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Fred Thompson on the Issues
Bella Online, The Voice of Women ^ | September 24, 2007 | Linda Sue Grimes

Posted on 09/24/2007 2:10:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The following is a summary of Thompson’s views on the issues of National Security, Federal Budget and Spending/Budgetary Reform, Tax Reform, Healthcare, Government Effectiveness, Building Strong Families, Immigration, Education, Appointment of Judges, Energy Security, and the Second Amendment.

National Security

In a post 9/11 world, Thompson recognizes the need for America to increase its ability to defeat its terrorist enemies. Therefore, his plans include upscaling the military, improving the missile defense system, enhancing the intelligence community, making homeland security robust enough to protect America from terrorists worldwide, giving backbone the judicial system so it will face the reality of terrorism and unlawful enemy combatants.

Federal Budget and Spending/Budgetary Reform

To ease the burden that threatens future generations of Americans, Thompson plans to make the government’s fiscal records transparent so everyone can understand clearly the impending crisis, devise a comprehensive plan including all political views to help solve the crisis, cut wasteful spending, “to safeguard our security, promote our prosperity, and protect our children and grandchildren from fiscal calamity.”

Tax Reform

Thompson anticipates a full renovation the U.S. Tax code by dissolving the IRS “as we know it.” He wants to devise a “[f]undamental tax reform built on the principles of simplicity, fairness, and growth.” He envisions a tax code that lightens the tax burden on U.S. citizens while at the same time boosts U.S. competitiveness worldwide.

Healthcare

Even though American healthcare is the world’s best, some Americans opt not to have medical insurance, and others cannot afford it. Thompson believes that everyone who wants it should be able to acquire appropriate medical coverage. He realizes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to healthcare and insurance coverage. He offers a five part solution to the problem: make available information and opportunities that allow individuals to choose the medical care options that best suit them and their families, create a system that actually improves the health of every American by bolstering “cost-effective prevention, chronic-care management, and personal responsibility,” update current administration and delivery by fostering “best practices,” emphasize free-market solutions, support and promote more research in medicine and life-science.

Government Effectiveness

Thompson realizes that current government practices are inefficient and wasteful. He plans to correct this deficiency by placing only the best qualified people in place and then allowing him proper “authority and resources” to their jobs, repair government accounting, making it more transparent, holding agencies accountable, and securing information technologies.

Building Strong Families

Fred Thompson believes that families are the “bedrock of our nation and our culture.” He wants to strengthen the institutions of family and marriage by encouraging policies that promote “a culture of life” and “advance the freedom of religion,” return to state governments authority for protecting families to eliminate intrusion by the federal government and the judiciary, fight obscenity in the media by allowing parents better control and the ability to “exercise their responsibilities.”

Immigration

In a post 9/11 world, immigration has become a security issue. Thompson believes a nation has the responsibility to determine who enters. He therefore plans to secure the borders and enforce immigration laws and end “sanctuary cities,” make sure that existing immigration laws actually benefit our national interest, promote unity by welcoming legal immigration, promoting the English language, encouraging assimilation so that legal immigrants may become productive citizens.

Education

Thompson recognizes the importance of education for a democracy and despite the fact that billions of dollars has been poured in the education systems, our schools are not performing well enough. He wants to lessen the bureaucracy and give parents more choices of schools, reduce federal mandates and return moneys to the state, encourage vouchers, charter schools, and foster competition and choice to improve schools, encourage teachers and students to study science, technology, engineering, and math, because these fields are crucial not only for prosperity but also for security in a post 9/11 world; he is also committed to “Promoting transparency to assess performance, promote accountability, and share innovations in education at all levels.”

Appointing Judges Faithful To Our Constitution

Because activist judges have been responsible for bringing about a “culture of abortion” and have been attempting to redefine and weaken marriage, which undermines families, Thompson intends to appoint only “strict constructionist judges who will interpret the law, not impose their views on us by legislating from the bench.”

Energy Security

Because dependence on foreign energy sources threatens our national and economic security, Thompson plans to seek a “balanced approach to energy security that increases domestic supplies, reduces demand for oil and gas, and promotes alternative fuels and other diverse energy sources,” encourage non-fossil fuel research, promote policies that enhance energy efficiency, and encourage research and development to improve the environment and lower C02 levels.

Second Amendment

Thompson strongly supports the protection of an individual’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the second amendment of the Constitution. He therefore is committed to protecting the individual’s right while “strictly enforcing existing laws and severely punishing violent criminals.”

For more information, please visit: Fred ’08


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1 posted on 09/24/2007 2:10:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But... but... but...

We don't know where he STANDS on the issues!

He didn't get into the race early enough to tell us!

2 posted on 09/24/2007 2:12:55 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for posting this. Of course, we’ll still have people complaining that they don’t know Fred’s positions on the issues and therefore can’t support him. Sigh.


3 posted on 09/24/2007 2:14:20 PM PDT by hershey
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My only advice to FRed is regards enhancing the Intelligence Community.

Remove any and all holdovers from the Clinton administration.


4 posted on 09/24/2007 2:15:59 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; ancient_geezer; Taxman; pigdog; Principled; EternalVigilance; PhilWill; kevkrom; ...
Tax Reform Thompson anticipates a full renovation the U.S. Tax code by dissolving the IRS “as we know it.” He wants to devise a “[f]undamental tax reform built on the principles of simplicity, fairness, and growth.” He envisions a tax code that lightens the tax burden on U.S. citizens while at the same time boosts U.S. competitiveness worldwide.

The Fair Tax Act Of 2007 (H.R.25/S.1025) that is currently before Congress addresses these very points. Fair Tax ping!
5 posted on 09/24/2007 2:16:31 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The more I hear from Fred ... the more I like him.

H

6 posted on 09/24/2007 2:22:11 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor (How 'Bout Them Cowboys!!!)
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To: Man50D

Hear,hear!


7 posted on 09/24/2007 2:25:02 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: hershey

Well, we know for whom they would vote anyway don’t we?


8 posted on 09/24/2007 2:27:03 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: Bobkk47
My only advice to FRed is regards enhancing the Intelligence Community.

Remove any and all holdovers from the Clinton administration.

Ditto the State Department.

9 posted on 09/24/2007 2:29:16 PM PDT by upchuck (Psychiatrists have labeled George Bush's South-of-the-Border obsession as mexicosis. ~ firehat)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
promote unity by welcoming legal immigration

Has he ever said how many million per year he thinks should come legally? We have over 2 million legally entering now. Thanks.

10 posted on 09/24/2007 2:30:31 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for posting this.

No more, “But, but, but where does FRed stand on the ISSUES?”

I’m gonna bookmark this for future use. Will make a handy weapon.


11 posted on 09/24/2007 2:31:37 PM PDT by upchuck (Psychiatrists have labeled George Bush's South-of-the-Border obsession as mexicosis. ~ firehat)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


12 posted on 09/24/2007 2:39:36 PM PDT by GitmoSailor (AZ Cold War Vet===Fairness Doctrine for TV First!!!!!.....I'Am With Fred)
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To: Man50D
The Fair Tax Act Of 2007 (H.R.25/S.1025) that is currently before Congress addresses these very points.

Great. Old Fred is looking good. Now, what about CFR?

13 posted on 09/24/2007 2:58:14 PM PDT by groanup ("I'm not the one on the defensive here." xcamel)
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To: groanup
>>>>>Now, what about CFR?

Would that be his membership in CFR, or his most recent position on CFR?

14 posted on 09/24/2007 3:19:06 PM PDT by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: Man50D
His position on Tax Reform looks like it has FairTax written all over it.

And note that one of his closest friends and advisors is Congressman Zach Wamp, an erstwhile supporter of the FairTax and cosponsor of HR 25.

15 posted on 09/24/2007 3:39:36 PM PDT by Hostage (Fred Thompson will be President.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fred need to clean up his stance on illegal immigration, or I will not vote for him. He is fine on the rest.


16 posted on 09/24/2007 3:55:56 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

He is for enforcing immigration laws, securing the borders and ending sanctuary cities. What else do you want?


17 posted on 09/24/2007 4:03:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (https://www.fred08.com/contribute.aspx?RefererID=c637caaa-315c-4b4c-9967-08d864cd0791)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

18 posted on 09/24/2007 4:14:29 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fred is the only candidate with the character, conviction and national recognition for a Conservative victory in 2008.

I, along with millions of others, am thrilled with the prospect.


19 posted on 09/24/2007 4:17:50 PM PDT by Enduring Freedom (There are NO gays in Iran)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Education

Thompson recognizes the importance of education for a democracy...

Sure glad we don't live in one. The use of this word in this way should be a huge red flag to any conservative.

...and despite the fact that billions of dollars has been poured in the education systems...

They need an editor.

...our schools are not performing well enough. He wants to lessen the bureaucracy...

Really? I thought he was a federalist? Where exactly is the enumerated constitutional power that allows the national government to have ANY say in anything to do with education - except in the military?

...and give parents more choices of schools, reduce federal mandates and return moneys to the state, encourage vouchers, charter schools, and foster competition and choice to improve schools, encourage teachers and students to study science, technology, engineering, and math, because these fields are crucial not only for prosperity but also for security in a post 9/11 world; he is also committed to “Promoting transparency to assess performance, promote accountability, and share innovations in education at all levels.”

More top-down statist nonsense, with the federal government firmly in control of all the power.

Simply get the federal government out of their unconstitutional role in education, and let us keep our education dollars at home where they belong - instead of sending them to Washington so they can run them through the bureaucracy and send a tiny percentage back to us with strings attached.

If you loved "No Child Left Behind," you'll love Fred Thompson.

20 posted on 09/24/2007 4:30:43 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("The Pledge For America's Revival" - Alan Keyes 2008 - www.AlanKeyes.com)
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So you post a bunch of platitudes that we can all agree on and that’s the sales job for Fred? Where are the details? How is he going to enforce the immigrant laws? What will he do differently? What kind of tax is he talking about that gets rid of the IRS and makes US products more competitive? Details, details, details!


21 posted on 09/24/2007 4:31:41 PM PDT by webboy45
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
devise a comprehensive plan including all political views to help solve the crisis

More "bipartisanship". Just great.

I'm sure Teddy Kennedy, Charlie Rangel, Nancy Pelosi, et al, are going to be highly cooperative!

/s

22 posted on 09/24/2007 4:33:19 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("The Pledge For America's Revival" - Alan Keyes 2008 - www.AlanKeyes.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In a post 9/11 world, immigration has become a security issue.

A lame comment. If someone had made it a "security issue" BEFORE 9-11, there might not have BEEN a 9-11.

23 posted on 09/24/2007 4:40:30 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("The Pledge For America's Revival" - Alan Keyes 2008 - www.AlanKeyes.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
promote unity by welcoming legal immigration

How does legal immigration "promote unity"? There are lots of things legal immigration does, but this doesn't seem like one of them.

promoting the English language

Weak words with no teeth and dang little in the way of specifics throughout this document.

24 posted on 09/24/2007 4:43:47 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("The Pledge For America's Revival" - Alan Keyes 2008 - www.AlanKeyes.com)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
We don't know where he STANDS on the issues!

This IS a bit unclear.....

On a path to citizenship: "[B]ecause we allowed ourselves to wait until we woke up one day and found 12 million illegals here, there's no easy solution. And I think that you have to realize that you're either going to drive 12 million people underground permanently, which is not a good solution. You're going to get them all together and get them out of the country, which is not going to happen. Or you're going to have to, in some way, work out a deal where they can have some aspirations of citizenship, but not make it so easy that it's unfair to the people waiting in line and abiding by the law." (Fox News Fred Thompson on "Hannity & Colmes," 4/3/06)

On the problems with cracking down on employers: "We haven't enforced the law, in terms of employers. … For 20 years, we've not enforced the law, and that's a part of the problem. You can't enforce it all on the backs of the employers. People falsify information that they give employers and all that. That's not a solution to the problem." (Fox News' "Hannity & Colmes," 4/3/06)

On his skepticism of a brick-and-mortar border fence: FOX's ALAN COLMES: "You don't put up a fence, either, do you? Is that bad neighbor policy, put a fence up?" THOMPSON: "If it would work. I mean, I don't know – that's a technical problem. In this day and age, I would not think you would have to use bricks and mortar to get that job done. But we ought to do everything that we can to get it done to the extent that we can and then, as I say, I think people would be willing to take a look at the rest of the problem, what we do with the problem that we created." (Fox News' "Hannity & Colmes," 4/3/06)

On enforcement first: "We woke up one day after years of neglect and apparently discovered that we have somewhere between 12 million and 20 million illegal aliens in this country. So it became an impossible situation to deal with. I mean, there's really no good solution. So what do you do? You have to start over. Well, I'm concerned about the next 12 million or 20 million. So that's why enforcement, and enforcement at the border, has to be primary." (Fox's "Fox News Sunday," 3/11/07)

On not rounding up illegal immigrants: "You know, if you have the right kind of policies, and you're not encouraging people to come here and encouraging them to stay once they're here, they'll go back, many of them, of their own volition, instead of having to, you know, load up moving vans and rounding people up. That's not going to happen." (Fox's "Fox News Sunday," 3/11/07)

25 posted on 09/24/2007 4:46:25 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate (Mitt = Newt-like brilliance without the baggage)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Tax Reform

Thompson anticipates a full renovation the U.S. Tax code by dissolving the IRS “as we know it.” He wants to devise a “[f]undamental tax reform built on the principles of simplicity, fairness, and growth.” He envisions a tax code that lightens the tax burden on U.S. citizens while at the same time boosts U.S. competitiveness worldwide.

We've heard these same sort of inspecific nothings from the current occupant of the WH and from the Gingrich/Armey wing of the party for years. What they're really telling you is that they're not going to do much of anything at all except tinker around the edges of the current system. Bleh.

26 posted on 09/24/2007 4:47:05 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("The Pledge For America's Revival" - Alan Keyes 2008 - www.AlanKeyes.com)
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To: EternalVigilance

Alan Keyes? What, was John Cox or Ron Paul too mainstream for you?


27 posted on 09/24/2007 4:48:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (https://www.fred08.com/contribute.aspx?RefererID=c637caaa-315c-4b4c-9967-08d864cd0791)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you’re interested in bread and circuses, instead of getting down to the meat of how we restore and defend constitutional governance, I can see why you’d prefer this sort of cotton candy.


28 posted on 09/24/2007 4:53:37 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("The Pledge For America's Revival" - Alan Keyes 2008 - www.AlanKeyes.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; E. Pluribus Unum; hershey; upchuck
I read the post, but I didn't see a proposal to cut any agency or actually reduce the size of Leviathan. I would think it politically safe to abolish Slick's Americorps.

Are you aware of any specific proposal by Thompson to reduce the size of the federal government? What I saw in the post looks like he is proposing a more open, efficient socialism than what we have now.

29 posted on 09/24/2007 7:12:54 PM PDT by Abcdefg
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To: AuntB

Our country was founded by immigrants, and immigrants have helped this become a strong nation. I have no problem with allowing folks to come here, but only if they truly want to become AMERICANS, and not try to make America into their own homeland. That’s not to say that they shouldn’t be able to have their groups and neighborhoods, and food stores, but our laws and culture are our own, and they must assimilate, while maintaining their culture within their families, and neighborhoods if they so choose. Generations of immigrants have done just that, and America is stronger for it. We are not so much a melting pot as a stew, with disparate, but identifiable ingredients.


30 posted on 09/24/2007 8:04:22 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: EternalVigilance
Sure glad we don't live in one. The use of this word in this way should be a huge red flag to any conservative.

Why? Most people consider what we have a democracy. They know that our laws are not decided by direct vote but by their Representatives in their local towns, in their states and in the national Congress, but they think that is democracy. If you told folks that we are actually a representative Republic, they'd look at you like you had two heads!

31 posted on 09/24/2007 8:08:13 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: EternalVigilance
I'm sure Teddy Kennedy, Charlie Rangel, Nancy Pelosi, et al, are going to be highly cooperative! /s

Don't forget, Fred knows these folks. He's seen them up close.

32 posted on 09/24/2007 8:09:33 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: EternalVigilance; webboy45
Fred could talk about specifics all day, but that doesn't mean what he wants done will get done. The President is not a dictator, and he doesn't file legislation. The President promotes ideas, and suggests legislation to those in his party who are willing to craft it and bring it to fruition.

If he comes up with some specifics, that's fine, but I'm more interested in what his beliefs and ideas are. That will give me a better idea of what his specifics will be when the time comes for them.

33 posted on 09/24/2007 8:13:54 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Abcdefg
I don’t know of any specific smaller government pledges that FRed has made.

However, he is a very strong Federalist and that automatically means smaller government.

Perhaps he’ll give specifics later.

IMHO, he could start with the Dept of Education.

34 posted on 09/24/2007 9:07:51 PM PDT by upchuck (Psychiatrists have labeled George Bush's South-of-the-Border obsession as mexicosis. ~ firehat)
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To: upchuck; All

If you want to help Fred, click here: https://www.fred08.com/contribute.aspx?RefererID=c637caaa-315c-4b4c-9967-08d864cd0791


35 posted on 09/24/2007 9:23:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (https://www.fred08.com/contribute.aspx?RefererID=c637caaa-315c-4b4c-9967-08d864cd0791)
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To: SuziQ
If he comes up with some specifics, that's fine, but I'm more interested in what his beliefs and ideas are. That will give me a better idea of what his specifics will be when the time comes for them.

See, there's your problem. You don't understand that you can only know what his "beliefs and ideas" are if he gets specific.

I have no patience for weasel words.

I wonder who wrote these talking points, Mrs. James Carville, or one of his Schwarzenegger hacks.

36 posted on 09/24/2007 10:02:00 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("The Pledge For America's Revival" - Alan Keyes 2008 - www.AlanKeyes.com)
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To: SuziQ
If you told folks that we are actually a representative Republic, they'd look at you like you had two heads!

Well, yeah. What do you expect when prominent politicians like Thompson can't even get it right. The people stay stupid.

37 posted on 09/24/2007 10:03:32 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("The Pledge For America's Revival" - Alan Keyes 2008 - www.AlanKeyes.com)
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To: EternalVigilance
What do you expect when prominent politicians like Thompson can't even get it right.

Oh, Fred knows the difference, but he knows he's speaking to some folks who wouldn't know a constitutional republic if it bit them in the butt. He's speaking to folks exactly where they are, and they seem to like him.

38 posted on 09/24/2007 10:51:35 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Man50D

Whoa ... Thompson has made general statements supportive of tax reform, you are claiming FAIR Tax fits the bill. (It does, but it has its own issues.)

Rather than assume Thompson supports Fair Tax, it would be better to have quotes of Thompson himself stating his position on the FAIR Tax. has he made a statement clearly on this?


39 posted on 09/24/2007 10:57:43 PM PDT by WOSG (I just wish freepers would bash Democrats as much as they bash Republicans)
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To: EternalVigilance

“...and give parents more choices of schools, reduce federal mandates and return moneys to the state, encourage vouchers, charter schools, and foster competition and choice to improve schools, encourage teachers and students to study science, technology, engineering, and math, because these fields are crucial not only for prosperity but also for security in a post 9/11 world; he is also committed to “Promoting transparency to assess performance, promote accountability, and share innovations in education at all levels.”

More top-down statist nonsense, with the federal government firmly in control of all the power. “

Whoa. You were right on the federalist contradiction (not that we’ll get anywhere on getting rid of the Dept of Ed anyway, but it would be nice for the ‘federalist’ label to mean something) ... BUT ...

“give parents more choices of schools, reduce federal mandates and return moneys to the state, encourage vouchers, charter schools, and foster competition and choice to improve schools” ... ALL go away from the stalinist education model to the market/choice/freedom model.
The ultimate local control is parental control and the path to parental control is school choice via vouchers.

A clear “end NCLB, end bilingual education, abolish the Dept of Ed, end Federal red tape” would be best, but I’ll take a federal focus on school choice as a nice runner up.


40 posted on 09/24/2007 11:04:51 PM PDT by WOSG (I just wish freepers would bash Democrats as much as they bash Republicans)
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To: SuziQ; EternalVigilance

“Oh, Fred knows the difference, but he knows he’s speaking to some folks who wouldn’t know a constitutional republic if it bit them in the butt. He’s speaking to folks exactly where they are, ...”

So he’s insulting us by talking down to us? ... Please stop. You are digging the hole deeper.

“and they seem to like him.”
I would like him better if he had precision and accuracy in his pronouncements, and I’m sure the folks who supposedly wouldn’t know better wouldn’t mind it either.


41 posted on 09/24/2007 11:08:57 PM PDT by WOSG (I just wish freepers would bash Democrats as much as they bash Republicans)
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To: WOSG

He’s not ‘talking down’ to anyone, he’s simply meeting some folks where they are. Are you denying that most folks don’t know the difference between a democracy and a representative republic? Just having someone as a candidate who talks up Federalism will go a long way towards educating voters. That’s a great thing!


42 posted on 09/24/2007 11:38:31 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"And while we don’t know for certain how or why climate change is occurring,
it makes sense to take reasonable steps to reduce CO2 emissions without harming our economy. "

SAY IT AIN'T SO, FRED! (Dispatch Inhofe, post haste.)

43 posted on 09/25/2007 12:06:14 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: WOSG
Rather than assume Thompson supports Fair Tax, it would be better to have quotes of Thompson himself stating his position on the FAIR Tax. has he made a statement clearly on this?

You are misreading my statement in post #5. "The Fair Tax Act Of 2007 (H.R.25/S.1025) that is currently before Congress addresses these very points. Fair Tax ping! ". It is a fact the points he outlines for tax reform match those features found in the Fair Tax. Regardless of that fact Thompson wrote the following letter to Americans For fair Taxation Chairman Leo Linbeck Jr.:

"Dear Leo:

I've appreciated seeing the Fair Tax folks when I'm out on the road, as well as their enthusiasm when they've come to my events. Although I wish they'd get my good side when they roll their cameras!

My staff and I have been working with Americans for Fair Taxation for some time now. We share the same belief that the next President should enact a fundamental overhaul of the tax code that makes it fairer, simpler, and more pro-growth. There are a number of ways to do that, and over the years I've looked at many of them. Congress must begin a serious consideration of real fundamental tax reform, rather than nibbling around the edges. I think the principles and ideas found in the Fair Tax are a good place to start, particularly given the grassroots support it enjoys across the country. Good luck in Iowa this weekend!

Regards,
Fred Thompson


Some people argue this is not an endorsement of The Fair Tax but there are three key points in the letter that prove otherwise. 1) Fred stating he and his staff have been working extensively with American For Fair Taxation. 2) The principles in his remarks on tax reform "principles of simplicity, fairness, and growth" exactly match those in those principles stated in his letter to Leo Linbeck. 3) His support for the principles in The Fair Tax.

The principles are the core of The Fair Tax. Therefore it would be impossible not to support The Fair Tax while supporting those principles. Some also argue it is possible to maintain only some of the elements in The Fair Tax while discarding the rest of the bill. It would no longer be The Fair Tax Act Of 2007(HR) and defeat the whole purpose of the bill. Sponsor Congressman John Linder and many Fair Tax leaders have stated the bill must pass without change.
44 posted on 09/25/2007 4:26:06 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: webboy45; 2ndDivisionVet
"Where are the details? How is he going to enforce the immigrant laws? What will he do differently? What kind of tax is he talking about that gets rid of the IRS and makes US products more competitive? Details, details, details!"

I agree! I like Fred Thompson as a person. And I believe he will be the GOP candidate next year and will beat Clinton BUT I want some SPECIFICS! Thompson needs to come forward with what "webboy45" calls "details!" I'm tired of politicians speaking rhetoric. I want to know details and specifics too!
45 posted on 09/25/2007 10:56:17 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: SuziQ; EternalVigilance; webboy45

“Fred could talk about specifics all day, but that doesn’t mean what he wants done will get done.”

OR ... he can’t talk vague happy talk about dissolving the IRS without telling us exactly how taxes are to be cut, and thereby avoid *any* accountability to actually achieving anything!!!

Nice job if you can get it.

“The President is not a dictator, and he doesn’t file legislation.”
On the contrary, some of our most successful legislation has been crafted with the executive branch’s input, including specific legislation.

It was the “Reagan Tax Cuts” and “Bush Tax Cuts” because they were there in the trenches asking for *specific provisions*.


46 posted on 10/02/2007 11:24:17 PM PDT by WOSG (I just wish freepers would bash Democrats as much as they bash Republicans)
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To: SuziQ

“He’s not ‘talking down’ to anyone, he’s simply meeting some folks where they are. Are you denying that most folks don’t know the difference between a democracy and a representative republic?”

‘where they are’? I’m in Texas. I am denying that he needs to be patronizing like that. I dont see other GOP candidates doing that. That’s the kind of junk Al Gore would pull, talking to us like 5th graders. That would be a big phony act if true, and we don’t need phony candidates.


47 posted on 10/02/2007 11:36:15 PM PDT by WOSG (I just wish freepers would bash Democrats as much as they bash Republicans)
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To: WOSG
‘where they are’? I’m in Texas. I am denying that he needs to be patronizing like that. I dont see other GOP candidates doing that.

Congratulations on being a savvy citizen! Most FReepers, are. However, as several threads on FR in the last week have shown, many are not, and they do need to be educated about this country. I'm glad Fred is doing this, and with his speaking style, they won't think they're being 'talked down to', as they might if they were being spoken to by Her Heinous. But then, she wouldn't be trying to educate any of them anyway; it's in her best interest to keep them uninformed.

48 posted on 10/03/2007 7:19:52 AM PDT by SuziQ
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