On Mike Gravel Gets It: Americans want out of Iraq NOW

Goddamn! My typing is LOUSY today! That should be “ONLY Mike Gravel Gets It…”

The actual article title is…

Only Mike Gravel and Ron Paul Get It –
Trying to Catch Up with the Voters

I couldn’t fit the entire title, and plus I see Ron Paul as just another manifestation of the typical Republican ploy – when things get tough, pull out the Libertarian rhetoric! It always wins votes for the Republicans – though it never seems to work for actual Libertarians!

[quote]Both for Republicans and Democrats fence-straddling on the war, let alone calls to “stay the course” are being seen as increasingly dangerous or fatal options.

Take John McCain, the Republican senator from Arizona, former POW in Vietnam and until recently deemed a sound bet to win his party’s nomination as presidential candidate. McCain saw his task as the simple one of banging the war drum more loudly than his rival, Rudy Giuliani and deriding the Democrats as wimps and traitors to the flag.

Today the McCain bandwagon is axle deep in news stories freighted with grim talk about his “doomed bid”. Mockery greeted his carefully planned photo-op last month in a Baghdad market, where ­- wearing body armor and amid a huge armed escort – he proclaimed that at last the tide was turning and the US press was ignoring the good news from Iraq. After that debacle, remembering the success of his jaunty call for bombing of Serbia in the mid-90s, “Lights out in Belgrade!” McCain then tried out a Beach Boy-type jingle, “Bomb, bomb Iran” which did him no good either.

His problems and those of Giuliani can be boiled down to the message of an Iowa poll released earlier this week: 56 per cent of registered Republicans want the troops out of Iraq within six months. The message? This electoral season any candidate shouting “Stay the course in Iraq” is doomed.[/quote]

56% of registered Republicans are now calling for withdrawal??? Gee, wish they’d f-ing thought of that three years ago! Seems the only time the Republicans actually care what the voters think about their actual policies (as opposed to their rhetoric) is when Democrats start getting elected.

Oops, am I once again guilty of a ‘slanderous stereotype’?

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The FairTax plan is a comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax, a prebate to ensure no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level, dollar-for-dollar federal revenue neutrality, and, through companion legislation, the repeal of the 16th Amendment.

The FairTax Act (HR 25, S 1025) is nonpartisan legislation. It abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax administered primarily by existing state sales tax authorities.

The FairTax taxes us only on what we choose to spend on new goods or services, not on what we earn. The FairTax is a fair, efficient, transparent, and intelligent solution to the frustration and inequity of our current tax system.

The FairTax:

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I don’t see your point JD. I’ve heard Gravel is a flat-tax supporter. Is that what you’re getting at?