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And Republicans Wonder Why They’re In The Wilderness

Don’t buy or own any property in Mississippi, at least not while Republican Governor Haley Barbour is in the Governor’s mansion:

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’s vetoing a bill that would limit the use of eminent domain because it would hurt the state’s ability to lure economic development projects.

The bill would’ve prevented the government from taking land for private projects. Barbour said Monday eminent domain was needed to lure projects such as the Nissan vehicle plant in Canton and the Toyota plant in north Mississippi.

And who is on the side of private property?

The bill was filed by Rep. Ed Blackmon, a Democrat from Canton. An attempt to override veto would have to start in the House, where Blackmon is head of the Judiciary A Committee.

Sen. Eric Powell, a Democrat from Corinth, said he voted for the bill and he doesn’t intend to change his vote.

Amazing. What in the hell happened to individual rights and small and less intrusive government among Republicans? And, at least in Mississippi, why are they ceding the fight to Democrats?

Is it any wonder the GOP is losing support at a dizzying rate? With “Republicans” like Barbour, the GOP doesn’t need any enemies.


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8 Responses to And Republicans Wonder Why They’re In The Wilderness

  • When you have to trust the random Democrat to stand up for your property rights, it is indeed a sad, sad, state of affairs.

  • This is deserving of a Constitutional Amendment.  Too bad the Republicans prefer power to principle, which oddly enough leaves them with neither.

    • MarkDToo bad the Republicans prefer power to principle, which oddly enough leaves them with neither.

      A-MEN!  At the very least, one would think that the GOP would realize that these sorts of actions hurt them in the long run: when they act like democrats (spit), they merely provide grist for the MiniTru propoganda mill and lower the bar for democrat (spit) behavior.  Witness TAO and his use of Bush’s big spending to justify his own even larger deficits.

      Note to the GOP: Even if you aren’t a conservative, start acting like it, dammit!  Acting like a f***ing democrat (spit) merely angers your own base as well as hands over free propaganda to the enemy.

  • Question: Is it possible for Republicans to kick this Governor out of the party?

    If it is possible, is it desirable to have all Republicans adhere to party dogma or risk being censured at best and excommunicated at worst? How does this play out at the state versus national level?

    /inquisitive Canadian

    • An interesting question.  The apparent choice is between “the big tent” that tolerates and even welcomes a variety of opinions and positions, and “the small tent” that is rigidly orthodox and de facto exclusive.  It seems to me that neither extreme can exist in reality: too big a tent isn’t an organized party anymore, while too small a tent becomes such a tiny minority that it effectively ceases to exist.

      In my view, the problem facing the GOP is deciding exactly what the party DOES stand for.  Big spenders like Trent Lott, Ted Stevens and George W. Bush have made a joke of fiscal responsibility; don’t even get me started on RINO’s like Collins, Specter and Snowe.  Abortion is a big wedge issue; guns are also a wedge issue, though to a smaller extent.  The party as a whole faces the same problem them many GOP voters face when they enter the booth: “Do I vote for the GOP candidate even though he doesn’t really agree with me on X, Y, or Z?” (democrat voters don’t have this problem; they think what their party tells them to think and vote how their party tells them to vote)

      There is also the very real issue of practical politics.  Should we boot RINO’s like Specter when the net effect will be to give even more power to the democrat trash?  Or should we clasp the viper to our bosom in the interest of keeping our caucus (and, hence, power) as great as possible and just accept that he will bite us from time to time?

      Personally, I would like to see more party discipline, but I realize that the result (especially for the short term) will be MORE democrat scum in the Congress as RINO’s, finding that the GOP is no longer tolerant of wishy-washy, pseudo-Republican Benedict Arnolds, switch their party affiliation a la Jim Jeffords.



    • Oh looker, thanks a lot for reminding me of my Sooners being unable to win a Bowl game in recent years.  I just recently forced myself to forget about it. 😉

      Of course the irony is that if the legislators were able to fix the BCS system (and I’m not suggesting that they could, or even that it is their place to do so), it would prove to be the most popular and productive thing they could do or have done in ages – rather than the more common unpopular and/or destructive.

      I found this bit from your link to be most humorous,
      In the House, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, has sponsored legislation that would prevent the NCAA from calling a football game a “national championship” unless the game culminates from a playoff system.

      Wouldn’t that raise this question: Couldn’t then the BCS just change the name?

      Perhaps channeling the Japanese.  The BCS Super Wonderful Happy Time Football Game.
      Or maybe perhaps Borat.  The BCS For Make Benefit Glorious Football Game.

      Just a thought.