Behind the bailout backlash

Some in the national media have branded Congress "incompetent" and "irresponsible" for not agreeing to the economic rescue sooner.

This page would never shrink from pointing out incompetence on Capitol Hill. But that's not the reason the rescue plan stalled this week.

Indeed, it's just the opposite: A number of politicians were actually listening to their constituents for a change. And the public has been adamant in its opposition to the plan.

Whether that's because folks don't see the seriousness of the problem and the potential effects on them, or because they simply don't agree with bailing out failed firms and fat cats, they have inundated their members of Congress with calls and e-mails opposing the bailout.

Maybe that will change if the deal's terms end up more favorable to taxpayers. We're skeptical: It appears, instead, that the bill is being loaded up and larded up with baubles and bells that may end up costing us more. True to form, the Senate bailout bill included money for race tracks, wool research and Caribbean rum.

Were you not aware that sheep needed bailing out? Neither were we.

Regardless, this has all the earmarks -- poor choice of words -- of the failed "comprehensive" immigration bills of several years ago. Elites in Washington wanted to ram immunity for illegals down America's throat. Despite being busy earning a living, hundreds of thousands of us stopped that canard in its tracks. Twice.

The difference this time is that the rescue sure seems necessary. Congress and the White House will just have to convince a whole lot of folks that it is.

But it's not "incompetence" for members of Congress to ask the same questions their constituents are asking. It's what a republic does.

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