Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas from "Santa Congress"

With Christmas approaching, perhaps we should mull upon how politicians have an affinity for putting on the red suit and fake beard and being Santa Claus year round. Okay, maybe they don’t dress up like Santa, but they do act like him as they give out “presents” out of their own benevolence—after all, nobody shoots at Santa Claus, as Al Smith used to say of FDR. Some politicians use this message literally:

Comedian and conservative/libertarian P.J. O’Rourke has a funny take on this habit in this speech, approx. 7:45-9:02.

The thing is that the mythical Santa Claus makes his gifts at his own factory. Politicians merely take from Peter to give to Paul, so to speak. Maybe we should elect more of these guys into office:

How about a little more "bah humbug" to wasteful spending and unsustainable entitlements? Anyway, on this Merry Christmas Eve, let's hope that the North Pole bailout passes through.

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