About an hour ago, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (Orlando, Fl) conceded to his opponent, Daniel Webster. Alan was the one Dem I thought we'd actually get to keep.
Before Congress, Alan spent years fighting government-contractor fraud, which has cost (and still costs) us taxpayers billions upon billions of dollars each year. [See Vanity Fair article.]
Ironically, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel indicated that Webster’s appeal stemmed from his sticking to “the issues worrying the Republican base: federal spending and borrowing.”
It’s ironic that the lower-earning members of the Republican base are now chanting about federal spending/borrowing. They weren’t chanting about it when George W. Bush was in office, wildly borrowing and spending and funneling money to folks who already had truckloads of it (e.g., defense contractors and bankers).
I wonder if most lower-earning members of the GOP knew, in 2008, what the national debt was—compared to what it had been when Mr. Bush took the White House. Incidentally, it about $5.7 trillion when Mr. Bush took office and about $10.6 trillion when he left. Ergo, under Mr. Bush’s watch, the national debt almost doubled. [See the U.S. debt page.]
Even more ironic is that the lower-earning members of all political parties are among those whose interests Alan Grayson fought to protect.
I just don't know what to say about that.