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April 29, 2003
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Heil Democracy! (by Maureen Farrell) is somewhat inflammatory, but that doesn't make it any less true.

Back when Iraq was but a gleam in Richard Perle's eye, Tiulkin predicted that the Bush administration would "pursue a policy of military expansionism and forcible interference" remaking countries and lives "according to [US]standard[s]." "One can already hear 'Heil democracy! Freedom is enduring!' he wrote, nearly 18 month before Operation Iraqi Freedom began. Already, Iraq's majority Shiite Muslims agree. "I thought the Americans said they wanted a democracy in Iraq," 41-year-old merchant Kassem al-Sa'adi told London's Independent newspaper. "If it is a democracy, why are they allowed to make the rules?"

Given that Bush's "with us or against us" mentality rubbed many Americans the wrong way, it's easy to see how it riled a former foe and committed Communist. Nevertheless, Mr. Tiulkin's points about language and propaganda are intriguing. With the ABC-aired confession that the White House "emphasized" the perils posed by Saddam's weapons "to gain the legal justification for war from the United Nations and to stress the danger at home to Americans" historical hype repeated itself. "An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation," Adolph Hitler asserted. "We must take steps to insure our domestic security and protect our homeland."

Heil, democracy, indeed.

This is significant because it's the House that's been trotting at the Administration's tax-cutting heels over the past few months and it was the Senate where the spirit of independence kept showing up.

In a setback for President Bush, House Republican leaders have decided to dramatically scale back his proposal to eliminate taxes on stock dividends, congressional sources said.
Of course, the House isn't proposing this out of consideration for the little people.
Missing from the plan is a proposal to allow small businesses to write off larger portions of their capital investments
Substantially lowering capital gains taxes for the rich is still part of the plan.

And things like this are why right-thinking people should condemn Savage and his ilk.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:41 AM


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