Monday, August 06, 2007

Part 5: "Gas, grass, or ass: Nobody rides for free"

Welcome to Part 5 of my not-so-live blogging of the Iowa GOP debate. You can still access the rest of the series, if you arrived here out of sequence :)

Just a recap from Part 1: you can watch the whole Konservative Krying Game for yourself at the site. Aside from Stephanopoulos, the cast of characters included: Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan; former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas; and Rep Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.
(Missing and presumed sleepy: former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn)

Gas, grass, or ass: Nobody rides for free

(General question re: Minneapolis 35W bridge collapse: should you raise the federal gas tax to fix crumbling infrastructure?)
HUCKABEE: Uses this as an opportunity to express his disgust at the billions appropriated for "reconstruction" in Iraq. Thinks it "may be time to spend some of those billions of dollars on our own infrastructure." Rambles about current state of air traffic control. (Someone's still cranky from his flight to Des Moines?)
GIULIANI: (Asked why it isn't ok for Republicans to suggest tax increases. Don't you have to cut spending if you don't raise taxes? What would you cut?) Response: "We should reduce taxes and raise more money…I was able to raise more money to fix bridges [in NYC] by lowering taxes." Reverts to shitting on John Edwards for proposing to increase the capital gains tax: "there is a liberal democrat assumption that you raise taxes to get more money. [It] is a very big mistake."
ROMNEY: Thinks he can "keep taxes down" to "grow the economy"
MCCAIN: Complains about congressional pork-filled transportation bills, e.g. $50 billion bill that included the "bridge to nowhere," while "not one dime was [appropriated] for bridge inspection or repair."

Summary: pay no attention to your $1000000000000 wars. Or Bush's $3500000000000
tax cuts
(through 2017).

Raise taxes? Pfftt...go jump in a lake.

Part 6 is on the way..."Hold me closer, tiny dancer: the role of the Vice-President"
Return to Part 4..."I can't believe it's not democracy! Furrin Polsy and the War on Brains"


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