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The feeling I had reading the text of Rep. Richard Gephardt's (D, MO) could only be compared the feeling Babe Ruth must have had staring at an underhanded softball being lobbed over the plate - just too easy.
No doubt Gephardt has big promises and could in fact pursue a career in motivational speaking, but the reality is Gephardt is a utopian enthusiast. You don't have to be a political junkie to spot the gaping holes and glaring contradictions. In fact, I was even a bit insulted as a member of the "working class" he supposedly represents.
Gephardt points out that his Dad was a proud member of the Teamsters Union. He says his Dad told him that it was "his union's bargaining power [that] made it possible for him to put food on the table." The message I take from this is that Gephardt's Dad sold himself short. Democrats have a bad habit of short changing Americans on both the credit and consequence they deserve. According to Gephardt, hard work didn't put food on the table - unions did. Likewise, not putting food on the table isn't a consequence for not working hard - Republican anti-union policy is.
He goes on to comment on the fact that two parents working "just to pay the bills" has resulted in them having little time to "pass on the right values." Amazing that a Democrat has the audacity to comment on family values especially since the Democratic Party harbors the special interest groups that endorse family "values" like abortion, homosexuality, radical feminism (which takes insult to any mention of a female staying home to teach those values previously instilled in traditional families), teen promiscuity and atheism.
If it's possible, Gephardt's economic philosophy makes even less sense. He says he believes in "trickle up economics." "Trickle up economics" is defined as rewarding the hard work of middle class America by empowering them and enabling them to prosper. This is accomplished by Gephardt's raising taxes if at all possible, but he'll settle with repealing the Bush tax cuts. This is empowering the middle class and rewarding them for hard work to Democrats.
Like all good Democrats, Gephardt tossed the attentive crowd a class warfare bone when talking economics. He "led the fight to pass the Clinton-Gore economic plan to...ask the wealthy to pay their fair share." For those of you that don't know (note: Dick Gephardt), 5% of Americans pay over 56% of income taxes. But after all, this is the same Gephardt who, if you'll recall, complained "the top 1% get 38% of the benefits" during the 2001 tax cuts (note: 1% of Americans pay about 38% of the income taxes).
Gephardt had no trouble giving credit to Democrats for the economies success in the 90's, but failed to mention the downward slope the economy took before Clinton left office (he also failed to give proper credit to the Clinton's and Gore for our poor abysmal national security standards). Based on the economic success in the 90's he said, "Bush has taken us right back to the broken policies of the past - the economics of debt and regret...zero new jobs, surging unemployment". Sounds like former President Carter's economy but I'm assuming - on a hunch - that he isn't referring to Carter, nor is he referring to Reagan's tax cuts either; which as you know resulted in not only more tax revenue to the government, but unprecedented economic growth.
"We're all members of the American family. And I won't be satisfied until every family, not just the few, can share in the bounty of America," he said. Look around our country. You'll find that more than "just a few" Americans have one or more cars, air conditioning in the home, food on their table, TVs, stereos, computers, college opportunities, and more wealth building opportunities in a square mile than some countries combined. What more could you ask for? Quite a bit more actually.
For Gephardt, it is too much to ask for parents to have to worry about how to pay for a "doctor's bill" or a "mortgage payment" or a "retirement savings". Newsflash: that's life Mr. Gephardt! I consider myself lucky that all I have to worry about is a mortgage payment, doctor's bill, and retirement savings - not my own countries dictator nuking my village because I believe Jesus is my savior and Christ, not Mohammed. But Gephardt's big government promises to alleviate even these simple concerns; not by giving money back to parents to help them pay for these expenses - rather, he will solve the problem by actually raising their taxes and spending the money for them on, as an example, federalized health care.
Either Democrats have really
run out of new lies to tell, or they are using this worn out rhetoric
as a ploy to lure conservatives to sleep for this upcoming election.