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To: Stonedog
I challenge anyone on this board to name three conservative positions the Republican Party or the Bush administration are advancing. 1. Lower Taxes 2. Privatization of Social Security 3.National sovereignity in mattters of defense

1) We have had only token reductions in taxes. Government spending has grown more under this administration than any other in history. Real conservatives would not collect taxes to spend on things that are not constitutionally authorized.

2) The proposal is for partial privatization, with a raise in the cap and means testing.

3) How can you make that statement with Norm Maneta still running the Dept of Transportation our southern border completely unguarded?

62 posted on 05/06/2005 10:30:21 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: Natural Law
We have had only token reductions in taxes.

I disagree, the reductions have been substantial. Unfortunately, they've thrown the budget out of balance because there haven't been corresponding reductions in outgo, and there can't be that much reduction in spending when so much of it is for obligations like debt service. At least we got rid of welfare -- but the Congress did that, not the Bush Administration.

Government spending has grown more under this administration than any other in history.

Unfortunately true, and conservatives would have to be unhappy with the degree to which the Administration's behavior has become Keynesian. I think the Administration is actually engaged in pump-priming to fight the recession in financial assets that has been going on since the end of the bull market in 2000.

Real conservatives would not collect taxes to spend on things that are not constitutionally authorized.

I agree, and one of our priorities should be to engineer the gradual withdrawal of government from extraconstitutional activities like Social Security and the repricing, privatization, or even abolition of corporate-welfarist projects like the Federal Reserve, the Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Aviation Administration that were created to benefit primarily corporate interests at the public expense.

70 posted on 05/07/2005 12:11:28 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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