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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Battle Election 2004 - Challenger - First Rebuttal

Wow, I thought this was Battle Election 2004 not Battle Why Bush Sucks. I'm not too surprised most of Kerry's support comes from Bush bashers. That is a big difference in this election. Most of Bush supporters actually support Bush, most of Kerry's are voting for him because he's not Bush rather than because he's John Kerry. I can't say that I blame them, I mean, seriously who would vote FOR John Kerry. He's Gore without the charm, Dukakis with more height, and Ted Kennedy with a designated driver.

I don't have the time, nor do I think Iron Blog has the bandwidth, to answer Jay point by point on his Bush bash. I will address most of his relevant points, i.e. WOT stuff, briefly but after I dissect Kerry a little more. Picking on Kerry gives me a cheap thrill, so indulge a pregnant woman her few thrills in life, okay?

Kerry's "record":

My opponent wants to skip over Kerry's "heroic" 4 months in Vietnam. I don't blame him. When an officer bails out on his men after 4 months of battle, there isn't a lot to brag about. When that same officer comes home and trashes those same men with false testimony, there isn't a lot to brag about.

I'm glad he decided to talk about Kerry's 20 lackluster years in the Senate. He did 3 major things, according to Jay, in 20 years and you think he'll be more impressive as President? That isn't a record to be smitten with because it is woefully lacking. Just as a Kerry presidency would be...

Moving on to Kerry's plan. Woo hoo!

Kerry's Healthcare Plan:

Yawn. More government expansion, more government spending and he'll pay for all of it by raising taxes on the rich. Yada, yada, yada.
According to the non-partisan American Enterprise Institute
The Kerry Health Care Plan Would Now Cost $1.5 Trillion Over Ten Years. "Over the ten-year period between 2006 and 2015, the Kerry plan would increase federal outlays by about $1.5 trillion. That estimate nets out the savings that could be obtained from several provisions included in the plan."


Ouch. So who is gonna pay for that? Just the tax rollback on the rich? Yeah, right.

Education:

Kerry has some carrot alright. How is Kerry gonna pay for his great plan? Here is a quote using Jay's own link:
The Kerry-Edwards new bargain will invest $30 billion over 10 years in our teachers and children. The new bargain for teachers and children is a part of the Kerry-Edwards commitment to fully fund No Child Left Behind. It is paid for within his Education Trust Fund, a $200 billion commitment to education that is financed by repealing George Bush's tax cuts for families making more than $200,000.


The rich are gonna be poor at this rate...

He's also gonna fix the environment and cut the deficit in half! Impressed? Don't be. He ran out of money somewhere between healthcare and education and now the "rich" are all collecting welfare.

Jobs and the Economy:

My opponent thinks buying a Hummer is somehow a bad thing. Buying a Hummer is bad? It's a $50,000 car and I'm sure GM is really glad they sold one. You are going to tell me that selling $50,000 cars don't help the economy? Interesting, I always thought a booming economy had something to do with companies selling stuff and making money. Companies make money and the people that make the stuff keep their jobs. Interesting that Jay and Kerry don't think so. It's a good thing to know.

Tax cuts don't create jobs? I think that FactCheck.Org has a different take on that spin.
Economists are virtually unanimous in saying that the tax cuts that have taken effect so far have created jobs. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, for example, said in a recent speech: “Economic activity perked up in late spring and then accelerated further this summer as tax cuts provided a substantial boost to the disposable incomes of households.” And when the Blue Chip asked economists why they had failed to predict the size of 126,000-job gain in October, the reason they gave more than any other was underestimating that consumers would spend such a large proportion of “additional after-tax income resulting from tax cuts.”

Comparing the Bush economy to Hoover's Great Depression is just silly, and implying that tax cuts are not contributing to job growth deserves an "F" in Freshman economics.


My opponent then finishes up with the declaration that Kerry's plan adds up. Who added it up? John Kerry. Sorry if I don't trust his math when experts have already disputed that his healthcare plan doesn't add up.

The WOT:

Jay and Kerry et al. like to separate Iraq and the WOT but I won't because it's all the same war. That is part of my problem with Kerry, frankly. So, Jay thinks Kerry has a good plan to bring in NATO. Of course, he must have missed the fact that Bush already did that. There are only a handful of NATO nations that aren't in Iraq as part of the coalition. Of course, Kerry refers to those nations as "bribed and coerced". Perhaps, if he becomes president he can tell them that he thought they were bribed and coerced before he didn't...

His whole plan comes down to sucking up and making friends with France, Germany and Russia. Or as I like to call them Saddam's bitches or the true coalition of the coerced and bribed...

How can we trust anything Kerry says about Iraq anyway? I mean his flips nuances are so many. Here is a documentary about Kerry's many, er, positions. It takes a few minutes but it is worth watching.

Kerry complains that Bush didn't build a grand coalition like his father did. An odd complaint since Kerry voted AGAINST the first Iraq War.

My opponent says that Bush lost nukes in Iraq but his link didn't prove his assertion. Bad link, Jay. Try again.

How does persuing reproliferation undermine us on the WOT? You ponder that and I'll tell you what I think of Kerry's plan, as alluded to in debate number 1. I say alluded because he NEVER actually tells us his plan.

His plan for Iran: Kerry wants to give nuclear fuel to Iran to see if they would use it for peaceful purposes.

WTF???

Why not just pass out grenades so we can shove them up our own asses? That would be quicker.

Kerry on nuclear proliferation.

He's gonna lead "the way" for North Korea, Iran, et al. How Kerry will end it?

By disarming US!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, that's the way. Lets show the nutcases of the world that we are serious by disarming ourselves first. Rather than seeing that as stupid and weak - they'll be inspired by our committment.

You want this guy to fight the WOT ? Perhaps he really thinks that fighting terrorism will be more effective with spitballs after all.

You certainly don't want someone who basically calls Bush a liar, pledges to never to lie to the American people and then proceeds to LIE in a national debate to be president.

Do you?

One more thing on Kerry and the WOT. Yes, it'll be snarky. I can't help it, I'm in a mood.

Kerry gave us a real gem this week:
Democratic presidential nominee and Vietnam War veteran John Kerry tried to burnish his national security credentials on Saturday by vowing to hunt down terrorists with the same energy he used to pursue the Viet Cong. ...

"With the same energy ... I put into going after the Viet Cong and trying to win for our country, I pledge to you I will hunt down and capture or kill the terrorists before they harm us," Kerry said. "And we will wage a war on terror that makes America proud and brings the world to our side."


Okay, if memory serves (...and I'm pretty sure my memory served longer than Kerry did in Vietnam)Kerry fought the Viet Cong for 4 months. Collected 3 purple hearts for some minor wounds and went home. That doesn't reassure me about his WOT committment.

Nope, I'll stick with Bush.

Okay, now on to the anti-Bush circle jerk Jay gave us in his opener. (Hey, you guys wanted snark, didn't you?)

Bush on Healthcare:

Shorter Jay - Bush sucks and we are in a pit of despair. Why didn't he fix it?

Answer: We got attacked and preventing everyone from dying at the hands of Islamofacists is a teeny bit more important than making sure we live in a socialist utopia.

Education:

Shorter Jay - Bush sucks and I know because I'm a teacher.

Answer: FactCheck to the rescue.
Actually, the budget for the Department of Education has grown 58% under Bush, and he's proposing another 5% increase next year, including sizeable increases in spending for children from low-income families and for special education for disabled children. ...Furthermore, Bush is seeking additional increases -- not cuts -- in "key education programs" next year. His budget calls for a 9.8% increase for programs for low-income children, to $15.2 billion, and a 5.9% increase in funding for special education, to $12.1 billion.

About Pell Grants: Jay is right that he didn't increase to the maximum and he broke that promise. But...
Department of Education figures show the number of Pell Grants awarded the year before Bush took office was 3.9 million. The number grew to 5.1 million for the most recent academic year -- an increase of 1.3 million, actually.

Spending for Pell Grants grew from just under $8 billion in the academic year that was underway when Bush took office to nearly $12.7 billion three years later, a jump of nearly 60%. That's some "cut."


Yeah, some cut alright.

In conclusion, I'd like to say vote for Bush because he has a higher IQ than Kerry.

You certainly don't want someone dumber than Bush winning, do you?


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