Rain Storm Jeff Gillenkirk, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle (screw the Paper of Record -- The Chronicle is the Paper of Choice as far as I'm co
May 29, 2005
Jeff Gillenkirk, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle (screw the Paper of Record -- The Chronicle is the Paper of Choice as far as I'm concerned), has decided that since he recently turned 55, it's time to be a Republican.

The reasons are many, not the least of which is age. I turned 55 recently and, having lived more than half my life, I can't afford to worry anymore about the other guy. It's time for me.

As a Republican, I can now proudly -- indeed, defiantly -- pledge to never again vote for anyone who raises taxes for any reason. To hell with roads, bridges, schools, police and fire protection, Medicare, Social Security and regulation of the airwaves.

President Bush has promised to give me more tax cuts even though our federal government owes trillions of dollars to its creditors. But that's someone else's problem, not mine. Republicans are about the here and now, and I'm here now.

As a Republican, I can favor exploiting the environment for everything she's got. No need to worry about quaint notions like posterity and natural legacy. There are plenty of resources left for everyone, and if we don't use them, someone else will.

I want a party that doesn't worry about things before we have to. Republicans refuse to get hog-tied by theories such as global warming, ozone depletion, fished-out oceans and disappearing wetlands. The real problems -- if there are any -- aren't forecast to take hold for at least 50 years. So what do I care? I'll be dead.

Since I'm creeping up on the old double nickel myself, I'm old enough to remember back 20 years or so when a fellow named James Watt was Secretary of the Interior. Watt was sort of a forerunner of today's fundie-fascist radical fringe Religious Wrong. He figured that since Jesus was coming back any day now, there was really no need to pay any mind to all this ecology stuff. The party of Here and Now, indeed.
Hypocrisy Politics in the Zeros

Employers of illegal immigrants face little risk of penalty

Owners of hotels, farms, restaurants and retail stores who hire illegal workers — never widely sanctioned to begin with — now face a negligible risk of being penalized.

What the Minutemen don't realize is they will be taking on entrenched business classes who need that cheap labor. They probably think, being good right wingers and all, that they are allies with business. They will learn differently.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Ignoreland
Since I'm creeping up on the old double nickel myself, I'm old enough to remember back 20 years or so when a fellow named James Watt was Secretary of the Interior. Watt was sort of a forerunner of today's fundie-fascist radical fringe Religious Wrong. He figured that since Jesus was coming back any day now, there was really no need to pay any mind to all this ecology stuff. The party of Here and Now, indeed.

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