Monday, January 03, 2005

'An Empty Echo Chamber'

Andrew Sullivan, one of the more reasoned and reasonable conservative writers in print and on the web, wonders about whether it is moral for this administration to, as he puts it, 'fiddle the books:'
"How can anyone take this administration's fiscal intentions seriously when it engages in this kind of flim-flam? We're now used to the fact that the administration doesn't count the war in its fiscal calculations (what's a few hundred billion when it's other people's money?), but that doesn't make it any the less preposterous. And the strong case for partly privatizing social security is undermined by the president's inability to concede that it will require serious short-term borrowing. All of this is as much a moral failure as an economic one, which is why I'm still befuddled by the anemic conservative outrage. Or is sex the only area in which Republicans care about morality?"

An excellent point? Why don't more conservatives complain? If they want liberals and moderates to speak up when 'one of their own' does something stupid, illegal, or immoral, why don't they?
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