Monday, November 06, 2006
Bush: Dems will raise taxes, gas prices
Chicago Tribune – After months of campaigning on his resolve for fighting the war against terror—the predominant theme of his 10-state, five-day campaign closing tour—President Bush is attempting to call in some of his economic chips. The president used his weekly radio address, delivered live Saturday morning from a mile-high coffee shop in Colorado, to tout his tax cuts.
The White House’s revolving search for compelling themes in these closing days of the campaign—targeting conservative voters with war talk, and appealing to a national audience on the strength of the economy—is a measure of how hard-fought the contest for control of Congress will be.
The president will continue to deliver a message of national security and economic prosperity at each stop. But Saturday morning, at a table of the Mile High Coffee shop in Englewood, seated with several small businessmen who have prospered there, Bush touted his tax cuts and warned that electing Democrats on Tuesday will jeopardize that tax relief.
“Our tax cuts have helped businesses like these create jobs. . . . Yet Democrats in Washington have consistently opposed cutting taxes,’’ Bush said in his radio address. “The Democrats are still determined to raise taxes. If they gain control of Congress, they can do so without lifting a finger.”
Bush also urged Americans to consider what a Democratic takeover of Congress would mean for gas and oil prices as winter approaches. “Measured by the barrel, oil prices have hit record highs,” Bush noted, “but Americans have seen prices at the pump plummet over the past six months. My administration has worked hard to keep prices low for the American consumer, and it’s hard work—hard, hard work. A Democrat victory will change all that. Here in Colorado, good hard-working people are paying $2.10, $2.20 a gallon for regular gasoline. Come Wednesday, if Americans make the wrong choice on Tuesday, those prices will be $3.80, $3.90. High-octane gasoline will be well over four dollars a gallon. Diesel fuel will skyrocket by 80 percent. And home heating oil will be out of reach for all but the wealthy few.”
Bush’s remarks sparked controversy among Democrats, who immediately accused the administration of colluding with oil companies to fix consumer prices for partisan political gain. But White House press secretary Tony Snow brushed off the accusations, saying, “everyone knows that the President has no control over gas prices. Gas prices are set by the Vice-President’s office without any outside interference from George Bush.”
In other news, the International Comparison Court sentenced former German Chancellor Adolf Hitler to death yesterday, charging him with “derailing innumerable comment threads” and “providing political debaters with spurious analogies for more than six decades.” “Hitler was the first and most egregious example of Godwin’s Law,” said a spokesman for the court, “constantly interjecting himself into other people’s conversations and demanding, ‘then what would you do about me?’”
“Even more damaging, in recent years,” the official added, “has been Hitler’s willingness to allow American newspaper columnists to invoke him at every turn, from George Will to Richard Cohen. In the past five years, it’s all been ‘appeasement’ this and ‘1938’ that, and this toxic combination of political hysteria and intellectual laziness would never have been possible if not for the initial efforts of Mr. Hitler himself.”
President Bush called the conviction and death sentence of Hitler “a major achievement for international law,” and Republican Party officials predicted that it would swing voters their way in the final hours before the midterm elections. “This proves that the Democrat policy of appeasement was a mistake in 1938, and remains a mistake today,” said Weekly Standard editor William Kristol.