Friday, September 03, 2004
Well, the Bush acceptance speech went off last night. And it was a good one. For someone who never held the office.
But for someone who has had 3 1/2 years in office, it was an exercise in willfull ignorance.
While the structure of the speech was masterful, the content was lacking. Because now, there truly is no "conservative" party anymore. Just two parties that want Big Government doing different things.
As Bush said himself last night: "...voters will make a choice based on the records we have built, the convictions we hold and the vision that guides us forward." Let's look at that record and those convictions
I am running with a compassionate conservative philosophy: that government should help people improve their lives, not try to run their lives
And yet he has done the following: tried to pass a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage, has fought against the right for women to choose on abortion, has encouraged the FCC to set up draconian fines to limit freedom of expression. And that is but the tip of the iceberg.
To create jobs, my plan will encourage investment and expansion by restraining federal spending...make our country less dependent on foreign sources of energy...we will expand trade and level the playing field to sell American goods and services across the globe.
Bush has spent more federal money in his first term than Clinton. The 500 billion dollar Medicare giveaway. 200 billion on Iraq w/o trying to balance the budget. And in this very same speech, he promised over 7 million new affordable homes, a community health care center in every poor county, higher education spending, expanding Pell grants, and the list goes on and on. How in the Hell can he do this and "restrain" federal spending? He can't. So either he must raise taxes or send us further into debt. Guess which one he'll pick.
Another drag on our economy is the current tax code, which is a complicated mess, filled with special interest loopholes, saddling our people with more than 6 billion hours of paperwork and headache every year. The American people deserve -- and our economic future demands -- a simpler, fairer, pro-growth system.
Of course, he helped to create a lot of those loopholes he supposedly hates. And no mention of the encroaching AMT which sucks more and more middle-class families into its tax maw every year. Why? It's more money to spend. Why would they give it up?
We'll always keep the promise of Social Security for our older workers.
With the huge baby boom generation approaching retirement, many of our children and grandchildren understandably worry whether Social Security will be there when they need it.
We must strengthen Social Security by allowing younger workers to save some of their taxes in a personal account, a nest egg you can call your own and government can never take away.
Now, I am all in favor of this. Social Security is rambling head-first into a ditch. But this will never happen. Why? Because both parties, who love to spend OUR money, need what is left of the S.S. surplus to fund their profligate spending ways. So you really think they'll give it up? Even if they did go ahead, there would a period as workers shifted funds where some monies would have to be allocated by the government to cover shortfall. Where's that going to come from? He won't cut programs. So just slap more debt onto the pile.
To be fair, there are some things my opponent is for.
He's proposed more than $2 trillion in new federal spending so far, and that's a lot, even for a senator from Massachusetts.
And to pay for that spending, he is running on a platform of increasing taxes. And that's the kind of promise a politician usually keeps.
His policies of tax and spend, of expanding government rather than expanding opportunity, are the politics of the past.
And you know, he's right about Kerry. But this is the proverbial pot and kettle. Add up what Bush has proposed, and I'll wager it costs more than $2 trillion. Hell, his Medicare and Iraq spending in his FIRST term almost make up $1 trillion alone. And he has the nerve to criticize Kerry? Hey George, raising taxes sucks. But so does a massive federal deficit. Spend-and-spend is just as bad as tax-and-spend.
Because a caring society will value its weakest members, we must make a place for the unborn child.
Forget all that "people running their own lives" he spoke about earlier. It's red meat time for fundamentalists.
I wake up every morning thinking about how to better protect our country. I will never relent in defending America -- whatever it takes.
So we have fought the terrorists across the Earth, not for pride, not for power, but because the lives of our citizens are at stake.
Of course, we haven't fought them in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia or Syria or Iran or anywhere the terrorists ACTUALLY COME FROM. Yes, we did so in Afghanistan, and rightly so. And the world agreed with us, hence the NATO presence there. But all of a sudden we went into Iraq. A nation that did need to be reckoned with, but one that had nothing to do with 9/11. And it should not have happened when we still have not finished the job in Afghanistan. Bush makes it sound like we're finished there. And we aren't. We aren't even close.
And perhaps he could try to strengthen our Mexican border more. The one he is leaving relatively unguarded to court Hispanic votes. The one which numerous terrorists are trying to cross with illegal South African passports. If Bush is really that concerned, why isn't he beefing up protection there?
But I suppose that makes for a lousy speech.
So what did I learn from this? That Bush apparently has decided to ignore what he has actually done this past term. But more important, that there really is no "conservative" party in the classic sense. The GOP has become a mirror version of the Democrats, spending just as wildly. Only their goals differ.
That is a scary thing for America. With no one practicing fiscal restraint, we could find ourselves on the edge of a precipice that falls a long way down.
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