Alpine Summit

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Democrats Trying to Sound Tough

The Democrats are trying to take the national security issue away from the Republicans. I don't think it's going to happen given their track record. Also, though the Democrats talk about a well-funded and supplied military, it's really meaningless when they don't plan on using them--which is exactly what will happen.

Not to mention this plan will invariably involve raising taxes (which the Democrats have been wanting to do for a while now). What needs to be done now is a decrease in government spending that doesn't involve the military. I have no doubt the raise in taxes will be disproportionately higher than the raise in spending on whatever the taxes are meant to be spent on.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said Democrats don't need to unveil their security agenda, because Americans already have seen it:

"They threaten to filibuster border security. They brag about how they 'killed' the Patriot Act. They call the NSA terrorist surveillance program 'illegal.' And they want to cut and run in Iraq rather than stay and fight al Qaeda," Cornyn said.

Bottom line: Democrats are weak on defense, and weak on national security. In fact, I would say these are their weakest links. To think that the Republicans will have this issue taken from them (by Democrats) is laughable. Not that the Republicans haven't been weak in their own right (border security, e.g.), but they have been a heck of a lot stronger on securing this nation and working to prevent another 9/11 than the Democrats by far.