Is the fix in?
Over the last month, as gas prices have plummeted, consumer confidence has risen along with the stock market, while potential voters have told pollsters that the state of the economy is becoming less of a problem for them. Did the administration warn its pals in Riyadh that a Democratic Congress could bring renewed investigations into 9/11, a serious program for alternate energy, and a cut and run in Iraq that would leave the Iranians triumphant? Or did the Saudis figure all that out by themselves?
In 1960, Nikita Khrushchev boasted that he elected Kennedy by withholding the release of captured American fliers until Nixon had been deposited in the dustbin of history. Eight years later, the Soviets offered cash-strapped Hubert Humphrey money under the table (which he refused) to help his campaign in the same election where Saigon was “voting” for Nixon. Is our latest October surprise the astounding fall in the price of gasoline?
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John Richard Clark - 9/28/2006
Even if gas prices remain low, the Republican party still has to account for the following problems:
1) The US Army is overextended and so far over budget that the Defense Department will have to cut spending on services for military families and lay off civilian workers on bases.
2) The administration's decision to extend Iraq tours and reduce the amount of stateside time returning veterans have between tours is very unpopular.
3) The US Army is now resorting to forcing IRR troops back onto active duty indefinitely.
The personnel crisis has reached such a critical stage that I believe the Republican leadership has already written a bill to institute a military draft and is awaiting the election returns.
4) The Iraq war costs about $4-8 billion a month. The burden will fall on the US taxpayer in the form of higher taxes or larger deficits. Either way, the economy will suffer sooner or later.
5) The Republicans cannot demonstrate any tangible progress in creating jobs.
But, hey! The Republicans vetoed stem-cell research! At least that's something.