Thursday, January 05, 2006

Stay Focused

Win the war. Confirm the judges. Cut the taxes. Control the spending.
That's what Republicans stand for. Keep it simple.

A short while ago Michael Moore asked an audience of Democrats, something like the following:

"We all know what the Republicans stand for." (I think he said Republicans stand for greed, mostly. Probably something to do with us wanting to decide how to spend our own money, instead of letting the government take it and give it to whoever they think are "more deserving.")

"What do Democrats stand for?"


Long silence.

"Health care," someone said.

"All Americans deserve health care!" responded Moore.

Why stop at health care? All Americans deserve a lot of things.

Freedom from terrorists. (See "Win the war")

A judicial system that supports the Constitution (see "Confirm the judges")

Financial stability and independence (see "Cut the taxes")

A fiscally responsible government (see "Control the spending")

The Declaration of Independence says we all have the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Sounds pretty good to me, almost 230 years later.

In Europe, the "nanny" states, with their massive and expensive social safety nets, are destroying their own economies - while the United States has sustained a growth rate of 3 to 4 percent of gross domestic product for several years, the largest Eurpopean states (excluding the UK) are barely acheiving one percent.

Those same states have only had a net increase of four million new jobs since the 1970's.

The United States has a net increase of over 55 million new jobs in the same period.

Stay focused.

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