Not yet three months into their first congressional majority since 1994, the Democrats are acting like the Republicans they condemned for fiscal freewheeling.
In the House, lawmakers are considering the Democrats' $124 billion war funding bill that not only includes $21 billion for political pet projects, but also establishes an ill-advised Aug. 31, 2008, deadline for bringing the troops home from Iraq.
The legislation, swollen with $3.7 billion in farm subsidies, is expected to be voted on Thursday. It also includes $500 million for wildfire suppression, $283 million in milk subsidies, $100 million for citrus growers, $75 million for peanut storage, $25 million for spinach growers and $15 million for rice farmers. . . .We clearly remember Democrats during last fall's campaign thundering righteously against Republicans' special-interest spending, as if they had a record of frugality. That drumbeat, as well as the GOP's inability to counter the charges, was in large part responsible for the Democrats' return to power.
Back in power, however, and the Democrats revert to their free-spending ways.
The Democrats talked a good game on pork before taking power. But, then, so did the Republicans.