Sunday, May 22, 2005

Governer Dean on Meet the Press

For those of you who didn't wake up early enough, I'll get right to the juicy parts

If you watch the cable media stations, you might have caught some of the manufactured outrage over a particular quote from Howard Dean.
I think Tom DeLay ought to go back to Houston, where he can serve his jail sentence down there courtesy of the Texas taxpayers.
Oh, it is SOOO scandalous to suggest that Tom DeLay should be in jail. This from the same media that calls Newsweek murderous, but forgives an administration for starting a war, that has killed more than 1700 Americans, on false pretenses.

A list of DeLay's "transgressions" (a fancy word that means a CRIME perpetrated by the rich and/or powerful) can be found here. I must warn you, it is a rather long list.

Tim Russert asked Dean to apologize, to calm to poor hearts of these "outraged" republicans. He had the appropriate response.
MR. RUSSERT: So you will not retract or apologize your comments about Tom DeLay?

DR. DEAN: Absolutely not.
This is exactly how we should all be responding to republican machine. They get to lie, to call us traitors, Nazis, liars, elitists, etc. yet we are somehow not allowed to call a duck a duck when it walks, talks and acts like one. Tom DeLay is a criminal, he should go to trial, his case should be ajudicated, if justice is done he will be found guilty and he should serve jail-time. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200.

Russert goes further to ask Dean about Social Security, some of his rhetoric, including criticism (of all people) Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh is a bloated, lying, political hack, and ,as his drug debacle has proven, a hypocrite also. No one owes Limbaugh (or his type) any apology for satire.

Russert at one point proves exactly what I figured would happen if any Democrat offers the most obvious solution for Socical Security solvency.
DR. DEAN: There are tough choices here, and when the president indicates that he's serious about making tough choices, we'd like to help make those tough choices. There are also some other things that people have, including Democrats, have put forward that the president has rejected out of hand. The president...

MR. RUSSERT: Such as?

DR. DEAN: Such as raising the cap. Right now the Social Security tax is only on the first, I think, about $85,000 worth of wages. I saw an economic analysis the other day that said if you remove that cap entirely that Social Security will be solvent.

MR. RUSSERT: But that's raising taxes.
Thank you Tim for proving my belief 100% true. It is a tax raise, but that misses the point. Right now, wages in excess of 90 thousand are taxed at 0.00%. Removing the cap raises the rate to *GASP* the SAME RATE that EVERYONE ELSE pays on every dollar they earn (currently 6.2%).

Leave it to the Main-Stream-Media to play right into republican hands. If Harry Reid were to suggest removal of the cap tomorrow, I guarantee faux news would be running banners screaming "Democrats push for tax hike."

The Democrats have a plan. We came up with the plan decades ago, and we will defend it now. The plan IS Social Security, and Bush's privatization and means-testing suggestions are nothing other than poison pills that would make Social Security weak and unpopular.

We have nothing to fear by sticking to our guns. The president and his congress is sinking politically, and we have nothing to gain by working with him until he takes privatization off of the table. Unfortunately, I don't think Bush will. At times, he can be just like a stubborn, petulant child.

There's a lot more here. If you ask me, Tim Russert is highly overrated interviewer. His "aggresivness" seems to be no more than asking the same question 2 or 3 times. It should come as no surprise that Howard did well

I'll leave you with one of the better Dean quotes from the interview.
Our problem in this party is we didn't stand up early enough and fight back against folks like that who thought they were going to push us around and bully us, and we're not going to do it anymore.


At 8:42 PM, Blogger johnnie said...

I thought Gov. Dean did a beautiful job standing up for the Democratic Party, not apologizing for the right-wing press' misrepresentation of the only party that embraces American values, and respects Americans.

At 10:43 AM, Blogger Sue said...

I was ecstatic that Russert gave Governor Dean the chance to respond to criticism about his statements, especially the one about Tom Delay and jail. This is really good for us to get that stuff out of the way, and not only get it out of the way but boot it out the door emphatically.


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