Fight Against the Republican Lies!!!

Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2004 09:05 pm
Moveon's suggested Letters to the Editor as a response to Bush lies
Posted by papau on Fri Mar-12-04 09:11 PM @ DU

Letters to the editor re Bush lies in the antiKerry negative ads- from Moveon

MoveOn suggests Letters to the Editor as a response to lies in Bush negative ads

If anyone feels in the move to write a letter to the editor, Moveon has emailed out a set of truth that you might want to use in your letter.

Attack Ad: "100 DAYS"

Lie #1: John Kerry will raise taxes by $900 billion in his first 100 days.

The Truth: John Kerry has promised to lower taxes on working families, not raise them. He will repeal the Bush tax cut only for families earning $200,000 or more, simply returning those families' taxes to pre-Bush rates. He will close corporate tax loop holes. And he will provide additional tax cuts to working families to help with health care costs which have increased dramatically under Bush. Click here for more. http://blog.johnkerry.com/dbunker/archives/001352.html

Lie #2: John Kerry wants to weaken the Patriot Act used to arrest terrorists and protect America.

The Truth: John Kerry wants to strengthen the parts of the Patriot Act that actually fight terrorism, such as intelligence information sharing. However, he believes there may be some parts of the Act that take away our freedom without providing any protection against terrorism, and that those parts should be reviewed. We need a president who knows that standing up for freedom means standing against terrorism. Click here for more. http://blog.johnkerry.com/dbunker/archives/001353.html

Attack Ad: "FORWARD"

Lie: "We can continue to go forward to work to create new jobs...and decrease the cost of health care."

The Truth: America has lost 2.4 million jobs since the Bush recession began in March 2001. Bush has tried the same remedy for three years: massive tax cuts for the rich, and for three years that remedy has failed. Meanwhile, health care costs have increased by an average of $793 since Bush took office -- a stunning 49 percent increase -- according to a survey of Employer Health Benefits by the Kaiser Family Foundation. <www.kff.org >

And some tips on writing an effective letter:

Brevity is the soul of wit.

The key to publication is to respond to something specific you've seen in the newspaper -- such as a story Bush's new attack ads.
Be sure to include your name and address, and especially your phone number when submitting your letter. Editors need to call you to verify authorship before they can print your letter. They don't print your phone number.

Your newspaper's letters page should give you an email address or fax number to use, or you can try this website: http://congress.org/congressorg/dbq/media /

In addition to debunking the lies about, here are two talking points you can work into your letter:

1. Characterizing an opponent's record and ideas in the worst light possible is par for the course in politics, but blatant lies are not to be tolerated.

2. The press has a responsibility to hold politicians accountable when they campaign on baseless lies. If the press fails to do that, then they are just stenographers in the game of he-said-she-said. In that environment, politics is a fast race to the bottom.
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2004 11:39 pm
They are serious about brevity. Consistancy, clarity and brevity are the big three journalist rules. I took the liberty to tweak the information offered a little.

John Kerry will go back to pre-Bush tax rates for everyone $200,000 and above, not raise taxes by $900 billion in his first 100 days. John Kerry wants to rework and strengthen intelligence information sharing, and end those restrictions on our freedoms that don't provide protection from terrorists, not weaken the Patriot Act used to arrest terrorists and protect America.

We can continue massive tax cuts for the rich like we have for three years now, or we can work to create new jobs. We need to decrease the cost of health care that has risen a staggering 49 % NOW, not offer discount cards.

Smearing an opponent's record and ideas is par for the course in politics, and blatant lies cannot be tolerated. The press should be responsible to hold politicians accountable when they campaign on baseless lies.

Keep in mind, people, that Bush does not read the news.
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Portal Star
Reply Sat 13 Mar, 2004 01:31 am
Yeah, who cares about the rich? They shouldn't have rights, and they shouldn't be allowed to keep the money they earned. They should pay a much higher percentage of their income than the voting bloc, those lazy bastards! Probably inherited it all, anyway. Stupid republicans giving them tax cuts, trying to make the percentage of their money earned somthing remotely close to the percentage other people pay. Where do they get off?
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Reply Sat 13 Mar, 2004 05:35 am
Thanks or the Editing
Yeah, those wealthy people. I feel their pain. Rolling Eyes
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Reply Sat 13 Mar, 2004 11:13 am
Real veterans understand the courage it takes our 43rd CIC to actually combat terrorism and tyranny while simultaneously promoting our American ideals and freedoms. Real veterans also understand who Kerry is because he showed us his immoral colors in Nicaragua. By the way, thankfully, his side lost and Nicaragua is now a vibrant democracy. Just as it took courage then, it takes courage now. Kerry's instincts were wrong then and are still wrong for America.

The issues in America are found amongst our public schools, our national defense, tax relief, Social Security and Medicare, healthcare, and our economy. I want you to be honest with yourself and the all the facts while you determine which of these two, the President George W. Bush, or his opponent, Sen. John Kerry, has actually accomplished and made progress on these issues.

The principals we strive to fight against in America are found amongst abortions or suicides, crime or smut, and lack of faith; read Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Now I ask you; are all these deaths and the misery associated with abortions or suicides necessary? Do we really need to allow for so much crime and smut and all of its pain and consequences? Do we have such little faith that we blame God for our poverty of morals? When choosing a leader to fight against these principalities, choose one well armed to take the fight to the enemy. Do you know in your heart were Sen. John Kerry stands and defends our collective morals? He and his party are aligned with the devil! They represent evil forces which are tearing apart our citizen's basic rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

I encourage you to move away from gratifications towards responsibility and provide this President, George W. Bush, with your great vote.
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L R R Hood
Reply Sat 13 Mar, 2004 11:26 am
I'm looking more at what Kerry has done in the past... how he has voted on certain issues. That will tell us a lot.
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Reply Sat 13 Mar, 2004 04:44 pm
John Kerry Is Satan On Earth.
GW Bush and VP Cheney are God's servants and messengers. The GW Bush folk are glorious examples of high level morality.

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Reply Sat 13 Mar, 2004 05:03 pm
dennis has posted that a couple of times now.

I have some confidence those are not his words but someone else's.

BTW welcome to A2k, dennis.

This is how this administration conducts itself. It's a combination of Enron and the Sopranos:

The nation's top Medicare cost analyst confirmed yesterday that his former boss, Thomas Scully, ordered him to withhold from lawmakers unfavorable cost estimates about the Medicare prescription-drug bill. He said the estimates exceeded what Congress seemed willing to accept by more than $100 billion.

Richard Foster, chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said last night that he received a handwritten note from Scully, then the centers' administrator, in early June ordering him to ignore information requests from members of Congress who were drafting the drug bill.

Scully's note, according to Foster, "was a direct order not to respond to certain requests and instead to provide the responses to him and (to) warn about the consequences of insubordination."

The note was Scully's first threat in writing, Foster said, and came after at least three less-formal threats. They "came in different forms," he said. "Sometimes he would make a comment that 'I think I need another chief actuary,' or 'If you want to work for the Ways and Means Committee (which was drafting the bill) I can arrange it.' It was that sort of thing."

Seattle Times
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Reply Sat 13 Mar, 2004 06:41 pm
Isn't morality a concept that goes beyond sexual behavior?

The above is a mild example of the morality of Republicans.

BTW Jesus Christ was a Socialist. It's a bit strange that the Right Wing claims Jesus as their savior.
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Joe Nation
Reply Sat 13 Mar, 2004 07:55 pm
Hey, how about that Dennis, do you write that piece?

(I loved the line about the devil worshipers Razz Razz Shocked Rolling Eyes )

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Reply Sun 14 Mar, 2004 07:54 am
If you click on dennis' name you will see that his seven posts to date are the same words posted seven times.

What he lacks in creativity he makes up in persistence.

Don't take it personally, dennis; we'd all like to hear more from you and not just the same old same old.
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Reply Tue 19 Oct, 2004 12:05 pm
Tax Increase
It really isn't about raising taxes for the wealthy. Businesses are treated as people in the tax code. Kerry will raise taxes on every small business (making 200,000 dollars per year or more). That isn't exactly a wealthy business. Every little mom & pop shop will suffer. Small businesses employ the greatest number of people in this country, 80 to 90%. We will ALL SUFFER IF KERRY IS ELECTED.
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Reply Tue 19 Oct, 2004 12:15 pm
Rats! For a moment there I thought Pistoff was back to rally the troops!
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