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Trent Lott — Kleptomaniac

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:33 am - May 4, 2006.
Filed under: National Politics

Unlike Ohio Republican gubernatorial nominee J. Kenneth Blackwell, and U.S Senators Rick Santorum (R- PA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK), some prominent politicans who have made disparaging comments about gays have shown little commitment to principle. It now seems that one of them, Mississippi junior Senator, Republican Trent Lott, is eager to rival his bigotted West Virginia Democratic colleague’s (Robert Byrd) record in bringing home the pork to his state.

in Tuesday’s OpinionJournal’s Political Diary (available by subscription), John Fund noted how Lott helped prevent Coburn from stripping funding for two massive earmarks that the Mississippian supported, a $700 million set-aside for a railway along the Magnolia State’s Gulf Coast and a $500 million subsidy for defense contractor Northrop Grumman.

Although Mr. Lott is playing fast and loose with our tax dollars, we shouldn’t be too harsh on the junior Senator from the Magnolia State. You see, he has a problem which he unconsciously revealed in a 1998 interview with talk show host Armstrong Williams. Offering his opinions on gays, Lott said:

And you should not try to mistreat them or treat them as outcasts. You should try to show them a way to deal with that problem, just like, you know, my father had a problem, as I said, with alcoholism. Other people have sex addiction. Other people, you know, kleptomaniac.*

(Emphasis added.) That comparison seemed odd at the time, but given Mr. Lott’s record on pork-barrel spending, particularly these past few days, that spontaneous comment was clearly (what some have called) “a Freudian slip.” With those words, this politician unconsciously revealed a problem which (on a subconscious level) he likely very much wished to address but was afraid to deal with, lest he be ostracized.

Thus, when Mary Katharine Hamm blogged that “Trent Lott has not yet recognized that he has a problem,” she referred to his conscious state of mind. His comment eight years ago indicates that on some deeper level, Mississippi’s junior Senator realizes he has a problem with kleptomania, “an obsessive impulse to steal regardless of economic need.” For many years now, he has been using the congressional appropriations process to take taxpayer money for projects, nearly all of which, like the subsidy to a corporation in solid financial shape, are not economically necessary.

We should help the Senator deal with his problem, by making clear that we understand it. We won’t ostracize him for his condition — provided he acknowledge it and take steps to deal with it.

First, we need to distinguish the Senator’s problem — and our own (as he defines it). When we act out our homosexuality, provided we do so only with consenting adults, we don’t harm anyone. When, however, the Senator acts out his kleptomania, he hurts the taxpayers, by taking our hard-earned money and setting it aside for programs which further bloat an already bloated federal budget. He’s thus far more in need of treatment than are we.

Still, I don’t think we should treat Mr. Lott as an outcast because of this problem. Instead, we must help him find a way to control it. To that end, we recommend that he start reading Porkbusters every day. I’d also recommend Instapundit, the Club for Growth, fiscal publications of the Cato Institute, the Wall Street Journal editorial page as well as the speeches (in book form or via the web) of the greatest Republican president of the last century — Ronald Wilson Reagan. There are many, many other places he can go for treatment.

The Senator may think he can’t help himself, that he “needs” to take the people’s money and allocate it for projects in the Magnolia State. Perhaps, as a child, his parents didn’t give him very much — so to compensate he now needs to take from the public purse. Despite the difficulties of his childhood, we believe that familiarity with libertarian/fiscally conservative ideas will help cure this pork-barrel politician of his kleptomania.

Please Mr. Lott, get help now, lest your problem prevent you from achieving your full potential. Your problem is more than just a personal issue, it has become a national disgrace as your “need” to take taxpayers’ money further increases the size of the federal deficit.

Senator Lott, please bear in mind that just because you acknowledge your kleptomania doesn’t mean people will treat you as an outcast. We’re here to help you deal with the problem. And just think, in just a few months, you can help lead the ranks of congressional ex-kleptomaniacs, eager to put the federal fiscal house in order.

-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com

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* In a google search for the Senator’s comments, I found several different transcriptions, but in all of them the junior Senator from Mississippi compared homosexuality and kleptomania.

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27 Comments

  1. Lott is such a sick puppy. I understand that he’s obsessed with starched clean shirts, and changes his X times a day. Can’t let those in Congress know he has sweat glands in his armpits, I guess. Might be a sign of weakness.

    As for his politics, he’s a caricature of the pork-driven Southern politician. Sickening.

    Comment by Redhand — May 4, 2006 @ 7:38 am - May 4, 2006

  2. “Republicans never steal anything small,” as my mother told me at an early age.

    Comment by Ed Slavin — May 4, 2006 @ 7:45 am - May 4, 2006

  3. Redhand,

    “As for his politics, he’s a caricature of the pork-driven Southern politician. Sickening.”

    I suppose that is as opposed to the ‘Pure as the driven snow, pork-driven, Northern (Western, Eastern, etc) politician’.

    I’m a Southerner born and raised (we prefer that to reared) in the South. (A real southerner as opposed to the ‘naturalized’ Southerners henceforth known as Damn Yankees). We ‘down here’ are as disgusted with the pork problem as anybody. However, ‘down here’ we realize that this is not a geographical problem but a country wide problem with MOST politicians. Besides we may have Trent Lott but you Yankees (= all non Southerners) have Dick Durbin, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid, and many more enlightened and erudite specimens to deal with. You can read this comment as another way of saying “I might be fat but you’re ugly and I can lose weight”.

    Comment by thirdfinger — May 4, 2006 @ 9:56 am - May 4, 2006

  4. We might as well prepare for the Dems taking congress in November. The Republicans have earned a place in the minority as far as I’m concerned. It’s time to purge the party.

    Comment by sonicfrog — May 4, 2006 @ 11:49 am - May 4, 2006

  5. Besides we may have Trent Lott but you Yankees (= all non Southerners) have Dick Durbin, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid, and many more enlightened and erudite specimens to deal with

    Durbin, Kennedy and Reid don’t claim to be conservatives. Lott does.

    And shove the Dixie crap. You’re not the only Southerner here.

    Comment by rightwingprof — May 4, 2006 @ 2:02 pm - May 4, 2006

  6. As Granny would say, “he’d steal a hot stove – and come back for the smoke!”

    She was a very good judge of character.

    As for Mr. Lott:

    When did ‘alcoholism = sex addiction = kleptomaniac = gay’?

    Vera always thought it was ‘drunk = whore = thief = Senator’?

    People who live in glass houses, and all that.

    Comment by Vera Charles — May 4, 2006 @ 2:09 pm - May 4, 2006

  7. I also recommend Lott start reading the Cato blog on a regular basis.

    Comment by Drew — May 4, 2006 @ 3:03 pm - May 4, 2006

  8. Excellent post, Dan. Well stated and amusing all at the same time. :)

    Comment by Average Gay Joe — May 4, 2006 @ 7:22 pm - May 4, 2006

  9. Dan, I agree with almost everything you posted. But I am having a hard time finding evidence of Senator Rick Santorum’s principles.

    Comment by Trace Phelps — May 4, 2006 @ 9:12 pm - May 4, 2006

  10. Trace–Santorum’s been a pretty responsible social conservative except when he touches on the gay issue and then he goes a little loo-loo.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — May 4, 2006 @ 9:35 pm - May 4, 2006

  11. Saying that Santorum “goes a little loo-loo” on the gay issue is like saying that Limbaugh played a little fast and loose with 12, 000 Oxycontin pills in four months.

    Comment by Ian — May 4, 2006 @ 9:46 pm - May 4, 2006

  12. Why do I respect Gay Patriot West so much more than Gay “Patriot”?

    Comment by Ian — May 4, 2006 @ 9:47 pm - May 4, 2006

  13. Thirdfinger, I didn’t mean to suggest that Pork is a Southern-only problem. How could it be with Alaska Sen. Grassley’s “bridge to nowhere”? I note from Wikipeda though, that the term is Antebellum South in origin and that Sen. Calhoun was one of its first practitioners. Thus, when a current Southern Pol does it, it simply reinforces the old stereotype. All the more reason for a pig like Lott to stay away from the trough. And as rightwingprof notes, Lott pretends to be a conservative.

    Come to think of it, so does Bush on this issue.

    Comment by Redhand — May 4, 2006 @ 10:18 pm - May 4, 2006

  14. Pardon me, but how are these earmarks considered pork-barrel?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — May 5, 2006 @ 1:43 am - May 5, 2006

  15. Bringing home the bacon is part of what Congressmen are supposed to do.

    There is no contradiction between working to reduce the federal budget and simultaneously making sure that your own constituents are not played for patsies in the process, and still get their share of whatever pie there is.

    Comment by Ben-David — May 5, 2006 @ 4:38 am - May 5, 2006

  16. #13 ThatGayConservative — May 5, 2006 @ 1:43 am – May 5, 2006

    Pardon me, but how are these earmarks considered pork-barrel?

    They may or may not be. However, consider:

    (i) Earmarks may be directed to goods and/or services that the gov’t really needs. On the other hand, they may instead be directed to goods and/or services that the contractor can–presumably–provide, but that are not really needed by the gov’t. I recognize that “need” is in the eye of the beholder, but paying somebody to build a road from nowhere to nowhere–as allegedly happened in, for example, WVa–does not strike me as being a gov’t need.

    (ii) Even assuming that an earmark is directed to a good or service that the gov’t needs, since it is directed to a particular company–essentially on a no-bid basis–the gov’t may not be getting the best price it could for a good or service. Legitimate government contracting is actually a fairly complex process (RFPs, generating specifications for bids, RFBs, and so forth), and earmarking essentially side-steps that process. Of course, it is possible for the process to ensure that a particular company gets the contract–that is done by generating specs that are so narrow in scope that only one company can provide a bid based on the spec.

    Comment by raj — May 5, 2006 @ 8:36 am - May 5, 2006

  17. To paraphrase Ann Coulter, Trent Lott and the Dixiecrats are sterling examples of why we should be more careful who we let into the party.

    Comment by rightwingprof — May 5, 2006 @ 5:57 pm - May 5, 2006

  18. #16 rightwingprof — May 5, 2006 @ 5:57 pm – May 5, 2006

    If the US had a parliamentary form of government, you might have a point. Since it doesn’t hae a parliamentary form of government, you don’t. Have a point, that is.

    Comment by raj — May 6, 2006 @ 6:58 am - May 6, 2006

  19. I recognize that “need” is in the eye of the beholder, but paying somebody to build a road from nowhere to nowhere–as allegedly happened in, for example, WVa–does not strike me as being a gov’t need.

    It seems to me that moving goods by rail across Mississippi would be a need the same as getting back to building Navy ships and destroyers, but that’s just me. That may be petty to some others though.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — May 6, 2006 @ 7:42 am - May 6, 2006

  20. Don’t get me wrong, though. I think it’s cool that folks realize that it wasn’t just “poor blacks” and New Orleans that was hit by Katrina. It only took 7 months, but I guess better now than later.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — May 6, 2006 @ 7:49 am - May 6, 2006

  21. #18 ThatGayConservative — May 6, 2006 @ 7:42 am – May 6, 2006

    Is this supposed to be responsive to something that I wrote? If so, it is very obscure.

    Comment by raj — May 6, 2006 @ 7:56 am - May 6, 2006

  22. trent lott’s position is not at all unusual in the south, north or among anyone in this country. He was the best leader the republicans in the legistlature ever had and he was driven out by a bunch of gangsters, mainly on his own side of the aisle.

    Comment by lester — May 7, 2006 @ 8:50 am - May 7, 2006

  23. #20

    Not surprised at all, Hausfrau. If it doesn’t stick with your leftist agenda, you’re clueless.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — May 8, 2006 @ 5:46 am - May 8, 2006

  24. I cringe every time Senator Lott opens his mouth. He is my senator but I have to defend him on the so-called pork issue.

    Eight and half months ago, my beloved Mississippi Gulf Coast was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The proposed funding is money that is badly needed. Highway 90 is one of the main roads and it was heavily damaged by Katrina. Two bridges were totally destroyed along it.

    The money requested is to move the CSX railroad tracks so that Hwy 90 can be moved further inland. Hwy 90 currently parallels the beach. It was closed for three months after Katrina and in some places, it is still inaccessible because of washouts.

    Just so you know, it’s not all pork.

    Comment by seawitch — May 10, 2006 @ 11:59 pm - May 10, 2006

  25. sir is mr lott a klepto.?
    can you pls. tell me who are
    those famous people who is a kleptomaniac.
    i really need it for my research about kleptomaniac/kleptomania.
    thank’s. pls e-mail me.
    i appreciate your help..
    thanks..

    Comment by Axis — August 15, 2006 @ 9:18 am - August 15, 2006

  26. Hi i need some other famous people who are kleptomaniacs for aproject in psychology my email is livevil90@aol.com email me with some information thankx and have a great day!

    Comment by jamie Freiwald — December 15, 2006 @ 10:43 am - December 15, 2006

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