"Republicans will defend taxpayers" (Who live off their dividends)

The Washington Times, September 14, 2005: "House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an 'ongoing victory,' and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget...Asked if that meant the government was running at peak efficiency, Mr. DeLay said, 'Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we've pared it down pretty good.'"

The Washington Times, Sept. 26, 2005: "We need to drag this woodpile of wasteful spending that is buried in the federal budget out into the light and throw it onto the scrap heap," Tom DeLay wrote.

Um. Okay. So we thought maybe, after being called to the carpet by conservative columnists and members of his own party, that DeLay might feel the need to defend his comments.

Instead, it looks as though he's decided to pretend those words were never uttered. What else could explain the 180?

Oh wait...he goes on: "[O]ur party must also trumpet our accomplishments. So far this year, the House-passed appropriations bills have cut 98 low-priority programs."

Mr. DeLay, would you please e-mail us a list of those 98 low-priority programs? We're just wondering if New Orleans levees were on that list. 'Cause, I mean, obviously payouts to the oil industry and credit card companies and tax breaks for the wealthiest one percent -- all groups who have given generously to your campaigns in the past -- are pretty high priorities for you, so we're just wondering what you would consider "low-priority." Thanks.