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Friday, January 30, 2004  

Anatomy of a Republican Email

A month or two ago, the Oregon Republican Party sent out via email some apparently racist comments while firing up the base (which is not comprised, apparently, of many Latinos). I signed up shortly afterward and have been receiving their mostly-benign emails since. Until today, when this one came through. I'll post it exactly as it came to me, including underlines and bolding. Bizarre capitalization and syntax are all the GOP's. Enjoy.

President Bush’s Budget Holds Line on Spending
Growth in non-security related spending held to less than 1%


While restraining government spending, President Bush is committed to spending what is necessary to win the War on Terror and protect the homeland. The President’s Fiscal Year 2005 budget makes further reductions in the growth of discretionary spending unrelated to security, while providing significant increases in funding to keep our Nation safe and secure.


  • With inflation low, the President’s Budget limits the growth in non-defense, non-homeland security discretionary spending below 1%, while still providing necessary increases for our important domestic priorities, such as the No Child Left Behind Act.

  • Total annual discretionary spending will increase at less than 4% under the President’s Budget – in line with the average growth in American families’ incomes.

  • America is a nation at war, and President Bush’s Budget supports our effort to win the War on Terror and protect the homeland by providing a 7% increase for the Department of Defense and a 10% increase for homeland security.

  • In his State of the Union Address, the President called on the Congress to join him in focusing on priorities, cutting wasteful spending, and being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. With the continuation of the President’s pro-growth economic policies and the spending restraint proposed in his FY 2005 Budget, we can cut the deficit in half within five years.



  • Background: Holding the Line on Spending and Focusing on Key Priorities

    By fighting the War on Terror, the President is protecting our country. By reducing taxes, restraining Federal spending, and focusing on key priorities, he is helping more Americans take advantage of the opportunities of our Nation. Consistent with his policies to help all Americans take part in our Nation’s growing prosperity, the President’s Budget proposes to make tax relief permanent for American families and small businesses, and proposes a Jobs for the 21st Century initiative to help Americans develop the skills they need to succeed in a highly competitive, highly productive economy.


  • President Bush has been clear – we will provide the resources needed to win the War on Terror. Three-quarters of the discretionary spending increases in his Administration are related to the global War on Terror and protecting the homeland.

  • Federal discretionary spending not related to security increased by 15% in the last budget year of the previous Administration (FY 2001). Under President Bush, the rate of growth has been reduced every year, and his new budget proposes to hold the growth of spending not related to security to less than 1%.

  • The current deficits were primarily caused by a series of shocks that slowed the economy, including a sharp drop in the stock market beginning in 2000, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, revelation of corporate scandals that shook investor confidence, and the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. We would still have a deficit today if President Bush had not signed one dime of tax relief into law, but the economy would not have seen its fastest rate of growth in nearly 20 years, and hundreds of thousands of Americans that have been hired in the last several months would still be out of work.

  • The deficit is projected to peak in FY 2004 at 4.5% of GDP. America has had deficits this large or larger in six of the past 25 years. With adoption of the President’s pro-growth economic policies and spending restraint, America will be on a solid path toward cutting the deficit in half within the next five years, toward a size that is less than 2% of GDP -- well below the 2.2% average deficit of the last 40 years.

  • posted by Jeff | 11:54 AM |
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