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Old 10-05-2006, 11:10 PM   #101
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This is a bit of a hijack, but this theory always steams me. Whether or not we drove the USSR into destitution by out spending them is irrelevant to the Reagan tax cuts. We didn't go knowingly go into a massive deficit in an effort to fight the commies. We went into a deficit because the republicans were wrong about the effect of the tax cut -- remember the Laffer curve et al? The cuts were supposed to pay for themselves.

So, either we blundered into massive deficits because the Reagan crowd didn't unbderstand what they were doing or they lied to us about what they believed about tax cuts. Sounds familiar doesn't it? Kind of like the war in Iraq that would pay for itself.
Just want to put some of this in perspective...

The Laffer curve actually worked!! Most people don't know this, but what it was is you would get more tax revenue with a tax cut because people would recognize gains, and 'make' more money.. and that is what happened..

The other side of the Regan plan was to cut spending.. this never happened... it went UP... just like Bush.. it has gone UP.. I am embarrased that the Republicans kept saying that they would 'balance the budget' and cut spending if they got into power and they are the worst in history!!!

I am hoping that they lose... can't be much worse with the Dems in place..
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Old 10-05-2006, 11:15 PM   #102
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My own thought...

Yes, he should resign.. It seems that his office had been informed a few times.. and maybe many years ago.. so, if he was not told, then he had very bad assistants.. which he is responsible for hiring etc... if they swept it under the rug so HE did not hear it... it is still on him...

I am sure Nords will verify this.. but the captain of the ship is responsible even if he was not on the bridge when something bad happens...
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Old 10-06-2006, 12:26 AM   #103
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Just want to put some of this in perspective...

The Laffer curve actually worked!! ...
That's not the way I remember it. The stories I read said that Laffer himself said there was no indication it could or would work for practical taxation rates. He simply had hypothesized that at some rate it would be possible to turn the curve around.
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I am hoping that they lose... can't be much worse with the Dems in place..
Actually it could be! But, I too think it would be worth taking the chance.
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Heh, I saw this on the Rude Pundit's site:

"Headlines That Give the Rude Pundit Night Sweats, Part 1:
From TPMmuckraker:

"Hastert: I Want a Good, Thorough Probe."

Thank you, and good night."
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I am sure Nords will verify this.. but the captain of the ship is responsible even if he was not on the bridge when something bad happens...
As long as he's in command, he's responsible whether or not he's even on board.

More COs have been hung by their standing orders than by conning their ships onto the rocks...
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Good one, brewer! But check out Wonkette for the full "coverage":


(screen grab from Time mag website)

House Repubs Pull a Real Boner
Was Hastert Too Cocksure?
GOP No Longer Cruising to Reelection
Foley Comes at Uncomfortable Time For Reynolds
Will GOP Leadership Reach Around to Protect Foley?
New York Times: In Foley Blame Game, Republicans Line up Into Givers, Receivers

http://www.wonkette.com/politics/mar.../?refId=205016

Never a dull moment at Wonkette...
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I'm getting really sick of Congress...........can't them do so pork barrel legislation or give billions to some buddy so we can get back to business............
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I think they've decided to dispense with the "barrel" and the legislating and just concentrate on the porking.
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I think they've decided to dispense with the "barrel" and the legislating and just concentrate on the porking.
Yeah, it gives more meaning to the phrase:

"we're getting screwed by Congress"..............right?
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I am laughing until I'm crying. Keep these puns coming (no pun intended)
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Per Leno:

"Since Foley resigned, I guess his seat is up for grabs. Wait a minute...isn't that how we got here?"

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Old 10-07-2006, 10:58 AM   #114
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Well, it might have been nice to let this thread die out but this mess keeps spinning further and further out of control for the Republicans. It always seems with these scandals that embarassed pols squirmming to escape start lying to divert attention and obscure what happened. The truth inevitably comes out and the focus swicthes to a cover up - often the cover up ends up being worse (sometimes felonious) than the original allegations. And so it is with Hastert's/Hastert's staff's role in Foleygate.

There is a front page article in this morning's Washington Post that is a bombshell if true. Kirk Fordham, the former Foley chief of staff who resigned after it came out he tried to convince ABC to hold back some of the nasty IMs, has said that he spoke with Hastert's staff 3 years ago to try to get the leadership to deal with Foley. Hastert and Scott Palmer (Hastert's Chief of Staff) denied that any of this took place. Palmer has vehemently denied any meetings with Forham and any related meetings with Foley. Now other GOP staff have confirmed to the Post that Palmer did meet with Fordham and, in fact, confronted Foley about the allegations in a meeting way before the November 2005 date that Hastert and company say was the first they knew of any of this.

If the Post article has legs this will quickly become a scandal about a coverup. The GOP mouthpieces are already on CNN trying to spin this as just "a staffer" problem -- implying that some staffers that didn't know their place may have innappropriately taken things on themselves. But Palmer is a big deal, described by the Post as "more powerful than all but a few House members... Members know he speaks for Hastert." This isn't just some low level rogue staffer. If he goes, Hastert goes.
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Old 10-08-2006, 09:12 AM   #115
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Agreed 100%.
I would go so far as saying that the cover up is almost always a bigger issue than the issue being covered up.

Most people I know are more concerned about the Rep leaderships role in a cover-up than the poor judgement of a Rep from a state half way across the country from us.

Clinton never would have been indicted if he had not tried to cover up his games with Monica.

Any republican that had anything to do with anything that even looks like a coverup should have retired. Not only would their posesion of the house not been in dire straights, they could have turned it into a strength for the election.
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