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  •  I love this guy (4.00)

    I am not a "tax-and-spend" liberal. I am fiscally conservative and believe in balanced budgets. I believe that government can have a positive impact in people's lives. I live in a society and I expect to pay taxes. I do not want to overpay and I expect to receive a strong defense to keep my family safe, good schools for my children, good roads and transportation infrastructure, and a healthy environment, among other things. I pay good money and I want good quality. I have not seen my taxes go down under this administration, but the quality sure has. I am paying the same but getting less.

    This is a great statement.    There are so many ways that Dems can expound on this theme.    We paid good money for the war in Iraq, and what did we get in return?     We paid good money for Homeland Security, and what did we get in return?   FEMA cronyism?

    I wish I lived within a few hundred miles to come campaign for this guy.

    •  Fiscally conservative = BAD! (none)
      "Fiscally conservative" means refusing to spend anymore than is judged absolutely necessary. That is not a progressive view, and together with his neanderthal view on three strikes means that any progressive must truly be clamping the nose shut while voting for this guy. Sensebrenner is an idiot and an asshole, and we should try to evict him, but let's not pretend the alternative is "one of us". He ain't, and never will be.

      Fiscal conservatism is diametrically opposed to the progressive viewpoint that money should only be spent when it does some good. Refusing to invest in our future is a hallmark of fiscal conservatism, which is an ugly, if not downright evil, concept!

      I'm a linguist, licensed to use words any way I want to!

      by MakeChessNotWar on Thu Sep 15, 2005 at 01:59:40 PM PDT

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      •  Some progressives are fiscal conservatives. (none)
        Some aren't.

        Most of both know that coalitions win congresses.

        ISTM young Kennedy knows himself, and knows his district.

        None Dare Call It Stupid!

        by RonK Seattle on Thu Sep 15, 2005 at 02:13:29 PM PDT

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        •  Bryan Kennedy's response (none)
          Fiscal conservative means not going into debt.  It means creating a prioritized budget and living within our means.  We can, and should, spend money on priorities like education, the environment, and healthcare.  I support reversing the Repub's tax cuts for themselves and their friends. I support putting an end to the $200 billion black hole we call Iraq.  The high income handouts and the waste on the war could be going toward rebuilding the Gulf Coast and providing healthcare for all Americans.
          •  Debt - public or private - is fiscally responsible (none)
            It is responsible, prudent and wise to use debt to acquire long-lived assets.

            Use a 4 year loan or a 30 year mortgage to buy a car with a 10 year useful life, or a house with a 50 year useful life. Waiting until you can buy for cash is a false economy (and unfair to your family).

            In business start-ups, debt-aversion is a fatal defect.

            Public works have extremely long useful lives, compared to personal and corporate capital assets. Dams, bridges, fundamental research, elementary educations last a lifetime, and it's rational to amortize them accordingly.

            And outside of the Reagan and Bush administrations, there's no precedent in US history for out-of-control debt spirals.

            But you know your district.

            None Dare Call It Stupid!

            by RonK Seattle on Sat Sep 17, 2005 at 12:44:51 AM PDT

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