We know what 's coming next. You 're going to send us a tutor to help bring us up to speed on the national anti-terror exams. Or not. We 'll probably have to hire the tutor out of our own pocket. No problem. We 'll sell more Snapple. We 'll go back to ticketing churchgoers parked at meters on Sundays. We 'll institute a pretzel tax, a pooper-scooper tax, and a stand-up comedy tax. How about a tax for just looking at a condo? And if all that doesn 't work, say hello to the $12 pack of Newport Lights.
Seems like we never talk anymore. We 're not mind readers. Do you need to see more attacks or fewer? More foiled attempts? More foiled attempts, but with perhaps a few successful attempts sprinkled in? A dirty bomb here and there? More jihadist safe houses in Queens? Please, just tell us what you want. We 'll bring back the anthrax scares if we have to. For God 's sake, we 'll hire Dubai Ports World to run the Fulton Fish Market.
But wait, here comes new White House Press Secretary Tony Snow. His transition from FOX has been seamless, except for the fact that the Bush administration is slightly less pro-Bush than Rupert Murdoch. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship. Neil Cavuto just missed getting the Treasury job. Rumor has Sean Hannity pinch-hitting for Karl Rove. Should Condoleezza Rice walk, Fred Barnes is always waiting in the wings. Hell, either Beltway Boy will do.
And what a Snow job it was. New York City is not the target it used to be? Not a target? I seem to recall some sort of attack a few years ago, though my memory is a little foggy. Last time we checked, the score was still New York City 2,752, Washington D.C. 189, Shanksville, PA 40. No national monuments? What do you call the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Ground Zero, chopped liver? You want it, we got it: skyscrapers, Starbucks, museums. We 've gotten screwed so much, we even have a museum of sex. What 's that? You couldn 't spare the $124.5 million? Halliburton makes more in one day overcharging for gas. More has been spent covering up Abu-Ghraib and Haditha.
Faxes? E-mails? National monuments? Fuggedaboutit! Nice lame duck politics, guys. Did you hear that? That was the sound of the GOP writing off New York for '06 and '08. Up with red state security. Down with blue. The Bush administration has decided to cut and run -- from New York.
Go ahead, make our day. Slash the rest of the terrorism budget. Take all the hard core evangelicals, reactionary right-wingers, and Ann Coulter groupies you can find. You 'll never gerrymander a 31 percent approval rating into anything approaching a political victory, even with Tom DeLay in the back room cutting the most unseemly deals ever witnessed in a free society. Face it -- those filibusters are about to become subpoenas. And you know what that means. Time to crack down on gay marriage.
Rich Herschlag is a consulting engineer and the author of four books. He writes for Freezerbox.com and can be visited at RichsRant.com.