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Author:  Dr. Tom Barrett
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Date:  October 29, 2006
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I Blame President Bush!

On a recent call-in talk show, I heard this statement from an American Citizen: “I have a great job that I love. My taxes are lower, and gas is $1.00 cheaper than it was a year ago. My taxes are lower, and the economy is stronger. And I blame President Bush for all of it!” This is the President who promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of 2009. The Democrats ridiculed him, saying it was impossible. Well, he was wrong. He did it three years earlier than he promised!

On a recent call-in talk show, I heard this statement from an American Citizen: “I have a great job that I love. My taxes are lower, and gas is $1.00 cheaper than it was a year ago. My taxes are lower, and the economy is stronger. And I blame President Bush for all of it!” This is the President who promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of 2009. The Democrats ridiculed him, saying it was impossible. Well, he was wrong. He did it three years earlier than he promised!

The Democrats want to take control of our strong economy by taking control of the Congress. They will, of course, destroy all the gains President Bush and the Republicans have made over the last six years. If you want to see how intelligent these people are when it comes to the economy, read on.

As you read the ridiculous statements made by these Democrat “leaders”, remember that Bush and the Republicans have accomplished this enormous feat in spite of huge obstacles. They had to deal with billions of dollars of losses connected with 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and other hurricanes which also cost billions, the costs of protecting America from terrorism in the Middle East, and higher oil costs caused by the Arabs and OPEC. In spite of dealing with costs greater than any President has faced since WWII, President Bush and his team cut the deficit in half three years ahead of schedule.

Of course, the Democrats never have anything positive to say. So instead of saying, “Mr. Bush, that is a wonderful idea that is in the best interests of our nation. We’re behind you 100%!”, they called him names and said it couldn’t be done. Here they are in their own words:

"He says, 'Well, we do have a deficit problem; I'll cut it in half.' He's not cutting it in half. It's an absolute fiction...This talk about cutting the deficit in half is a sham. It's an absolute sham." (Senator Kent Conrad and Representative John Spratt Hold a News Conference on the FY 2005 Budget, February 2, 2004)

Well, Mr. Conrad and Mr. Spratt, it looks like you two are the shammers. President Bush didn’t just talk about cutting the budget in half; he did it!

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA): "President Bush claims to be taking our nation down the road toward cutting budget deficits in half, but an examination of his budget demonstrates that when all the costs are included the deficits will grow even larger under his spending plan, burdening our children and their children with huge tax bills to pay down the debt." (Press release, February 7, 2005)

We’re not surprised to find “Ms.” Feinstein to be wrong again; she’s always wrong. She doesn’t get it. She talks about Bush leaving children with huge tax bills. She doesn’t understand that Bush’s CUTTING taxes is what has made our economy strong enough to reduce the deficit.

John Podesta, former Chief of Staff for President Clinton and current president of the Center for American Progress: "It is more likely that they will find a nuclear bomb in Baghdad than they will succeed at cutting the deficit in half by 2009." ("Plan tries to reverse rising tide of red ink," Chicago Tribune, February 3, 2004)

Anyone who worked for Slick Willy is automatically suspect when it comes to economic matters. Clinton was handed a booming economy by President Reagan, and promptly tried to take credit for it – even before he was sworn in! Remember how the stock market happened to be up before his inauguration, and he claimed it was because Wall Street liked the idea of him being president. Believe me, I used to manage a large stock brokerage. Finding a Democrat on Wall Street is like finding an intern that Clinton didn’t try to seduce.

Rep. John Spratt (D-SC), ranking Democrat of the House Budget Committee: "Last year Mr. Bush promised us that he had a plan, a plan that would cut the deficit by half over the next five years. Well, last year, this year, and next year - as you can see here - the budget is clearly not on that path, nowhere near it. This budget will not put us on a path to halving the deficit in five years; it will put us on a path to endless deficits and mountainous debt, which is what we have accumulated over the last four years...And you see what happens in the long run. We do not get out of deficit. The deficit only gets bigger and deeper." (News conference on the budget, February 7, 2005)

I wonder whether Mr. Spratt plans to call another news conference to admit how wrong he was?

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Minority Whip: "It is time for the Administration to be straightforward with the American people about the choices they are making on their behalf - painful cuts in important and popular domestic programs in return for virtually no reduction in the deficits." (Press Release regarding the President's FY 2005 Budget, February 5, 2004)

“…virtually no reduction in the deficits." Do you think it’s likely that one of the liberal reporters who lie to us on a daily basis will read Mr. Hoyer’s statement back to him in news conference, and ask if he would like to retract his words? Possibly when it snows in Hawaii.

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND): "So that's not a budget. That's a political document. It's a talking point. But it fundamentally misleads people as to our fiscal condition. So you've got a chart here that doesn't reflect reality. It's not what's going to happen, and it's part of a pattern. You know, I don't even know what to say to you in terms of how seriously I believe this misleads the American people. We aren't on a course to substantially reduce deficits." (Senate Budget Committee Hearing on the FY 2006 Budget, February 9, 2005)

All I can say is that this Democrat has a serious talent for being wrong. He accused the President of misleading the American people, when it was Conrad and his fellow democrats who were misleading anyone dumb enough to listen to them.

The worst thing about all this political posturing is that not one of these professional liars will ever have the grace to admit that they were wrong. They will never apologize, even though the facts are staring them in the face: THE DEFICIT HAS BEEN CUT IN HALF! The best they can hope for is that people will forget the lies they told. Which is, of course, the reason I am reminding you of them today.

These statements by Democrat leaders prove that they don’t have a clue about the economy. If they understood anything about how the US economy works, the prospect of Democrats controlling either House wouldn’t be scarier than Halloween. But the fact that they don’t understand even the basics of economics scares me almost as much as the prospect of another terrorist attack. In fact, Democrat control of Congress would cost the nation more than all the losses of all the terrorist attacks against our nation combined.

Why have I written this article? Is it to prove that Democrats lie? No, we already knew that. In fact, a lot of Republicans lie, too. I don’t support the Republicans because they are perfect. I support them because they get the job done.

Over the last six years Republicans have slashed taxes. The unemployment rate is the lowest in decades. Mortgage rates are low, and more people own their own homes than in any time in the last century.

Democrats have PROMISED to raise taxes. Charlie Rangel (who would control the House Ways and Means Committee if the Democrats gain control of the House) had said that he would use his position to “tear down” President Bush’s tax relief laws. Rangel, like most Democrats, has never met a tax increase he didn’t like.

Unemployment would soar if the Dems gained control of Congress. Why? The tax increases they would immediately enact would crush small businesses, forcing them to lay off valued employees.

Mortgage rates would go up, and home ownership would go down if Democrats get control. Higher taxes will mean that businesses will have to borrow more to stay afloat. This will mean that less money will be available for mortgages, and the money that is available will be at higher rates. Thus, fewer people will be able to afford homes.

The bottom line is that if Americans listen to the Democrats lies, all the hard work the Republicans have done to give us the great economy we enjoy today will have been for nothing. If you want higher unemployment, higher interest rates and higher taxes, by all means rush to the polls on November 7th and vote Democrat.

Dr. Tom Barrett
Conservative Truth (Publisher, Editor)

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Dr. Tom Barrett has been an ordained minister for 30 years. He has written for local and national publications for most of his life, and has authored several non-fiction books. He has been interviewed on many TV and radio programs, and speaks at seminars nationwide. Tom is the editor and publisher of Conservative Truth, an email newsletter read by over fifty thousand weekly which focuses on moral and political issues from a Biblical viewpoint.

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