Looks like Mark Levin and his fellow conservative Republicans got stiffed, eh?
Mr. President, the Left hated you the day you walked into the Oval
Office, if not before. Their hate for you is frozen in time. If you
actually believe in what you are doing, then I and many others
misjudged you. You expanded the federal role in education, and we held
our nose because of the war. You signed McCain-Feingold in the dead of
night, and we held our nose because of the war. You expanded Medicare
by adding prescription drugs, and we held our nose because of the war. You increased farm subsidies, and we held our nose because of the war.
you disparage us for opposing a massive amnesty program that endangers
our economy and national security. Today you even embrace the religion
of global warming, a stunning shift from prior policy (your
administration even went to the Supreme Court and argued correctly that
carbon dioxide is not a pollutant).What’s a conservative to do?
So: the great king of 2000 is now the bad king of 2007. Wonder who’ll be the great king of 2008…
In the meantime, I think I’ll just go and make my health, wealth, outlook, future and happiness better. If I start now, maybe the cost of the great king of 2008’s new "initiatives" won’t phase me. Or, maybe it’ll be a great king that’s great because he’ll promise to steal 10-15% less (renewable at four years; sunsets in eight) and I’ll be even further ahead.
In any case, I’m just going to get ahead in spite of all that. The best way not to get yourself stiffed is to not do business with crooks; though it’s sometimes unavoidable. Then again, you can always take "Larry Livingston‘s" observation to heart and look at the bright side.
The beauty of doing business with a crook is that he always forgives you for catching him, so long as you don’t stop doing business with him. It’s all right as far as he is concerned. He is willing to meet you more than halfway. Magnanimous souls!
– Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Edwin Lefèvre, 1923
(Levin NRO bit via Hemingway)