It’s funny despite the fact that it’s true: Glenn Reynolds compares our leaders to drunken sailors, and finds that they should aspire to such a higher degree of responsible behavior:
ANNE APPLEBAUM: Why is the Right doing so well in Europe? For a start, they don’t spend like drunken sailors. The underlying point is good, but I think that expression is actually unfair to drunken sailors. Drunken sailors generally spend cash that they’ve already earned themselves, rather than running up debt to be paid by others. If our politicians started spending like drunken sailors, it would in fact represent a dramatic improvement.