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Dear XXX,

For the last four years, President Bush and Republicans in Congress have championed a pro-growth agenda that has brought tax relief to millions of Americans. Historic legislation in 2001 and 2003 put America on the track to economic growth, and today our economic outlook is bright. There is more work to do, however, to ensure that tax-paying Americans can keep more of their own hard-earned income.

When they return from their August recess, Senators will consider a key issue: elimination of the death tax. The death tax is an unfair double taxation of income, which hurts America's small businesses and farms and threatens job growth. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats are working hard to oppose our efforts to eliminate this unfair tax.

Will you help bring tax relief to more hard-working Americans? Call Senator George V. Voinovich at 202-224-3353 today and ask them to eliminate the death tax.

Our party's opportunity agenda means allowing families to keep more of the money they earn. The historic tax relief in the President's first term was only the beginning. Americans deserve a tax code that is simple and fair. The Senate needs to do its part by making tax relief permanent and burying the death tax forever.

Call Senator George V. Voinovich at 202-224-3353 today and ask them to vote to eliminate the death tax!

Make your voice heard on this important issue. Call Senator George V. Voinovich. Express your support for tax relief and economic opportunity.

Elimination of the death tax would be a victory for fairness and job creation. Working together, we can help eliminate the burden of the death tax once and for all.
Thank you,

Ken Mehlman,
RNC Chairman

This is what's important to the Republican Party.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:07 PM PDT.

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  •  Not a fucking metion (4.00)
    of the devastation in the Gulf area, a call for financial donations and help, or even a prayer for these poor folks.

    Phillybits A Showcase Of Political News and Thought

    by Stand Strong on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:08:28 PM PDT

      •  I might as well add to this (none)
        while this RNC email has no mention of the crisis currently underway in the Gulf, my inbox has been getting flooded by the likes of Howard Dean, John Kerry, and other prominent Democrats begging for financial donations, food assistance, etc. Anything for these poor people.

        Phillybits A Showcase Of Political News and Thought

        by Stand Strong on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:13:58 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Wow (none)
      Honestly I have a hard time believing this.  It's stunning.
    •  They are gonna... (none)
      get their asses handed to them on this one.

      It is gonna bring up Iraq and SELA funding and budget deficits.

      The GOP is going to lose this fight. Big time.

    •  This was Howard Dean's email (4.00)
      From Wednesday:

      Dear XXX:

      This week millions of Americans fled Hurricane Katrina. Across the South families abandoned their homes and businesses, not knowing what would be there when they returned.

      Many stayed behind and suffered devastating loss and injuries -- nearly a hundred have died that we know of, and hundreds of thousands need our help.

      America is at its best when we realize that we are one community -- that we're all in this together. That means that each one of us has the responsibility to do what we can to help the relief effort.

      The Red Cross is a great place to start:

      http://www.redcross.org

      [snip]

      We are still learning the full story of the devastation, but there is no time to wait. Please do something now.

      Thank you.
      Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

      By the way, Cafferty just ripped this administration wide open on The Situation Room, leaving a stuttering, gobsmacked Wolf Blitzer stammering his way to the commercial break.

      Reality addict - can't get enough of seeing it all clearly

      by writeout on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:38:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Since Repugs Love Tax Cuts SO Much (none)
      Suspend the Federal petroleum products (engine oils, gasoline, fuel oil, natural gas, LP, etc.) taxes and excises throughout the Katrina-impacted area for the duration;

      Suspend the income tax on any impacted family of 4 who makes less than $40K per year for 2005-07;

      Suspend all Red State taxes in LA and MS, including income and sales tax on food, clothing, building materials, utilities, and drugs, whether Rx or OTC for 2005-07.

      Suspend all Red State property taxes indefinitely, returning them only after land has been cleared and construction begun on any plot.

      That's a good start.

      They burn our children in their wars and grow rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

      by Limelite on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:32:59 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  They've run out of ideas (none)
    It's a knee-jerk reaction. Out of touch and, hopefully soon, out of office.

    "The sun is not yellow, it's chicken." -Dylan

    by gjohnsit on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:08:40 PM PDT

  •  UNFUCKING REAL (4.00)

    i thought they sucked, a thought they sucked real bad, but i never, never knew they sucked this much right now for everyone to see

    "You will determine whether rage or reason guides the United States in the struggle to come. You will choose whether we are known for revenge or compassion. Yo

    by AmericanHope on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:08:54 PM PDT

  •  Time to Storm the Bastille, Anyone? <n/t> (4.00)

    The Meek Shall Inherit NOTHING

    by LickBush on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:08:57 PM PDT

  •  This needs to be spread far and wide (none)
    Spread it like a viral meme.  Let everyone see the monsters they are.

    If possible, include Howard Dean's plea for Democrats to donate to the Red Cross with it for contrast.

  •  How about considering (4.00)
    elimination of needless death?
  •  Every single Washington Politician (4.00)
    Should be introducing bills to raise taxes right now. I heard on CNN the reporter talking about having to find 10 billion dollars in the budget. We should NOT  have to cut existing programs to have to deal with a catastophe of this size. It's time to ask americans to sacrifice a little bit.
    •  ask Halliburton to sacrifice (4.00)
      Cut the Iraq spending of $2 billion per week, let's see:  Just 5 weeks of the Iraq debacle money is $10 billion, that should be a good start in rebuilding the Gulf Coast.

      There is no shortage of money in the USA, just a shortage of political will to spend it properly, building rather than destroying.

      Impeach Bush- rebuild America

  •  Some PR flak ... (4.00)
    Really, really ought to lose their job over that.

    Seriously.

    One of the worst-timed press releases in American history.

    Tax relief while the government can't get its shit together enough to get potable water to the dying.

    Unfuckingbelievable.

    •  Yes (none)
      and his name is Ken Mehlman.
    •  picky point (none)
      It's not "tax relief" it's "tax cuts."  Very, very important point.  Do not use their language.  Getting rid of the estate tax is not relief, no one is suffering because of the estate tax.  

      Actually, what we should consider is that while Democrats are calling for "hurricane relief"
      Republicans are calling for "tax relief."  That's a good comparision even if it does use their deceptive language.  

      Just because you're self-righteous doesn't mean you're not a hypocrite.

      by AMcG826 on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:46:40 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Will they apologize? (none)
      That really is astonishing.  I could see something like that accidentally making its way out on the day or even day after, if pre-planned and pre-set.  But we're days into this -- that is truly mind blowing.  

      If this was sent out on purpose, even knowing what had happened, then I could only hope whoever sent it takes their head out of their butt before hitting the keyboard again.  

      If this was sent out on accident, maybe a pre-set message from last week or whatever, well... accidents happen.  But they should apologize.  Send another email, apologize for the timing, and direct people to ways to help the victims.

  •  The people of NOLA are already paying it. (none)

    "We must all hang together or assuredly we will all hang seperately." - Ben Franklin

    by RandyMI on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:10:06 PM PDT

  •  Why am I not surprized. (none)
    Willfull abandonment of poor Americans is also high on their list.

    .
    .

    Hold on New Orleans. I'll be right back.

    by ssolice on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:10:13 PM PDT

  •  I think I'm going to be sick (none)
    These people are truly evil incarnate.  No question about it.
  •  Fuck them. (none)
    May Kloset-Kase Ken and his GOP brethren rot in hell.
  •  Serving the people who truly matter most (none)
    ...the heirs of the wealthy.

    Join me in being an activist for a country free of the ideology of the radical rightwing and their DLC echoes.

    by Viktor on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:11:26 PM PDT

  •  There are simply no words left (none)
    in the English language, or any other, on the face of this earth to express outrage.

    SPEECHLESS

  •  the right (none)
    I have been saying for years that the thing that truly differs the right from the left is that we on the left understand and HAVE EMPATHY.Those on the right simply do not.
  •  I spit on them. (none)

    If I had a nickel for everytime Bush mentioned "9/11" I could raise enough reward money to go after Binladen-Jon Stewart

    by Blakbelt on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:11:48 PM PDT

  •  I hope Voinovich (none)
    is independant-minded enough to denounce this horribly timed disingenuous crap.  He has a reputation as a traditional fiscal conservative.

    And what the hell is the RNC thinking?  Is anyone paying attention to this?  Do they actually believe they can divert attention from Lake New Orleans with this drivel?  I'm happy to see their sense of timing and concentration is finally failing them.

    Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.

    by Cream Puff on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:11:49 PM PDT

    •  I suspect he is. (none)
      He's a deficit hawk - what some used to call a fiscal conservative. When he came out against the Bush tax cuts on deficit grounds, the lunatics ran commercials in Ohio denouncing him with pictures of the French flag in the background. WTF?

      Between that, the Bolton fiasco, and the rising discontent with Bush in Ohio, I can't imagine him supporting this without a corresponding spending cut (which I presume there is even less political will for).

      Katrina or not, they are going to come out swinging against the estate tax. Dems need to be ready. Reducing federal revenue may be in the best interests of folks like Paris Hilton, but certainly not for the vast majority of Americans that don't pass on millions of dollars.

    •  Time for Liberals (none)
      to counter the RNC letter targeting him and write Voinovich showing support, and demanding that he come over to the Light and leave the Dark Side by campaigning agains any tax cuts for wealthy.

      They burn our children in their wars and grow rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

      by Limelite on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:36:51 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Unbelievable (none)
    If this had been a printed mailing, it might be understandable, since it would have been in the works pre-Katrina.  But as an email, there's no excuse.

    As someone who writes appeal letters for a living, I just find that unconscionable.

  •  Wow! (none)
    Just when you think they have sunk to their lowest, they prove you wrong by sinking even lower. The RNC is worried about taxes while dead bodies of Americans are floating in New Orleans. How did it get to this?

    Dick Cheney to Teacher: "W. ate my homework."

    by Cleveland Dem on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:12:12 PM PDT

  •  PIGS (none)
    n/t

    "Democracy and violence can ill go together. Evolution of democracy is not possible if we are not prepared to hear the other side." - Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by Chicago Joe on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:12:13 PM PDT

  •  death tax? (none)
    THE DEATH TAX!?!?!?!
    •  "Death Tax" is their way of framing (none)
      the estate tax so that it's repeal is less offensive, and we should avoid using the term.  Call it "The Bush Rich Folks Dynasty Tax".
      •  Dynasty Tax (none)
        that's good, we should use it.

        DowningStreetMemo.com Bush $ Cheney won't read the DSM. Get a jump on them.

        by smintheus on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:48:22 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Estate Tax Facts (none)
        There is no such thing as a "death tax" and we should never use this term.  It is a typical Rethug ploy to confuse people who could never possibly owe estate tax to think they are subject to some "unfair" tax that hits them even after they kick the bucket.  Any Democrat supporting its repeal should catch hell from this community and should not be able to sleep at night.

        The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a great rundown of the myths and realities of the estate tax.

        Some choice points:

        • 99% of estates owe no tax at all.  You have to have $1.5 million in assets before you owe a penny.  And that's after allowable gifts, charitable donations and other legitimate estate planning that reduces your taxable estate.  Anyone reading this who qualifies, please e-mail me and we'll go out some time.

        • According to the Congressional Budget Office, if the current exemption level of $1.5 million had been in place in 2000, only 300 farm estates and only 223 family-owned businesses nationwide would have owed any estate tax.

        There is a lot of good analysis on the Center's site; I encourage people to get informed and not let the GOP get a victory on this one.  If ever there was a populist issue that Democrats should capitalize on, this is it.
    •  Great timing, huh? (none)
      Yeah, it's a great time to start referring to the "Death Tax."  Really inspiring leadership coming from the GOP.
  •  Just called Voinovich's office (none)
    and bitched at them.  Said the death tax issue was in hooribly poor taste.  Their response was this was an e-mail the RNC scheduled to go out a long time ago and not their fault.  I told them they may want to give someone at the RNC a call and ask them to maybe follow up this e-mail with an appeal for aide in the Gulf Coast.

    Bush/Cheney - in your guts, you know they're nuts.

    by Lufah on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:12:33 PM PDT

  •  Kos, you finally got my blood to boil!!!! (none)
    Not one mention of the dying people, the tragedy unfolding. Just save my estate taxes. Mehlman should be shot!!
  •  This is incredible (none)
    This is it folks. Start driving those folks from New Orleans to DC.

    We have all been abandoned to save ourselves.

    They really don't care.

  •  I am no longer angry (4.00)
    I am just sad. This is a dark day.

    "I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep on the soil of a friend." Oh and I blog with gusto!

    by Chris Copy Editor on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:12:59 PM PDT

  •  Quite different from the ones I got (4.00)
    This was the one from Howard Dean on behalf of the DNC:

    Dear __:

    This week millions of Americans fled Hurricane Katrina. Across the South families abandoned their homes and businesses, not knowing what would be there when they returned.

    Many stayed behind and suffered devastating loss and injuries -- nearly a hundred have died that we know of, and hundreds of thousands need our help.

    America is at its best when we realize that we are one community -- that we're all in this together. That means that each one of us has the responsibility to do what we can to help the relief effort.

    The Red Cross is a great place to start:

    http://www.redcross.org

    They are already moving people and resources into the region to help. Donations will provide clean water, food, and shelter for disaster victims. The Red Cross web site also has important information for victims and their relatives across the country.

    Many local Red Cross chapters are organizing volunteers to travel to affected areas -- doctors and nurses to provide medical care, workers to build shelters, first responders to assist in rescue operations.

    You can find your local chapter here to learn what you can do:

    http://www.redcross.org/where/chapts.asp

    We are still learning the full story of the devastation, but there is no time to wait. Please do something now.

    Thank you.
    Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

    **************

    And this one was from John Kerry:

    Dear ____:

    This is a time for all Americans to pull together and do everything we can to assist people whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

    If you haven't acted already, I urge you to join in delivering immediate help to the people who need it most. One way to do that is to support the relief and recovery efforts of the Red Cross with a personal donation.

    Donate to the Red Cross

    As we hold those who are going through so much pain and suffering in our prayers, I know you'll do everything you can to reach out and help.

    Sincerely,

    John Kerry

    P.S. There are a host of other volunteer relief agencies doing essential life-saving work in this emergency. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is coordinating the federal government's response efforts, has posted a list of recommended groups on its website.

    •  and this one from Edwards (none)
      Dear Friend,

      Hurricane Katrina is one of the worst natural disasters our nation has seen in recent memory. You've probably seen the same startling images I have: houses flooded to the roofs, entire neighborhoods destroyed and abandoned, men and women and children scrambling for safety. It's a moment of great sorrow for our nation, and I know you join me in extending deepest sympathies to those who are suffering.

      Like me, you probably want to help. A good place to start is the American Red Cross, which is directly involved in the Katrina relief effort. Donations to the Red Cross pay for much needed food, water, blankets, medication, shelter, relief personnel, and more. And through your local Red Cross chapter you can even volunteer to travel to the affected region and provide on-the-ground assistance. Another place to check would be the Web site of your local paper, which most likely lists additional organizations involved in the effort.

      Thank you for stepping forward in this time of crisis. When individual Americans help each other, we as a nation are at our best.

      - John

      Everybody talks about John Edwards' energy, intellect and charisma -- Bill Clinton

      by philgoblue on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:48:16 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  the real reason behind Terri Schiavo (none)

    They just didn't want to see her have to pay her death tax!!!  They're so considerate.

    Why do the facts, reality and objective truth hate America and the baby Jesus?

    by WinSmith on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:13:31 PM PDT

  •  actually... (none)
    It's a brilliant linkage of the two events!

    Lots of people died in this hurricane, right?

    Well, thanks to the lower estate taxes, they can leave behind larger estates to their loved ones!

    Really, the Republican party was just thinking ahead!

    •  My letter to Voinovich (none)
      The people in New Orleans who would have paid the Estate Tax have already left. Those who are still there need a properly funded levee system.

      I got troll rated by Bill in Portland Maine

      by Rupert on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:40:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Let's talk real relief (none)
    Go ahead and call Voinovich to demand the repeal of the bankruptcy reform bill due to take effect on October 17.

    This is my hobby horse today accompanied by the obligatory blog whoring because it's already scrolled off.

    Liberal: "I still think it's a respectable word. Its root is "liber," the Latin word for "free," and isn't that what we are all about?"--Mary McGrory

    by mini mum on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:13:41 PM PDT

  •  Mehlman also has bad grammar. (none)
    "Will you help bring tax relief to more hard-working Americans? Call Senator George V. Voinovich at 202-224-3353 today and ask them to eliminate the death tax."
    •  The email was sent to everyone on GOP mailing list (none)
      Armando just posted the one sent to Ohioans.  Ones sent to Mainers, for example, would have Snowe or Collins listed.  Thus the incorrect-but-easier-for-automated-email gender-neutral-but-plural pronoun.

      So everyone who's piling on Voinovich--it's not just him.  These emails went out about every fence-sitting GOP senator.

      blog | These people looked deep within my soul and assigned me a number based on the order in which I joined. -- Homer Simpson

      by folkbum on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:55:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Yesterday (none)
    ... on a secret members only forum at a winger board run by a Robertson protege, they were complaining about how annoying the hurricane survivors are --- just so whiney and --- well, icky! and can't they shut up for a damned minute???

    And there have been a lot of things which have turned my stomach about this admin and their psychopathic minions --- but this about made me vomit.

    Although it certainly explains why BushCo, Robertson Et Al are perfectly happy to let everyone in New Orleans die. They have more important things to do, like buying shoes and counting their money.

  •  oh, and just by way of comparison (none)
    This is what the Democratic National Party sent out this week.

    Dear Katherine:

    This week millions of Americans fled Hurricane Katrina. Across the South families abandoned their homes and businesses, not knowing what would be there when they returned.

    Many stayed behind and suffered devastating loss and injuries -- nearly a hundred have died that we know of, and hundreds of thousands need our help.

    America is at its best when we realize that we are one community -- that we're all in this together. That means that each one of us has the responsibility to do what we can to help the relief effort.

    The Red Cross is a great place to start:

    http://www.redcross.org

    They are already moving people and resources into the region to help. Donations will provide clean water, food, and shelter for disaster victims. The Red Cross web site also has important information for victims and their relatives across the country.

    Many local Red Cross chapters are organizing volunteers to travel to affected areas -- doctors and nurses to provide medical care, workers to build shelters, first responders to assist in rescue operations.

    You can find your local chapter here to learn what you can do:

    http://www.redcross.org/where/chapts.asp

    We are still learning the full story of the devastation, but there is no time to wait. Please do something now.

    Thank you.
     Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

    Paid for and authorized by the Democratic  National Committee, www.democrats.org. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

     Contributions or gifts to the Democratic National Committee are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

    Click here to unsubscribe from this mailing list.

    DNC, 430 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington DC 20003

  •  Disgusting (none)
    The disconnect is flabbergasting. Strumming guitars, dining on cake, eliminating taxes that can help New Orleans get back on its feet ... that's what our president has been up to the past week. And reminding everyone of the "war on terra."

    I've got news for you, Mr. President. There's a war on terror going on right now in New Orleans, in our own Gulf, and you're AWOL. Your rhetoric is even more hollow than our army. You're a commander in chief in name only, George W. Bush. Our country has no leader. That's the real terror.

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mohandas Gandhi

    by trueblue illinois on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:15:42 PM PDT

  •  To be fair, it's happening on both sides (none)
    I sent angry replies to 2 totally inappropriate liberal-org messages I got today:

    "Time to shake up the FCC!" from CommonCause

    "ACLU ONLINE: FBI invokes controversial provision, ACLU's new TV series and more"

    Completely fucking clueless.

    I guess these things get planned a week in advance -- but when a FUCKING GIANT DISASTER hits the US, it's time to take the propaganda campaigns off of autopilot!

    Pus-brained idiots.

    -AG

    You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

    by AlphaGeek on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:15:51 PM PDT

    •  Not equivelant though, are they (none)
      I mean the RNC and the ACLU. I mean, shit, the ACLU even defended Rush. You expect the ACLU to become the Red Cross?

      I think the comparison you offer is conflation. Ken Mehlman speaks for the Republicans - the political party in charge. Disaster relief is the responsibility of the government, not an unrelated advocacy org.

      And besides, that's just cherry picking. Do you call the Red Cross a liberal group too?

      In God we trust. All others must pay cash.

      by yet another liberal on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:29:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Why are you trying to pick a fight here? (none)
        I expect the ACLU to at least acknowledge that the country's priorities are not centered on the Patriot Act at the moment.  Or is that too much to ask?

        It's a valid comparison because, in all cases discussed here, I think the same phenomenon applies: political machine on autopilot, running off communication plan set a week or more in advance, results in inconceivably insensitive messages going out.

        -AG

        You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

        by AlphaGeek on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:49:48 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Action Alert (4.00)
    Right now, before posting another comment, forward that email to any media lists you have, your Senator, Congressman, Governor, etc., regardless of party. Show them where the GOP priorities are 4 days after the nations worst natural disaster.
  •  Sounds like Voinovich's office is getting swamped (none)
    As an Ohioan, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to call Voinovich's office to complain.  Like an earlier poster above, I was given the whole spiel about how this had been planned weeks ago by the RNC.  Given how long it took for the phone to be picked up and how harried this guy sounded, it appears that Voinovich's staffers are not having a good day right now.  And what a shame that is... ;)
  •  the phone (none)
    the phone at that numbers just rings and rings,  no one nor no machine answers.  God Damn Cowards
  •  Hey, Kossack! (none)
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/

    Typing and reading posts keeping you at a distance from your duties as a citizen? Feel like just by watching television, that you are involved? Research has shown Bushco that - YOU WILL BEHAVE THIS WAY!

    Take back your citizenship.
    Stake your claim.
    e-mail your leadership.
    It's easy... and you will feel so much better...

    Get it off your chest.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/
    Do it, today!

    You can also e-mail the RNC... it would confuse them....

    If you dance with the devil, then you haven't got a clue; 'Cause you think you'll change the devil, but the devil changes you. - illyia

    by illyia on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:16:09 PM PDT

  •  They have to push this now (none)
     There's a lot of rich folks from Louisiana who just saw a lot of assets go to Davy Jones's Locker. Surely you couldn't expect them to actually pay taxes on what's left, could you?

    I tell you there is a fire. They have this day set a blazing torch to the temple of constitutional liberty and, please God, we shall have no more peace forever.

    by Anderson Republican on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:17:08 PM PDT

  •  MEMO TO ALL KOSSACKS... (none)
    -

    Everybody who can needs to get on the phone now and call your senators and representatives to demand an explanation from the Bush administration for the way this is being handled.

    They need to hear loud and clear that this operation is a total fuck-up...and that we can't wait for "official hearings" down the line because people are dying.

    Our members of Congress may not be able to do much per se, but they can at least hear how fucking pissed we are at how this situation is being (not) dealt with.

    My fondest hope is that they'll grab Bush by the collar and yell, "Do you have any idea how pissed my constituents are?  They're screaming at me to do something!  Well, what are you doing, Mr. President??!!"

    As soon as I get home from work, Sens. Snowe and Collins, and Reps. Michaud and Allen are going to get one hell of an earful.

    Go make their answering machines explode...

    -

    •  I see others have recommended the same thing... (none)

      Great!  Let's make some noise.  People's lives are literally depending on it...and today that is not a cliche.
      •  Congress contact link... (none)
        Excellent idea, and I am jumping on the phone as soon as I hit post. I am pissed; but, I'll be thoughtful and gracious and determined to register my dissatisfaction and alarm at what's going on.

        Congress.org searchable member contact index

        Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

        by ilona on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:26:46 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  calls (none)
      Did that before I came here.  Begged my two Senators (MD-D) to grab a microphone and kick butt publically and my (R) Congressman's aide got my combined fury/grief.

      I wish I'd seen this first though.  There's still e-mail

      Called the White House too, then called a dozen friends/family and passed along those numbers.

      DOesnt help though; this is an unconscionable fuck-up

  •  Robotic Ken Mehlman (none)
    C'mon, it's not his fault - he's pre-programmed !!!

    /snark

    Liberals didn't lie US into this wasteful war. . .

    by res on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:17:23 PM PDT

  •  I Called 'Em (none)
    Some young Nazi answered the phone and I chewed him out.

    Beating my head against the wall, no doubt...

  •  YOU MEAN (none)
    That we are in the midst of one of the worst national disasters of our country and these guys are still pushing to cut taxes for the wealthy!!!!!
  •  Rage! (none)
    I'm just so full of rage.  The death tax?

    People are DYING IN THE STREETS OF NEW ORLEANS!

    But who cares?  They aren't the types who would have been affected by the death tax anyway, right?

    When the world was born, it was born on fire, and I'm watching it burn.--RealWest

    by hillaryk on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:19:18 PM PDT

  •  What is this? (none)
    OK, they're trying to push their radical, punative agenda in the middle of the most horrific tragedy our nation has witnessed in, fuck, I dont know how long.  Eh.  Did you expect something else?  Compassion?  Unity?  Where ehave you been the past 5 years?  This is biz as usual.

    What I find interesting is that they are trying to brow beat their own members.  Looks like a split in the party, to me.  Hell, because of this letter, I'm gonna call my senator, Sen. Voinovich, about the Estate tax this afternoon.  How I think, as our nation is succumbing to the intense power of mother nature, leaving a project that is going to be a heavy burden on federal funds, we should not continue to give tax breaks to the wealthy.  

    The poor in this country are increasingly enduring more and more hardships.  We should not further increase their burden by giving more breaks to the wealthy.  The Estate tax should be left alone.

    Oh, yeah, I'll also mention to Mr Voinovich that maybe his party should take a break from ramming their radical agenda down the throats of AMericans and take a look at the disaster his party's leaders are continuing to ignore / make worse in the southern areas of our nation.

  •  Morbid, crass, careless timing.. (none)
    ...the death tax is the RNC's focus today?

    What on earth has happened to the soul of the people of that party?

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

    by ilona on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:19:40 PM PDT

  •  What? (none)
    What really stuns me is the fact that they don't even explain what the death tax is.  We know that the majority of people who receive that email won't attempt for a second to figure out exactly what would be repealed.  Just state that it is bad for America, bad for the economy, and therefore, it is their responsibility to get rid of it.  Fall in line sheep!

    I'll show you conservative!

    by aaronsmiles on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:19:53 PM PDT

  •  I find it hard to believe, (none)
    but I think we're watching the Republican party self-destruct before our very eyes.  I believe that most red Americans that see the yawning gulf between the horror unfolding in NOLA from lack of coordination and planning, and the rhetoric and behavior of the Bushies, will be horrified.  Could the Bushies' arrogance and myopia truly have gotten so pronounced that they can't see what they're doing?  Watch Bush's approval numbers overtake Nixon's lows very quickly.  

    Dear God, what fucking moral midgets!  

    "Ah, you come from one of those Americas. You have my sympathy." - Neil Gaiman

    by PatrioticallyIncorrect on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:20:21 PM PDT

    •  Hey, quit ridiculing myopics (none)
      Bush's problem has nothing to do with his vision. It is all the other senses that appear to be lacking, and an acute inflamation of his smugness, arrogance, ignorance, and duplicity (SAID, as in "I meant what I said.").

      I've just come back from another scary encounter with the ophthalmologist (who suddenly said "wow" while looking at my eye scan, and then helpfully explained that among any 100 patients an ophthalmologist sees, 0 would have eye problems like mine). So maybe I'm overly sensitive to myopia jokes. But put the blame for Bush where it belongs. Like I SAID.

      DowningStreetMemo.com Bush $ Cheney won't read the DSM. Get a jump on them.

      by smintheus on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:08:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  well duh!! (none)
    and here I am thinking this morning how the dems should be emphasizing rolling back the tax cuts.  Pointing out to people this is what your friggin' taxes go for morons, to maintain infrastructures to avert disasters.
  •  Death tax (none)
    While people are dying.  Nevermind them, they don't own estates.

    The Repub party is collapsing in on itself.  Sending out this e-mail today is a sure sign of a criminally insane & out of touch political operation.

    I hope some media types with consciences are on that e-mail list.  Be nice to see this on the nightly news.

    The concept of war is outdated. Dalai Lama

    by x on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:22:01 PM PDT

  •  Here's $500 million in Hurricane relief (none)
    that Republican Congressional leaders can give back from pork-barrel projects in their home states:

    $251million for 2 bridges to Nowhere, Alaska (Ted Stevens, Don Young)
     $22million for landscaping roads in Houston (Tom Delay)

    $70m bridge in Kane County, IL (Dennis Hastert)

    $100 m for design & construction of Interstate 69 in Tennessee Bill Frist

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:22:18 PM PDT

  •  An Interesting Strategic Link (none)
    Who makes money from the death tax?  Well, the government, in the form of revenues, but also an army of attorneys, insurance agents and accountants who devise ever-more-interesting schemes to avoid the impact of the tax.  If the tax goes away, what will these people do for income???

    Luckily, some have taken up employment running unnecessary bureaucracies like FEMA, where their skills at finding tax shelters prepares them for finding shelters for the rest of America.  <snark>

  •  Don't discriminate against Paris Hilton (none)
    Its hard work being part of a dynasty, and if this bill doesn't go thru, Paris will only be a multimillionare, and may have to reduce the number of carats in each diamond on her chiuaua's designer dogcollars.  
  •  And, by the way, where is Giuliani? (none)
    Our arch-leader, the master of disaster himself, appears totally MIA.

    If he ever wanted a shot at the big job, now is his time to stand up and say this disaster relief job is just c**p.

    He knew that a city had to be prepared in order to deal with the unpredictable.

    But now he is silent.  Is he just a stooge now?

    Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. - Thoreau

    by harrier on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:23:02 PM PDT

  •  This needs to be emailed to the media list that... (none)
    was put together for the downing street memos...
  •  Harry Reid wrote to Frist asking (none)
    that they drop their concern for the Inheritance Tax bill and focus on disaster relief. It is reported on Raw Story. http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Democratic_leader_opens_fire_o_0901.html

    Also: Dems reintroducing a relief bill that was thwarted last year: http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Democrats_to_introduce_relief_bill_Effort_thrwarted_during_bankru_0901 .html

    We need to hear from Democrats. I keep getting emails asking me to donate. I have donated as much as I could for now, long before they emailed me.

  •  Contacts (none)
    I tried calling but it just rings and rings. Does anyone have phone numbers for RNC National Headquarters or Ken Mehlman?
  •  Party über alles (none)
    Just finished reading Ian Kershaw's brilliant biography of Hitler. The political parallels with the current regime are scary. Example..."working towards the Fuhrer" has become "working towards Bush", viz. Robertson/Chavez flap

    My non-political wife observed mid-August (before Katrina in other words) that the missing piece was genocide. We now have that too. The only difference is that the targeted types are not genotypes. It is not possible to observe what's happening and not be struck with the distinction between the saved and the dead/dying.

    As another poster has observed, we cannot let martial law be managed by Federal authorities. The Gulf Coast situation is a perfect breeding ground for fascist control.

    I don't for a second believe that Bush or his boy Pat have any connection to the Almighty, let alone one that would produce a natural disaster like Katrina. I also don't for a second believe that the Cheney administration will miss a chance to further their extreme agenda.

  •  Hey. Whoa there. (none)
    Don't vilify anyone for a simple typo.  It should have said "Americans with millions" not "millions of Americans".  Oopsy!
  •  Wealth Tax (none)
    When they say "Death Tax" they of course mean the Wealth Tax, aka the Estate Tax.
    •  Exactly... (none)
      How can they build an American Aristocracy if you don't let them keep all that wealth they have accumulated?

      "The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the State, because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government" - Teddy Roosevelt

      by mrboma on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:29:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  What ever happened to... (none)
    ... that good old GOP ideal of not giving people something for nothing? Everyone should earn their own way. That is why they say welfare is bad, right? That's why they want to cut every social program there is, right?

    They say getting handouts makes people lazy, but apparently they think that doesn't apply to the children and grandchildren of the wealthy. Apparently passing huge concentrations of wealth from one generation to the next is ok. Why? Why do the children of wealthy people get something for nothing? Why don't the children of wealthy people have to earn their own way?

    "The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the State, because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government" - Teddy Roosevelt

    by mrboma on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:27:40 PM PDT

  •  Fucking Pricks. (none)
    I keep thinking my clock alarm is gonna go off any second now...one mother of a nightmare.

    When I was in the Air Force, I was a part of some really impressive simulated war exercises where we would literally drop a fully-functioning city in the middle of nowhere, and have it up in a matter of hours.

    Sure would be nice if we could do that right now. Fucking pricks.

    If you don't get involved with politics, politics will eventually get involved with you.

    by big dave on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:29:18 PM PDT

    •  Incidentally... (none)
      ...if I was deployed overseas right now, I would be seething.

      Seething, knowing I was busy risking my neck for BushCo's little pet project while my very real home, which I signed up to protect from very real dangers, is in dire straits.

      I need to take a deep breath and count to ten.

      If you don't get involved with politics, politics will eventually get involved with you.

      by big dave on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:34:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'm surprised that we have not heard rumblings (none)
        from the LA National Guard in Iraq. If I were stuck in that quagmire as my family was clinging to life in a flood, and the government was too cheap and careless to bring in emergency forces to do the job that I signed up to do, I'd want to chuck the whole Iraq boondoggle and head back home asap.

        DowningStreetMemo.com Bush $ Cheney won't read the DSM. Get a jump on them.

        by smintheus on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:20:35 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Mehlman (none)
    Are you fucking serious? You're pathetic.
  •  It's like my mother always said... (4.00)
    ...(about Republicans):

    "You can rape their women and steal their children, but don't ever fuck with their money."

    OK, my mother used slightly different language. But I just know that this is what she meant.

    "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

    by RubDMC on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:30:13 PM PDT

  •  reality check (none)
    Guess theres no doubt where their priorities are. Im sure elimination of the Death Tax will bring great comfort to those in NO right now.
    Jack Cafferty is going on about the gov bungling,going on strong. Is this the time the MSM finally grow a set?

    it tastes like burning...

    by eastvan on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:32:56 PM PDT

  •  Not surprised in the least. (none)
    Their first priority has always been money.

    Not all who wander are lost.

    by petal on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:33:13 PM PDT

  •  State Offices for Voinovich (none)
    Cincinnati Office of Senator George V. Voinovich
    36 E. 7th Street
    Room 2615
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    (513) 684-3265
    fax: 684-3269

    Cleveland Office of Senator George V. Voinovich
    1240 East 9th Street
    Room 2955
    Cleveland, OH 44199
    (216) 522.7095fax: 522.7097
    cleveland_voinovich@voinovich.senate.gov

    Central Ohio Office of Senator George V. Voinovich
    37 West Broad Street
    Room 310
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 469-6697 fax: 469-7733
    columbus_voinovich@voinovich.senate.gov

    Northeast Office of Senator George V. Voinovich
    1240 East 9th Street
    Room 2955
    Cleveland, Ohio 44199
    (216) 522-7095 fax: 522-7097
    northeast_voinovich@voinovich.senate.gov

    Southeast Office of Senator George V. Voinovich
    417 Second Avenue
    P.O. Box 758
    Gallipolis, Ohio 45631-0758
    (740)-441-6410 Fax:
    southeast_voinovich@voinovich.senate.gov

    Toledo Office of Senator George V. Voinovich
    420 Madison Avenue
    Room 1210
    Toledo, Ohio 43604
    (419) 259-3895 fax: 259-3899
    toledo_voinovich@voinovich.senate.gov

    I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

    by jillian on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:34:27 PM PDT

  •  They're already promoting this in Arizona. (none)
    They had a commercial on last evening that I had to replay (Tivo'd) just because it was so incredible.  They are using a Paris Hilton photo (or lookalike) to complain about the estate tax --a really, really weird commercial.  At the end they show Sen's Kyl and McCain.  I watched it twice and still don't understand who they are aiming this at --it's almost like they are trying to ram the "Paris Hilton" tax idea down the throats of progressives.  But the message of the ad is so weird, I just couldn't figure out what they were trying to communicate.  
  •  They never cease to amaze (none)
    ONCE - just ONCE - can't they surprise me with a sense of caring and class??
     Oh yeah - sorry, forgot who we were talking about!

    Can blindly continued fear-induced, regurgitated, life denying traditions be overcome? - Alanis Morissette

    by SanDiegoDem on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:38:02 PM PDT

  •  How disconnected... (none)
    can you get? I mean, literally, what planet are they living on?

    Well, I guess when you don't ever pay a price for your repeated failures, you can't expect much more.

  •  Death Tax Opponents Tying up Landrieu's phone (none)
    I went to Sen. Landrieu's DC office yesterday evening to help out and was answering phones to give their staff a break.  Throughout the day, people had been calling telling the staffers what building their loved ones are trapped in.  Another set of calls were coming through all day as well.  People were being redirected from an organization to state their opposition to the death tax.  There are a limited number of phone numbers in the office and there were time critical calls coming in.  It is immoral and disturbing that these phone lines were at such a crucial time.
  •  Red is the right color for them. (none)
    I saw that e-mail.  And I saw red.

    I've had my issues with Dems in the past.  But as of now ... I'll be three days dead before I pull the lever of anyone who willingly associates themselves with a party which will advocate THAT ... at a time like THIS.

  •  Not only (none)
    Not only is this a particularly piteous call at this time, it's all a blatant lie. The estate tax as it now stands only affects the very upper, upper 1% of Americans, and not the local farms and businesses - unless they're all multi-billionaires. How can the repubs get any sleep at night, knowing almost everything they advocate is based on LIES.
  •  btie the hand that feeds you (none)
    kind of ironic isn't it? all these so called 'red states' that vote so heavily for republicans... then when the first thing goes wrong its "where is the federal government?!?!" I suppose some lessons are learned the hard way. my heart goes out to those people there
  •  Can MoveOn (none)
    or someone in the Liberal movement produce a ad/video showing these two letters (Mehlman and Dean) side by side and show footage of Katrina victims and some rich dude in his new Mercedes praising Republican Senators/Congressman for the Estate Tax Cut. Just put them side by side with minimum comment for the maximum response from the viewer. Methink that would be a nice ad as far showing the differences between the two parties.
  •  Earlier Email (none)
    Folks, I think that email is stupid and horribly timed, but let's be fair.  I'm on the RNC list (I forget why, I guess to keep an eye on them) and they sent out an email earlier in the day:
    Hurricane Katrina has passed and now the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama must begin the process of rebuilding. Our thoughts are with those who were affected by this powerful storm. During times like these, there is no room for politics and partisanship. This is a time when we all come together to help our neighbors.

    Due to the size of this storm and the area of impact, the cost for recovery will be staggering. For that reason, we are asking you, our supporters, to make a donation to hurricane relief efforts. The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army provide shelter, food, water, blankets and clothing to those who have lost everything.

    We appreciate your willingness to help these groups. Your generosity will help the people impacted by the storm begin the process of rising up and recovering from this disaster.

    Thanks for all you do.

    Sincerely,

    Ken Mehlman
    Chairman, RN

    (links removed)
  •  Despite all else, it's not the 'death tax'. (none)
    It's the 'estate tax'.

    But then, the removal of something with that name is something a little harder to defend, especially when the folks who will never, ever have to pay it are floating in their own feces in NO.

    This email, in itself, should be grounds for impeachment.

  •  Fucking assholes! n/t (none)
  •  Comment from Voinovich's office (none)
    Me:  What does the Senator think about the Paris Hilton tax email?

    Senator's boy: The what tax?

    Me: The death tax, I call it the Paris Hilton Tax.

    The boy: Oh.

    Me: What about the email?

    Boy: Sir, we didn't send the email, the RNC did.  It was probably scheduled to be sent a while ago.

    Me: Will the Senator renounce the email?

    Boy: Sir, we didin't send it.  We know about the death tax - it's scheduled to be voted on, but we didn't send the email.

    Me: Thank you

  •  Blast them with emails (none)
    If they won't answer the phone, let's blast them with emails.  

    Can anyone give us the mail congressional email for voinovich and for Malman (sic!) at the RNC.  I'm sure they have automated email readers, but the technology will let them know there is a firestorm brewing.  This will probably work better than talking to some college kid working for minimum wage.  These kids don't need to be yelled at either.  If you can get hold of these and your congress people, calmly explain your displeasure with this subject, especially now.  Strongly suggest that it is time to raise taxes, not reduce them.  Strongly suggest that the thousands that died because of Katarina will likely not pay any estate taxes, so we can just move along.  What we need is congressional attention to relief, both short term and long term.

    Another gripe I have is hearing Dubya calling for people to donate to the Red Cross.  Give me a break.  How about the government donating some big bucks, maybe RNC donating some big bucks, Haliburton, Bushco buddies.  Let's have a millionaire race to see how much publicity they can make in donating big bucks.  Start at a million and challenge some other Fat Cat to match or beat it.  

    "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength", George Orwell, "1984"

    by dangoch on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:05:33 PM PDT

  •  Okay, this did it ... (none)
    I have a serious Rethug (blindly supportive) relative who I just avoid (totally) discussing politics -- until now.

    My e-mail:  

    I have -- generally -- avoided any discussion with you about political issues.  It has not generally been worth it in terms of emotional
    fallout for what seem to be unbridgeable differences.

    Reading the two e-mails sent out by the respective heads of the Republican and Democratic National Committees while New Orleans drowns, which of these do you want to be associated with?

    26 August 05, Day 1445 ... Osama still "wanted dead or alive"

    by besieged by bush on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:16:41 PM PDT

  •  Let's follow Ken's Advice... (none)
    ...sort of. According to a Sense of the Senate amendment from 2002, the following Democratic Senators are on the record as supporting a repeal of the estate tax.

    Baucus (D-MT)
    Bayh (D-IN)
    Feinstein (D-CA)
    Johnson (D-SD)
    Landrieu (D-LA)
    Lincoln (D-AR)
    Nelson (D-FL)
    Nelson (D-NE)
    Wyden (D-OR)

    Salazar and Pryor have not gone on the record but it is likely that they will both support the repeal (if Pryor votes with Lincoln and Salazar takes the same position as his brother).

    That makes 9 to 11 Democrats supportive of the repeal.

    Republicans opposed to repeal...

    Chafee (R-RI)
    McCain (R-AZ)

    We really have to get to work on this one. Take Ken's advice, call your Senators and ask them to OPPOSE the repeal of the estate tax!

  •  I called Voinovich's office (none)
    Since I am a registered Repulican (something I have not changed because it helps when I write my letters to the editor and call people like Voinovich) I called Voinovich's office and expressed my outrage and horror that this letter would be sent out at a time of national emergency -- a time when they should be calling out to help fund those in need, not harm them further with a bogus tax cut!!!   I also made it a point that I was sure not one person's family who lost a loved one as a result of Katrina would benefit from this stupid "Death Tax" -- as well as how actions like this have given Bush his extremely low poll ratings and will most assuredly will destroy the party!!!  By the time I finished, the man tried to make it very clear to me that the letter did not come from Senator's Voinovich's office, but from the RNC. To which I replied, it hardly mattered, since Voinovich's name was plastered all over the letter as the person to call to help eliminate the Death Tax.  The man actually was struggling to distance himself and Voinovich from the letter -- at least to me, a registered Republican.

    Somtimes you have more punch when your fight comes from within the party.

    by rsr on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:31:39 PM PDT

  •  hey! Paris Hilton Needs a Tax Cut (none)
    Paris Hilton needs a tax cut. So does Donald Trump. And Condi Rice and Dianne Feinstein and all those rich people.

    You think any of them give a hoot about poor people or people who got their city flooded?

    Hardly.

    And hooray for the RNC for setting the republi-bots straight.

    ____ http://www.schadelmann.com http://www.dewar.us

    by schadelmannII on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:35:20 PM PDT

  •  Priorities and, while we are at it... (4.00)
    Unbelivable that they would think to do this now.

    But while we are at it, I'm going to toss out a little policy bomb I like to throw out whenever I am with a bunch of RNC-programmed zealots.  This isn't a serious proposal, but I like to throw it out to get people out of their little thinking boxes.

    "Death tax?" Very few pay the estate tax.  Jefferson loved the estate tax.  How about this, Mr. Radical Tax Cutter.  How's about we put this little tax reform in place:  No taxes at all while you are alive.  You heard me.  No taxes at all.  No income tax, no sales tax, no capital gains tax, nothing.  90% estate tax after $50,000.  90%.  Each generation has to make it on its own.  You get to keep enough to bury yourself.  For the purposes of this, a legal couple would be a single taxpayer (the collection doesn't occur until the second partner dies).  Discuss.

    Obviously this would be difficult to transition to.  I don't seriously advocate it as policy.  But what about it?  This should be the Republican ideal.  You get all the stimulus you could want.  You get all the free market.  The only thing you don't get is generational wealth concentration.

    Try this discussion point.  It will take you to new places when you discuss fiscal policy (which I hope you don't do too often ;-)

  •  No death taxes for some, but death for others (none)
    That's what we have here. Leave more money in the hands of the wealthiest few in the country. But slow help = no help for dying poor folks in New Orleans and Mississippi.  

    There is no sacrifice so great but what poor people aren't asked (forced) to make it for the wealthiest of our country.

    They have no shame.

  •  The thing that gets me... (none)
    are all the lies told to the American public about who is affected by the Estate Tax. For 98% of American's it DOES NOT AFFECT them. Republicans always talk about working hard and keeping what you make. But for most of these estates, the wealth has been passed down from generation to generation. There is NO hard work in this for the heirs. This is just ANOTHER giveaway to the rich to keep them rich. If this passes, the middle-class and poor will have to pay the burden by making up the loss in tax revenue. And with thousand's upon thousand's of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with no jobs to go to...tax revenue will be suffering anyway. Shame on the Republicans!!!
  •  These bastards are (none)
    heartless creeps.

    I propose that we call the Estate Tax the "Anti-Aristocracy Tax", or the "Elimination of Surplus Revenue Relief Program".

    "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself." F.D.R.

    by Aaron D Ward on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 02:16:08 PM PDT

  •  Email errors (none)
    I've attempted to email both of my Senators (california) and got errors in both cases.  Seems Boxer has a global apolegy that explains the senate is upgrading their internet email capability and any response may be delayed or never come.  Feinstein took my email, but the web site put up an error message as a Thank You, so I don't know if it went through or not.    Makes it hard to contact our leaders when the email and voicemail are broken.  This is representation?

    "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength", George Orwell, "1984"

    by dangoch on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 02:33:32 PM PDT

  •  Just another swarmy email from one of the (none)
    most dispicable people in the Repug party. Ken Mehlman makes me puke when I hear or see him on the radio or Television. Notice how they phrase this as a "Death Tax", they can't even call it what it is.

    This tax only affects less than 1% of the rich. They always brag about protecting the small family farmer but it is all Bull Crap.

    Did you hear what the Buddist said to the hot dog vendor? "Make me one with everything."

    by kidshaleen on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 02:42:24 PM PDT

  •  "Opportunity agenda"??? (none)
    Didn't Mehlman mean "opportun*ist* agenda"?

    JP
    http://jurassicpork.blogspot.com

    Defending bad taste and liberalism since 2005.

    by jurassicpork on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 09:27:22 PM PDT

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