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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Republican Hypocrites

It didn't take very long after the attacks of 9/11 for conservatives to blame Bill Clinton for the attacks. Bill Clinton is a convenient target for Republicans who apparently suffer from some sort of short-term memory problem. Ask a conservative to think back to, say, 1996, and you're likely to get a blank stare. What happened in 1996?

What happened? Bill Clinton was trying to pass a sweeping anti-terrorism bill in 1996, which would have incorporated many of the provisions that are now a part of the Patriot Act.

Republicans, of course, were so concerned about the terrorist threat that they worked as hard as they could to block the bill Clinton wanted to pass. They were concerned that Clinton's anti-terrorism bill would violate civil liberties. I know, the irony is rich.

In 1996, Clinton requested from Congress an additional $1.1 billion to fund counter-terrorism. Republicans were not exactly supportive of the idea: Senator Orrin Hatch said in a statement that "the (Clinton) Administration would be wise to utilize the resources Congress has already provided before it requests additional funding."

Say, that has a familiar ring to it. I know why: today, the Bush Administration requested an additional $80 billion in funding for continuing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Strangely enough, no one told Bush to utilize funds already provided by Congress before requesting additional funds.

In 1996, Jeff Nelligan, a spokesman for Rep. Bud Schuster (Republican, PA), complained of the Clinton administration request for additional funds to fight terrorists: "They've given us no idea where they are going to get the money."

I wonder if anyone has asked President Bush where he's going to get the money for his spending request? Nah.

For a more complete look at how Republicans attempted to thwart passage of anti-terrorism legislation, take a look at news articles from September 1996.

Quick note: This is just an update regarding college and liberal indoctrination. So far, I've seen no evidence of liberal indoctrination. However, in my film studies class, there is a definite Alfred Hitchcock bias. Not sure if there's a hidden agenda at play. I will be on the lookout for it, though.

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