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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Republicans Selling Fear and Lies

Don’t tell anyone but the Republicans are blaming Bill Clinton for everything from the Black Death in the 1500’s to our current Military being over stretched. Let’s just add to the list of things to blame former President Bill Clinton like bread turning green with mold and lets blame him for $3.00 a gallon gas too!

You know what pisses me off about Republicans is the fact that they totally ignore the fact that President Clinton was the first President in modern times to balance the federal budget and show a surplus. President Clinton was a true American President and NOT an I’m busy with Iraq, I’ll call you back in 2008 President.

Did Bill Clinton trim the military budget, the answer to that question is yes and no. He proposed reductions in the military spending because our nation was at peace with the world and his State Department actually did diplomatic work rather than chucking the bird as the limo passed by. The Congress approved that budget which just happened to be led by Newt Gingrich who was the creator of the Contract with America.

I was over at Memeorandum today and found this great piece by the Carpet Bagger Report that is covering this same issue. President Clinton is not to blame for what the current resident of the White house has done for the last seven friging years! This is a must read for political junkies like me…

Republicans blame the wrong president for overstretched military
Posted November 10th, 2007 at 12:20 pm

Of all of Bush’s misstatements from the 2000 presidential election, one of the most obviously-false attacks was on military readiness. Indeed, then-Gov. Bush blamed Clinton and Gore directly for “hollowing out” the military. “If called on by the commander-in-chief today, two entire divisions of the Army would have to report, ‘Not ready for duty, sir.’” BC00 campaign aides later acknowledged it was a bogus charge, but that didn’t stop Bush from repeating it. A lot.

And now, seven years later, the next batch of Republican presidential hopefuls are doing the same thing.

Here’s the top story out of Iowa: Rudy Giuliani told an audience at Iowa State University that the American military needs to be bigger, and he lashed out at Bill Clinton for cutting the military during the 1990’s.

“Our military is too small to deal with the Islamic terrorism threats,” Giuliani said, “but it really is too small to deter would-be aggressors to even think of challenging us. And that’s due to Bill Clinton.”

Does this make any sense? What threats are we incapable of dealing with? And if they exist, why hasn’t Bush/Cheney done anything about it? We already spend more on the military than most of the world put together — who else does Giuliani want to invade? (Oh wait, don’t answer that.)
- The Carpet Bagger Report

Let me get this straight in my head, Rudi Giuliani is selling fear and telling you what to be afraid of because of Bill Clinton? What year and what Presidential election is going on again? Wasn’t President Clinton seven years ago? Anyone else shaking there head on that one? What about George W. Bush Rudi? Rudi has a serious problem and it is called credibility. The only message he has is to tell the people what to be afraid of and how his private company going Federal from the White House can protect you. Anyone smell bovine gas? I’m smelling something and it isn’t something an air freshener can cover up.

I’m thinking that diplomacy from the Mini-Republicans like Rudi and Fred (I’m acting like a real candidate) Thompson is out of the question based on their comments on the campaign trail. In their minds the only solution is more war and more military action. The only problem with that theory is that our military is in fact stretched out to the max and none of them really care about the military and our men and women fighting for their lives for missions that they sent them on.
The Carpet Bagger Report has it right on the money. Rudi does not have anything new to offer other than telling you “Me Too!” from the Bush Doctrine of more war for the sake of more war.

Rudi Giuliani is a joke as a candidate for President. Get elected to the Senate before you want to play in the big kids playground Rudi. Maybe then people will actually take you serious.


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Anonymous Tom said...

Jason Steck posted something similar over at the Gazette.

I'll say the same thing here that I did there: The cutbacks were inevitable, given the end of the Cold War; they actually began under the first President Bush; and they weren't nearly as severe as they could have been. I saw some projections that called for cutting military spending by 50%.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Great minds think in the same circles Tom. MVDG is a great site and I admire the people that contribute over there. I saw the link to MVDG on Memeorandum.

9:31 PM  

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