Here, to show how far we havenít come as a nation, is the late and inimitable Molly Ivins, from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram of May 11, 1997:
You canít get a decent deal with people who donít want the government to work. They donít want it to work well; they donít want to work at all. The Shiite Republicans arenít interested in fixing government Ė they want to destroy it.
Why let them? Why let them abolish the tax credit for investing in low-income housing when we continue to subsidize housing for Donald Trump, who gets to write off the interest on his family mansion, his New York condo, his place in the country, his villa in Aspen, his townhouse in Miami, and his grand estate in Palm Beach? Why cut the capital-gains tax and the estate tax (so rich folks will invest more, explain the Rís), when the Rís arenít willing to invest even $5 billion of the $112 billion needed to repair schools in this country? You tell me whatís a better investment.
I think Clinton should give up on trying to make deals with these folks and just start kicking ass. And do we think he will? Of course not. Pol to the bone.