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Old 11-05-2006   #1
 
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Are the Republicans really that bad?

OK, the Republicans have screwed up on the big things, like the Iraq war and some ethical things.

But, what about the other things? I see the following significant issues:
1) Taxes
2) Running government well--good priorities and little pork
3) Health care--too many people can't get health insurance
4) Education
5) Security
6) Immigration
7) Big environmental issues, like global warming
8| Encouraging an ethical society
9) Economy
10) Generally moving our society in the right direction--are we working better as a society?

It's been 6 years now since the Republicans have been in control of the Presidency, the House, and the Senate. They've essentially had free reign. What have they accomplished in these other areas? I can think of a few things, but not many. Below is my list. Am I missing a lot?

1) Taxes
Lowered taxes
2) Running government well--good priorities and little pork
Not sure about the priorities, but there has been a lot of pork and our deficit is really high again
3) Health care--too many people can't get health insurance
I don't think anything has happened here. I'm concerned.
4) Education
No Child Left Behind act is very unpopular.
5) Security
Not sure. Afganistan was well done, but I think the Iraq mess has created more hate and more terrorists. I don't like all the illegal wire tapping. I very bothered that hate of America has gone up so much overseas.
6) Immigration
OK, they are building a fence. But, what about getting tough on the people who give illegals jobs?
7) Big environmental issues, like global warming
Nothing.
8| Encouraging an ethical society
The marriage ammendments don't impress me. The ethical lapses by the leaders are worse.
9) Economy
Not sure. I'm very concerned that only the rich seem to be profiting from the improved economy. Real income has only gone up for the rich.
10) Generally moving our society in the right direction
More hate in our society and the world. I don't like it.

I guess you could say that 9/11 and the Iraq war tied the Republicans' hands. But, I don't buy that, especially the last two years.

I don't want government to solve all problems, but they should create the right rules to let society run better.

Am I missing stuff that the Republicans have accomplished?

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They have been pretty effective at smokescreaning the rural poor and getting them to vote against their own economic best interest. That's something. Ah..let's see..they've stymied stem cell research. How about...the gay intern thing was interesting. The president talks to God, that's pretty sweet. Yeah. We haven't seen the crusade come back into fashion since the middle ages...personally I was hoping for the bell-bottom but crusades are cool, too. Defense contractor stocks are way up..pretty cool if you have that in your portfolio. Umm...appointed a deligate to the UN that hates the UN..bonus. The supreme court judges...could actually be quite a bit worse, I think. So, that's something. His judges don't suck ass. There's an endorsement.
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So, to answer your original question...no. They're worse. Once again, my mantra: there are two reasons to be republican--greed and stupidity.

I'm not sure which is worse.
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Re: Are the Republicans really that bad?

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OK, the Republicans have screwed up on the big things, like the Iraq war and some ethical things.

But, what about the other things? I see the following significant issues:
1) Taxes
2) Running government well--good priorities and little pork
3) Health care--too many people can't get health insurance
4) Education
5) Security
6) Immigration
7) Big environmental issues, like global warming
8| Encouraging an ethical society
9) Economy
10) Generally moving our society in the right direction--are we working better as a society?
Okay I am a registered republican who is very ashamed of that right now so I'll take a stab at it.

1. less taxes good, but the spending has gotten completely out of control (largely due to the fake war). clinton had a surplus (yes it was during the dot com boom but at least he didn't blow it).

2. pork city as far as I can tell

3. i got none and imaging lots o buzzers are in my same sorry boat

4. i'm not sure what repugs are doing better or worse.

5. the only thing we have to fear is bush himself (er.. fear itself).

6. a big fence should do the trick. thanks w.

7. dont even get me started.

8. take one look at the news.

9. see #1

10. no.
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Maina - I must ask - based on your own answers, why are you a registered repub? Not attacking you personally, just curious.

I'm not registered with either party mostly because I feel that politicians suck. All of them. That's not to say I don't vote. I definitely vote. But with a two party system, we're very limited in our options.

My $0.2:

1) Taxes - flat tax. Why not? Oh, right. CPAs, tax attorneys, accountants and the IRS would be out of work.

2) Running government well--good priorities and little pork - not sure any politician currently in office knows how to do this.

3) Health care--too many people can't get health insurance - this is absurd in a country as wealthy as the US. Wonder how many people could get health care if we bought one less bomber.

4) Education - we're losing the education arms race globally. When kids can graduate from high school and can't read, it's dire.

5) Security - I don't have the answer here but I'm not very secure.

6) Immigration - a fence. A damn fence. Is that the best long-term solution we can come up with?? WTF?

7) Big environmental issues, like global warming - if our leaders, policy makers and big biz could all take the long view for once, we might be able to look beyond quarterly earnings reports and mid-term elections long enough to understand and comprehend the magnitude of the major environmental issues facing our world. Our kids are done for.

8| Encouraging an ethical society - well, as long as elected officials in DC are trying to get into the pants of young boys and highly respected leaders of the religious right are having drug-fueled affairs with gay escorts yet then spewing anti-gay hate speech, we're fucked. I mean, seriously, these are supposed to be W's boys and he can't even keep them in check. Not to mention all the recent (last 5 years) corporate bullshit that's been going on and illegal lobbying and, and, and...

9) Economy - Where to even begin with this one...? If you're a defense contractor, the economy is GREAT. If you're a struggling single-parent family, the economy sucks. If you're a rich fucker from TX with the middle initial W, things are great. If you're a kid with a GED and no chance at college, you're doomed. Hell, even if you're part of the "middle class" things are tight.

10) Generally moving our society in the right direction--are we working better as a society? - NO.
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registered when i was 18 and now 30 something but thanks for asking.
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Yes, all Repub legislation is written in a dank, fetid, vampire bat cave by demons with wings of fire. The sole desire of these deamons is to prevent legal pot, gay marriage and drive up profits for their evil toadies in Corp America.
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