In light of the political marketing blitz that was the Democratic Convention last week, I was asked again by a WTMA listener why I spend so much time criticizing the Republican Party instead of the Democrats. That’s easy. On policy issues, Democrats never lie to me.
Few Democrats have promised to reduce bureaucracy, cut taxes, and return the federal government to its constitutional boundaries. In my lifetime, Democratic presidential candidates Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, and now Barack Obama never strived to be the next Ronald Reagan, but Franklin Roosevelt or Lyndon Johnson, promising newer deals and greater societies to all — courtesy of my paycheck. And they’re up front about it.
Republicans lie to me all the time. Instead of opposing the Democrats, they insist on mimicking them. For example, one of the primary reasons given by conservatives to fear Obama is his plan to implement socialized health care. During the primary, both Obama and Hillary Clinton touted their own health plans and both agreed the current Massachusetts plan would be their model.
The Massachusetts model was implemented by former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, who also bragged about this achievement throughout this year’s campaign, and was considered the “conservative” alternative to McCain during the Republican primary by everyone from Rush Limbaugh to Ann Coulter.
Why am I supposed to fear Obama again?