April 22, 2005
Democratic party strategists James Carville and Paul Begala have written an essay for USA Today in which they propose how their party can win elections.
After the usual rants against President Bush, who, according to them, has failed at everything and succeeded at nothing, the two former Clinton men say that democrats should be the party of reform, change and a new direction.
But their "new direction" is really the old direction that has lost them one election after another.
Take the economy.
They call for "fiscal responsibility," by which they mean "the wealthiest" should pay their "fair share" in reducing the deficit and national debt.
That is code for higher taxes, which would be a disaster for the economy.
Notice they don't talk about cutting spending, which is where the real problem lies.
It's the same with their other proposals.
They call the president's Iraq policy a disaster, but elections have been held and new leaders are in office.
The future for Iraqis seems brighter than under Saddam Hussein.
Let Carville and Begala rant.
Their policies have already been rejected...several times.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
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