[FoRK] "Two faces of the Tea Party"

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Thu Jun 24 19:56:25 PDT 2010


On Jun 24, 2010, at 12:14 PM, Dave Kammeyer wrote:

> The closest thing to a formal platform is this:
> 
> http://www.thecontract.org/the-contract-from-america/
> 
> Two planks are Balanced Budget, and extend the Bush tax cuts, followed
> by some sort of tax overhaul.  They pay for this by ending earmarks.

By the way, this is worth pointing out because it's typical of your style of argument in this debate.

The very "contract" you cite does *no such ridiculous thing* as suggesting that any particular stated goal will be paid for by "ending earmarks."  You're asserting a causal effect that is not even remotely suggested by any nonprejudicial reading of this thing.  They suggest that earmarks are to be banned until the budget is balanced and more limited thereafter;  it *does not* assert, in any way, that simply banning earmarks is sufficient to balance the budget.

Bzzzzt.

On the whole, a pretty decent and consistent set of goals.  Lacking the detail to comprise a plan, but that's not what it is or purports to be --- it's a statement of goals.  That you see no way to achieve those goals does not mean that they are not achievable.  That you may not agree with those goals is fine;  but whiffing at straw man and specious arguments is no way to convince anyone that might be sympathetic to those goals to your point of view.


jb




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