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Bush charts second-term strategy
msnbc.msn.com ^ | Dec. 10, 2004 | Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen

Posted on 12/10/2004 9:00:54 AM PST by crushelits


Bush Not Screwing Around On Making "Ownership Society" A Reality

President Bush is moving quickly to create a new, tighter and more disciplined domestic policy team to pursue transforming the way Americans save for retirement, pay taxes and seek legal damages.

Convinced his leadership style and policy vision were vindicated by the election results, Bush is aggressively targeting these domestic programs for the second term by essentially replicating the formula he used to reshape foreign policy in the first. This includes creating a small, loyal and trustworthy team to press for sweeping changes largely dictated by the White House.

To build public support and circumvent critics in Congress and the media, the president will travel the country and warn of the disastrous consequences of inaction, as he did to sell his Iraq and terrorism policies during the first term, White House officials said. He is also enlisting well-funded conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation to help build the case for change -- or "reform," in the words of the White House -- through ads and commentary on television and in targeted publications, the aides said.
Bush's post-election moves to strengthen White House control of the government reflect his plans for an aggressive second-term focus on domestic policy, which in his first term was overshadowed by the national security fallout from the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The agenda includes creating private Social Security accounts for younger workers, revising the tax code to make it less complicated, limiting the size and number of lawsuits, and changing immigration laws.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; charts; secondterm; strategy; taxreform

1 posted on 12/10/2004 9:00:55 AM PST by crushelits
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To: crushelits
To build public support and circumvent critics in Congress and the media, the president will travel the country and warn of the disastrous consequences of inaction, as he did to sell his Iraq and terrorism policies during the first term, White House officials said. He is also enlisting well-funded conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation to help build the case for change -- or "reform," in the words of the White House -- through ads and commentary on television and in targeted publications, the aides said.

Also, 2002 he stumped for tax cuts. It worked.

I'm so glad he's going on a grassroots campaign. He's most effective on the stump and a speech in WA isn't going to build the type of pressure needed to pass these policies. Also nice to hear they are going to take it to the airwaves. Recommended advertising awhile ago, no reason this should be confined to election years. The MSM never ceases their advertising for the DNC.

2 posted on 12/10/2004 9:13:37 AM PST by Soul Seeker
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To: crushelits

Bush Not Screwing Around On Making "Ownership Society" A Reality

President Bush is moving quickly to create a new, tighter and more disciplined domestic policy team to pursue transforming the way Americans save for retirement, pay taxes and seek legal damages.

Ownership, means the citizen has first call on and decides what to do with his resouces before government gets a cut.

A Taxreform bump for you all.

If you would like to be added to this ping list let me know.

John Linder in the House & Saxby Chambliss Senate, offer a comprehensive bill to kill all income and payroll taxes outright, and provide a IRS free replacement in the form of a retail sales tax:

H.R.25, S.1493
A bill to promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national retail sales tax to be administered primarily by the States.

Refer for additional information: http://www.fairtax.org, http://www.salestax.org & http://www.geocities.com/cmcofer/ftax.html

 

Taxes & Government Spending:

 

  • "The income tax in effect makes us vassals to the government – the politicians decide how much income we can keep. No mere “reform” of this slave tax, such as flattening the rate, can correct its fundamental denial of control over our own money. Only the abolition of the income tax itself will restore the basic American principle that our income is both our own money and our own private business - not the government's."
  • "Replacing the income tax with a national sales tax would rejuvenate independence and responsibility in our citizens. True economic liberty and moral revival go hand in hand."

3 posted on 12/10/2004 9:13:51 AM PST by ancient_geezer
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To: Taxman; Principled; Bigun; EternalVigilance; kevkrom; n-tres-ted; Poohbah; CliffC; ...
A Taxreform bump for you all.
4 posted on 12/10/2004 9:16:43 AM PST by ancient_geezer
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To: ancient_geezer
Ownership, means the citizen has first call on and decides what to do with his resouces before government gets a cut.

What's not to like about that? Certainly IS NOT true of our current tax system!

FairTax NOW!

5 posted on 12/10/2004 9:20:57 AM PST by Bigun (IRSsucks@getridof it.com)
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To: ancient_geezer

So, does this mean Bush is going to free Americans from the tyranny of the IRS and the enslavement of the IRC by replacing it with a Constitutional revenue generation system?

Bump for the FAIR TAX and FREEDOM FOR AMERICANS...AMNESTY FOR AMERICANS!


6 posted on 12/10/2004 9:24:39 AM PST by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a death cult that must end. Save your time...)
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To: Soul Seeker
Also, 2002 he stumped for tax cuts. It worked.

No, it hasn't "worked" yet, until the tax cuts have been made PERMANENT. He needs to make that his top domestic priority, before he starts playing around with his pie-in-the-sky ideas. We need to cut him no slack on this.

7 posted on 12/10/2004 9:29:51 AM PST by inquest (Now is the time to remove the leftist influence from the GOP. "Unity" can wait.)
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To: inquest

"pie in the sky"?

Whatever.

Fact: Every single time he has stumped for tax cuts he has gotten them. You want to make them permanent? Great. It doesn't diminish his success in this arena. This is one of the few domestic policies Bush has been reliable on for the conservative side.

I have NO cause to believe I have to worry about his intentions to campaign hard for more substantive changes in the tax code. In this arena, it is NOT Bush we need to lean hard on. It is the Senate.


8 posted on 12/10/2004 9:35:10 AM PST by Soul Seeker
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To: ApesForEvolution

So, does this mean Bush is going to free Americans from the tyranny of the IRS

It's up to us to make sure he does.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
--Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

9 posted on 12/10/2004 9:36:56 AM PST by ancient_geezer
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To: Soul Seeker
It doesn't diminish his success in this arena.

I don't give a flip about "his" success. What matters is what's good for the country. And temporary tax cuts are no better for the country than no tax cuts at all, because they provide ZERO incentive for government to cut spending. They'll only cause the deficit to increase, and then at the end of the ten-year period, the taxes will go up automatically, and the whole idea of cutting taxes will have become discredited in the public eye, because of the way they added to the deficit.

If they're not made permanent, then it's all for nothing. Yes, Congress needs to be pushed, but so does the President, most definitely. It's not a complicated task for them in the slightest. Once that's done, then we can talk about letting him play around with his other ideas.

10 posted on 12/10/2004 9:46:29 AM PST by inquest (Now is the time to remove the leftist influence from the GOP. "Unity" can wait.)
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To: crushelits

The fact that he's enlisted the help of the Heritage Foundation is very encouraging.


11 posted on 12/10/2004 9:47:27 AM PST by jmc813 (J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS)
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To: jmc813
You might want to check out Heritage's donor profile (scroll to bottom) before you make that assessment. Check out the second and third names at the top of the list under "Foundation Grants Received" to see what else they've donated to. One of them supports Planned Parenthood, the other La Raza.
12 posted on 12/10/2004 9:58:51 AM PST by inquest (Now is the time to remove the leftist influence from the GOP. "Unity" can wait.)
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To: crushelits
This includes creating a small, loyal and trustworthy team to press for sweeping changes largely dictated by the White House.

Where do I sign up?

13 posted on 12/10/2004 10:07:02 AM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: inquest

You ought to care about his success in implimenting tax cuts. It serves as an illustration that the President is an ally on this issue.

The only reason they were NOT made permanent is because the SENATE stood as an obstacle. The President and the House were solid allies. You wish to pressure the President, fine. I consider it a waste of my time that can be better spent leaning on relunctant Liberal Republicans in the Senate.

Further, those tax cuts helped shorten a recession that does dampen the economy which does negatively impact every American citizen. Certainly it is only a short term solution, permanence is needed, but it is and was better for the country then no tax cuts at all.

As to letting him "play" with other ideas, Pfft. You may not have any interest in other platforms he campaigned on, but I do. I do not consider, for example, S.S. reform to be a "pie in the sky" idea.


14 posted on 12/10/2004 10:10:06 AM PST by Soul Seeker
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To: Soul Seeker
You wish to pressure the President, fine. I consider it a waste of my time that can be better spent leaning on relunctant Liberal Republicans in the Senate.

If the President were to lean on them, say by calling for permanent tax cuts, loudly and often, that would make a tremendous difference. If, as you say, he's gotten his way every time he's demanded tax cuts, then he has no reason not to push for it now. It's such a ridiculously simple task for him, in stark contrast to his wild ideas for "reforming" everything in sight. The fact that he declines to take such a simple step raises serious questions as to how much of an ally he really is.

15 posted on 12/10/2004 10:18:48 AM PST by inquest (Now is the time to remove the leftist influence from the GOP. "Unity" can wait.)
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To: inquest
It's such a ridiculously simple task for him, in stark contrast to his wild ideas for "reforming" everything in sight. The fact that he declines to take such a simple step raises serious questions as to how much of an ally he really is.

Not worthy of comment.

If, as you say, he's gotten his way every time he's demanded tax cuts

He has. Look it up.

If the President were to lean on them, say by calling for permanent tax cuts, loudly and often, that would make a tremendous difference

Done. Time and again. Where were you?

Contrary to opinion, the President doesn't rule the Senate. Liberal Republicans stood in opposition of making them permanent. The President's pressure, fancy footwork by the House in the bill, and Americans burning up their phone lines made the Libs cave to temp cuts. Supposedly we now have a (barely) conservative majority in the Senate, whereas before it was only a Republican majority. We'll see how that affects the ability to make these cuts permanent.

I find it a waste of time to pressure the President on policy he is aligned with us on. In this instance, working WITH the President against Liberal obstruction in the Senate will yield greater reward. I save pressure against the Prez on issues I do not find him to be in agreement with, such as immigration.

16 posted on 12/10/2004 10:34:09 AM PST by Soul Seeker
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To: Soul Seeker
[It's such a ridiculously simple task for him, in stark contrast to his wild ideas for "reforming" everything in sight. The fact that he declines to take such a simple step raises serious questions as to how much of an ally he really is.]

Not worthy of comment.

It doesn't matter if you don't want to comment. It's the truth.

[If the President were to lean on them, say by calling for permanent tax cuts, loudly and often, that would make a tremendous difference]

Done. Time and again. Where were you?

He's been calling loudly and often for permanent tax cuts? Here is an FR Archive search on the subject, and there are only two instances referred to therein where he called for making the tax cuts permanent. One was from his SOTU address in January (which of course included a hodgepodge of issues for that call to get lost in), and the other was from the previous September. (Compare that to his numerous calls for having a constitutional amendment defining marriage)

When, since the November election gave him his new mandate, has he called for making the tax cuts permanent? Has there even been a single instance of that since that time?

17 posted on 12/10/2004 10:53:25 AM PST by inquest (Now is the time to remove the leftist influence from the GOP. "Unity" can wait.)
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To: inquest
And temporary tax cuts are no better for the country than no tax cuts at all, because they provide ZERO incentive for government to cut spending.

Have I missed something here? When has this administration shown any concern about the deficit or any desire at all to cut spending? Bush will advocate making the tax cuts permanent on principle, not because it has any hope of resulting in lower spending.

18 posted on 12/10/2004 11:00:28 AM PST by Drennan Whyte
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To: Drennan Whyte
Bush will advocate making the tax cuts permanent on principle

Yeah, whenever he gets around to it...

19 posted on 12/10/2004 11:04:38 AM PST by inquest (Now is the time to remove the leftist influence from the GOP. "Unity" can wait.)
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To: inquest
Yeah, whenever he gets around to it...

I think you will see tax cuts made permanent long before you see this administration and this Congress cut spending.

20 posted on 12/10/2004 11:07:34 AM PST by Drennan Whyte
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To: Drennan Whyte
The whole idea of making them permanent would be to put pressure on them to cut spending.
21 posted on 12/10/2004 11:14:22 AM PST by inquest (Now is the time to remove the leftist influence from the GOP. "Unity" can wait.)
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To: inquest
The whole idea of making them permanent would be to put pressure on them to cut spending.

Why?

22 posted on 12/10/2004 11:16:23 AM PST by Drennan Whyte
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To: Drennan Whyte
Why what? Why should we want to put pressure on them to cut spending? See FR's mission statement.
23 posted on 12/10/2004 11:19:29 AM PST by inquest (Now is the time to remove the leftist influence from the GOP. "Unity" can wait.)
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To: inquest
Why should we want to put pressure on them to cut spending.

No, why should we expect this President or this Congress to cut spending? Neither one has shown any inclination to reign in federal spending, regardless of the size of the deficit. Just the opposite, Bush has indicated that he is prepared to accept $1 trillion to $2 trillion more in deficit spending in order to privatize a part of Social Security. Congress just passed an omnibus spending bill so laden with pork that it squeals. And you expect them to respond to some vague pressure from us to cut spending? Please.

24 posted on 12/10/2004 11:31:09 AM PST by Drennan Whyte
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To: Drennan Whyte
There's a limit to how much they can load onto the deficit without causing major economic trouble. That's where the pressure comes in. Making the tax cuts permanent will increase the pressure that much further.
25 posted on 12/10/2004 11:34:11 AM PST by inquest (Now is the time to remove the leftist influence from the GOP. "Unity" can wait.)
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To: inquest
There's a limit to how much they can load onto the deficit without causing major economic trouble.

Agreed. But this administration and this Congress have shown no signs of believing that. It will take a major economic disaster to accomplish that.

26 posted on 12/10/2004 11:45:04 AM PST by Drennan Whyte
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To: Drennan Whyte
I don't think they'd be willing to risk a major economic disaster. That generally doesn't help their political fortunes.
27 posted on 12/10/2004 11:49:11 AM PST by inquest (Now is the time to remove the leftist influence from the GOP. "Unity" can wait.)
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To: ancient_geezer
Aside from these being very necessary reforms this should create some coattails for '06.
28 posted on 12/10/2004 1:00:59 PM PST by BJClinton (Socialism is the heroin of the intellectual.)
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