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Wednesday, April 02, 2003
news that a federal prosecutor is siccing the Patriot Act on PayPal for its support of transactions between Americans and offshore gambling companies.
As James Donald said, you need only hear the name of the Patriot Act to know that it is an abomination. I support what Bush is doing outside America's borders, but everything he has done domestically irritates and alienates me. Everything Bush has done expands the spending and power of the federal government. I support tax cuts, but they are best used as a device to force Congress to cut back on spending. Bush has never seen a spending measure he didn't like, so what is the point of his tax relief except to run up huge deficits?
I started wondering if things would get better if Bush were ousted in 2004. Given the scorn I have for Democrats, it's a pretty drastic thought for me. But any ease I might have obtained from this scenario was dispelled when I happened upon hard-core Democratic blog The Daily Kos. The Kos echoed the line that helpless little California -- whose sweet milquetoast governor has never shaken anyone down without a handshake and a smile -- was looted by energy companies. Here are some of the comments from the enthusiastic chorus:
So the Evil Party calls any unapproved transaction "money laundering," and moves toward a world where you will need a videocamera pointed at your wallet whenever you open it to prove that you are not doing anything illegal. Meanwhile the Stupid Party, when it is not concocting bizarre conspiracy theories, wants to loot any company that has the audacity to take advantage of its legislators' economic illiteracy. (Not to mention creating a new Alien and Sedition Act to punish the press of its political opponents.) What a future I have to look forward to.
(Just to kill off any remaining hope you may have of civil liberties relief at the hands of Democrats: The most prominent anti-gambling scolds -- Minnesota Attorney General Hubert H Humphrey III and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer -- are both Democrats.)