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The Triumph of Murthanomics
The American Spectator ^ | May 19, 2010 | Robert Stacy McCain

Posted on 05/19/2010 5:24:00 AM PDT by Scanian

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Bill Steiner had a simple explanation for Tuesday night's result in Pennsylvania's 12th District.

"It's Murtha's ghost," said Steiner, about a half-hour after Republican Tim Burns had conceded to Democrat Mark Critz, former aide to the late Rep. John Murtha. "People were afraid to change."

Murtha died in February, three weeks after Republican Scott Brown had won the Massachusetts Senate seat held for more than four decades by Ted Kennedy, and the GOP clearly hoped to carry that momentum into the special election to fill the House seat that Murtha had held since the mid-1970s.

What happened and why? The answer supplied by Steiner, a conservative activist from Westmoreland County, was elegant in its simplicity, if not entirely sufficient to explain Critz's 12,000-vote margin of victory in an election that the Burns campaign had expected to win.

Clearly, Democrats did damage to Burns with a blizzard of TV and radio ads accusing the Republican of wanting to impose a 23-percent sales tax "on just about everything we buy" -- a blatant distortion of Burns' qualified support of the Fair Tax, a proposal that would eliminate the income tax and abolish the Internal Revenue Service.

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: burns; classwarfare; critz; fairtax; pa12; pork; protectionism; taxcuts

1 posted on 05/19/2010 5:24:00 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

The voters there have been trained in Moochonomics and can not be housebroken.


2 posted on 05/19/2010 5:26:13 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (S)
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To: Scanian

This article is probably the best and most accurate analysis of this race I’ve read so far.


3 posted on 05/19/2010 5:29:41 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Interesting how they twisted the anti-tax FairTax into a NEGATIVE for the republican candidate.....

Shows that RAISING TAXES is the key to destroying a candidate’s chances.


4 posted on 05/19/2010 5:39:25 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Scanian

Did Critz vow to oppose the coming attempt to impose a VAT, or was he “anti-tax” only to get his snout into the trough?


5 posted on 05/19/2010 5:44:49 AM PDT by PogySailor (BHO - Dividing the country into tribes since 2008.)
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To: Scanian
"People were afraid to change."

Right. They were afraid to change from having lots of pork to having less than lots of pork. Some people just simply prefer enslaved subsistence to freedom.

6 posted on 05/19/2010 5:45:45 AM PDT by ScottinVA (RIP to the country I love...)
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To: Scanian

Critz was a Democrat running as a Republican , question is can he do it again?


7 posted on 05/19/2010 5:52:40 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Scanian

I heard on the radio this morning that sine PA has a closed primary a lot of independents didn’t come out and vote. It makes sense that Burns polled so well yet lost so badly. A big chunk of his voters thought they couldn’t vote.


8 posted on 05/19/2010 5:53:25 AM PDT by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: Scanian

I have to disagree with the article and the comments above. I live close to that district, and have been watching it closely. Last two elections, Murtha was challenged by a conservative Repubican, Bill Russell. With little money but a lot of gumption, Bill put up a good fight, and did darn well against Murtha the 2nd time. When the special election opportunity came, instead of picking Russell to run the republican party picked Tim Burns, a guy with enough personal wealth to help him run. Tim seems like a nice enough guy, but Bill had built a loyal organization. This split the energy of the party, as Burns and Russell were competing in the primary. The republican party spent $1 million on Burns, and he did win the primary, but lost the special election. The ad about the fair tax could have been turned against the democrats very easily, with just a little thought. First, it was the SEIU that ran the ad, whose claims went unopposed. Toward the end it was the national democratic party that ran it, warning of “Tim’s Tax”, which ALSO went unopposed. THAT is why the special election went the way it did.


9 posted on 05/19/2010 5:54:50 AM PDT by jdsteel (CONGRESS: Take it again in twenty ten.)
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To: Scanian

This bodes very ill for the country in November.

12,000 votes is a whooooole buncho folks.

There is a lot for the dumbles to take to heart in yesterdays vote.

And you can’t run on the fair tax: you cannot get enough people to wrap their heads around the concept. It just won’t happen.


10 posted on 05/19/2010 5:55:27 AM PDT by Adder (Proudly ignoring Zero since 1-20-09! WTFU!)
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To: Scanian

At the very least, PA-12 won’t be at the top of the list for pork barrel spending anymore. That alone will work in Burns’ favor in November.


11 posted on 05/19/2010 5:57:31 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; lewislynn
Interesting how they twisted the anti-tax FairTax into a NEGATIVE for the republican candidate.....

No need to twist anything...
The misnamed "FairTax" is fraudulent tax legislation intended to hijack and derail any effort at true tax reform.
Pennslvanian voters were right to use this as a litmus test to reject any candidate that considers it.

12 posted on 05/19/2010 6:00:15 AM PDT by Willie Green (Klaatu barada nikto)
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To: jdsteel

Thanks for the insight.


13 posted on 05/19/2010 6:08:01 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: Willie Green

Agree. The “FAir TAx” is a bad idea whose time, hopefully, will never come.


14 posted on 05/19/2010 6:09:06 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: jdsteel

Sounds like the RNC trying to control who gets the nomination. Another reason I don’t donate to the RNC.


15 posted on 05/19/2010 6:10:00 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: ontap

Once he gets to DC and the clutches of Peolsi and Hoyer, it is questionable whether he can play the “conservative Democrat” game for long. If they need his vote for something, he’ll provide it.


16 posted on 05/19/2010 7:14:38 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: jdsteel

All true enough but the ‘Rats will be trying stuff like that over and over again this fall and I’m sure they’ll succeed fairly often.

Conservatives need to learn to fight fire with fire or they will always get out-slicked.


17 posted on 05/19/2010 8:45:07 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

On THAT, my friend, we agree!!!!


18 posted on 05/19/2010 8:49:12 PM PDT by jdsteel (CONGRESS: Take it again in twenty ten.)
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To: Adder
And you can’t run on the fair tax: you cannot get enough people to wrap their heads around the concept. It just won’t happen.

Tell that to the growing grass roots Fair Tax movement that has resulted in more Congress critters signing on as cosponsors in each session since The Fair Tax Act was first introduced to Congress in 1999. This district is 2:1 RAT and yet Burns lost by a far closer margin. That's despite Critz trying to paint himself as a conservative opposed to gun control and abortion rights, and a foe of Obamacare.

Keep in mind the regular election is only 5 1/2 months away. All these facts bode well for Conservatives in November.
19 posted on 05/20/2010 12:03:58 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Man50D

Look at what happened to Burns in PA12: he offered limited support for the fair tax and was immediately hammered for wanting to increase sales taxes by 23%. He was predicted to win. He LOST big, in my opinion, by 12,000 votes.

And one of the reasons he lost is not because people like you and me and yes a growing number understand the fair tax...he lost because the average voter in Johnstown and surrounding areas doesn’t understand the fair tax but they DO understand 23% sales tax. The fair tax just can’t be reduced to an effective sound byte...but raise your taxes 23% definitely CAN be reduced to a sound byte.

Hence my comment.


20 posted on 05/20/2010 5:17:58 AM PDT by Adder (Proudly ignoring Zero since 1-20-09! WTFU!)
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To: Adder
And one of the reasons he lost is not because people like you and me and yes a growing number understand the fair tax...he lost because the average voter in Johnstown and surrounding areas doesn’t understand the fair tax but they DO understand 23% sales tax. The fair tax just can’t be reduced to an effective sound byte...but raise your taxes 23% definitely CAN be reduced to a sound byte.

If you're going to get a "fair tax" considered, you'll have to take into account that everyone pays sales taxes. A large percentage pay no income taxes.

I'd be willing to to get on board something like that, but only with guarantees that we probably cannot get that the income tax will be killed and stay dead, otherwise we'll end up with both, as in Japan.

21 posted on 05/20/2010 7:11:12 AM PDT by altair (Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent - Salvor Hardin)
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To: Scanian
The same Democratic ads accused Burns of favoring tax cuts for companies that "ship jobs overseas" and, as nonsensical as the charge may seem -- whoever proposed any such policy?

No one has proposed it as such, but general policy has actively encouraged it.

Tax breaks for companies that "ship jobs overseas" is actually a good idea. It might encourage them to keep the jobs in the US instead of moving them.

I'm square in the middle of all that at the lowest level. Google "India SEZ". That's the kind of competition that US firms are up against if they do not give in and outsource jobs.

So, India is grabbing jobs from the US by creating Special Economic Zones that offer incentives (like tax breaks and decreased regulation - we're exempt from many international tariffs) for business to move there. Fight fire with fire. Lower taxes on businesses operating in the US and ease some of the other burdens.

The flight of jobs out of the US is one that no one has seriously addressed. You can say "I stand for smaller government and lower taxes", but unlike Republicans of the recent past, you have to make it stick in practice. Make it attractive to do business somewhere and businesses will show up.

22 posted on 05/20/2010 7:26:20 AM PDT by altair (Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent - Salvor Hardin)
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To: altair

A large percentage pay no income taxes.

OOO! Great point! Especially in that depressed area!

I know...I know..its not supposed to impact those who don’t pay taxes now....


23 posted on 05/20/2010 7:37:12 AM PDT by Adder (Proudly ignoring Zero since 1-20-09! WTFU!)
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