Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Where's The Beef?

You may recall an old commercial, I think for Wendy’s, in which an old lady looks at competitor’s hamburgers and asks “Where’s the beef?” The comment became so popular that Walter Mondale used it in his presidential run. I think it’s fair to ask that question now vis-a-vis the current culture crisis going on in this country. So let’s look at some meat-and-potatoes issues.

Bush lied about Saddam’s WMDs, but Kerry was telling the truth when he said in January of 2003, “If you don’t believe Saddam Hussein is a threat with nuclear weapons, then you shouldn’t vote for me,” and Bill Clinton was telling the truth when he said, “I did not have sex with that woman...Miss Lewinski.”

Karl Rove exposed the identity of a secret agent who used her own cover name and that of her CIA front company to make a personal donation of $1,000 to the 2000 Gore campaign (that’s public info), who was identified by an FSB (formerly KGB) agent in Moscow over ten years ago, and (even more recently) was outed by the CIA itself in documents given to the Swiss Embassy in Havana and somehow passed to Cuban intelligence.

Bush promises that anyone who breaks the law will no longer work in his administration and Harry Reid demands Bush hold to his promise to fire anyone related to the leak.

John Bolton is righteously decried by Chris Dodd as unfit for the position of ambassador to the UN for his “kiss up/kick down” attitude but he welcomes Hillary Clinton to the Senate after she destroyed the career and personal finances of Billy Dale in order to give his job to a friend.

George W. Bush was derided for joining the National Guard and learning to fly dangerous high-tech fighter aircraft rather than go to Vietnam, but John Kerry got a pass for requesting a year-long deferment to continue his post-graduate studies in Paris.

Dan Rather and his media friends attempt to destroy Bush with forged documents claiming he was AWOL, but Brandon Hughey and Jeremy Hinzman are regaled as heroes for going AWOL, deserting their units, and defecting to Canada.

Sandy Berger steals top secret documents about Clinton’s involvement in 9/11 from the National Archives and destroys them, for which he is likely to get a stern talking-to and a $10,000 fine. Howard Harner steals about 100 Civil War letters and gets two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid commented that Alberto Gonzales would likely win confirmation for O’Connor’s vacant Supreme Court seat and that Senate Democrats would not filibuster him. The same Harry Reid found Gonzales unfit to be Attorney General as did all but 6 of the other Democrats.

The Democratic National Committee said Bush lost 2.7 million manufacturing jobs, but they didn’t mention that the job loss started under Bill Clinton. Nor do they comment now that there are more Americans working now than have ever been and that the American economy has produced over 2 million jobs just his year alone and that unemployment has fallen to 5.0 %, which is better than at any time during the Clinton Administration.

John Kerry said during his campaign that the jobs being created in this country were “hamburger-flipper jobs” but the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed increased employment for construction workers and professionals in health-care and business management and showed little growth at all in lower paying job sectors.

Bush was criticized for cutting taxes while waging a war and ballooning the federal deficit but, as the New York Times reported, “an unexpected leap in tax revenue is about to shrink the federal budget deficit this year, by nearly $100 billion.”

The revenue increase was “unexpected” by NYT perhaps, but not by anyone who pays attention. JFK did it and so did Reagan - lowering taxes increases revenues. As in each example, the prevailing liberal Democratic wisdom isn’t something you’d want to bet the farm on. So, where’s the beef?

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