Just a few minutes ago, I sent a response to a National Review article written by Larry Kudlow. Per the recommendation of the DDF, I am now posting my response on my blog. E-mail me with your opinion.
This e-mail is in response to the most recent editorial by Larry Kudlow referencing Howard Dean.
Why must you misrepresent the facts? I found no less than three misleading and/or false statements in this article.
1. In reference to Howard Dean's health care plan: Dr. Dean has repeatedly made the point that a "universal," single-payer health care plan (like the one proposed by Kucinich, Moseley-Braun, and Sharpton) cannot pass. Dean's plan is easily the least ambitious amongst the Democratic candidates, with the possible exception of Joe Lieberman who has none. Expansion of Medicare for those who cannot afford insurance (voluntary participation), and a "buy-in" program involving the federal employee insurance plan. That's the whole plan! No dismantling of the current insurance system. No mandates or entitlements.
2. With respect to the deficit: I wish I could understand your mathematics. Perhaps you have a magical calculator or something, but just looking at the numbers I find it difficult to see how $2 trillion in tax cuts over ten years accounts for only one fifth of an approximately $1.4 trillion deficit over the same period. Are you saying that had the tax cuts not been enacted the deficit would only be lowered by $300 billion? Nope my calculator will not do that math. Correction in terms: Deficit becomes debt, which is NOT temporary without a consistent budget surplus.
3. With reference to the "tax cut repeal": While it is true that Howard Dean will fight to repeal President Bush's reckless tax cuts, it is doubtful that this will have the effect you predict. Many predicted the same economic "travesty" when Bill Clinton and a Democratic congress passed the economic plan of 1993 which included major tax increases. The repeal of Bush's tax cuts would render taxes at a level less than that of 1997, at the height of our economic prosperity. Besides, Dean has a wonderful record in Vermont of cutting taxes when it is feasible.
I find it amusing that Howard Dean frightens "conservatives" so much. After all, progressives in Vermont complained that he was TOO conservative. Dean supporters such as myself find themselves in a welcome position: Conservatives call us liberal; liberals call us conservative. That's definitely attractive to the center of this great nation. See you in November!
PS--you can join the Dean campaign at www.deanforamerica.com or www.republicansfordean.blogspot.com.
I recommend reading the article for yourself and responding if the mood strikes you. All budget data is courtesy of the Congressional Budget Office via www.cbo.gov. Most everything else is common knowledge. :D