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Republican Rhetoric Sounds Great - If History Had Never Happened

The one thing the Republicans are great at is rhetoric, propaganda and bumper sticker slogans. It is definitely their strong suit and they're the best at it in the business. However, the Republican Party does a terrible job in everything else - especially in governing. If you believe the GOP's propaganda, you would think that they are fiscally responsible and the friend of senior citizens and the middle class. Unfortunately, a review of recent history quickly explodes that false image.

A good example where modern history isn't the Republicans' friend can be found in Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. In that speech, Romney - like many Republicans - claimed that President Obama went on an "apology tour" after he took office. However, every non-partisan fact checking source has found that claim to be false. Perhaps Mr. Romney should ask Osama Bin Laden and what's left of the leadership of Al Qaeda about that imaginary "apology tour."

Not to be out done by his running mate at the Republican Convention, GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan gave a widely panned speech full of falsehoods and misstatements. For example, Ryan criticized the President for walking away from the Simpson Bowles commission deficit-cutting recommendations when Ryan himself, a commission member, voted against those recommendations. He blamed Obama for a deficit mostly created by programs he himself voted for from two wars, two tax cuts, new Medicare benefits and the Wall Street bailout. And he repeated the tired lie about the Medicare "cuts" that are contained in Ryan's own budget plan. Other than that, it was great speech.

Closer to home, GOP Senate candidate Deb Fischer began airing an ad claiming that she opposes gas tax increases, but her record in the Unicameral shows she introduced and supported legislation to increase gas taxes at least a dozen times on two different bills as a State Senator. Moreover, Fischer's claim that she never led a filibuster of a sewer tax bill that cost Omaha residents over $300 million was debunked by several of her colleagues and past media reports.

Over in the 2nd Congressional District, Lee Terry can mislead with the best of them. You have the off-year, Washington Lee Terry and then you get the election year Lee Terry. The off-year, Washington Lee Terry fully supports the agenda of the most extreme elements of the Republican Party. That version of Lee Terry has supported efforts to privatize Social Security and turn it over to Wall Street since 2005. The election year Lee Terry always has a "conversion" on the issue of Social Security and that version of Lee Terry postures as the great defender of this successful program. However, once Terry gets re-elected he always returns to D.C. and votes with the likes of extremists like Paul Ryan and Todd Akin.

I think we can see a definite pattern here. Republican candidates hope that the voters have bad memories and forget what they've done in the recent past. The Republicans are hoping for voter amnesia this year because they know their agenda of tax cuts for the wealthy, middle class tax increases, and Social Security privatization is unpopular. The GOP knows that they can't win an honest debate on the issues. That's why we Democrats need to do a better job of getting our message out and we can start by refreshing voter memories again and again and again about the Republican' real record.

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