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(Republicans the plural, not Republican's the possesive)

From the WCDC Newsletter Hot Rhetoric Department:

Leonard G. Barton, Ed.

Note: These facts and viewpoints are here to illustrate the worldviews of the persons mentioned.


Dick Armey

Dick Armey is the House Republican Majority Leader.

Minimum wage, the Earned Income Credit and Food Stamps:

Congressman Richard Armey (R-Texas) thinks the minimum wage is a bad idea because it (according to his anecdote) forces people out of work and onto food stamps. His solution? No minimum wage and no food stamps! Not only that, the Republican tax policy proposals would eliminate the earned income tax credit, which is a way of enabling a person working at minimum wage (the "working poor") to at least be able to live. The earned income tax credit is a compensation for the highly regressive payroll taxes paid by a low wage worker and could be considered a roundabout subsidy to those who employ people at the minimum wage (by subsidizing the employees), but since it goes to the "wrong" people the Republicans want to axe it to help pay for tax breaks for the well off and wealthy, and even bigger breaks and continuing subsidies for the super wealthy and the big corporations.


John McCain

John McCain is a Republican Senator from Arizona.

Lifestyles of the rich and famous (and/or powerful):

Concerning the Senate passage of a bill to restrict gifts to senators to $50.00 (from $200), with an annual limit of $100 from any one contributor, and to prohibit free trips (such as celebrity golf tournaments), Senator John McCain said that this bill represents "...a major commitment to convincing the American people that we [senators] live like they do." McNeil -Lehrerer News Hour 7/28/95.

Note the key word "convincing". Now perhaps Senator McCain lives like everybody he knows, but I doubt that he lives like most of the American people. Why won't he admit that Senators are not like most people, they have a completely different set of problems and responsibilities, mostly come from privileged backgrounds, and that they certainly don't live like us. I'll allow them a few perks, for they have heavy responsibilities, are pulled in every direction, and have had to jump through hoops I wouldn't wish on a dog, but at least they should be realistic about their own lifestyle relative to that of the common folk, even without the free golfing trips.


Phil Gramm

Phil Gramm is a Republican Senator from Texas and recent presidential candidate.

Dueling Quotations:

"If this country is to be saved, it will be saved at a profit." Phill Gramm, heard on Cable News Network (CNN)

"The economy is a wholy owned subsidiary of the ecology." - Paul Erlich, heard in an address to the Commonwealth Club of California broadcast on KQED-FM.

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