November 6, 2006

THE STAKES: THE REAL DEM AGENDA
Dems Attack, Oppose, And Filibuster: Out-Of-TheMainstream Dems Against Terror Tools, Tax Cuts
_________________________________________________ DEMS OUT-OF-THE MAINSTREAM WORLDVIEW FLASHBACK: Dem House Leader Doesn’t “Consider Ourselves At War”; Sees No Benefit To Catching Osama Bin Laden: Less Than One Year After 9/11, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Said She Did Not Consider Us At War. Rep. Pelosi: “I don’t really consider ourselves at war … We’re in a struggle against terrorism throughout the world …” (Miles Benson, “Democrats Show
Greater Audacity In Criticizing Bush,” Newhouse News Service, 5/6/02)

Rep. Pelosi Does Not Believe National Security Should Be A Campaign Issue In 2006. Rep. Pelosi: “It [the election] shouldn’t be about national security.” (Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Press Conference, 9/14/06)

Rep. Pelosi: “[T]o capture [bin Laden] now I don’t think makes us any safer.” (Rep. Pelosi, Press Conference, 9/7/06) • Click Here To Watch Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Say Catching Osama Bin Laden Would Not Make Us Any Safer.

FLASHBACK: DNC Chairman Howard Dean “Supposes” Getting Rid Of Saddam Hussein Was A “Good Thing” And Has Refused To Prejudge Bin Laden: Dean: “We should have contained Saddam. Well, we’ve gotten rid of him. I suppose that’s a good thing.” (CNN’s “Late Edition,”
8/24/03)

Dean Doesn’t Want “To Prejudge” Bin Laden As Guilty. “Dean said. ‘I still have this old-fashioned notion that even with people like Osama, who is very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials. So I’m sure that is the correct sentiment of most Americans, but I do think if you’re running for president, or if you are president, it’s best to say that the full range of penalties should be available. But it’s not so great to prejudge the judicial system.’” (Lisa Wangsness, “Dean’s Secure In His View Of Saddam,” Concord Monitor, 12/26/03) FLASHBACK: Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) Said She Would “Take Things Away” And Mocked Notion That Tax Cuts Help Middle Class: Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY): “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” (Beth Fouhy, “San
Francisco Rolls Out Red Carpet For The Clintons,” The Associated Press, 6/28/04)

“[Hillary Clinton] Took A Pointed Shot At Bush’s Efforts To Make Permanent The Tax Cuts He Contends Are Responsible For An Improved Economy.” (Rick Pearson, “Clinton Speech Calls For Strengthened Middle Class,” Chicago Tribune, 4/11/06)
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Sen. Clinton: “Tax cuts alone can’t secure the middle class. They are not the cure all for everything that ails the American economy.” (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Economic Club Of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 4/11/06) DEMOCRATS OPPOSED KEY TOOLS THAT HELP KEEP AMERICA SAFE

FACT: Dems Opposed Terrorist Surveillance Program: 91% Of House Democrats Voted Against The Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act, Which Would Make It Easier To Monitor Terrorist Communications. (H.R. 5825, CQ Vote #502: Passed 232-191: R 214-13; D 18-177; I 0-1, 9/28/06) • Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ): “This is the most expansive, frightening, and unreasonable expansion of government power since Japanese Americans were unlawfully interned in the Second World War.” (Rep. Rob Andrews, Congressional
Record, 9/28/06, p. H7864)

o Click Here To Watch Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) Calling The Terrorist Surveillance Program The Most Frightening Program Since Japanese Internment. 91% Of House Democrats Opposed A Resolution Expressing “[S]upport For Intelligence And Law Enforcement Programs To Track Terrorists And Terrorist Finances ...” (H. Res. 895, CQ Vote #357: Adopted 227-183: R 210-8; D 17-174; I 0-1,
6/29/06)

FACT: Dems Voted Against Military Tribunals For Dangerous Terrorists: 84% Of House And 73% Of Senate Democrats Voted Against Authorizing Military Tribunals For Dangerous Terrorist Suspects, Including Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad. (S. 3930, CQ Vote #508: Adopted 250-170: R 218-7; D
32-162; I 0-1, 9/29/06; S. 3930, CQ Vote #259: Passed 65-34: R 53-1; D 12-32; I 0-1, 9/28/06)

In 2004, 59% Percent Of House Democrats Voted Against An Amendment That Said “The Apprehension, Detention, And Interrogation Of Terrorists Are Fundamental To The Successful Prosecution Of The War On Terror.” (H.R. 4548, CQ Vote #298: Adopted 304-116: R 223-0; D 81-115; I 0-1, 6/23/04)

FACT: Dems Voted Against The PATRIOT Act: House Democrats Had Three Opportunities To Vote For Passage Of The PATRIOT Act And A Majority Voted Against It Every Time. (H.R. 3199, CQ Vote #414: Passed 257-171: R 214-14; D 43-156; I 0-1, 7/21/05; H.R. 3199, CQ Vote #627: Adopted 251-174: R 207-18;
D 44-155; I 0-1, 12/14/05; S. 2271, CQ Vote #20: Motion Agreed To 280-138: R 214-13; D 66-124; I 0-1, 3/7/06)

Nine Senate Democrats Voted Against The PATRIOT Act. (H.R. 3199, CQ Vote #29: Adopted 89-10: R 55-0; D 34-9; I 0-1, 3/2/06) • • In December 2005, 41 Senate Democrats Filibustered PATRIOT Act. (H.R. 3199, CQ Vote #358: Motion Rejected 52-47: R
50-5; D 2-41; I 0-1, 12/16/05)

“‘We Killed The PATRIOT Act,’ Boasted Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, To Cheers From A Crowd At A Political Rally After The Vote.” (Charles Hurt, “Patriot Act Extension Filibustered,” The Washington Times, 12/17/05) o Click Here To Watch The Video Of Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) As He Celebrated The Killing Of The PATRIOT Act.

FACT: During The Bush Administration, Dems Have Voted Against Missile Defense At Least 9 Times: Since 2001, A Majority Of House And Senate Democrats Voted At Least 9 Times Against Funding And Deployment Of Missile Defense. (H. Con. Res. 376, CQ Vote #155: Rejected 131-294: R 0-229; D 130-65; I 1-0; 5/17/06; H.R. 5122, CQ Vote #142: Rejected 124301: R 6-221; D 117-80; I 1-0; 5/11/06; S. 1042, CQ Vote #311: Rejected 37-60: R 2-52; D 34-8; I 1-0, 11/8/05; H. Con. Res. 95, CQ Vote #85: Rejected 134-292: R 1-225; D 132-67; I 1-0, 3/17/05; S. 2400, CQ Vote #133: Rejected 44-56: R 0-51; D 43-5; I 1-0, 6/22/04; H. Con. Res. 393, CQ Vote #88: Rejected 119-302: R 0-220; D 118-82; I 1-0, 3/25/04; H.R. 1588, CQ Vote #221: Passed 361-68: R 223-1; D 138-66; I 0-1, 5/22/03; H.R. 4546, CQ Vote #158: Passed 359-58: R 212-1; D 146-56; I 1-1, 5/10/02; H.R. 4546, CQ Vote #145: Rejected 159-253: R 2-206; D 156-46; I 1-1, 5/9/02)
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DEMOCRATS DENIGRATE U.S. TROOPS AND WOULD CUT OFF THEIR FUNDING FACT: Dems Have Regularly Denigrated U.S. Troops: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Called Resolution To Support Troops “Bitter Pill.” “As to the resolution in support of the troops, Ms. Pelosi regards it as ‘a bitter pill.’ Ever the pragmatist, she delivered a speech in opposition to its wording, then voted in favor.” (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “With Democrats Divided On War, Pelosi Faces Leadership Test,” The New York Times, 4/1/03) DNC Chairman Dean Suggested We Might Not Always Have World’s Strongest Military. Dean: “We have to take a different approach [to diplomacy]. We won’t always have the strongest military.” (Dan Balz, “Kerry Campaign Blasts Dean’s Credentials,”
The Washington Post, 4/29/03)

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA): “You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t you get stuck in Iraq.” (NBC 4’s Website, www.nbc4.tv, Accessed 10/31/06) • • Click Here To Watch Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) Belittle American Troops. FLASHBACK: Kerry In 1972: “I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown … We must not repeat the travesty of the inequities present during Vietnam. I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply ‘doing its job.’” (John Solomon, “Kerry’s ‘72 Campaign Comments On
Army Mirror Latest Flap,” The Associated Press, 11/2/06)

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL): “If I … did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners [at Guantanamo] in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their Gulags, or some mad regime, Pol Pot, or others that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.” (Sen. Richard Durbin, Congressional Record, 6/14/05 p. S6594) • Click Here To Watch Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) Compare U.S. Troops To Nazis.

FACT: Dems Would Cut Defense Funding, Leaving Troops To Fend For Themselves: “Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) Will Chair The Powerful Ways And Means Committee If Democrats Win Control Of The House Next Year, But His Main Goal In 2007 Does Not Fall Within His Panel’s Jurisdiction.” (Bob Cusack, “Anxious Dems Eye
Power Of The Purse On Iraq,” The Hill, 9/26/06)

“[W]hen Pressed On How He Could Stop The War Even If Democrats Control The House During The Last Years Of President Bush’s Second Term, Rangel Paused Before Saying, ‘You’ve Got To Be Able To Pay For The War, Don’t You?’” (Bob Cusack, “Anxious Dems Eye Power Of The Purse On Iraq,” The Hill, 9/26/06)

Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) Introduced Legislation “To Prohibit The Use Of Funds To Deploy United States Armed Forces To Iraq.” (H.R. 4232, Introduced 11/4/05) • The Bill Is Co-Sponsored By 18 House Democrats. (H.R. 4232, Introduced 11/4/05)

On Stump In CT, Rep. Pelosi Would Not Commit To Building More Nuclear-Powered Submarines. “During a brief press conference at [House candidate Joe] Courtney headquarters, Pelosi was asked if she supported a push to build more nuclearpowered submarines at Electric Boat in Groton. She demurred ...” (Daniela Altimari, “Pelosi Visit Targets Key House Conflicts,” Hartford
[CT] Courant, 11/6/06)

DEMOCRATS WOULD LET TAX CUTS EXPIRE, RAISING TAXES ON AMERICAN FAMILIES BY $2.4 TRILLION FACT: Democrats Opposed The 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts And Would Repeal Them Or Let Them Expire: 85% Of House And 72% Of Senate Dems Voted Against The 2001 Tax Cuts And 97% Of House And 96% Of Senate Democrats Voted Against The 2003 Tax Cuts. (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote #149: Adopted 240-154: R 211-0; D 28-153; I 1-1, 5/26/01; H.R. 1836,
CQ Vote #170: Adopted 58-33: R 46-2; D 12-31, 5/26/01; H.R. 2, CQ Vote #225: Adopted 231-200: R 224-1; D 7-198; I 0-1, 5/23/03; H.R. 2, CQ Vote #196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D 2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney Casting A “Yea” Vote, 5/23/03)
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Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Dems Choice To Be House Ways & Means Committee Chair: “I was asked, ‘Are there any tax cuts you would say you want to extend?’ And I said no. And I mean it.” (Lori Montgomery, “Tax-Cut Rollback Not On Table, Rangel
Says,” The Washington Post, 10/28/06)

“[Rangel] Said He ‘Cannot Think Of One’ Of President George W. Bush’s First-Term Tax Cuts That Merit Renewal.” (Ryan J. Donmoyer, “Rangel Vows Bipartisanship, Action On Trade As House Panel Head, Bloomberg, 9/20/06)

“[Rangel] Vowed To Put All Of President Bush’s 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts ... On The Chopping Block.” (Rachel Van Dongen,
“Rangel Says Democrats Won’t be Going Back On Tax Pledge, As Former President Did,” CQ Today, 9/26/06)

“Asked Whether Tax Increases Across The Income Spectrum Would Be Considered, He Replied, ‘No Question About It’.” (Martin Vaughan, “Rangel: ‘Everything On The Table’ To Blunt Impact Of AMT,” CongressDaily PM, 9/26/06)

FACT: Failing To Extend Tax Cuts Would Hurt American Families: Failing To Extend The Tax Cuts Would Result In A Nearly $2.4 Trillion Tax Increase On American Taxpayers. (The White
House, “Growing Our Economy: Keeping Taxes Low And Restraining Spending,” Press Release, 5/3/06)

• 115 Million Taxpayers Would Pay An Average Of $1,716 More A Year; • 42 Million Families With Children Would Face An Average Increase Of $2,084 A Year; o A Family Of Four Earning $50,000 Today Would Owe An Additional $2,092 A Year – A 132% Increase; • 12 Million Single Mothers Would Face An Average Increase Of $1,062 A Year; • 17 Million Seniors Would Pay An Average Of $2,034 More A Year; • 26 Million Small Businesses Would Owe An Average Of $3,637 More A Year; • 5 Million Low-Income Taxpayers Would Again Pay The Individual Income Tax. (U.S. Department Of Treasury, Fact Sheet) FACT: Democrats Have A Long Anti-Tax Cut History: Democrats Tax You When You’re Born: A Majority Of House Dems Voted At Least 19 Times Against The Child Tax Credit. (Congressional Quarterly Analysis) • Senate Dems Voted Against The Child Tax Credit At Least 18 Times. (Congressional Quarterly Analysis) Democrats Tax You When You Get Married: A Majority Of House Dems Voted At Least 26 Times Against Marriage Penalty Relief. (Congressional Quarterly Analysis) • Senate Dems Voted Against Marriage Penalty Relief At Least 25 Times. (Congressional Quarterly Analysis)

Democrats Tax You As You Drive To Work: A Majority Of House Dems Voted At least Four Times For Higher Gas Taxes. (Congressional Quarterly Analysis) • Senate Dems Voted At Least 11 Times For Higher Gas Taxes. (Congressional Quarterly Analysis)

Democrats Tax You When You Retire: A Majority Of House Democrats Voted At Least Three Times Repealing The 1993 Tax Increase On Social Security Benefits. (Congressional Quarterly Analysis) • A Majority Of Senate Democrats Voted Six Times For Keep Social Security Tax Hike. (Congressional Quarterly
Analysis)

Democrats Tax You When You Die: A Majority Of House Dems Voted At Least 23 Times Against Full Death Tax Repeal.
(Congressional Quarterly Analysis)

Senate Dems Voted At Least 15 Times Against Full Death Tax Repeal. (Congressional Quarterly Analysis)

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