Okay… say it all together now….. IT IS ALL BUSH’S FAULT.
Okay… say it all together now….. IT IS ALL BUSH’S FAULT.
Ever since Mark Foley resigned from Congress in disgrace for a series of highly inappropriate Instant Message exchanges with underage House pages, the Democrats — and their allies in the MSM — have jumped on this kerfuffle as a chance to tar the House GOP leadership, given that several knew about the conversations (but not their content) long before the story broke.
In this way, they seem like Republicans in 1998 who thought that the confirmation of then-President Clinton’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky would cause the American people to sour on the Democrats. So, in that fall’s campaign, congressional Republicans didn’t come up with any new ideas to campaign on, but merely ran against President Clinton, his party and this scandal.
Yet, the America people did not warm to the GOP’s focus on sexual peccadilloes in 1998, failing to reward them in the fall elections. While I think most Americans remain disgusted by Foley’s behavior, they’re probably little interested in the story now that he has resigned from Congress. Democrat attempts to make political hay out of this may strike American voters as an obsession with one Republican’s sexual misdeeds in order to direct voters’ attention from their own party’s failure to put forward a positive agenda.
As the Washington Post‘s Sebastian Mallaby puts it, “Most Democrats in Congress seem bereft of ideas or the courage to stand up for them. They clearly want power, but they have no principles to guide their use of it.” (Via: Instapundit).
It is clear that the Foley kerfuffle hurts the GOP. But, if the Democrats remain focused on it, it’s going to hurt them as well.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest).
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This ad should help remind Bill Clinton that his Administration’s “law enforcement/indictment” strategy was, in his own words on FOX News Sunday, a “failure.”
Democrat Talking Head and Clintonista Bob Beckel thinks that being gay in and of itself is worthy of suspicion. (Hat tip: Ace of Spades).
Beckel was on Hannity and Colmes Monday night and, according to Ace, said the “fact that Mark Foley was gay should have ‘raised questions’ about other emails.” And why is that, Bob?
Beckel also compared a gay man around boys as being akin to having notorious bank robber Willie Sutton hanging around banks. Nice one.
Cue the violent outrage from the Gay Left against one of their own? I doubt it. They just don’t do that sort of thing to one of their peeps.
I’m guessing that the “gays are bad” mantra from the Democrats isn’t over yet. They smell our blood to spill for their November 7th power grab.
Meantime on the Right, Ben Stein steps in doo-doo and goes down the same gay=pedophile path as many are unfortunately doing in our post-Foley world.
I hope it won’t come as a surprise to anyone that a big part of male homosexual behavior is interest in young boys. (Take a look at anyone renting Endless Summer next time you are at the video store.)
Endless Summer? I have no idea what movie that even is?!? Should I have my gay membership card revoked? Or does that mean I just won’t be issued the pedophila membership card?
Come on, Ben. You know better than this. After all, you have gay friends.
And finally, this story has gotten so ugly, twisted and weird that the normally shrill Human Rights Campaign and National Gay & Lesbian Task Force spokesgays are virtually speechless or stammering.
“It’s a tragedy for him and his family. I don’t want to get into the pain of the closet. It’s irrelevant if he’s gay or not,” said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Luis Vizcaino, communications and marketing director for Human Rights Campaign, declined to discuss Foley’s resignation. “We’re not going to comment on it,” he said.
Only Andrew Tobias, long time gay politico and Treasurer of the Democrat National Committee seems to have his wits about him.
“As somebody who has met Mark Foley personally and has mutual friends, I am sad for Mark and I hope he doesn’t go to jail. The last time I saw Mark, he was 19 years into a relationship. That was sad that it had to be hidden.
“I hope the Republican Party continues to evolve so it’s not so difficult to be an openly gay Republican.”
Amen, brother. Hey Andy, why don’t you talk some more to your Gay Lefties who want to burn gay conservatives and mainstream Americans at the stake?
Michael Petrelis agrees that HRC is showing no leadership and urges them to get back the money they donated to Foley’s campaign. (Hey, WTF is Log Cabin in all of this… speaking of not showing leadership?!?)
*Sigh* Where will this all go next? Oh yeah, Hastert’s head is on the chopping block.
… and it is all Bush’s Fault. (Hat tip: Polipundit)
Americans of every income have benefited from a drop in federal income tax rates as Bush administration tax cuts enacted since 2000 took effect, an independent analysis of newly released IRS data shows.
But those earning $75,000 to $500,000 are shouldering a larger share of total taxes paid as millions more of them earn higher incomes and get hit with the Alternative Minimum Tax, the analysis also found.
The review by the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan research group that favors low taxes, provides one of the first detailed looks at the impact of federal tax changes phased in between 2000 and 2004.
Alluding to the political debate that often surrounds tax issues, Gerald Prante, a Tax Foundation economist, said, “It is true that in dollar amounts the rich have gained the most. But everybody’s tax rates have fallen.”
The analysis showed, for example, that a taxpayer who earned $35,000 in 2000 would have paid 8.54% of that income — $2,989 after credits — in federal taxes. In 2004, federal taxes would have accounted for 5.12% of that taxpayer’s annual income, or $1,792. That represents a 40% decrease in tax burden.
At the higher end of the income brackets, a $1.75 million earner would have paid $513,625 in 2000 federal taxes, when the rate for that earning bracket was 29.35%. Four years later, when the rate dropped to 25%, that earner would have paid $437,500. That represents a 14.8% cut in tax burden, the analysis shows.
Um wait… did I read that right? The tax burden for the $35,000 taxpayer decreased 40% while it only went down 14.8% for the millionaire?
*paging through Democrat Talking Points* But….but… that’s not in here!
Did ya see our new banner yet? *points upward*
*doing Snoopy dance*
I really like it. What do you think?
An old pal of GayPatriot created it over the weekend. In return, I promised to send a shout-out for his new blog, The Big Tent.
Thanks Tim! I love the new look!!