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Sunday, October 17, 2004

The Catch Phrase Dilema 

Topic of Terror Overshadowing All Others (washingtonpost.com)
As Bush has often done, both speakers also condemned a vote Kerry cast against Bush's request for $87 billion for military and reconstruction spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cheney said Kerry "does not seem to understand the first obligation of a commander in chief -- and that is to support American troops in combat."

Kerry voted for an alternative version of the bill that would have funded some of the spending by raising taxes on incomes greater than $312,000. For his part, Bush had vowed to veto a version of the bill that passed that would have converted half of the Iraq rebuilding plan into a loan. (Empahsis mine: Mister)
Okay, either I had forgotten this, or I never knew it. Why has the Kerry campaign not been using this to counter the GOP smear machine? Could it be that there is no easy pithy descriptive way to make this point?

Well, if that's the problem, let's fix it. How about this?
My opponent, the president, has gotten a lot of milage out of my having said that I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it. But are you aware that this president - who has never used the power of veto even once - was fully prepared to veto the whole fucking thing because he prefered to just give your money away? So what's worse, that I voted for that more fiscally responsible bill or that Chimpy would have vetoed funding the troops at all? Actually, what's worse is that so far, they've only used $1 billion of the money they're accusing me of trying to deny to our military.
Yeah, that should do it.


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