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Republicans have message

October 10, 2006

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Republicans have a fair story to tell about what they've accomplished over the last two years, but their narrative has been interrupted by the trashy subplot of Mark Foley and his trolling for male House pages.

Democrats are constantly changing their narrative when it fails to match reality. The reason Democrats don't talk about the deficit like they used to is because it has dropped from the $423 billion predicted by President Bush, as recently as last February, to $250 billion, according to projections by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO says the reason for the decline is better-than-expected tax receipts, especially from corporate profits. There are more tax receipts because individuals and corporations are being taxed at lower rates, giving them increased incentive to earn bigger profits. Bigger profits produce more tax revenue.

Gasoline prices are down sharply from just a few months ago; the Dow Jones Industrials set a new record high last week. The unemployment rate now stands at 4.6 percent - down from 6.3 percent in 2003, lower than the average of the 1970s, 1980s, or the 1990s, and equivalent to the unemployment rate in September 1998. Since August 2003, the economy has created 6.6 million new jobs.

What Republicans did not do is conduct a crusade against new spending, as well as waste, fraud and abuse. Instead, too many of them joined the Democrats at the spending trough, setting earmark records. If Democrats win a congressional majority in next month's election, they would increase spending and raise taxes. This would slow and possibly halt the economic expansion.

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act is a fine accomplishment. It will create an earmark database that the public can easily access on the Internet. The bill passed largely because of the bipartisan leadership of Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Barack Obama, D-Ill.

The problem for Republicans is that they seem to have run out of ideas. They now ask for votes on two levels, neither of which is appealing. The first is that the Democrats would do a worse job than Republicans, which is like choosing which of two ugly sisters to take on a date. The second is they crave power for its own sake. Republicans have failed to give voters sufficient reason to vote for them, except for one that trumps all the rest: They can better defend the country.

Democrats have no plan for keeping America safe, or winning the war against the fanatics. They have opposed most of the Bush administration's domestic surveillance methods.

This election isn't about House pages; it's about survival. In his new book, "America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It," columnist Mark Steyn states this irrefutable fact about the importance of winning in Iraq: "Being seen not to run - or, if you prefer, being seen to show 'resolve' - should be the indispensable objective of U.S. foreign policy. Were these colors to run from Iraq, it would be the end of the American era - for why would Russia, China, or even Belgium ever again take seriously a superpower that runs screaming for home at the first pinprick."

For all of their promises to do a better job of fighting this war, Democrats have no plan, other than retreat. That is the plan the terrorists have for us. Retreat is not in their playbook. The terrorists in Iraq and elsewhere don't speak of timetables for withdrawal or bringing their fighters home in time for Ramadan. They're in it for the long haul. They believe we are not. A victory by Democrats next month will validate their view and encourage them to fight harder.

Republicans have been far from perfect in this war. They have barely approached mediocrity in their handling of domestic issues. But to change horses and leaders mid-war is a prescription for a longer engagement, because this is a confrontation that will end only in victory or defeat for one side or the other. That's why the Republicans need to keep their majority and conservatives need to keep the pressure on them to get back to the original GOP principles that brought them that majority. That's a better strategy than Republicans acting like Democrat-lite.

- Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services.

Comments

Tychoman 8 years, 8 months ago

Ditto, Agnostick. But I don't think The Onion or Jon Stewart would take him as a writer, sense of humor or no.

bunnyhawk 8 years, 8 months ago

the only things the Republicans have accomplished in the six years since SHRUB was elected has been to wreck our economy from the perspective of all but the wealthiest, trash our international reputation, and make sure that our great grandchildren will still be paying for Dick Cheney and pals' great granchildren's trust funds!!!!!!! SCUMBAGS!

prioress 8 years, 8 months ago

Uuuuhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm... not for a moment do I think that Cal Thomas is being sarcastic, or even humorous.

Cal is serious, and a pretty reasoned writer. I usually disagree with him on substantive issues. He did, however, write one column I agreed with completely. He chastized his 'christian' brothers and sisters, particularly the mega-evangelical churches, for putting so much money into real estate and not enough into programs serving the poor, which is of course what the TEACHER instructed us to do.

jonas 8 years, 8 months ago

Is Cal Thomas one of the ghost writers of "Wag The Dog," because I swear this is right out of that movie.

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

bearded_gnome:

William the Great, as best as normal people can determine, never had a problem with sexual compulsion. That is a pathetic rationalization of the less-sexually accomplished.

What William the Great did was exercise his libido with a consenting female adult, something conservative Republicans should do - or at least attempt - on a regular basis.

Then, maybe, the country wouldn't be so screwed up.

Katara 8 years, 8 months ago

"Republicans have a fair story to tell about what they've accomplished over the last two years, but their narrative has been interrupted by the trashy subplot of Mark Foley and his trolling for male House pages."

Seems to me if you changed Republicans to Democrats & Mark Foley and male House pages to Clinton & Lewinsky, you'd have the same argument as to what went on during the Starr investigations.

prioress 8 years, 8 months ago

Seems to me if you changed Republicans to Democrats & Mark Foley and male House pages to Clinton & Lewinsky, you'd have the same argument as to what went on during the Starr investigations.

Don't say that! If the D's take over the house, they might want to spend $40,000,000 trying to find sperm stains on some poor teenager's Dockers. It's time for folks to govern, not just run for office.

Porter 8 years, 8 months ago

So, RT. You're saying that you are rubber and Agnostick is glue?? Nice one.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 8 months ago

right on Cal. good article. seems to have burned some of the loony libs. especially, note the falling deficit...wow, tax cuts really work!
and, RE Foley, some of the dems and a Soros funnded group knew about the IM's for months and sat on them to release timed for maximum political impact, instead of worrying about "protecting the children." despicable.

ksmoderate 8 years, 8 months ago

There, Cal said it: gas prices are down, so we need to keep a repub. majority. I KNEW Bushco was responsible for the lower prices!

Also, I certainly wish good ol' Cal would have named all those dems who want to "retreat," "surrender," since it's such a big deal? I mean, we certainly want to know the names of those people so we can vote against them, right?

OH WAIT, there aren't any.

More lies from the right.

KSExpat 8 years, 8 months ago

Let's see ... what an achievement. The deficit dropped to a mere $250 billion?!?!

So a Dem president has a $250 billion SURPLUS and it's trivial but a $250 billion Repub DEFICIT is cause for celebration.

Stupid.

Katara 8 years, 8 months ago

@ bearded_gnome

" Rep. Dale Kildee of Michigan, the page board's only Democratic lawmaker, said in a statement: "I was never informed of the allegations about Mr. Foley's inappropriate communications with a House page, and I was never involved in any inquiry into this matter."

http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/news/politics/15650995.htm

Don't you think it all the members of the page board (the 2 republicans, the 1 democrat, the clerk & the Sargeant at Arms) should have been involved in this instead of just Shimkus (republican) and the clerk talking to Foley?

Tychoman 8 years, 8 months ago

"When you guys choose to become Republicans..." Nice one, RT. Made me laugh out loud. Like anyone would actually choose to be narrowminded, cheap, and frightened of change.

drewdun 8 years, 8 months ago

yeah, rt, the right-wing has so much to be joyful about: willful ignorance, unbridled arrogance and elitism, religious hypocrisy, moralizing while protecting sexual predators, unbelievable incompetence, sickening corruption, the list goes on and on. But I guess none of that penetrates the GOP filter you (and every other wingnut) possess - everything's coming up roses for the Republicans. Why? Because Rush, Mehlman, O'Reilly, et al say so, and the mindless drones that make up the 'base' eat it up. "We're perfect/Clinton's fault" to paraphrase a typical fascist.

ksmoderate 8 years, 8 months ago

Also, Cal seems to have forgotten the total backlash by experts when the grossly huge number of $423 billion came out. I remember it all over the news, then when the huge disparity of reality came out, BushCo patted their own backs. Fishy, fishy!

Tychoman 8 years, 8 months ago

This is the DUMBEST article I've ever read by Cal Thomas, a certifiable moron. I can't believe some people are buying his load.

Tychoman 8 years, 8 months ago

Republicans have a message all right: "OOPS."

Mike Blur 8 years, 8 months ago

bearded_gnome:

Let me illustrate for you the Bush deficit predictions in a way you (and other delusional cons) may be able to understand.

Imagine I'm your 21 year old son. I have your credit card. I'm telling you I'm hitting the bars in downtown Lawrence, and I expect to spend $500 of YOUR money. Well, the night wasn't as wild as I thought it would be, and you're out "only" $250 on your credit card. Hey, at least I saved you $250!

The deficit continues to pile up under GWB's economic policies. Tax cuts and GWB's out-of-control spending are financed largely by the sale of US securites to cash-flush nations like communist China. A terrible, terrible fiscal policy if you ask me.

Tychoman 8 years, 8 months ago

Hilarious, holygrailale.

Moderators, is it ok for right_thinker to stay on these forums? His general political leaning offends me.

Is this allowed? :-P

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

Anyone who reads Cal Thomas has to use a filter, for he is a practiced liar.

Democrats have already announced that they will re-instutute "pay-as-you-go" as federal budgetary discipline, which resulted in budget surpluses under William the Great.

Note how casually he passed over a $250 billion federal budget deficit; perhaps he could explain how much, and how, we are expected to pay the interest on this deficit . . . to foreigners, no less.

Thomas, and those of his tired eroded mentalities, do not adequately reflect reality, which is why it is permissible to dismiss whatever he says as so much Republican conservative drivel.

With any luck, he will die soon, and we will not have to tolerate his troglodyte blather further.

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

All in all, I'd like to see Arminius resurrected, for no other reason than to sit back and enjoy his earnest, child-like struggle against the irrefutable logic of holygrailale.

It was better than anything on T V. While right-thinker makes a semi-valiant attempt to hold up his side, he lacks the patience and fortitude for long-lasting conflagration . . . and he sorely misses the support of the evil wretch whose name we will not speak.

Katara 8 years, 8 months ago

right_thinker, solicitation means that some form of sales are involved. I have yet to see that Observer is selling anything on that website.

As for using your LJW poster name, you don't own it. Even the LJW doesn't own it. Your posting name is not copyrighted nor do you have exclusive rights to that particular posting name. It has been tried before and has been shot down many times.

I'm sure if you do a google search or something along those lines, you'd find lots of other people who have that or a very similar moniker that they use in posting to any forum. Are you going to try to extort them for payment as well?

A recent review of observer's website would show that there are no names listed at all on there. There are political cartoons. Is that what is upsetting you?

Katara 8 years, 8 months ago

@ prioress

I didn't mean to imply that the Democrats should do that. Cal's assertion just made me think of that time and how so much money was wasted on such a stupid thing.

I would hope that Democrats would be the bigger people and get on with the business of governing. Goodness knows, we need someone to!

Frankly, I don't care who is sleeping with who as long as they are both consenting adults.

I don't care if Carter had lust in his heart. I don't care if Reagan was an B movie actor. I don't care if Bush I hated broccoli. I don't care if Clinton had an entire harem of women to service him. I don't care if Bush, Jr. likes to drink.

I just want them to be honest.

I know, I know. If wishes were horses...

bearded_gnome 8 years, 8 months ago

yeah, the "proof is in the posts:"

I haven't checked but I will bet that retronutcase com does not contain any copywritten LJ World content.

shows huge lack of legal knowhow! ignorant of history (previously demonstrated) devoid of normal human compassion, RE alcoholics.

Mikey makes a poor analogy for the shrinking deficit. projections based on some tax receipts. tax receipts go much higher because of increased economic activity! better analogy: your teen aged son has your credit card, and he is living on a budget which includes about $400 a month of your card to get by. then, things change and he can work more, so instead of needing $400, he only needs $225 and has prospects for the increased earning and work to grow and compound so your contribution will continue to shrink. not bad.

as I said, judging by all the anxious urges to argue against Cal and call him names, he has touched some raw nerves in loony lefties' brains!

bearded_gnome 8 years, 8 months ago

was no ref to you as an alcoholic, is your reading impaired?
GWB has conquered the inner demons of alcoholism. he should be lauded for that.
Clinton has never conquered the inner demons of sexual compulsion.

and, your last post displays a complete lack of any reply, just slights and misreading my post. caps are optional here since these comment boards are a mixture of textual writing and casual conversation. you certainly must understand that.
"copywritten?" seventh grade level error!

Mike Blur 8 years, 8 months ago

Gnome, your scenario would work if someone was paying the bills. The thing is, gnome, the bills are NOT GETTING PAID. (Name me one credit card company that extends your credit limit when you don't pay the bill.) Communist China and several other countries hold BILLIONS, make that TRILLIONS in US debt. That puts us in a fiscally precarious position. Not only are we financially beholden to these foreign nations, we may also compromise our political clout when dealing with creditor nations.

drewdun 8 years, 8 months ago

bearded-gnome: when in doubt, blame the Democrats.

Is there anything the Republicans do wrong that you won't try to pin on liberal "loonies?" (btw, VERY original, with the loonies).

And as for Dems sitting on this: how many times do you have to be smacked by reality before you realize that IT WAS REPUBLICAN STAFFERS THAT LEAKED THE INFO TO ABC'S BRIAN ROSS. GIVE IT UP - YOU LOST

"Although political observers agree that the timing of the story could not have been better, ABC News reporter Brian Ross told The New York Times on Tuesday that his source was a Republican.

"I hate to give up sources, but to the extent that I know the political parties of any of the people who helped us, it would be the same party," Ross said"

http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/100506/news3.html

"Liberals fault! Liberals fault! Clinton's fault! Democrats fault!"

HAHHAHHAHHA. The desperation and fanaticism of the right is on full display with their electoral destruction mere weeks away.

drewdun 8 years, 8 months ago

BTW, Cal Thomas is a talentless hack. All he does is regurgitate right-wing talking points ad nauseum, with little backing in reality.

What else is funny is that he seems to be bragging about a $250B deficit. Yep, a good, "conservative" Republican. What a joke.

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

Please avoid head-on collisions with innocent Mexican drivers.

There . . . that's as close to a sense of humor as can reasonably be expected.

roger_o_thornhill 8 years, 8 months ago

Just to let you all know, Cal Thomas is insane. Not necessarily because of what he says, he's just insane.

Tychoman 8 years, 8 months ago

RT, mine was a joke, too. Here's another one:

Republicans have a message: For God's sake don't vote for us!

Katara 8 years, 8 months ago

Observer, it is very possible that right_thinker enjoys being dominated by a female. I believe it is his motivation for posting here. Why else would he continue to after continually getting his butt handed to him time after time by HGA?

Seriously though, making fun of him being a househusband really isn't cool. You wouldn't do it to a woman who chooses to be a homemaker.

Assuming he's telling the truth about his spouse, good for her for being a powerful and succesful businesswoman!

Katara 8 years, 8 months ago

I ain't mad at ya, observer.

I'll give right_thinker the benefit of doubt and assume he made a smart match in marriage. I can't figure out what benefit she gets out of the deal. It doesn't sound like a winning situation for her.

Katara 8 years, 8 months ago

right_thinker wrote: "We have six kids because we can't afford birth control or "reproductive services".

Planned Parenthood bases its fees on a sliding scale. The more you know.

BTW, there has been a funny rumor floating around that Bush is having an affair with Rice and Laura is pissed about it!

We know you are lying about your wife, right_thinker. Burger King doesn't have a restaurant on I-70 between KC & Topeka. ;D

Katara 8 years, 8 months ago

right_thinker wrote: "I was just lonely and wanted desperately to fit in and make some freinds. "

And that's okay. We're here for you. Would you like a hug, little fella?

Katara 8 years, 8 months ago

XOXOXOXOXO, right_thinker. What's the matter? Does getting back some of what you give too much for you?

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