Thursday, January 20, 2005

Kos - Not As Think As I Dumb You Are

Kos is a Republican operative. There is no other reason for proposing such idiocy:

The Democrats need to offer an alternative agenda over the next four years. It won't be enacted, so they can shoot for the moon. The hell with good policy, make proposals that sound great. The GOP used flag burning and gay marriage to rally their side. We can find equivalents. Don't worry about them becoming law, because they won't. Worry about branding the party and placing every bit of bad news (and there will be plenty) squarely at the feet of the party that controls all levers of government.

We need to make the GOP radioactive. Their incompetence is providing the ammunition. It is our job to wield it. Remember, they control everything. We don't need to be bipartisan. We don't need to work with them for them to pass their agenda. So we offer up clear alternatives to everything they propose. We have to be aggressive.

Absolutely brilliant. The Democrats will look completely foolish. Can you imagine the alternatives:

Republicans, today, proposed new legislation to enact a popular flat tax. All workers would pay a straight 15% tax on all income. The new law would virtually eliminate all confusing tax rules, tax forms and the IRS labyrinth. Democrats countered with their own plan which would impose a flat tax in a graduated manner. Workers making less than the federally defined poverty line would pay no tax, workers make more than poverty line but less than the social security cap would pay 5%, workers making more than the social security cap but less than $150,000 would pay 10%, workers between $150,000 and $1 million would pay 15% and anyone earning income over $1 million would pay 75%. To ease the marriage penalty, couples filing jointly would pay 2/3 of the single rate, unless they made over $500,000, then they would pay 3/4 the single rate. Any couple making over $1 million, with less than three children would pay the full 75%. There are many more nuances to the plan, which is outlined by the DNC on their website.

There is no such thing as a "clear alternative" proposal by the Democrats. They are the party of policy wonks. They vote for things before they vote against them to show they agree with the principle of the legislation but disagree with the form it took and would rather have the right legislation than any legislation at all. Have you ever seen a Democrat take a clear, concise stand on anything? Kos is actually encourage Democrats to do things that will further alienate them from the American people. He MUST be a Republican operative.

I truly fear the Democrats are killing this country. While I may be closer to the Republicans ideologically, I clearly see the need for a strong opposition to provide balance. The Democrats are not even close to being strong and are getting weaker by the day. They are headed straight for Libertarian and Green party marginalization.

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