POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Republicans are finally getting blamed (accurately) for the fiscal irresponsibility of the Bush years that (through an unnecessary war in Iraq, tax cuts for the wealthy, and an unfunded prescription drug plan for seniors) changed the surpluses of the Clinton years into trillion dollar deficits.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 26, 2010

Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)

Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)

Jeff Zeleny writes in the NYT …

  • The dissatisfaction with Washington sweeping through politics is not only threatening the Democratic majority in Congress, it
    their ideological standards, and are moving aggressively to cast out those they deem to have strayed, even if only by participating in the compromises of legislating.
  • There is no bigger quarry in the eyes of many conservative activists than Sen. Robert Bennett, who has drawn seven challengers and will not know for six weeks whether he will even qualify for the ballot.
  • His fate is being watched not only by grass-roots conservatives testing their ability to shape the party, but also by many elected Republicans in Washington who are wondering, If Bob Bennett is not conservative enough, who is?
  • But the criticism of Mr. Bennett reads like this:
    • He pledged to serve only two terms, but he is now seeking his fourth.
    • He sits on the Appropriations Committee, which distributes earmarks, and has done little to slow the growth in federal spending.
    • And not only did he vote for the bank bailout, known as the Troubled Assets Relief, he also signed onto a bipartisan health care bill seen as an alternative to the main Democratic plan.

read the entire article at … http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/26/us/politics/26bennett.html?hp

LMW COMMENT …

This is the way, in a democratic system, to deal with dissatisfaction, as opposed to promoting fear, lies and rock throwing. Republicans are finally getting blamed (accurately) for the fiscal irresponsibility of the Bush years that (through an unnecessary war in Iraq, tax cuts for the wealthy, and an unfunded prescription drug plan for seniors) changed the surpluses of the Clinton years into trillion dollar deficits.

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