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Nicholas Beaudrot

So, based on the CBO numbers, domestic discretionary spending went down under Clinton, and was, over eight years, reduced from 3.4% of GDP to 3.0% of GDP, what would amount to a 12% reduction. However, some of the increase post-Clinton, like CHIP expansion, was enacted under Clinton.

What was cut to make that happened? Some of it was in the salaries of federal employees, if I recall, either through absolute cuts or by freezing salaries without cost of living increases for a few years. Were there any other big ticket cuts?


Okay, this is an online plea.
Democracy for America is hosting an online competition for Progessive candidates and Bruce Braley, a strong candidate, needs to get in the top 10 to go on to the next round.
Here’s info. on Bruce: http://www.brucebraley.com/issues.asp

He is currently in 11th place!

Meanwhile, this guy http://www.glubaforcongress.com/ in the same district, a tired old fart who’s run for Congress 3 times and lost each, has somehow gotten up to #6.
I suspect foul play.

But please go vote http://www.democracyforamerica.com/
for Bruce. He’s the guy who can win us a seat in Congress and is someone we should all be excited about.

Kilroy was Here

Mark writes:
[Y]ou have to put it in the hands of people who understand government, who care about making it work, who don't view it as the enemy.

Placing conservatives in charge of the government is like putting Lenin in charge of General Electric.

When I interview for a job, no one is going to hire me if I say, "I hate this job. I hate this company. In fact, I hate what the company stands for." But we seem to be proud to vote for people who feel the same way about government.



Kilroy, that should go on a t-shirt.


Yep. Democrats do *anything* better than Republicans. Except get elected, which is the problem. Dems can't win, Repubs can't govern.


Last Thursday’s speech by President Bush in New Orleans’ Jackson Square kicked off the administrations’ cynical campaign to snatch political victory from the jaws of defeat in the wake of its disastrous Katrina response. Karl Rove’s strategy for the coming 2006 mid-term elections will modeled on his 2002 GOP success with the Department of Homeland Security. With the Gulf States devastated, hundreds dead and thousands displaced, President Bush and the GOP will lace a popular recovery program featuring massive federal spending with a laundry list of conservative initiatives damned by the left and previously rejected by the American people. Putting politics before the people of the Gulf Coast, President Bush will then dare the Democrats to block them.

For the full story, see:

"Poison Pill: The Bush Prescription for Katrina."


All they can do is cut taxes and leave the hard work for someone else.

Change "cut taxes" to "borrow money" or even "borrow money from our children," and we've got a long-term talking point.

"All they ever do is borrow money from our children and leave the hard work for someone else." Re-use as necessary.


Not getting your legislation passed? Do it my way for once. Read my plan here.



Where Republicans tread, innocent people end up dead.

Another Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge no allegiance
To the court appointed unelected regents
( G W Bush and Dick Cheney )
Of the United States of America
For which they use the flag
To make a political grandstand.
I make my pledge
To the United States
And its constitution instead.

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