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The Socialist Democrat Strategy: Win the Congress by Wrecking the Economy

Tuesday, 08 January 2002 12:00 AM

The gist of their campaign against Mr. Bush was to challenge his legitimacy as president, basing their attack on the theme that he really lost the 2000 election and had no business sitting in the Oval Office, which rightfully belonged to the Algore.

For this he must be punished in the 2002 elections, and driven out of office in 2004.

They also planned to go after the black vote, relying on their hoped-for ability to convince African-Americans of the blatantly false accusation that their right to vote, or to have their votes counted, had been violated in the 2000 election.

They were also gearing up to challenge Mr. Bush personally, charging that he is some kind of nincompoop totally unprepared to assume and carry out the duties of the presidency.

All of that fell apart after 9-11. Out of that disaster emerged the real George Bush – a tough, no-nonsense leader entirely capable of handling his job superbly under the most difficult of circumstances, a George Bush who has won the admiration and respect of a huge majority of his fellow Americans, including a clear majority of African-Americans, by his deft handling of the war against terrorism.

To make matters worse, some among the Socialist Democrat Party's most reliable allies – the elitist mainstream media – had the gall to spend a million or so dollars on a probe of the disputed Florida 2000 election that ended up, ever so reluctantly, by conceding that George Bush most probably did win the state's electoral votes that put him over the top after all.

So what to do?

It didn't take them long to dredge up the old 1992 campaign slogan "It's the economy, stupid." In no time at all they had commercials blaming the economy on the "Bush recession," hoping the voters would forget that the downturn in the economy started under Bill Clinton.

Still smarting over their inability to stop the president's tax cut program from going into effect, they now have the gall to blame the current economic malaise on that tax cut, going back to the old Socialist Democrat strategy of inciting class warfare and class hatred.

Their answer to the recession is simply to promote a socialist program of ladling out billions of tax dollars to buy votes, thereby deepening the war-induced deficits and doing nothing, as President Bush has pointed out, to create jobs for the unemployed or get the economy back on track with programs that work.

Left with no alternative other than to revive their age-old campaign strategy of class warfare and spend, spend, spend-and-elect politics, the Socialist Democrats are heading for an electoral catastrophe in November. Their barely concealed desire to see the economy worsen in the belief that the voters will blame Bush and the GOP will backfire and the Republicans will widen their margins in both House and Senate ... if.

If the president recognizes that his strategy of seeking bipartisanship at the cost of pursuing his plans for a revivified America is a self-defeating one. You cannot appease an enemy bent on destroying you. The only way George Bush could satisfy Daschle, Gephardt, MacAuliffe and such leftist propaganda sheets as the New York Times would be to erect a statue of Karl Marx on the White House lawn and pay homage to it three times a day.

There are signs that Mr. Bush knows this and plans to act accordingly. His vow that the only way taxes can be raised is "over my dead body" brought jeers from the Marxist media but loud cheers from his fellow Americans who love a warrior.

It's just a beginning, but a good and persuasive one, with the promise of more of the same to come. The Socialist Democrats are about to learn the same lesson Osama bin Laden is learning: Don't mess with George W. Bush.

Moreover, the president is taking full advantage of the bully pulpit, patiently explaining the simple economic truths so disparaged by Socialist Democrats, that the way out of an economic slump is to encourage small and large companies and the investors, whose money supports them, to create jobs by providing them with tax relief and other such commonsense incentives.

Most important: The President has to hammer home the shocking truth that the Socialist Democrat Party is determined to block all attempts to get the economy working again, thus creating more joblessness in the belief that an army of angry unemployed and the owners of failed businesses will blame their plight on Bush and the GOP and vote for Socialist Democrats in the November congressional elections.

This is their Achilles' heel.

Control of the Congress is vital. Should the Socialist Democrats manage to take control of both Houses on Capitol Hill, the nation will experience a stepped-up version of the havoc being wreaked upon America by a Marxist-controlled Senate determined to turn a recession into a depression in order to win in November.

It is imperative for the welfare of the nation that the president and his party get out there on the campaign trail now – congressional district by congressional district – and begin to lambaste the sheer dishonesty of their opponents and not let up until Election Day, November 2002.

Failure to do that could, in effect, hand control of the Congress over to Marxism's poster woman on the Hill, Mrs. William Clinton, and her sleazy socialist compatriots. Wouldn't that be nice?

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute.

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