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Political prostitution, Republican style
Posted by: McQ on Monday, May 01, 2006

I'm sure you've seen the Republican plan to send you $100 because gas prices have risen?

Look at this reasoning:
David Winston, a Republican pollster who advises the Senate Republican leadership, called the rebate an intuitive way to show voters that Republicans were on their side. "It is like putting the American family budget ahead of oil company profits," Mr. Winston said. "How do you help the American families out? Well, give them some money."
"Give them some money"!?

A) It is "their" money to begin with. So if you want to "give them some money" wouldn't it make more sense to cut gas taxes as the Democrats are suggesting?

B) Any guess as to what it costs to issue $100 checks to 100 million people? I can promise it costs much more than $100. So, picking a number out of the air, does it make sense to send $100 checks that cost $120 to write and send? Yeah, let's "give them some money" and let's also spend more of "their" money to do it.

This is overt pandering, so overt and so nonsensical that the public is outspoken in its rejection of the proposal:
Aides for several Republican senators reported a surge of calls and e-mail messages from constituents ridiculing the rebate as a paltry and transparent effort to pander to voters before the midterm elections in November.

"The conservatives think it is socialist bunk, and the liberals think it is conservative trickery," said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, pointing out that the criticism was coming from across the ideological spectrum.

Angry constituents have asked, "Do you think we are prostitutes? Do you think you can buy us?" said another Republican senator's aide, who was granted anonymity to openly discuss the feedback because the senator had supported the plan.
In this scheme, it isn't the constituents that are the prostitutes. And someone, anyone, tell me again ... how are Congressional Republicans different than the Democrats?
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They’re on ’our side’. They’re ’our’ politicians.

Sorta reminds me of the cold war.
Written By: looker
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What? Democrats (in Congress) are suggesting lowering gas taxes while Republicans are suggesting a direct buy-off? (Of course, them being Senate Republicans makes THAT less of a surprise)

Alright, who forgot to let us know that the thermometer for Hades just froze solid?
Written By: Dave
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how are Congressional Republicans different than the Democrats?

They wear bigger hats and smaller ties.
Written By: Unaha-closp
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I am a Republican, and this whole "$100" thing makes me puke.

However, there are a number of differences between Republicans and Democrats, namely:

1. Republicans want you to have your tax money back so you can spend it on things you like, while Dems want your tax money raised so they can spend on things they like.

2. Republicans stand for hard work; Democrats stand for working, but not too hard or you may become one of those bad rich people.

3. Republicans love capitalism; Democrats want capitalism but are happy to allow socialism.

4. Republicans have Rudy Guiliani; Dems have Ted Kennedy and Harry Reid.

5. Republicans are for everyone to be equally happy; Democrats are for everyone to be equally miserable.

Any more?

Alexander Alt
Written By: Alexander Alt
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Yeah, Alexander, I’m interested in the list that convinces me that Republicans don’t spend like Democrats.

Start with how they didn’t vote for Medicare Part D, OK?
Written By: McQ
I don’t particulary mind that they are trying to buy my vote, I rather expect it of politicians, but to do it so cheaply is insulting.
Written By: timactual
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