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February 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Republican politics

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Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, center, is congratulated by supporters after the announcement that he was elected the first black Republican National Committee chairman by the RNC during their winter meetings last Friday.

More mumbo-jumbo

Editor, The Times:

The new head of the Republican Party, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, was on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with commentator Wolf Blitzer the other night, showing off his intellectual firepower. “Not in the history of mankind,” he told Blitzer, “has the government ever created a job.”


So, Steele believes the all-volunteer military is made up of unpaid volunteers. He apparently believes the civil service Republicans like to demonize as “the bureaucracy” is made up of actual conjured-up demons, instead of citizens receiving paychecks.

Steele must believe that all of those government buildings just appeared overnight, instead of being built by construction workers who receive paychecks.

Roads and bridges? Natural features of this great land of ours.

And all that mumbo-jumbo his party churned out over the past eight years, about former President Bush’s tax cuts creating jobs, was nothing more than a lie.

With this kind of an incisive mind leading the renewal of the Hoover Party, we Democrats need to be very afraid.

— John McKay, Seattle

Desperately hanging onto their story

Don’t you just love it when the Republican strategists come on TV and talk about how their plans are better than those of the new president? Did they forget why their party lost the election in a landslide?

Where were these great plans during the past eight years when the Bush administration was starting a war, running up the national debt and thumbing its nose at the Constitution?

I especially love the contradiction between the Republicans who claim they’re going to bring the party back to where it used to be and those who desperately hang onto the story that there’s nothing wrong with the Republican Party. Now we’re forced to hear them try to undermine a president who can only try to clean up the mess left him.

It’s amazing that former President Bill Clinton did the job he did, given that so many wanted to undermine him. Now the media continues to keep the likes of Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter in front of us, wasting our time with the same old propaganda.

It’s actually the Democrats who must decide whether they want to continue on the high ground or fight fire with fire. Rove knew well how the Democrats lacked the inclination to fight back.

Well, President Obama has been taking the high ground — in the extreme. Unlike his predecessor, the grand divider, Obama knows that we can only pull ourselves out of the hole dug over the past eight years if we do it as a people with common goals. He’s reaching across the aisle.

Let’s see how many true Americans there are who will place the American people ahead of their own self-interests.

— David McKenzie, Federal Way

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