In an NPR piece today on the on-again-off-again auto industry bailout, I heard a statement by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell that literally made me gag: ” Republicans will never allow taxpayers to subsidize failure”. Look around you, Senator, at the miserable wreckage of our economy, our foreign policy, our healthcare system, our budget, our military, and our national image. We the people, we the taxpayers, have – during the past 8 years – financed the single greatest failure in the history of our country, a failure perpetrated by a Republican administration and a Republican Congress. This is your legacy, Senator, and the legacy of George W. Bush. It is a legacy of dismal failure and shame that no apology can undo.