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democraticinsurgent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 07:41 AM
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The downside of fear-mongering for Bush
On my way into work, two NPR headlines made me think. First, Greenspan said that fear of terrorism had boosted oil prices. Second, the stock market rally was dampened by, among other things, high oil prices and fear of terrorism.

Remember Bush and Bandar's plan to get gas prices to drop just prior to the election? It may yet happen, but it doesn't look like it anytime soon as crude oil prices are rising yet again.

It also won't help *'s re-election plans if Wall Street is jittery. Increasingly there are signs that some big money folks are taking a hard look at Kerry because things are just too unstable with Shrubco.

The phony terror alerts and fear-mongering are not only causing widespread cynicism among voters, they are also holding back some of what Bush needs to improve his standing on November 2.

What ye sow, so ye shall reap.
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bryant69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 07:45 AM
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1. It is a wierd argument
"Basically here's the deal. You're going to be afraid of terrorists the rest of your life. Terrorists are everywhere and there's nothing that can be done to stop them. Terrorists are bad. But if you don't vote for me, terrorists will get you. I can't stop the Terrorists. Nobody can. So if they do attack, for goodness's sake, don't hold me responsible. But if you don't vote for me than they will definately get you and your family."

Bryant
Check it out --> http://politicalcomment.blogspot.com
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Mr_Spock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 07:48 AM
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3. Yeah, his arguments are circular and not that difficult to see through
I think he may be "misunderestimating" the American public - yet again.
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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 07:46 AM
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2. That's the downside to staging an attack during elections...
It occurred to me that the stock market would plunge just like it did after 9/11. This time, I don't think it would spike back up so quickly.

But most of Wall Street makes money coming and going on market movements. It's the poor fools like us that buy high and sell low that get reamed.
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 07:50 AM
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4. Big Money Folk

That's an issue I'd like to see explored by someone with more in-depth knowlege than I have of the various financial interests that move our economy and which way they are turning.

The last time we had a true shift in political coalitions in this country was in 1932, and it was fueled by certain "big money folk" acquiring an understanding that their interests were no longer being served by the Republican Party. When they shifted, the country shifted, dramatically.

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