If stifling artistic expression is Tom DeLay 's idea of progress, he can 't leave soon enough.
Then there was the mention of transportation. I sure as sh*t wouldn 't brag on this one. Since 1994 virtually every American air carrier has entered into some level of bankruptcy proceeding; many have reduced salaries and employee numbers; several have bit the dust.
The U.S. automobile industry, once the world leader, is in a shambles as well.
Ever depended upon Amtrak for timely service? It really sucks.
Then DeLay said something about winning the war on terror ... oh, really?
Unemployment near historic lows -- bull.
Good Ol ' Tom claims to have helped in revitalizing our space program ... I don 't see it, except where it might have aided some around Houston. OH, yeah, his constituency, right.
Time and technological advancements, plus some long-range co-op programs with the Russians, have gone a long way to give NASA a much-needed jump-start.
Word on the street has always been that upon their first meeting, DeLay took an instant dislike to young Dubya. They only tolerate each other for the welfare of the GOP. So the following is a particularly specious statement:
"It has also been an honor to work closely with ... a president with great moral integrity and leadership, George W. Bush. His administration has done much to restore the type of principled leadership that President Reagan demonstrated ... "
Principles like having Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North broker a deal to surreptitiously provide arms to Sandinista rebels in Nicaragua while aiding the Iranians.
How about repeated statements ad nauseum from George W. Bush that the Valerie Plame leak is an ongoing investigation, but when the source is found he 'll fire that person. Oh, by gosh, by golly, it was you, in your position as Absolute Ruler Without Answerability to Anyone, who ordered the leak, King George!
So, go ahead, fire yourself! Just as Tom has done.
Principled leadership? Feh! The theft of two presidential elections using unproven results that were anything but kosher; secret deals with cronies to create an "energy policy " for the new Millennium; ignored forewarnings about 9/11/2001, then two jumbo jetliners filled with human beings as well as personal belongings which mysteriously vaporized after hitting the Pentagon and crashing into a field near Shanksville, PA; three buildings of the World Trade Center that came down just a bit too symmetrically perfect, almost on cue, with the remains thereof an unstudied crime scene -- shipped all over the world faster than you could say "Osama bin Laden did it "; the aforementioned Osama 's lucky escape from the most finely honed fighting men in the world; an invasion of a sovereign nation under the guise of lies about non-existent WMDs plus a fabricated tie-in with the WTC attack; an attorney general who approves of torture, holding humans incommunicado without charges or access to counsel, and invasion of privacy upon Americans at the whim of King George XLIII; and on and on.
There are neither principles nor leadership in the current Fascist Regime, only Herr Oberst Karl Rove.