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Like A Drunken Sailor

Say what you want about John McCain, but he speaks his mind.

Leading Republican Sen. John McCain Sunday berated fellow lawmakers for “spending money like a drunken sailor” and said President Bush was also to blame for pushing the nation toward higher interest rates and inflation.

On the “Fox News Sunday” program, McCain lamented the closing actions of the Senate and House before recessing for the year, most notably passage of a massive overhaul of the Medicare insurance program for the elderly.

He also decried a $31 billion national energy bill, still pending until at least next year, much of which would fund industry tax breaks.

“The numbers are astonishing,” said McCain, an Arizona Republican. “Congress is now spending money like a drunken sailor. And I’ve never known a sailor drunk or sober with the imagination that this Congress has.”

At first I was going to write, “I disagree with McCain’s assertion that Congress is spending money like a drunken sailor.  As a former drunken sailor I can personally attest to the fact that drunken sailors, by definition, don’t have any money.” But then it occurred to me that Congress doesn’t have any money either, making McCain’s point all the more perfect.

Posted by Lee on 11/30/03 at 07:21 PM in Politics • Permalink


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