In another ad, titled "Draft Dodger," Grayson, who never served in the military, falsely says that during the Vietnam War Webster "refused the call to service" and "doesn't love this country." The truth is that Webster, after receiving routine student deferments, reported for his draft physical but was classified as medically unfit for service.
STOP RAISING TAXES - SO WE CAN START RAISING RAISES.
Or: STOP EXPANDING AMERICAN GOVERNMENT SO PEOPLE CAN AGAIN AIM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM!
Does this make sense? Yes, of course it does, except to those who are convinced that government is the solution to all or most problems. Ronald Reagan famously said: in "today's crisis," government is not the solution to the problem, it is the problem. His actual quote has been streamlined to "Government is not the solution, it is the problem."
That quote has been turned, stunningly, on its head by spiteful, poorly educated (on politics and civic history) left-wingers. They even go so far as to suggest that somehow conservatives think the best government would be nearly no government. Or, so little government that the greedy, violent, criminal, depraved, and any ne'er do wells could ultimately be the insane running the asylum.
Outside of a sense that the crazies are already running society, the turning of those words of Reagan, and the broad sentiment he conveyed, into something flatly "anti-government" is unproductive to the point of being cruel.
Saying that a small government sentiment is "anti-government" is akin to saying that those who believe in watching what they eat actually would prefer not eating, and that both will allow you to safely get into better shape. It's not just playing with words, it's wacky. Animaniacs kind of wacky.
Vermont has a senator with this bizarre, seemingly all-or-nothing political rhetoric, by the name of Bernie Sanders. And MSNBC has at least one vocal comrade of Sanders, in Ed Schultz. Both are an embarrassment to anyone seeking a rational discussion on the size of government versus the scale of people's opportunities and liberties.
Excellence and progress comes from the private sector, from R&D and science, and from not bureaucrats, pork projects, and wildly imbalanced pension plans for gov't employees. Don't be fooled by pie-in-the-sky promises. The only reason gov't spending and size gets continually larger is because the ones with the purse strings forgot they work for people, not the other way around. Time to change that.
Government is not the enemy of the people, but only until it proves to be the enemy. It is hurting us, but only some are truly outraged by it, most notably in recent years, the tea party movement.
It's hard to live on what was not long ago a good income level, and there's no sign of improvement coming. Better to stop the march toward government dominance now than to weep for the extinction of the American Dream later. One by one it is happening, for a variety of reasons, high among them the high cost of living versus honest, usual incomes. Remember when most middle class families could survive on one full-time income? No? It used to be so.
Now, and always, vote for the goal of smaller government and, thus, greater opportunity. The issues beyond the question of expanding government are indeed important, but they won't be your concern as a citizen if you're struggling to SUPPORT the government rather than CARING FOR yourself, your family, you business, and your community. It is getting harder every year for most people, and not only because of the recession. It's the trend going back decades, sadly.
It is time to stop raising taxes and to start allowing raises -- for those NOT working for Congress or on Wall Street -- to happen. It is through better family earnings that we get improved tax bases, not through larger and larger government. Doesn't that make honest sense to these so-called leaders?!
Don't wait for their answers, give them yours on November 2.
- jR, aka AirFarceOne (Twitter)
America's Worst Politician: The short, ugly career of Alan Grayson
by George Will
... Grayson sliced and spliced a videotape of Webster's words to depict Webster as saying, "She should submit to me. That's in the Bible." When asked about his lie-by-editing, Grayson blithely said, "These were his words." Grayson's ad says: "Religious fanatics try to take away our freedom in Afghanistan, in Iran, and right here in central Florida…Daniel Webster wants to impose his radical fundamentalism on us." Hence "Taliban Dan."
If anyone deserves to be removed from Florida's ranks of House members, There are a few others who are longtime members who offer little to leadership, true. But I think it would be good to assure that Grayson is removed, not simply for his ideas but for his very character. I am looking forward to hearing about his departure -- in January -- on the morning of November 3. I can only hope I'll learn of it even sooner, on the evening of November 2.
Schiller may not be a blatant biased leftist, but she surely didn't have balance or objectivism on her mind when she canned Williams for expressing an opinion during an opinion piece on Fox News. She was perfectly able to can him, it's just a shame that she handled it with such a shrill, glib demeanor (if all reports about the actual firing are to be believed).