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On days of Republican leaders lives...Party of Ideas Episode (April 8, 2006 1:45 PM)
Posted by: Good Will
The party of ideas? Here�s the only Republican ideas I�ve seen in the last five years:

* Doctoring evidence used to start a war with a country that did not attack us and posed no threat to America.

* Having responsibility for the deaths of 2,344 American military people and tens of thousands of Iraqis, at least $250 billion in wasted war money and a trashed reputation throughout the world.

* Being fully supportive of holding prisoners without charges, without counsel and in violation of every tenet of American ideals. Oh, yeah, the GOP leadership thinks it�s acceptable to torture people too.

* Consistently lying to the American people about everything from the rationale for war, through Hurricane Katrina response to domestic spying.

* And speaking of Katrina, how many people might have lived had the Republicans not gutted the Federal Emergency Management Agency and exiled it under the Department of Homeland Security? Incompetence kills. Heck of a job, Brownie. And speaking of domestic spying, the Republican party stands for eavesdropping on all of us, without required court orders and in express violation of the law.

* Politicizing to the extreme the heart-wrenching Terri Schiavo situation � including Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist making a magical �diagnosis� of her condition from the Senate floor that, as it turns out, was wrong anyway.

* Being the party of Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff and Duke Cunningham � enough said.

* Disclosing the identity of covert CIA agent, Valerie Plame as retaliation for her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson, pointing out that Team Bush was lying in their reasons for attacking Iraq. The GOP: Where treason becomes fashionable.

* Seeding the media with right-wing propaganda disguised as legitimate news, including having former prostitute Jeff Gannon sitting front and center in the White House briefing room to throw softball questions at Scott �The Lyin� King� McClellan.

* Embarrassing the American people by making a macho vow to get Osama bin Laden � you remember, the guy who actually did attack us on September 11 � letting him roam completely free for almost five years, while allowing al Qaeda to continue operating in at least 60 countries.

* Cutting taxes for other rich Republicans time after time, while running up the biggest budget deficit in U.S. history.

* Decimating social programs including Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare while forcing a disastrous drug program on the nation�s elderly.

* Refusing to raise the minimum wage and only funding the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for a fraction of the approved budget and at the end of the winter.

* Giving the American version of the Taliban � our very own religious extremists � a front-row seat in governing our country.

* Fighting at every turn, attempts by Congressional Democrats to support homeland security � such as providing funds for port protection and first-responders � while rejecting almost every Democratic effort to fund Veterans programs.

* Trying to turn over security of our major ports to a country with known ties to the terrorist attacks of 2001.

* Leading the effort to turn back the clock in our society and outlaw a woman�s right to reproductive choice.

Whew! That took me a whole 10 minutes.

Bush may be right and the Republicans may indeed be the �party of ideas.� Too bad those ideas are ruining our country, destroying our world standing and imperiling the next generation.

source: bob geiger's blog

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