Medicare Prescription Plan

Tim Pawlenty: Another George W. Bush On Tax Policy?

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has been considered a serious, if dark horse, Presidential nominee. Many people have seen him as having fewer faults, and as avoiding ridiculous or outrageous statements or actions, and therefore as having a good shot at the nomination, even though he tends to be quite boring and uninspiring!

But even if he is seen as better than Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, and Michele Bachmann, and put into the short list with Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, Pawlenty this week destroyed any illusion that he could be President, by demonstrating total irresponsibility on the tax and spending issue!

Pawlenty sounds like a second George W. Bush, who cut taxes, put us into two wars not paid for in Iraq and Afghanistan, and started a Medicare Prescription plan unpaid for by tax increases. Bush doubled our national debt, and there had been a $3 trillion surplus when Bill Clinton left the Presidency!

On the tenth anniversary of the first Bush tax cuts, which made the rich richer and the poor poorer and the middle class disintegrate, Pawlenty came up with an economic plan strangely reminiscent of Bush.

He argues for further tax cuts and further spending cuts, and claimed there would be a five percent economic growth rate annually under his plan, because cuts in taxes on corporations and the wealthy would create new economic activity!

The problem is that this policy of Bush did exactly the opposite, and with lack of regulation, led to the Great Recession, which is still existing in many ways, if not officially.

So Pawlenty has learned nothing, and shown himself to be totally reckless and delusional, all to gain support of the right wing of the GOP, but not the way to win the nation, which is suffering still today from the failed Bush policies.

So, just like that, Pawlenty’s likelihood of success is lessened, and leaves rational thinkers to feel that only Mitt Romney or Jon Huntsman makes any sense, assuming the Republican Party regains its senses!

The Hypocrisy Of Republicans On “Counseling For End Of Life Issues And Care”

Something often forgotten is that when the Bush Administration pushed for passage of the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, which 204 House and 42 Senate members of the GOP voted for, it included so called “counseling for end of life issues and care”, which now is called “death panels”!

At that time, there was no controversy over what has become a distorted issue today. So it is obvious that the GOP is demagoging an issue purely for political reasons, knowing full well what they are doing.

Needless to say, the Republicans should be punished for this at the polls in 2010 and 2012. We shall see if that is the eventual outcome of this outrageous propaganda campaign, designed simply to terrify voters and make them emotional.