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August 30, 2004

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Jake

More proof that no Democrat can get elected Senator, Governor or President unless he lies to the American people and projects himself to the voters as a conservative.

Marc Brazeau

Adrian,
You see the ability to reach across the aisle as something to be ashamed of?

Shame on you.


Jake-
Yeah that's why Newt Gingrich stole Phil Donahue's hair.

We'll see if Keyes can beat Obama. The choice between Conservative and Liberal couldn't be clearer.

My Governor, Ted Kulongowski and one Senator, Ron Wyden are both 'out' liberals.

Other examples:
Ted Kennedy
Diane Feinstein
Carl Levin
Joe Biden
Barbara Boxer
Robert Byrd
Hillary Clinton
John Edwards
Russ Feingold
Bob Graham
Tom Harkin
Ernest Hollings
John Kerry
Patrick Leahy
Jay Rockafeller


Clinton never pretended to be conservative and he'd still be President if it was Constitutional.

Daschle's use of bipartisanship and national security credentials is not pretending to be a conservative.

Democrats lead this country to victory in WWI and WWII, Kennedy faced down Kruschev in the Cuban Missile crisis. Bill Clinton was a h**luva lot more focused on Bin Laden pre-9/11 than Bush and took the strongest steps against that this country was ready for.

Being strong on National Defense is a typical Democratic position.

Typical Republican national defense positions include letting defense contractors write our defense shopping list adding equipment the Pentagon doesn't want and missile defense systems that everyone knows can't work. Typical Republican national defense position are to send our soldiers into war at any opportunity and then to shortchange veteran's programs.

If Bush had stayed the course and hunted down Bin Laden instead of dragging the country into the boondoggle in Iraq and the World into a war of civilizations that will embroil us for at least the next 30 years, then he would have some National Security cred.

Instead he has put us all in danger by going after a hornet's nest with a stick like it was a pinata instead of calling the exterminator to come in the night and doing the job right.

Marc Brazeau

and another thing.

Prominent Democrats

  • Senator Tom Daschle - Served his country in uniform, 1969-72
  • Former Vice President Al Gore - enlisted August 1969; sent to Vietnam January 1971 as an army journalist, assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade headquartered at Bien Hoa, an airbase twenty miles northeast of Saigon.
  • Daniel Inouye... Democrat... Medal of Honor, World War Two
  • John Kerry... Democrat...Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat
  • Charles Rangel...Democrat... Bronze Star, Korea
  • Max Cleland... Democrat... Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam
  • Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) - U.S. Army, 1951-1953.
  • Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) - U.S. Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
  • Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) - U.S. Army Ranger, 1971-1979.
  • Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC) - served as a U.S. Army officer in World War II, receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.
  • Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) - two tours in Vietnam, two Distinguished Flying Crosses as a helicopter pilot, two Bronze Stars, and the Soldier's Medal.
  • Ambassador "Pete" Peterson, Air Force Captain, POW, Democratic congressman, Ambassador to Viet Nam, and recipient of the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit
    Rep. Mike Thompson, D-CA: served in combat with the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade; was wounded and received a Purple Heart.

    Prominent Republicans

  • GW Bush - decided that a six-year Nat'l Guard commitment really means four years.
  • VP Cheney - avoided the draft, did not serve several deferments, the last by marriage (in his own words, "had other priorities than military service")
  • Att'y Gen. John Ashcroft - did not serve; sought deferment to teach business ed at SW Missouri State
  • Paul Wolfowitz, did not serve
  • Richard Perle, did not serve
  • Karl Rove - avoided the draft, did not serve,
  • Spencer Abraham, did not serve
  • Bill Kristol, did not serve
  • House Majority Leader Tom Delay - avoided the draft, did not serve.
  • Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert - avoided the draft, did not serve.
  • House Majority Whip Roy Blount - did not serve
  • Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist - did not serve.
  • Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, R-KY - did not serve
  • Rick Santorum, R-PA, third ranking Republican in the Senate - did not serve.
    Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott - avoided the draft, did not serve.
  • Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld - served in the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as an aviator and flight instructor. Served as President Reagan's Special Envoy to the Middle East and met with Saddam Hussein twice in 1983 and 1984.
  • Jeb Bush, Florida Governor - did not serve.
  • Former Speaker Newt Gingrich - avoided the draft, did not serve
  • "B-1" Bob Dornan - avoided Korean War combat duty by enrolling in college acting classes. Enlisted only after the fighting was over in Korea.
  • Phil Gramm - avoided the draft, did not serve, four (?) student deferments


    and another thing.

    No Republican can pass any legislation without lying to the American people about it's effects.

    The Administration lied about the actual cost of the new prescription benefit to get it passed.

    The Administration lied about who would get the bulk of their tax breaks to get them passed.

    A few of his lies about the Patriot Act:

    The President:

    "By the way, the reason I bring up the Patriot Act, it's set to expire next year. I'm starting a campaign to make it clear to members of Congress that it shouldn't expire. It shouldn't expire for the security of our country."

    The Truth:

    Less that 10 percent of the Patriot Act expires; most of the law is permanent and those portions that do sunset will not do so until December 31, 2005.

    The President:

    "And that changed, the law changed on- roving wiretaps were available for chasing down drug lords. They weren't available for chasing down terrorists, see?"

    The Truth:

    Roving wiretaps were available prior to 9/11 against drug lords and terrorists. Prior to the law, the FBI could get a roving wiretap against both when it had probable cause of crime for a wiretap eligible offense. What the Patriot Act did is make roving wiretaps available in intelligence investigations supervised by the secret intelligence court without the judicial safeguards of the criminal wiretap statute.

    On education:


    Bush was able to persuade the top two education Democrats in Congress, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), to work with him on the No Child Left Behind Act. And when the lawmakers objected to voucher provisions, Bush dropped the vouchers -- and toned down the testing measures to win Congress' approval.

    But in his 2003 budget, Bush proposed funding levels far below what the legislation called for, requesting only $22.1 billion of the $29.2 billion that Congress authorized. For the largest program, Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which provides support to students in impoverished school districts, Bush asked for $11.35 billion out of the $18.5 billion authorized. His 2004 budget was more than $6 billion short of what Congress authorized. Furious, Kennedy called Bush's proposal a "tin cup budget" that "may provide the resources to test our children, but not enough to teach them."


    Healthcare

    Despite rhetoric promising to increase other health spending, a close reading of the House Republican budget proposal shows $2.4 billion in cuts for programs -- such as the National Institutes of Health, Community Health Centers and the Ryan White AIDS program -- that Bush has pledged to support. Even though Bush vowed in his State of the Union address to spend $15 billion over the next five years to provide AIDS relief to Africa, much of that money won't be available until at least 2006.

    the environment

    "Clear Skies legislation, when passed by Congress, will significantly reduce smog and mercury emissions, as well as stop acid rain. It will put more money directly into programs to reduce pollution, so as to meet firm national air-quality goals. ..." -- George W. Bush, Earth Day speech, April 22, 2002
    Actually, the Clear Skies law doesn't do any of this. The act, in fact, delays required emission cuts by as much as 10 years, usurps the states' power to address interstate pollution problems and allows outdated industrial facilities to skirt costly pollution-control upgrades. The Environmental Protection Agency ensured that few people would notice this last regulation by announcing the change on the Friday before Thanksgiving and publishing it in the Federal Register on New Year's Eve. Still, nine northeastern states immediately filed suit against the administration; their case is pending.

    . . . Here's another classic Bush whopper. In his State of the Union address, the president proposed $1.2 billion in research funding to develop hydrogen-powered cars, in part to make the United States less reliant on foreign oil. What he didn't say is that the technology and infrastructure needed to mass produce such cars won't be available until at least 2020.

    That's not even getting into the "intelligence failures" in the run up to the invasion of Iraq.

    Your ball, your court.

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