Posted: 06/02/08 07:12
by Dave Mindeman
We have to be straight with the American people.....
A Republican party that can?t do fiscal discipline and national security is in trouble.
--Norm Coleman, speech to 2008 MN GOP Convention
I agree with Senator Coleman here...let's be straight with the American people. How about we start with real definitions of the two things he mentions -- Fiscal Discipline and Security.
First of all, there has been no fiscal discipline during Coleman's term. None. They have given obscene tax cuts to the wealthy and privileged while taking on expensive new domestic programs with zero thought about how to pay for them.
Secondly...on the security front. They poured billions of dollars of off budget spending into the bottomless pit of Iraq. It doesn't take an economic genius to see the obvious result -- huge deficits and enormous debt. They have equated border security with physical fences. Another enormous financial burden that doesn't even work. They have created an entire cabinet post, Homeland Security, that has a complex structure with little end product. FEMA was a disaster and airport security is a joke.
So, the conclusion of Senator Coleman's premise is that the Republican Party is in trouble. They have to be, because there has never been a time on their watch when fiscal discipline and security ever occurred to the satisfaction of the American people.
So, is Senator Coleman asking us to trust him with another chance? Are we to judge his success on that premise?
The track record is clear. Six years of Senator Coleman has led this nation to an endless war and endless debt. That would be being straight with the American people