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DEMSí ATTACK DU JOUR: HOMELAND SECURITY (Security and Democratic Politics -- RNC Research)
Republican National Committee ^ | 23 May 2003 | RNC Research and Gov Marc Racicot

Posted on 05/23/2003 7:15:37 AM PDT by PhiKapMom

RNC RESEARCH

FROM:            Governor Marc Racicot
DATE:             May 22, 2003
RE:                   Security and Democratic Politics

This past weekend at a presidential candidate debate in Iowa a disturbing strategy to elect a Democratic president emerged.  Without offering any credible solutions of their own and notwithstanding their own weak record on these issues, candidate after candidate attacked the President's security policies and leadership as commander-in-chief.

Their attacks are driven by a desire by Democrats to close the historic Republican advantage on security.  The Democratic candidates for President have made that clear.

“[W]e will not win the White House unless we make it clear to the American people that we will keep them safe and how we will keep them safe.”  (Senator John Edwards, Remarks At AFSCME Forum, 5/17/03)

“And the fact is they’re not going to choose anyone who sends a message that is other than strength on defense and homeland security.”  (Senator Joe Lieberman, Remarks At South Carolina Debate, 5/3/03)

"What activists like Dean call the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party is an aberration: the McGovern-Mondale wing, defined principally by weakness abroad ... lost 49 states in two elections, and transformed Democrats from a strong national party into a much weaker regional one. The real tradition of the Democratic Party is grounded in ... standing up for a strong national defense and for America's interests in the world ..."  ("The Real Soul of the Democratic Party," Democratic Leadership Council Memo, 5/15/03)

There is a reason Republicans are seen as strong on the national security question.  We are.

Since September 11, 2001, the President and Republicans have been joined by many Democrats to pass important security initiatives, such as the Patriot Act, and, eventually, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.  We know and understand that legitimate policy debates do exist and can lead, if carried on in good faith, to the improvement of the security of all Americans. But, many of the same Democrats who now criticize the President’s efforts to protect our homeland opposed or now criticize legislation they supported which provides the President the tools to make us safer.

I have attached a research paper (see below) to this memorandum, which compares some of the rhetoric of the past weekend with some key votes/positions previously taken by the candidate critics.  It is expected and essential that we remain on the cutting edge of the security requirements of this country. But, to assess the abilities and leadership capacity, it is also essential that we scrutinize the efforts of those who would be President to address the national and homeland security interests of America. 

RNC RESEARCH

DEMS’ ATTACK DU JOUR:
HOMELAND SECURITY

Recognition Of Party’s Weakness On Security Issues Underlies Democrats’ Latest Political Strategy

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Democrats “are trying to strengthen their own image on an issue on which Democrats have long been seen as weak by many Americans.” (Steven Thomma, “Bush Criticized On Homeland,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/19/03)

DEMS LAUNCH PARTISAN POLITICAL ATTACKS ON HOMELAND SECURITY

… Sen. John Kerry (D-MA): Bush Has Not Done Enough At Home. “Nor has the Bush administration done enough to enhance security at home, according to Kerry … ‘The priorities and choices of this administration are wrong,’ he said.” (Bryan Bender, “Kerry Blasts Bush Over War On Terror,” The Boston Globe, 5/19/03)

Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) Mocked Bush Homeland Security Policy. “We should not cede this issue to a party and a president whose idea of homeland security is plastic wrap and duct tape.” (Dan Balz, “Democrats Criticize President On Economy, Security,” The Washington Post, 5/18/03)

Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) Said Bush Has “Ignored Homeland Security.” “[T]his Administration has ignored homeland security in all but name while it focused all its energy on Iraq.” (Sen. Bob Graham, Remarks At Presidential Candidacy Announcement, Miami Lakes, FL, 5/6/03)

Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) Criticized Bush Leadership On Homeland Security. “Our states and localities also need more support. More funding. And more leadership from the President on down.” (Sen. Joe Lieberman, “Investing In homeland Security,” Press Release, 5/15/03)

Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-MO) Said Administration “Let America Down.”[T]his administration has let America down in the area of homeland security. … We are vulnerable to future attacks because this administration has not done its job, and has not increased our ability to have homeland security.”  (Rep. Dick Gephardt, Remarks At AFSCME Forum, 5/17/03)

Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT) Attacked Bush For “Strangling” Localities. “[W]e have a president who talks tough on homeland security but is strangling the cities and the towns and not giving them the money that’s necessary to protect them …”  (Gov. Howard Dean, Remarks At AFSCME Forum, 5/17/03)…

BECAUSE AMERICANS TRUST PRESIDENT BUSH TO SECURE HOMELAND

72% Trust President Bush To Better Conduct U.S. Campaign Against Terrorism. Only 21% chose the Democrats. 63% trust President Bush “to do a better job handling” Homeland Security over “Democrats in Congress,” while only 30% trust the Democrats more. (The Washington Post/ABC NewsPoll, 1,105 Adults Nationwide, Conducted 4/27-30/03, Margin Of Error +/- 3%)

Only 18% Think Democrat Party “Is More Likely To Make The Right Decisions When It Comes To Terrorism.”  58% believed the Republican Party is more likely.  (CBS News/The New York Times Poll, 910 Adults Nationwide, Conducted 5/9-12/03, Margin Of Error +/- 3%)

86% In CBS News/New York Times Poll Think Bush Administration Has Made Progress In “Protecting The Country Against Terrorism.”  (CBS News/The New York Times Poll, 910 Adults Nationwide, Conducted 5/9-12/03, Margin Of Error +/- 3%)

Democrats Struggle To Gain Credibility On Homeland Security. “The Democratic candidates’ challenge to Bush’s stand on homeland security … comes as their party is struggling to raise public doubts about Bush’s ability to protect American security. … ‘The Democrats have to be credible on security if we’re going to recapture the White House,’ said an adviser to one Democratic presidential campaign, who spoke on condition of anonymity.” (Steven Thomma, “Bush Criticized On Homeland,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/19/03)

Democrat Attacks Not “Embraced By Voters.” “Although some Democratic presidential candidates … have sought to challenge Mr. Bush’s foreign policy credentials by saying that Mr. Bush had not done enough to protect Americans from another terrorist attack, those warnings did not seem to have been embraced by voters.”  (Adam Nagourney and Janet Elder, “Bush’s Support Strong Despite Tax Cut Doubts,” The New York Times, 5/14/03)

. . . REPUBLICANS TAKE CONCRETE STEPS ON HOMELAND SECURITY

Republican-Led House Passed Homeland Security Department In Just One Month. Introduced on June 24, 2002, the Homeland Security Act of 2002 passed the House overwhelmingly just 32 days later – without the support of Reps. Gephardt or Kucinich. (H.R. 5005, Introduced 6/24/02; H.R. 5005, CQ Vote #367: Passed 295-132: R 207-10; D 88-120; I 0-2, 7/26/02, Gephardt And Kucinich Voted Nay)

Democrat Politics Slowed Homeland Security In Senate. “Election-year politics are a chief reason for the Senate’s impasse on creating a Homeland Security Department. Democrats are refusing to buck their allies in organized labor and give President Bush the broad power he demands …” (Curt Anderson, “Politics Hold Up Homeland Security,” The Associated Press, 9/29/02)

Senate Democrat Presidential Candidates Fought Bush’s Plans For Department. Edwards, Graham, Kerry, and Lieberman sided with labor unions against Bush in creating a Department of Homeland Security, voting 6 times against the President’s plan. (H.R. 5005, CQ Vote #218: Motion Rejected 50-49: R 0-48; D 49-1; I 1-0, 9/19/02, Edwards, Graham, Kerry, And Lieberman Voted Yea; H.R. 5005, CQ Vote #225: Motion Rejected 49-49: R 1-47; D 47-2; I 1-0, 9/25/02, Edwards, Graham, Kerry, And Lieberman Voted Yea; H.R. 5005, CQ Vote #226: Motion Rejected 50-49: R 1-48; D 48-1; I 1-0, 9/26/02, Edwards, Graham, Kerry, And Lieberman Voted Yea; H.R. 5005, CQ Vote #227: Motion Rejected 44-53: R 1-46; D 42-7; I 1-0, 9/26/02, Edwards, Graham, Kerry, And Lieberman Voted Yea; H.R. 5005, CQ Vote #228: Motion Rejected 45-52: R 2-46; D 42-6; I 1-0, 10/1/02, Edwards, Graham, Kerry, And Lieberman Voted Yea; H.R. 5005, CQ Vote #241: Motion Agreed To 50-47: R 48-0; D 1-46; I 1-1, 11/13/02, Edwards, Graham, Kerry, And Lieberman Voted Nay)

Senate Dems Stalled Homeland Security For 112 Days. The Democrat Senate took 112 days to approve the Department of Homeland Security. In the end, after their stalling tactics failed, Sens. Edwards, Graham, Kerry, And Lieberman voted for the bill.  (H.R. 5005, Received In The Senate 7/30/2002; H.R. 5005, CQ Vote #249: Passed 90-9: R 48-0; D 41-8; I 1-1, 11/19/02, Edwards, Graham, Kerry, And Lieberman Voted Yea)

Gephardt Would Repeal Homeland Security Bill If Elected.  “I voted against that bill, and I suggest that we defeat that bill the first chance we get when we take back the White House.”  (Rep. Dick Gephardt, Remarks At AFSCME Forum, 5/17/03)M

Dean Says Department Is “Mistake.” “Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean says the creation of a homeland security department was a mistake and that Tom Ridge is the wrong man for the job. ‘I would not have created the Department of Homeland Security,’ the former Vermont governor told CQ Homeland Security.” (Andrew Freedman, “Dean Knocks Ridge, Says Homeland Department A Mistake,” CQ Homeland Security, 5/20/03)

… DEMOCRATS PLAY BOTH SIDES ON USA PATRIOT ACT

Senate Dems Voted For Patriot Act. Sens. Edwards, Graham, Kerry, and Lieberman voted to pass the Patriot Act. (H.R. 3162, CQ Vote #313: Passed 98-1: R 49-0; D 48-1; I 1-0, 10/25/01, Edwards, Graham, Kerry, And Lieberman Voted Yea)

Now, Dems Side With Kucinich Wing Of Democrat Party, Attacking Patriot Act:

*      Sen. Kerry Concerned About Patriot Act, Says It Should Be Closely Reviewed. “Kerry also expressed deep concern about the broad spying powers given to the government’s USA Patriot Act, and suggested that it would be closely reviewed when its expiration date comes up next year.”  (Laura McClure, “Dodging The War Issue, Again,” Salon.com, 3/14/03)

*     Sen. Edwards Criticized Administration Of Act. “I think the problem with the Patriot Act is not the law itself, it’s the way it’s being administered, particularly the way it’s being administered by the Attorney General of the United States, General Ashcroft. And we have had consistent problems with this.”  (ABC News’ “First In The Nation: The Democratic Debate,” 5/4/03)

     Rep. Kucinich Wants Patriot Act Abolished. “As President, I will repeal the Patriot Act.”  (Liane Hansen, “Nine Democratic Presidential Candidates Share Fireworks During Debate,” National Public Radio, 5/4/03)

… GEPHARDT AND KERRY VOTED TO CUT FUNDING FOR U.S. INTELLIGENCE

Now, Gephardt Says Intelligence Is Imperative. “It’s imperative that in addition to improving our ability to gather intelligence, we also do a better job of coordinating, disseminating and acting upon this intelligence.”  (Dan Eggen, “FBI Warns Of Suicide Bombs,” The Washington Post, 5/21/02)

*     But Rep. Gephardt Has Voted Numerous Times To Slash Intelligence Budget. Gephardt has voted for several amendments to cut Intelligence funding – cuts ranging from 0.7% to 5%. (H.R. 1655, CQ Vote #654: Rejected 162-262: R 37-193; D 124-69; I 1-0, 9/13/95, Gephardt Voted Yea; H.R. 3259, CQ Vote #187: Rejected 192-235: R 37-193; D 154-42; I 1-0, 5/22/96, Gephardt Voted Yea; H.R. 1775, CQ Vote #253: Rejected 142-289: R 27-198; D 114-91; I 1-0, 7/9/97, Gephardt Voted Yea; H.R. 1775, CQ Vote #255: Rejected 182-238: R 23-199; D 158-39; I 1-0, 7/9/97, Gephardt Voted Yea; H.R. 3694, CQ Vote #137: Rejected 120-291: R 21-196; D 98-95; I 1-0, 5/7/98, Gephardt Voted Yea)

*     Gephardt Also Voted To Reveal Secret Intelligence Budget. Gephardt voted to disclose the amount of funding for U.S. intelligence programs –a half dozen times. (H.R. 2330, CQ Vote #396: Rejected 169-264: R 6-166; D 162-98; I 1-0, 8/4/93, Gephardt Voted Yea; H.R. 4299, CQ Vote #332: Rejected 194-221: R 17-155; D 176-66; I 1-0, 7/19/94, Gephardt Voted Yea; H.R. 1655, CQ Vote #655: Rejected 154-271: R 12-217; D 141-54; I 1-0, 9/13/95, Gephardt Voted Yea; H.R. 3259, CQ Vote #186: Rejected 176-248: R 18-210; D 157-38; I 1-0, 5/22/96, Gephardt Voted Yea; HR 1775, CQ Vote #254: Rejected 192-237: R 18-207; D 173-30; I 1-0, 7/9/97, Gephardt Voted Yea; H.R. 4392, CQ Vote #214: Rejected 175-225: R 17-187; D 156-38; I 2-0, 5/23/00, Gephardt Voted Yea)

*     And In 1993, Rep. Dick Gephardt Questioned Value Of Intelligence Community. “House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt told [new CIA director R. James] Woolsey he would be under pressure to justify ‘the intelligence community’s genuine value in a world that is growing increasingly impatient with secrecy and clandestine activity.’” (Ruth Sinai, “Woolsey Says Intelligence Cuts Must Wait,” The Associated Press, 3/9/93)

Now, Kerry Says Intelligence Is An Important Tool For Fighting Terrorism. “The best single defense we have today, the most important weapon in the war against terrorism, is intelligence, good intelligence. We’re way behind the curve in terms of human intelligence-gathering capacity as well as mutual legal-assistance efforts. You’ve got to know who they are, where they are, what their plans are and hit them before they hit you. That’s intelligence.” (Joe Eskenazi, “Sen. John Kerry In S.F. Takes Tough Stance On Arafat,” Jewish Bulletin, 4/5/02)*     But In 1997, Kerry Questioned Size Of Intelligence Community.  “Now that [the Cold War] struggle is over, why is it that our vast intelligence apparatus continues to grow …” (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 5/1/97, p. S3891)*     In 1994, Kerry Proposed Gutting $1 Billion From Intelligence. Kerry proposed cutting $1 billion from the budgets of the National Foreign Intelligence Program and from Tactical Intelligence and freeze their budgets. The amendment was soundly defeated, with even Graham, Lieberman, and Moseley Braun voting against Kerry. (S. Amdt. 1452, Introduced 2/9/94; H.R. 3759, CQ Vote #39: Rejected 20-75: R 3-37; D 17-38, 2/10/94, Kerry Voted Yea; Graham, Lieberman, And Moseley Braun Voted Nay)*     In 1995, Kerry Joined Graham And Voted To Slash FBI Funding By $80 Million And In 1993 And 1997 To Reveal Top Secret Intelligence Budget. (H.R. 2076, CQ Vote #480: Adopted 49-41: R 9-40; D 40-1, 9/29/95, Graham And Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1301, CQ Vote # 366: Rejected 49-51: R 40-4; D 9-47, 11/10/93, Graham And Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1301, CQ Vote # 367: Adopted 52-48: R 3-41; D 49-7, 11/10/93. Graham And Kerry Voted Yea; S. 858, CQ Vote #108: Rejected 43-56: R 1-54; D 42-2, 6/19/97, Graham And Kerry Voted Yea)

WHILE PRESIDENT BUSH HAS ACTED TO SECURE THE HOMELAND

Clinton FBI Director Louis Freeh:[Bush] is a president who is serious about fighting and winning the war on terrorism. The liberation of Iraq and the continued effort to bring al Qaeda to justice are all the proof anyone should need.” (Louis J. Freeh, “Remember Khobar Towers,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/20/03)

Bush Included $3.5 Billion For First Responders In FY03 Budget, An Additional $3.5 Billion In FY04 Budget.  (“Budget Of The United States Government, Fiscal Year 2003,” The White House, 2/4/02; “Budget Of The United States Government, Fiscal Year 2004,” The White House, 2/3/03)

Democrat-Controlled Senate Failed To Pass Budget In 2002, Delaying Bush’s $3.5 Billion Request For First Responders Until GOP Regained Senate.  (Public Law No. 108-7, 2/20/03)

Over 55,000 State And Local First Responders Trained On Homeland Security Preparedness.  “Office for Domestic Preparedness has provided training to emergency responders, including over 34,000 personnel in Fiscal Year 2001, and more than 21,000 to date in FY 2002.”  (“Justice Department Accomplishments In The War On Terrorism,” U.S. Department Of Justice)

Already In FY 2003, Homeland Security Department Has Made Almost $3.8 Billion In Grants Available To States And Localities For First Responders, Mass Transit System Protection, And Port Security.  (“Department Of Homeland Security Funding For States And Cities,” Department Of Homeland Security, 5/21/03)

From 1999-2002, Almost $500 Million In Federal Domestic Preparedness Grants Were Made Available To State Governments, But Over $331 Million Still Remains Unspent.  (“Equipment Grant Allocation Distributions: FY99-02,” Department Of Homeland Security Office For Domestic Preparedness, 2/24/03)

*     In Vermont, Then-Governor Howard Dean Left Almost $2.2 Million In Grants Unspent.  (“Equipment Grant Allocation Distributions: FY99-02,” Department Of Homeland Security Office For Domestic Preparedness, 2/24/03)

AND HAS MADE REAL PROGRESS IN KEEPING AMERICA SAFE AND SECURE

State Department: 2002 Terrorism Lowest In Over 30 Years.“[T]here were 199 terrorist attacks” in 2002, “a 44 percent drop from 2001.” (David Gollust, “US Report Says Terror Attacks Declined Sharply Last Year,” Voice Of America News, 4/30/03)

Iraq War Didn’t Slow Fighting In Afghanistan. “The U.S. Army said it had launched a fresh military operation in southern Afghanistan this morning with an air assault southeast of the city of Kandahar. … The operation came the same day that the U.S. launched a war against Iraq …” (“U.S. Troops Launch Afghan Assault,” Los Angeles Times, 3/20/03)

Graham’s Attacks On War Progress Lack “Logic Or Merit.”Graham’s claim that the liberation of Iraq is a ‘distraction’ from terrorism … seems lacking in logic or merit.” (Editorial, “Terrorism, A Spying Shame,” Florida Times-Union, 5/16/03)

War In Iraq Didn’t Distract From Al Qaeda Hunt. “[T]he capture Saturday of alleged September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is the biggest prize so far. … Mohammed’s capture is also a direct rebuttal to the argument that the Bush Administration’s focus on Iraq distracts from the pursuit of al Qaeda.” (Editorial, “Al Qaeda On The Run,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/3/03)

The Numbers Tell The Story:

*     Captured Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Al Qaeda’s Chief Of Operations And One Of FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists. (“Most Wanted Terrorists,” FBI Website, www.fbi.gov, Accessed 5/20/03)

*     $125 Million In Assets Frozen From 62 Terrorist-Supporting Organizations. (“Justice Department Accomplishments In The War On Terrorism,” U.S. Department Of Justice; “Results In War On Terror,” FBI Website, www.fbi.gov, Accessed 5/20/03)

*     More Than 3,000 Al Qaeda Leaders And Foot Soldiers Captured In War On Terror Around World.  (“Results In War On Terror,” FBI Website, www.fbi.gov, Accessed 5/20/03)

Following 9/11, Justice Department Began “Largest Criminal Investigation In U.S. History” Resulting In “237 Individuals Charged In Terrorism-Related Investigations,” “119 Guilty (Through Plea Or A Trial),” And “478 Individuals Deported.” (“Justice Department Accomplishments In The War On Terrorism,” U.S. Department Of Justice)

Among Many Others, Federal Government Has Brought To Justice:

Jamal Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi and Fahd Mohammed Ahmed Al-Quso(“50 counts of various terrorism offenses” related to bombing of USS Cole); Zacarias Moussaoui (“six counts of conspiracy connected with Sept. 11 attacks.”); John Walker Lindh (“guilty of aiding the Taliban.”); Richard Reid (“the alleged ‘shoe bomber’ - charged as a trained terrorist who attempted to destroy American Airlines Flight 63.”); Rasmi Subhi Saleh Al Shannaq (“former roommate of two of September 11 hijackers,” which “led to 40 arrests in a visa fraud scheme.”); Luis Martinez-Flores and Herbert Villalobos (“pled guilty to fraud for helping hijackers obtain identification documents.”); Maher Jarad (“indicted for alleged smuggling of Middle Eastern aliens.”); Earnest James Ujaama (charged in Seattle with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists); 18 terrorists in United States from cells in Buffalo, Portland, and Detroit; and “[a]pproximately 1,400 airport workers and individuals were charged with falsifying documents and violating immigration laws, as well as other offenses, at over 40 major airports nationwide.” (Department Of Justice, Press Release, 5/15/03; “Justice Department Accomplishments In The War On Terrorism,” U.S. Department Of Justice; “Results In War On Terror,” FBI Website, www.fbi.gov, Accessed 5/20/03)

A Publication of the RNC Research Department


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut; US: Florida; US: Massachusetts; US: Missouri; US: North Carolina; US: Ohio; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: homelandsecurity; hyprocrites; liars; oxymoron; rats
This Research Paper has a lot of pertinent information that can be used when you find it necessary to dispute the liberal spin.
1 posted on 05/23/2003 7:15:38 AM PDT by PhiKapMom
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To: Brandonmark; Alex P. Keaton; MeeknMing; JohnHuang2; Dog Gone; Dog; isthisnickcool; OKSooner; VOA; ..
Polls are looking great for the ticket of Bush/Cheney but we can never become complacent and allow one of these DemocRATs to sneak into the White House as President.

Each and everyone of us needs to work in this campaign like we are behind and don't let up until after your polls have closed.

America cannot afford to have any of these people become President -- our Nation and all of us are at risk if any of these DemocRATs would be elected!

2 posted on 05/23/2003 7:18:34 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: PhiKapMom
The RATS have a lot of nerve. Tommy Dashole, ALL BY HIMSELF, thwarted GW's efforts on Homeland Security. He didn't even ALLOW it to come up to vote until MARCH of 2002.

So who's kidding whom here?

Of course, the rats are banking on (and rightly so)that people are basically stupid, and won't recall just what happened.

3 posted on 05/23/2003 7:20:29 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: PhiKapMom
Good info.The talking points are apparent by the time Begala is on every day(not that I can watch)
4 posted on 05/23/2003 7:21:19 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: Puppage
Sure hate to be as stupid as the RATs believe we all are. That's why a site like FR is so great -- it allows the message to get out to help thwart the RAT Spin and Lies!
5 posted on 05/23/2003 7:30:24 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: MEG33
I see Begala come on my TV and I immediately switch channels -- cannot stand to listen to the man read the RAT talking points of the day since he probably had an input to Ms. Clinton on them to begin with!
6 posted on 05/23/2003 7:31:19 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: PhiKapMom
The basic "turnspin" is that it was the liberal led senate that blocked the formation of the Office of Homeland Security to protect the needs of their main lobby group, the trial lawyers. If memory serves me correct, it took the regaining of the senate, after Jeffords was "bought" by the liberals for a committee seat, to get it done.
7 posted on 05/23/2003 7:37:06 AM PDT by Redwood71
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To: Redwood71
Your memory is correct -- Jeffords, the turncoat, was the one responsible! Whatever the RATs offered him must have been an offer he couldn't refuse. Would sure like to know what that was!
8 posted on 05/23/2003 7:44:22 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: PhiKapMom
This Research Paper has a lot of pertinent information

Right there is a main difference between the GOP and RAT positions and style.

The GOP usually gives pages of facts for a comprehensive discussion. The RATs shreik back volumes of emotion-laden rhetoric to smother the opposition.

It's little different than what we are treated to daily on cable talking head "discussion" shows. When the Good Guy makes a point, the Bad Guy talks over him and his point is hopelessly lost.

RAT voters and those too lazy to read and think (but, alas, I repeat myself) soak up emotion-laden rhetoric and combative shreiks and parrot it for their very own. There is generally no sane discussion of actual, defendable positions. Why? Because their positions are typically indefensible and they would lose. So, it's attack with all guns a-blazing!

9 posted on 05/23/2003 7:51:10 AM PDT by Gritty
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To: PhiKapMom
whose idea of homeland security is plastic wrap and duct tape.”

This is too funny, coming from the Party that sees Homeland Security for only one purpose:

To increase one of their natural "bases", government union workers.

Thanks for the post of this valuable info. Added to favorites.

10 posted on 05/23/2003 7:52:17 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Aces & Eight's..the dead man's hand)
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To: PhiKapMom
That's why a site like FR is so great

Amen,sister!!

11 posted on 05/23/2003 7:57:13 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: PhiKapMom
grumpity bumpity bump
12 posted on 05/23/2003 8:01:33 AM PDT by grumple
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To: PhiKapMom
He ended up with a committee chair, but I don't know which one.
13 posted on 05/23/2003 8:14:03 AM PDT by Redwood71
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To: PhiKapMom
Polls are looking great for the ticket of Bush/Cheney but we can never become complacent
and allow one of these DemocRATs to sneak into the White House as President.


Amen to that...from someone who made a terrible mistake with his vote in 1992...
14 posted on 05/23/2003 8:29:35 AM PDT by VOA
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To: PhiKapMom; yall
Thanks ! bttt.

ALSO, see this article everybody !:

Terror fight makes Bush unbeatable


15 posted on 05/23/2003 8:31:26 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: PhiKapMom
Liberals are Liars.

They think that war, terrorism, justice and economic growth are just political games, things to block, cheat and lie about to win power.

Unaware that impending death, the end of the American nation, loss of jobs, economic crisis and detrimental impact on our health are adult matters, and potentially quite serious, the 'Rats and their immoral valueless leaders instead respond like children to these, the most significant threats to the American Republic in a half-century.

Responding to, and compromising with, these whining babies is dangerous and foolish, and consumes valuable time and money.

Ignore them and their media shills, and get on with governing the country.

America will remember the difference.

16 posted on 05/23/2003 1:08:39 PM PDT by Enduring Freedom (To smash the ugly face of Socialism is our mission)
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To: PhiKapMom
Each and everyone of us needs to work in this campaign like we are behind and don't let up until after your polls have closed.

I AGREE!! (And, surprise, surprise~~~I passed on the President's reelection website and two Manhattanites signed up and volunteered to help reelect him. It will be the first time they vote Republican; and they're excited about it!)

17 posted on 05/23/2003 1:10:21 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Right_in_Virginia
That is terrific news! Every vote does count as we all learned in 2000!
18 posted on 05/23/2003 5:52:40 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: Enduring Freedom
Very well stated! Wish some of our Senators would read and heed!
19 posted on 05/23/2003 5:54:14 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: VOA
Believe a lot of people made that mistake in 1992! If we had the Internet like we have today, don't think Ross Perot would have gotten so many votes. Know I was living in TX at the time and couldn't stand Perot for what he had done to Texas education through Ma Richards. That story never got out along with a lot of others on Little Big Ears!
20 posted on 05/23/2003 5:58:02 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: PhiKapMom
Know I was living in TX at the time and couldn't stand Perot for what he had done to
Texas education through Ma Richards.
That story never got out along with a lot of others on Little Big Ears!


That's no joke!

I didn't vote for Perot, although my smarter-than-me (honestly) cousin in Dallas did.
I do remember hearing some muttering about Perot's involvement with the Texas
education system, but never heard anything substantive.

Me? I was foolish enough to read the glowing endorsements of one William
Jefferson Clinton in numerous news sources (including the New York Times...HA, HA, HA!!!
Only after I voted did I find out that "the joke was on me"!)

PhiKapMom, have a nice weekend and Memorial Day Observance...you and all your family.
I will at least walk through the National (Veteran) Cemetary here in West Los
Angeles on Monday.
21 posted on 05/23/2003 6:23:47 PM PDT by VOA
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To: VOA
Remember driving through Arkansas several years after Clinton had been in office and seeing bumperstrips -- I am from Arkansas and I DIDN'T VOTE for Clinton!

You have a nice Memorial Weekend as well! No special plans here except stay in Norman and off the Interstate -- construction just north of Norman! Did stock up on items for the grill -- hope the rain holds off during those times.
22 posted on 05/23/2003 6:37:18 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: PhiKapMom
OK, I'm going "off-topic"...but let this be a record of "Real American" thought on
Memorial Day 2003...

No special plans here except stay in Norman and off the Interstate --
construction just north of Norman!


LOL! So the totally non-partisan "employment for life" scheme continues in Oklahoma.

10 years ago, the stretch just north of that big highway intersection just south of
Crossroads Mall was in the middle of a lifetime "improvement" project!

Did stock up on items for the grill -- hope the rain holds off during those times.

As long as a REAL tornado doesn't show up...you can say "It's all good".
23 posted on 05/23/2003 7:20:57 PM PDT by VOA
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To: PhiKapMom
Agree 110%
24 posted on 05/23/2003 7:26:04 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Prayers for all)
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To: PhiKapMom
Each and everyone of us needs to work in this campaign like we are behind and don't let up until after your polls have closed.
+++

You are so right! And never underestimate the Rats' voter machine.
25 posted on 05/26/2003 3:50:49 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Condi in '08!)
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