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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:47 PM
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Daily Howler Highlights Devastating Letter in Today's NY Times
http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh050604.shtml

THE EMPERORS SAME OLD INEPTITUDE: In this mornings Times, a letter writer manages to say what the pundit corps quite plainly cannot. The letter concerns The Torture Photos, a May 5 editorial

To the Editor:
I was a Republican yesterday, I am a Republican today, and I will probably be a Republican tomorrow. I am not a Democrat because I still hold to the philosophy that the Democrats are the tax-and-spend party.

But I must say that in November, I will stay home. George W. Bush and his crew are pathetic and, worse, inept. How can it be that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was not briefed on Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Tagubas Army report? Perhaps a little more gravitas from Mr. Rumsfeld would be in order.

Each new disclosure proves that the Iraq adventure is the biggest mistake since Vietnam. Will the United States ever learn?

P C
Tucson, May 5, 2004

Weve been amazed by the pundit corps complete inability to say what this writer does. Has the Bush Admin done anything in Iraq which wasnt grossly misstated or hopelessly bungled? This week, we were told that neither Rumsfeld nor General Myers nor Bush himself had managed to read the Taguba report. Once again, were asked to believe what defies belief. And the press keeps pretending its possible....
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NewYorkerfromMass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:51 PM
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1. NYTimes letters a must read everyday
a lot of truth therein. Recommended daily reading for all.
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Jane Austin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:10 PM
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11. Not exactly the NYT, but I was reading the LTTE in
The Austin (TX) American-Statesman yesterday, and of five letters that concerned either Iraq or foreign policy, all five exoriated Bush and his tentful of clowns.

Lest you think, well that's just Austin, and everybody knows Austin is liberal, I have to tell you we've had such an influx of engineers and rich folks in the past decade, that we're not quite the liberal bastion we used to be. Still quite tolerant, but not that liberal.

Moreover, the Stateman isn't liberal at all, in my view, and if they could've found some pro-Bush letters to run, I guaran-damn-tee you they would have run them.

BTW, I'm not seeing any Bush-Cheney bumperstickers around here, either. My mother lives in a Republican area of town and if there were any, I'd see them there.

They may vote for the bastard, but they aren't goint to associate themselves with him publicly!
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:15 PM
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14. The NYTimes letters today were all fiercely angry with the Bushists
on the subject of Abu Ghraib. Nine letters in all.
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NewYorkerfromMass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:20 PM
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15. I know the AAS isn't liberal
so that's a damn good sign that, as you say, they ran what was sent.
The NYTimes tends to reflect (report as it were) the balance of sentiment on any given issue.
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SeattleDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:51 PM
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2. question for the writer
umm, he still holds the philosophy that Democrats are the tax and spend party????

Has he been paying attention to our deficit? to the size of the federal government?

sorry, but his dear old party is spending like a drunk soldier, they're just not raising the revenue to pay for their manic spree.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:54 PM
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3. I had a similar feeling.
On the other hand, Bush's apology just made a lot more of the DemonCRAP-hating freepers have "other priorities" on election day. As long as they stay home, who cares how wrong they are?
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RobertSeattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:55 PM
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4. Good points
Great example of if the Right Wing constantly repeats the same balderdash about Dem's being "tax and spenders" it becomes ground in people's thick heads, despite overwheling facts to the contrary.




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RobertSeattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:55 PM
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5. Good points
Great example of if the Right Wing constantly repeats the same balderdash about Dem's being "tax and spenders" it becomes ground in people's thick heads, despite overwheling facts to the contrary.




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skypilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:56 PM
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7. You beat me to it.
Can these people hold more than two thoughts in their heads at the same time? Tax and spend THIS, asshole.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:01 PM
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9. bad analogy
drunken sailors at least spend their own money... ;=)
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:07 PM
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10. True.
This gang borrows and spends, kicking the bill plus interest to the kids and grandkids. No child left a future.

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Sinistrous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:27 PM
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17. Retrogs = Borrow and WASTE.
.
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SeattleDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:14 PM
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12. some of them
others use their Defense Department credit cards to rack up personal items, which the taxpayer pays for. There was a "scandal" a few years ago about this, soldiers going to girlie bars, going on cruises, all paid for by the taxpayer because the credit card program had no oversight!

so maybe it's sober soldiers who spend other people's money :-)
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:21 PM
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16. Yeah. They are the borrow and spend party
Run up the deficit, fork up the economy and then hand it over to Dems to fix and then claim it was the repuke policies that made the economy better. That's Hannity's propaganda specialty.
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the Kelly Gang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:56 PM
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6. I don't agree with his politics but this could be a positive sign
..there must be so many very decent Republicans that cannot stomach Bush & Co anymore.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:58 PM
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8. I do so love Bob Somersby
*sigh*

Can we clone him and make him sr. editor of every media outlet?
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:14 PM
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13. Actually I believe this guy will vote for Kerry or Nader
I think that anyone who is that pissed off at the chimp will not be satisfied staying home. He will vote for Kerry or Nader.
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RobinA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:31 PM
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18. No He Won't
He'll vote for Bush. The emotion of the moment will pass, Bush will pull some last minute stunt that plays to his base on some superficial level, and we will have had 6 more months of "tax and spend" and "flip-flop." He'll pull the lever for Bush.

By the way, anybody remember when Clinton was a waffler and a flip flopper? Can't these people even come up with new negative talking points? How soon 'til they try to paint Kerry as a liar?
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