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Deaf, Dumb, and Democrat
Charleston City Paper ^ | May 4, 2005 | Michael Graham

Posted on 05/15/2005 1:07:03 AM PDT by Edit35

Will the last Democrat with an idea please stand up?

It doesn’t even have to be a good one. Just pick an idea: A chicken in every pot. An intern under every desk. Whatever.

But please, Democrats, do something soon to indicate some minimal brain activity before a Florida judge shows up and pulls your feeding tube.

Yes, it’s that bad. In fact, it’s worse. Democrats, you’re starting to make George W. Bush look smart.

There he was on TV the other night, answering questions about a plan to save Social Security, conjugating most of his own verbs, and zinging the press with one-liners about their career choices. It was like Al Gore with punchlines

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Political Humor/Cartoons
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1 posted on 05/15/2005 1:07:03 AM PDT by Edit35
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To: MojoWire; patriciaruth; Mo1; ohioWfan; snugs; DrDeb
I listen to Michael Graham on AM 630 here in Maryland, and he is a great American. I will never forget what he did for our wounded troops at Walter Reed Hospital. He raised a bunch of money for the Fisher House at Walter Reed.

The Fisher House provides housing for the families of our wounded Soldiers on the grounds of Walter Reed, so they can be near their loved ones as they recover. What this organization has done for our Troops and their families is what makes me so proud to be an American

2 posted on 05/15/2005 1:21:36 AM PDT by MJY1288 ( By Comparison...."Dingy" Harry Reid makes Tom Daschle look like a Statesman)
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To: MojoWire
But please, Democrats, do something soon to indicate some minimal brain activity before a Florida judge shows up and pulls your feeding tube.

We'll see how they squirm on the judges this week!

;-)

3 posted on 05/15/2005 1:33:46 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Iím sleeping with myself tonight.........saved in time, thank God my musicís still alive)
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To: MojoWire
Will the last Democrat with an idea please stand up?

It doesn’t even have to be a good one. Just pick an idea: A chicken in every pot. An intern under every desk. Whatever.

But please, Democrats, do something soon to indicate some minimal brain activity before a Florida judge shows up and pulls your feeding tube.

Yes, it’s that bad. In fact, it’s worse. Democrats, you’re starting to make George W. Bush look smart.

There he was on TV the other night, answering questions about a plan to save Social Security, conjugating most of his own verbs, and zinging the press with one-liners about their career choices. It was like Al Gore with punchlines.

President Bush told the truth about Social Security: It’s going broke in 2017, and if the rate of payouts keeps growing as fast as it is now, the whole thing will collapse under the weight of retired baby boomers. Then the president talked about a solution: Slow down the growth of benefits for everyone except low-income families, but give people the option of private retirement accounts that can grow as fast as the stock market to generate their own wealth.

You may think this idea is brilliant. Or you may think this is dumbest idea since “Kids’ Night” at Neverland Ranch. But it is an idea, a rational proposal to deal with a looming actuarial disaster.

And the Democrats’ response? Lie and deny: First, the lie: “Bush is cutting benefits for the middle class!” Then, deny: “Social Security is in good shape … Social Security is the only solvent fund we have in the government today really,” says Democratic congressman Jim Moran. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi agrees: “There is no Social Security crisis.”

Let’s get the minor details (a.k.a., “facts”) out of the way. The Bush plan gives more money to retirees every year than they got the year before. Only in Washington, D.C. is that a “cut.” And as for “Social Security is doing just fine…” Oh, forget it. It’s an argument not even worth taking seriously. Just insert your own “How stupid do they think we are?” insult here.

And even if you accept the lies and denials, note what’s still missing: ideas. A vision of how America’s problems can be solved, how our economy can be improved tomorrow. There are no ideas because there is no ideology. The unified field theory holding together the American left is a single powerful molecule of the black matter that makes up their hatred for George W. Bush.

Politically speaking, it might work. It’s possible that if the Republicans really did push for meaningful changes in Social Security, the Democrats could use a successful campaign to stop Social Security reform to take back the White House and Congress in 2008. And you know what the first problem President Rodham-Clinton would face?

Social Security going broke just nine years later.

This is what makes American liberalism’s silence on Social Security so shameful. They know that what we’re doing now is a disaster. They know that taking money from young, low-income workers to send monthly checks to Warren Buffett is wrong. They know the Ponzi scheme is going to collapse and that Bush’s proposal to funnel more Social Security money to the neediest retirees, is the kind of progressive economics they fundamentally support.

And still they oppose any changes, any reforms, any solutions, so deep and desperate is their hatred of George W. Bush. They would rather see American retirees broke and on the street 20 years from now than work with the president today.

How cowardly are the Democrats? Here’s a fact that I wouldn’t have believed if I hadn’t seen it myself: While writing this column, I did a Google News search of the phrase “Social Security” and the word “Democrat,” and I got the following message back from Google: “Your search — ‘social security’ democrat — did not match any documents.”

How is that even possible? How can the president’s critics be so silent, so clueless, so irrelevant on such a major issue as Social Security? And why would anyone ever take them seriously?

Irrelevancy appears to be the new strategy of the left. In South Carolina, you see it on the issue of school choice. Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum and her pals at The State paper are adamantly opposed to unleashing the free market on one of the worst education systems in America. Their solution to South Carolina’s ongoing education disaster is to change nothing, except the amount of money going to the same schools and the same bureaucrats.

How will giving more money to the same people to do the same thing change the results in our schools? The same way doing nothing will stop Social Security from collapsing: It won’t. And everybody, on the left and right, knows it.

Only one group, however, is content to do nothing. And they want your help in preventing George W. Bush from doing anything. Anything at all.

4 posted on 05/15/2005 1:51:11 AM PDT by Bullish
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To: Bullish

pretty good article.


5 posted on 05/15/2005 2:22:09 AM PDT by Edit35
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To: MojoWire

Democrats may be deaf, but they are anyting but dumb. Have you ever heard the screeching of Maxine Waters, Sheila Lee Jackson, Barney Frank, Howard Dean and Al Gore to mention only a few. Stupid, yes. Dumb, no.


6 posted on 05/15/2005 2:38:52 AM PDT by monocle
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To: MojoWire; neverdem

Ping.


7 posted on 05/15/2005 2:41:51 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (The noisiest people in the libraries these days are the librarians. (battlegearboat))
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To: monocle
I'll add irritating to that list. Unfortunately, their constituency is dumb.
8 posted on 05/15/2005 8:04:36 AM PDT by Amityschild (DUmmie is as DUmmie does)
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To: MojoWire

Hard to imagine how Bill Richardson can come on with the "radio address" yesterday morning telling how the Democrap leadership was keeping things calm...or something like that...it was so rediculous I can't remember the exact words. Does he mean Dengy Harry's comments; i.e., FBI files, idiot remark and many others?


9 posted on 05/15/2005 8:11:18 AM PDT by TatieBug
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To: MJY1288
Fisher House is that not the charity that the VP supports?
10 posted on 05/15/2005 2:56:57 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME - And a Member of the Conservative Party)
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To: MojoWire
Their solution to South Carolina’s ongoing education disaster is to change nothing, except the amount of money going to the same schools and the same bureaucrats.

How will giving more money to the same people to do the same thing change the results in our schools? The same way doing nothing will stop Social Security from collapsing: It won’t. And everybody, on the left and right, knows it.

Only one group, however, is content to do nothing. And they want your help in preventing George W. Bush from doing anything. Anything at all.

I thought the end of this article was so good, it needed to be posted here.

11 posted on 05/15/2005 3:06:36 PM PDT by SaveTheChief (<insert clever, witty, or silly statement here>)
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To: Bullish
How cowardly are the Democrats? Here?s a fact that I wouldn?t have believed if I hadn?t seen it myself: While writing this column, I did a Google News search of the phrase 'Social Security' and the word 'Democrat,' and I got the following message back from Google: 'Your search ? ?social security? democrat ? did not match any documents.'

Not true. I get 3,880 articles. Try it at

http://news.google.com/advanced_news_search?hl=en&ned=us

12 posted on 05/15/2005 7:42:55 PM PDT by hripka (There are a lot of smart people out there in FReeperLand)
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To: hripka
Not true. I get 3,880 articles. Try it at

Tell that to the guy that wrote the article. I am not that guy.

All I did was do the thread a favor and post the entire article so it could be discussed.

13 posted on 05/15/2005 8:04:39 PM PDT by Bullish
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