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Democrats’ plan is disappointing

July 31, 2006

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Many Americans have grown increasingly frustrated with the performance of President Bush and his GOP colleagues in Congress, and there is no question that the current environment presents Democrats with an opportunity to gain some ground in the fall elections.

But there is a problem. We know we aren't happy with the way things are going, but we have been waiting in vain for the Democrats to tell us just how, exactly, they would make things better.

The wait finally ended last week as the Democratic Leadership Council (the supposedly moderate think tank that propelled one Clinton into the White House and may be poised to try to repeat the feat) unveiled its vision for new-and-improved government to much fanfare at its summer meeting. Its members call their master plan the "American Dream Initiative."

I have read the document, and I can sum it up for you very succinctly. It consists of two major steps:

(1) Repeal the Bush tax breaks that chiefly benefit wealthy individuals and large corporations.

(2) Take the money saved in step 1 and create new government spending programs to appease unhappy, non-wealthy citizens.

This is classic Democratic thinking. They believe there is no problem that can't be solved by a generous government spending program. Among the goodies they are dangling before us are tax breaks and state block grants to encourage more Americans to get a college education, tax breaks for new home buyers, and a plan to provide health care for all U.S. children.

But my favorite part of the plan is what they call the Baby Bond. The Democrats want to give every child in the United States a $500 savings bond at birth, and another one when they turn 10. Is this a great country or what? "Welcome to America, kid. Here's $1,000 just for being born!"

Not mentioned in the American Dream Initiative are any details on how Democrats would deal with the Iraq situation, the terrorist threat or the impending financial meltdown the government is poised to suffer when the Baby Boomers overwhelm Social Security and Medicare in coming years. Perhaps those trifling details will be covered in a sequel.

I have a message for Hilary Clinton (chief author and head cheerleader for the "Initiative") and her Democratic cohorts. Speaking as an independent voter who is thoroughly disenchanted with Bush and his comrades on Capitol Hill, I was open to what you had to say and there was a real opportunity to win me over. And you blew it. You absolutely blew it.

We have real problems. Serious, dire, emergency-type problems like war, enormous budget deficits and the erosion of our civil liberties. And you want to give us targeted tax breaks and Baby Bonds. How very disappointing.

My vote is not for sale. I want a government that can make hard, responsible decisions and tell me what I need to hear, not what they think I want to hear. The last thing we need from our drowning-in-red-ink federal government is a new $500 billion spending program.

Try this campaign slogan on for size: "NO new spending and NO tax cuts for anyone until we get our financial house in order." I believe a lot of Americans would respond to that. We're smarter than you give us credit for.

Color me unexcited about the Democrats in '06 and Hilary in '08. They had an opportunity to step up and show some real leadership and they watched the pitch sail by.

- Bill Ferguson is a columnist for the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph. His e-mail address is fergcolumn@hotmail.com.

Comments

ASBESTOS 8 years, 9 months ago

"The mark of a truly educated person is the ability to learn, and assimilate truth, from the past."

Guess that won't help you out! LOL

ASBESTOS 8 years, 9 months ago

"The Republicans and the Democrats are, in the grand scheme of things, the same party with a few irrelevant differences."

Jayhawks I agree with you on that!

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

assbestos:

Lots of noise and exclamation, but not much substance. Read the Gracchi (sp?) brothers in early Rome if you are too . . . obtuse to read the Greeks.

Dilettante, thou name is . . . assbestos.

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

Can hardly wait until November. Will chortle with glee.

Why is Herbert Spencer replacing Thomas Hobbes as the philosophical underpinning of the US government?

Big pictures, with smaller ones running inside them. They are part of what makes life fascinating. Enjoy.

jayhawks71 8 years, 9 months ago

The mark of a non-thinker is one who simply quotes others without considering the alternatives.

The Republicans and the Democrats are, in the grand scheme of things, the same party with a few irrelevant differences.

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

Be patient. Fiscal conservatism will be the centerpiece of Democratic platforms and administrations. Liberal Democrats have saved the country before, and will again.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 9 months ago

LOL THAT IS RICH!!!

Xeno fancies himself as a self-stylized Renaissance Man!

Oh! MY! GOD!

"Reading about Thebes and Corinth would be illuminating for you. If nothing else, it would emphasize the wisdom of income-distribution responsibilites exercised by the federal government . . . responsibilites that keep our country from resembling Paris in the 17th century, when 15 million Parisiens starved to death during the last half of the century."

Hee hEE! What a riot!

YOU can't possibly tank yourseld that seriously? DO You?

Superficail!

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

assbestos & pathetic Richard:

Can't you guys come up with anything even remotely original?

Make a wish . . . and blow. What is that, high school sophomore? Grow up.

Reading about Thebes and Corinth would be illuminating for you. If nothing else, it would emphasize the wisdom of income-distribution responsibilites exercised by the federal government . . . responsibilites that keep our country from resembling Paris in the 17th century, when 15 million Parisiens starved to death during the last half of the century.

I do my best for you guys, but you seem unusually . . . obtuse.

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

Conservatives should read the history of Greek city states who fought, and were eventually decimated by, internecine warfare between the haves and have nots when all the wealth and power in the cities became concentrated in the hands of a few individuals, families or factions.

The mark of a truly educated person is the ability to learn, and assimilate truth, from the past.

Of course, it is my personal opinion that, to make Americans more reliant, pensions for military retirees should be revoked, discontinued. They should be made to work and earn their way like everyone else.

Besides, to give pensions like this smacks of socialism.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 9 months ago

OH very good HGA, quote from MSNBC the least watched cable channel on the tube. The only "network" that they beat out on ratings is "Air America".

This is what I mean about YOU. You get the quotes from the most biased places and call them fact, kinda reminds me about that "yankee doodle fella".

MSNBC is NOTORIOUS with their polls (everyone knows this because they are only quoted by....MSNBC.

They got 86% to "impeach" because 43 Dem seantors called in! LOL That almost doubled their viewer numbers for the day! ROTFLMAOALB!!!!! (And Lungs Bleeding (from laughing so hard))

C'mon, am I supposed to take that post as "real polling". That was a callin.

GOod LOrd.

as_I_live_and_breathe 8 years, 9 months ago

did you know that a recent poll indicates that 89% of auto accident victims ate lettuce less than 30 days before the accident? so is lettuce dangerouse or are Polls silly??? ....

ASBESTOS 8 years, 9 months ago

You make the incorrect assumption that the rest of us don't read.

Read these 2 quotes...of yours. Are you that self centered and arrogant? Glad I don't have to spend time around you!

Big mistake from someone that considers himself:

"The mark of a truly educated person is the ability to learn, and assimilate truth, from the past."

"Reading about Thebes and Corinth would be illuminating for you. If nothing else, it would emphasize the wisdom of income-distribution responsibilites exercised by the federal government . . . responsibilites that keep our country from resembling Paris in the 17th century, when 15 million Parisiens starved to death during the last half of the century."

Are YOU SERIOUS!!!!!

cowboy 8 years, 9 months ago

a large line of bulldozers line up from the western boundary of DC and head purposefully towards the ocean. the world would be much better off !

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

Be surprised if the Cowboy Idiot serves out his term.

When the full extent of the massive manipulation of intelligence that preceeded the Iraqi invasion becomes known to the public, despite the best efforts of Pat Roberts to hold off releasing his committee's report - even though, as a heavily GOP-represented group determined to protect their president, they have tried to soften the blow - Bush will be under tremendous pressure to resign.

Pressue will not come merely from the other political party; rather, a vast public outpouring of indignant anger from tens of millions of ordinary citizens will convince the Chief Cowboy Idiot that his time to ride off into the Texas sunset has come. And good riddance.

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

We all have to die, it's just a matter of when. I have two, possibly three, good novels in me before I shuffle off this mortal coil.

Thought for sure you'd go postal over the pension post; it's semi-amusing when the LJW censors remove your posts.

Oh well, there's always next time.

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

Look, GWB is a dumb ass. His daddy's rich friends got him elected to serve as a mouthpiece for their special interests and causes, which is what he does, period.

The guy has been a disaster for America - anyone who can't see that is dumber than he is, which is saying a lot.

Domestically, with his "singing statements" and his outright criminal negligence inre basic constitutional rights and procedures ("but, we're at war, so none of that should apply") reduce him to mediocrity, but his mishandling of foreign policy, from the disaster in Iraq (what idiot ever thought to plant a pluralistic democracy in a Muslim country with absolutely no prior experiece whatsoever with democracy) to his palpable amateurism in Lebanon vis-a-vis Israel and Hezbollah has radically changed the landscape of the Middle East and will essentially hamstring US foreign policy for years.

A disaster. George Bush is the worst president in American history, for many reasons . . . some of which will become more evident - and more painfully evident - with the passage of time.

Those of you who parrot idiot refrains in support of GWB are beneath contempt.

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

Pilgrim:

Richard, you don't know squat about Lenin. Please quit posting bogus drivel. Play with your three-year-old grandson and leave serious discussions to the better-informed.

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

rightthinker:

Thank you for your solicitude, but malt liquor is the only solace I seek or require.

I expect, this time next year, for you to indicate your support for St. Hillary for president in the '08 race.

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

swbsow:

Good post. Very informative, and possibly a source of instruction to our "acumen-challenged" adversaries.

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

BTW, fundamentalist Christian conservative Rebooblicans are getting their asses kickes, and good, all across our beloved state.

Find a quiet corner and go wait for your dead Galilean to return, without inflicting anyone else with your retrograde social/political beliefs.

Klickhammer 8 years, 9 months ago

Let's get some definitions straight here.

"Looney Left" means anyone who thinks critically, doesn't support, contradicts, or detracts from the Party Line. The very nature of reporters makes them all Looney Lefts. The ideal vision of news media is to simply truck the propaganda from the White House to the American public without modification. This is called Free Press. They're free to report as told or to take a hike.

"Free Speech" means any expressed sentiment that agrees with the Party Line. This also can be called "Fair and Balanced" or "Objective" for the more fanciful. Anything outside of Free Speech is either "Helping the Terrorists" or "Lies", and must be identified and stopped, lest the entire country peril. Free Speech is essential to any "Democracy".

"Dumicrates" and "Libtards" are affectionate nicknames applied by the controlling power to the group or citizens they're trying to oppress by using "Free Speech." Under the guise of "Truth", the users of these nicknames and their captors attempt to split complex ideological and political movements into caricatures for their own personal gain: in the case of the captors, they stand to gain wealth and power; for the masses, they stand to gain losing their money and freedom while feeling a very manly sense of "Winning". These nicknames are also considered "Funny" and "Clever" to the isolated and underexposed.

"Truth" is the notion that anything can be real if you try hard enough to convince people that it is. This can change the way thinking is carried out, and often cause the "Thinker" to vote for Republican candidates. Some techniques include: Pointing out that others don't want you to believe the "Truth", providing some pithy catch phrases, misrepresenting the other side, and using propaganda to distribute the "Truth" to the masses. The "Truth" is usually aligned with the controlling power's wishes, and almost always results in loss of money and freedom for the "Thinker".

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