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Dueling Banjos: Mehlman and Dean
Posted by: McQ on Monday, November 06, 2006

The chairs of both the RNC and DNC have election eve op/eds out for the entertainment of the masses.

Ken Mehlman and the Republican pitch.

Soft on terrorism, soft on defense:
Today, the Republican Party has learned the lessons of Sept. 11, and understands the importance of using every single tool at our disposal to win this war — but some Democrat leaders would take those tools away. Democrats in the House and Senate voted against re-authorization of the USA Patriot Act. The overwhelming majority of House Democrats voted against legislation to make it easier to intercept terrorist communications. Democrats voted against tribunals that will help us get the information we need, and have time and again voted against missile defense.
Iraq and WoT:
Even more dangerous is that Democrats truly seem to believe that Iraq is completely separate from the greater war on terror. Al-Qaeda's leaders are not confused about the importance of Iraq to their goal of global jihad. Osama bin Laden's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has said his goal is to use Iraq as a base to launch further attacks, with the goal of creating a new caliphate in the Middle East. On Tuesday, we must ask ourselves: Would surrendering Iraq to the enemy so they can use it as a base from which to launch attacks make us more or less safe?
Taxes:
Voters face another choice Tuesday: Republicans have cut taxes every year since George W. Bush was elected president. Democrats, on the other hand, have said outright that they plan to raise your taxes. If you're a typical American family with two kids earning $30,000 a year, the Democrats would raise your taxes by more than $2,000. They'd raise your gas taxes just as gas prices are finally coming down. Where would it end? Well, the man who would be in charge of tax policy in a Democrat-controlled House came right out and said it: No tax increase will be out of bounds.
Republicans vs. Democrats:
Republicans want to eliminate the death tax once and for all. Democrats want to bring it back. Republicans want to explore new sources of energy to bring gas and heating prices down. Democrats want to block domestic exploration. Republicans want small businesses to be able to band together to provide health care to their employees at a reasonable cost. Democrats don't believe entrepreneurs and their employees should have that freedom. Republicans want all parents to be able to choose where they send their kids to school. Democrats would limit that choice to the rich and powerful. The list goes on and on.
Supreme Court:
There is one more choice voters face Tuesday: The Senate has approved two superb new Supreme Court justices, John Roberts and Sam Alito. Republicans supported Justices Roberts and Alito because they understand that judges need to interpret the law, not invent it. Many Democrats, on the other hand, vocally fought — and then voted against — Justices Roberts and Alito. Why? Because they depend on activist judges to hand them the victories they can't win at the ballot box.
Howard Dean and the Democratic pitch:

Oversight:
The American people deserve political leaders who will ask the tough questions and make smart decisions about our foreign policy and homeland security, not just tough talk around election time. Sixteen intelligence agencies agree that the Bush administration's failed Iraq policy is increasing terrorism around the world. Our brave troops have become occupiers caught in a civil war. Democrats are united behind a strategy of phased redeployment and benchmarks that make it clear to the Iraqis that they must take responsibility for the future of their country.
War on Terror:
Osama bin Laden is still on the loose, and al-Qaeda has moved to a new location in northwest Pakistan. Afghanistan has seen a resurgence of the Taliban. Democrats want to increase the size of our Special Forces to destroy bin Laden and terrorist networks such as al-Qaeda. We want to ensure that our troops and agencies have the tools to stop future attacks. And we won't take our eyes off of the growing threats in Iran and North Korea.

We also need to keep our streets and communities at home safe. We will enact the bipartisan 9/11 Commission recommendations because it's time to inspect all cargo and lock down loose nuclear material and ensure our nation is prepared for disasters such as Hurricane Katrina — and the aftermath. We will ensure we properly equip our National Guard and first responders.
Economy:
The harmful policies of the GOP have failed hard-working Americans. Republicans have waged a war on the family. The Bush economy has failed 80% of Americans, benefiting only the top 1%. For most Americans, wages and incomes have slowed; health care costs and personal debt have increased. Home mortgage foreclosures are up; college tuition has skyrocketed.
Spending:
We will end Republicans' deficit spending and restore pay-as-you-go discipline. We will restore the Republican cuts to Pell grants and other programs that make it easier for our kids to afford to go to college. We will protect, not privatize, Social Security.

Democrats respect hard-working families and the work it takes to make ends meet. We believe that strengthening the middle class is essential for a thriving economy that rewards work, opens the door of opportunity to all, and makes it easier for parents to devote time to their families. We will ease the burdens on middle-class Americans with middle-class tax fairness, increase the minimum wage and reverse Republican health care cuts. We want to make a down payment in ensuring affordable health care for every American, and fix the Medicare prescription drug program. We will protect Social Security so that every senior is ensured a retirement in dignity.
Ethics:
We will enact real ethics reform in Congress.
These are the choices each side thinks will appeal to undecided voters.

We report, you decide.
 
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As usual, Dean’s spiel lacks any sort of specific Democratic strategies. It’s nothing more than a list of complaints with "We’ll do better!" tacked on.
 
Written By: Pablo
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Dean: And we won’t take our eyes off of the growing threats in Iran and North Korea.
Remind me: did they take their eyes off in in the 90s, or did they keep their eyes glued and do nothing?
 
Written By: Don
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Didn’t know Bush controlled the economy:
The harmful policies of the GOP have failed hard-working Americans. Republicans have waged a war on the family. The Bush economy has failed 80% of Americans, benefiting only the top 1%. For most Americans, wages and incomes have slowed; health care costs and personal debt have increased. Home mortgage foreclosures are up; college tuition has skyrocketed.
By the way, isn’t it programs like VA loans and loans for the poor—programs that Dems like—that tend to drive up mortgage foreclosures?
We will end Republicans’ deficit spending and restore pay-as-you-go discipline. We will restore the Republican cuts to Pell grants and other programs that make it easier for our kids to afford to go to college. We will protect, not privatize, Social Security.
Uh-huh. End deficit spending by providing Pell grants and maintaining the SS status quo.
Democrats respect hard-working families and the work it takes to make ends meet. We believe that strengthening the middle class is essential for a thriving economy that rewards work, opens the door of opportunity to all, and makes it easier for parents to devote time to their families. We will ease the burdens on middle-class Americans with middle-class tax fairness,
"Middle-class tax fairness"!? Does that mean a cut? An increase?
increase the minimum wage


So, how does this benifit the middle class? Isn’t this just a way of telling low-end employeers to hire more undocumented laborers?
and reverse Republican health care cuts. We want to make a down payment in ensuring affordable health care for every American, and fix the Medicare prescription drug program.
What Republican "health care cuts"?

"Ensure affordable health care": so all Americans can stand in line for mediocre health care.
 
Written By: Don
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Supreme Court:
One word: Kelo.
 
Written By: Don
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We believe that strengthening the middle class is essential for a thriving economy that rewards work, opens the door of opportunity to all, and makes it easier for parents to devote time to their families. We will ease the burdens on middle-class Americans with middle-class tax fairness,
I always wonder what they mean by silly statements like these. Strengthen the middle class? How do you do that? How do you measure it? If you strengthen the middle class enough, don’t they become ’evil rich’. What then?

 
Written By: meagain
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How do you do that? How do you measure it? If you strengthen the middle class enough, don’t they become ’evil rich’.
I think they plan to strengthen the middle class by making sure that none of the middle class become rich.

 
Written By: Don
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