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Note to the Big Media...

The word you are looking for but just can't seem to find is MANDATE.

  • Bush is the first President to be re-elected while gaining seats in the House and Senate since 1936 and the first Republican President since 1924 to be re-elected while re-electing Republican House and Senate majorities.

  • The first President to win a majority of the popular vote since 1988.

  • He received 57.4 million votes - more than any other candidate in history. He broke President Reagan's 1984 mark of 54.5 million. (96% reporting)

  • He increased the popular vote by seven million votes since 2000 - more than twice Clinton's increase from 1992 to 1996.

  • He improved his percentage in every state except four (MD, OR, VT and WY). This includes a four percent increase in John Kerry's home state, Massachusetts.

  • More
Meanwhile the dimwits in the media are arguing that since the Democrats got humiliated by the voters, Bush should adopt the policies the voters rejected. (Gee did anyone predict the media would do this?) If the voters rejected one party out of hand it is obvious to any thinking person it is time for the party who got rejected to move to the mainstream, not vice versa.

The results of this election WAS NOT a call for Bush to be more liberal. Indeed it is a wake up call to liberals that they have strayed too far to the left for the American people.


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Comments (30)

I believe the second word t... (Below threshold)
Chrees:

I believe the second word they are searching for is "coattails."

And I think the third word ... (Below threshold)

And I think the third word should be "Integrity"

and the fourth would be a compound word...

Wake-Up

There are several new truth... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

There are several new truths today:

*Exit polls don't mean shit, at least not the way they are currently conducted.

* People no longer feel the need to accurately report their vote to strangers.

*There is a new phrase in America today: Closet Republican.

*Celebrity politics is officially moribund.

*Votes by the youth of America cannot be predicted.

*The death of the myth and allure of "objective" journalism is at hand.

You are so right, Paul, as ... (Below threshold)
-S-:

You are so right, Paul, as to what you conclude there. I just realized that Bush (even) won Iowa! Remarkable...there is hope for Illinois yet...but the point is, as per how and what you conclude, that the country's voters have made a very noticable statement about where the country is to go and what they want for America. And it isn't the liberal, "counter" country and culture message. Many people are also very tired of the liberal negation of and about these core values, and I think that that is the emergent message here. The media, for lack of a better way of expressing this, is populated by individuals who are born out of and are harbingers of that liberal message. They seem to be some protected, cloistered vestige of academia that refuses to learn.

And, from the poll results,... (Below threshold)
-S-:

And, from the poll results, Republicans appear to be the only political party who understand P. Diddy's message.

Mandate: The authority give... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Mandate: The authority given to an elected group of people, such as a government, to perform an action or govern a country.
So he has a mandate, what is he going to do with it now?

What will his first big initiative of his second term going to be?

My guess is that he will try to give Bill Gates another $483 million tax break to go with the $483 million tax break he got this year.

Another example of liberals... (Below threshold)
-S-:

Another example of liberals eating their own...

About that, is Soros in a monastery somewhere yet? He DID say that he'd be going into a monastery to meditate if Kerry lost. Well...still waiting. I'll even give him a ride if he needs one.

Hmmm... since that means an... (Below threshold)

Hmmm... since that means another $1,000 or more tax break for ME, I have no problem with that at all!

Kerry, by the way, also bea... (Below threshold)
Tom:

Kerry, by the way, also beat that "record" of most votes.

As for mandate, I think that the American people spoke for who they thought was the best person for the job. There are plenty of Democrats I know who voted Bush in this election. This was in no way a huge swing one way or the other - it still proves that this country is almost equally divided. If it were 10% different, I would think differently, but 51-48 tells a story of a country where many, many people have very differing opinions and thoughts on things. Liberal Democrats (the candidates) have indeed gone a bit far from the rest of the registered Dem population. Bush, in this case, was closer to what these people want to see than Kerry was, it seems.

In the House and Senate, however, I'm fascinated - the candidates on the Dem side got beat in a lot of places, and just as the Republican candidate won for President, that showed there were more voters going for the R candidates in those positions.

The best story, in my opinion, is that hopefully, just as many (if not more) voters should be coming out for presidential elections in the future. And that's a huge thing, whether you're for the right or the left.

Rance: so, it's your opini... (Below threshold)
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Rance: so, it's your opinion that Gates does not "deserve" the income he earned?

I mean, he's paying taxes on a lot of earnings, he's philanthropizing a lot of money from those earnings, seems like it's best to let the individual do what they want to do with more of what they earn, than to force-deduct what they "should" do with their money.

Bill Gates paid a whole lot more taxes already than, say, Teresa Heinz-Kerry, and, oh, John Kerry, too.

All in all, if someone earns more, they have more to spend and exchange. Limiting earnings isn't a popular incentive to nearly anyone.

For instance, if your earning potential is declared to you by whatever/whoever has such authority, you aren't going to feel too happy aboout setting new limits if those are your limited, fixed options. Actually, it induces resentment to feel that you have no options to increase your perameters, and what you earn is paramount to that.

The more money Bill Gates earns and has left over after payment of liabilities, the more money Bill Gates has to spend (and give away, which he does a lot of). Spending and gifts mean other people benefit from what Bill Gates earns, as with others like him and throughout our nation and markets everywhere.

Things we can look forward ... (Below threshold)

Things we can look forward to as a result of the mandate:


  • Full control of Congress, having obtained a majority in the House and Senate,
  • At least 2 conservative Justices in the Supreme Court,
  • The balace tipped to conservative judges across the country,
  • Europeans shutting their mouths for the next 4 years and not interfering with our politics,
  • The Dems finally being forced to shut up and work towards unity and understanding across the land, or be forced out of office as Daschle was.

All of this for the price of a vote Now that's Priceless!

S, I would like to a... (Below threshold)
Calex59:

S,
I would like to add that he also provides jobs for one hell of a lot of people, which he probably wouldn't do if we taxed his income out of existence. People are entitled to keep the money they earn and socialist can go suck an egg. Most people agree with that as can be attested too by the majority vote. NO matter how they try to spin it, the lefties lost. Buck up guys, there are other countries out there you can try to convert to communism...go get em!

I just heard John Gibson sa... (Below threshold)
Lou:

I just heard John Gibson say "Blue State media". Maybe BSM should be used instead of MSM.

-S-The premise of ... (Below threshold)
Rance:

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The premise of the tax cut was to stimulate the economy. You probably recirculated a higher per centage of your tax refund that Bill did of his. What would stimulate the economy more, 1 refund of $483 million, or 1 million refunds of $483? How long do you think it will take for Bill to recirculate his money through the economy? It's not about who earns how much and do they deserve it. It's about the best way to stimulate the economy with a tax cut.

I'm probably wrong though. I have a coworker who tells me that if you gave the money to the average working stiff, he would just spend it on cheap imported goods from China.

Someone asked what's wrong ... (Below threshold)

Someone asked what's wrong with the thinking of "media people"? One answer found in American Conservative magazine entitled "How the West Won" by James Kurth is:

For American political and economic elites, this (philosophy) largely means the British (or Anglo-American) Enlightenment, with its emphasis on the liberty of individuals, institutionalized in liberal democracy and free markets. For European political, intellectual, and economic elites (and for the American intellectual elite located in academia and the media), this largely means the French (or Continental) Enlightenment, with its emphasis on the rationalism of elites, institutionalized in bureaucratic authority and the credentialed society

Someone asked what's wrong ... (Below threshold)

Someone asked what's wrong with the thinking of "media people"? One answer found in American Conservative magazine entitled "How the West Won" by James Kurth is:

For American political and economic elites, this (philosophy) largely means the British (or Anglo-American) Enlightenment, with its emphasis on the liberty of individuals, institutionalized in liberal democracy and free markets. For European political, intellectual, and economic elites (and for the American intellectual elite located in academia and the media), this largely means the French (or Continental) Enlightenment, with its emphasis on the rationalism of elites, institutionalized in bureaucratic authority and the credentialed society

My guess is that he will tr... (Below threshold)
Jim:

My guess is that he will try to give Bill Gates another $483 million tax break to go with the $483 million tax break he got this year.

Posted by Rance at November 3, 2004 04:12 PM

Hey Rance, he can do whatever he wants to. He's the president and your boy ain't.

Paul, today I came to the same conclusion listening to the Lefties on the news shows. They keep talking about Bush reaching out to the Democrats. I've got a better idea: They lost, so let them reach out to Bush and the GOP. And these moonbats are giving advice about what Bush should do. Sure heed the advice from losers. That'll strengthen the Republican Party. LOL. They screwed up their party now they wanna screw up ours.

An NBC segment reporter act... (Below threshold)

An NBC segment reporter actually said that Bush had a "mandate" on their special wrap-up show.

rance-How long ... (Below threshold)
scott:

rance-

How long do you think it will take for Bill to recirculate his money through the economy?

I don't know... Between his business activities and charitable contributions, I'll bet it totals in the billions per year.

What did you do for the economy last year- besides your ISP bill?

Rance - Bill Gates funded t... (Below threshold)

Rance - Bill Gates funded the stem cell research initiative in California with his own money and it passed. Might have been hard if he didn't have the extra dough...

Rance: I understand that t... (Below threshold)
-S-:

Rance: I understand that the higher point, so to write, is what stimulates the economy and what does not, or, what induces greater stimulation than what.

However, the point being, as per what I wrote earlier, is that the only argument AGAINST the tax cuts that we have in place today is that they, in effect, don't "tax rich people enough" or various permutations of that expression.

Such that, the left/Democrats/particularly the Kerry campaign and now the Left Meme Effort is promoting what you wrote earlier, and that is that there some sense of rightness and wrongness involved in 'allowing' persons such as Gates to be taxed less than previously, to actually tax him at a lower rate, to tax any "wealthy American" at a lower rate (lower than before, lower than pre-Bush Administration No. 01).

The argument by the left is based upon a perception that the U.S. has become a country where "rich people" are benefitted and "poor people"/and/or the "middle class" are being victimized. And that it's all because of Bush and Republicans.

My response is complex because the misperceptions are complex...BUT, main point here is that what Kerry deduced and offered was to INCREASE taxes on everyone who earned $79,000.00 and more. That's the fact of what he proposed. And his very campaign manager calls those people "millionaires" and another Spokesperson described as recently as Nov. 02 that those persons (anyone earning 79,000.00 or more) "didn't deserve" to have taxes lowered.

If you're focusing on economics alone, none of what the Kerry campaign said made any sense. If you focus on morality alone, none of that makes sense, at least not in a democracy. But it IS the language of communism, of a state controlled income level, what is appropriate as determined by a "leader," and what is not, what citizen is to do, and what they are not to do...that is all the language of communism.

If you make it easier for a business person to do business, they do business easier. That business person then has more business being done and needs to buy more goods and services to do that business and needs more employees and infrastructure to do that business. And that continues as long as that business person has incentive and is able to accomplish more business. Whatever the business is.

If you're an individual who anticipates and relies on being employed by someone else inorder to do your own consumer business (you need someone to give you a check every two weeks or so inorder to buy your house, educate your children, pay your other bills, feed your family, drive a car, etc.), then your perceptions are a bit different than a person who is creating jobs themselves and your focus is different. Kerry campaigned and the DNC and liberals everywhere still do insist upon a sort of "freely available job market" that they can sample and access at will while they appear unaware of just how those freely available jobs are made. They're made and they're available when enough other people can and are creating business in a tolerant and conducive environment.

So, you have to look toward the people who actually MAKE jobs and provide employment to the others and see what makes it easier for them to get what they need to do what they need inorder to make those jobs and employ others.

You don't do that by taxing their funding sources to such an extent that the risks are no longer profitable or even worthwhile, you don't do that by taxing them to such an extent that they employ only two people without much extra because they themselves need what's left of their profit to pay down overhead and provide for their own family(ies)...

If you want to stimulate the economy, you have to relax certain restrictions on how people can and do business and to encourage growth by encouraging enterprise. You don't have a harvest unless you first prepare the field and then tend to it over a long time with a lot of help along the way. No money to fertilize means weaker crops, no money or means to get rid of pests, no crops remain. No trucks to haul water, or money to buy an irrigation system, and no rain, your investment is gone, and you starve. That's the way it is for people who create business and also employ others. Let the farmer keep more of the profit from that first harvest and he is more likely to have another harvest the following year because he can then buy more to help himself, and even employ some hands along the way. Take the farmer's profits by higher taxes and the guy doesn't have enough for the next year and liabilities, and he doesn't employ hired hands to help, either.

So, yes, decreasing taxes stimulates the economy, when it allows people to improve and increase businesses. And, even "the middle class" benefits mightily if they're paid more, which is something few would refuse. They're paid more when their employer has more to pay them with.

Kerry and the Left make this into a "right" and a "wrong" moreorless socialistic morality of who deserves more or who deserves less and why it's right or wrong, and makes little sense to a democratic society. Which is what my earlier remark was about.

And, because someone (^^) b... (Below threshold)
-S-:

And, because someone (^^) brought this point up, yes, it's Economics 101, that when the economy stalls, you increase access to credit to lower incomes, because, yes, it's proven time and again that when there is little to spend, most of it is spent, if not all of it. So, more people spending more of what they have.

A rather reckless disregard for the longterm welfare of those persons (who will disregard saving and healthcare, and continue to rely on society to support vulnerabilities), but it affects the economy noticably by increasing consumption. The poor and lower income households spend more of what they have, compared to those who earn more and save more. Earn more, you have more to save, earn less, you need more and spend more of what you have, is the theory.

If you look at the exit pol... (Below threshold)
Dave:

If you look at the exit polls the margin for GWB's victory and the main reason that people voted for him was that the 30% who had terrorism as their highest priority voted like 80% or more for GWB. They did not buy John Kerry's argument about fighting terrorism differently from GWB.

The moderates/liberals who voted for GWB provided the margin of victory in the crucial swing state of Ohio which could have swung the election to Kerry.

So as far as I am concerned, GWB has a mandate but only one mandate.

To keep us safe from terrorism. He should spend every waking moment and every resource keeping us safe and not try to push the radical RW agenda on the 60% of the country that is either Moderate/Liberal.

Dave (the other one)

BTW - Did I say congratulations to the conservatives on this site on the election of their choice of president, well Congratulations!

If you look at the exit pol... (Below threshold)
Dave:

If you look at the exit polls the margin for GWB's victory and the main reason that people voted for him was that the 30% who had terrorism as their highest priority voted like 80% or more for GWB. They did not buy John Kerry's argument about fighting terrorism differently from GWB.

The moderates/liberals who voted for GWB provided the margin of victory in the crucial swing state of Ohio which could have swung the election to Kerry.

So as far as I am concerned, GWB has a mandate but only one mandate.

To keep us safe from terrorism. He should spend every waking moment and every resource keeping us safe and not try to push the radical RW agenda on the 60% of the country that is either Moderate/Liberal.

Dave (the other one)

BTW - Did I say congratulations to the conservatives on this site on the election of their choice of president, well Congratulations!

Here are the actual Exit Po... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Here are the actual Exit Poll information in terms of where GWB's real mandate is:

Terrorism (19%) 86% GWB (stay the course)
Iraq (15%) 26% GWB (Needs to change)
Econ/Jobs (20%) 18% GWB (Needs to change)
Healthcare (8%) 23% GWB (Needs to change)
Education (4%) 26% GWB (Needs to change)

Dave (the other one)

Some more tidbits from exit... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Some more tidbits from exit polls:

41% of those who were very worried about cost of healthcare (70% of voters) voted for GWB

25% and 38% of voters (21% and 34% of voters respectively) who want abortion at least somewhat available voted for GWB

22% & 52% of voters (25% and 35% of voters respectively) who want some legal recognition of gay marriage/civil unions voted for GWB

34% of voters who had someone in their household lose a job (33% of voters) voted for GWB

16% of voters who are dissatisfied with the GWB adminstration voted for him anyway (26% of voters)

More evidence that people voted for the terrorism issue over their policy differences with GWB.

As Ed Koch said, "I disagree with just about everything GWB stands for domestically but he will fight a better war on terrorism than John Kerry". I think that message resonated with enough liberals/moderates to swing the election.

But again no mandate for radical domestic policy shifts.

Just keep us save, George, ok?

Dave (the other one)

Dave the other one: ... (Below threshold)
-S-:

Dave the other one:

I see that you haven't gotten the concept yet of "healing": it means, join in and embrace the goodness; it doesn't mean, harp on the negatives as you perceive them.

Yes, there are millions of people who did not vote for President Bush/V.P. Cheney. We know that. But millions more DID. The margins of differences are measurable -- not huge, not immense, but measurable, noticable. Meaning, there is a noticable statement by voters in support of President Bush, in endorsement of his Presidency, what he represents, what he believes in, or some combination of those.

The notion that "healing" means that conservatives and actual moderates now have to embrace all the failings and become liberals in the process of loss of belief in otherwise supportive opinion, is still a liberal meme.

No Bush voter is randomly ignoring the voter count. But we are happy and enjoying the voter count. Glass is half-full, not half-empty.

S,As soon as GWB s... (Below threshold)
Dave:

S,

As soon as GWB starts governing from the pluarity of Americans who describe themselves as moderates instead of for the 34% who describe themselves as conservatives and the 22% who describe themselves as Evangelical Christians the glass will be half-full.

My only point is he was primarily elected and he primarily campaigned successfully on protecting us from terrorism so that should be his primary focus not the social issues that 22% of his voters want him to focus on as opposed to the 78% of the rest of us that want him to keep the eye on the "terrorism ball".

S,An update, it se... (Below threshold)
Dave:

S,

An update, it seems like my glass has a hole in it or GWB just smashed it on the floor. So much for representing the 66% of the country that does not describe itself as conservative.

Bush Pledges to Make Changes to Tax Code
Thu Nov 4, 6:19 PM

WASHINGTON - Contending Americans have embraced his conservative agenda, President Bush pledged Thursday to aggressively pursue major changes in Social Security, the tax code and medical malpractice awards, working with Democrats if they are receptive and leaving them behind if they're not.

This is BS! You can't have... (Below threshold)
yup:

This is BS! You can't have a mandate when well over half the country has said in polls that America is moving in the WRONG DIRECTION!

Wake up. Bush is not Reagan.

His campaign team may be a bunch of wizzes, and the Democrats may be inept at reaching out to rural states, but that doesn't mean we're moving in the right direction!


YES, PLEASE, millions more Americans need to lose healthcare. We need population growth to outpace job growth. We need salary growth to be stagnant, and for new jobs to be lower paying jobs. We need to impatiently start wars we didn't need to fight, have little realistic plan for winning the peace, and provide far too few troops to get the job done right. We need Enron energy executives to design our nation's energy policy. (They met with Cheney half a dozen times in early 2001 when he was designing the policy.) We need to keep piling up government spending like there's no tomorrow -- and with Bush in office, there may NOT BE. When we're attacked, we need to distract ourselves from those who attacked us and go on random foreign policy adventures dreamed up in the 90's! The State Department tells us terrorism around the world has increased "sharply" since Bush's war in Iraq. But NOT ENOUGH! We need MORE TERRORISM! People around the world DON'T HATE US ENOUGH! They need to hate us MORE! Only 40% of Canadian teenagers now think America is a force for evil in the world. That number CAN BE HIGHER! And it must be!

America is heading straight downhill, but NOT FAST ENOUGH! Of course we all want the country to continue speeding recklessly down the slope until we hit right-smack into the brick wall! But coasting to our fate is not good enough! We need to put the pedal to the metal!

We gotta mandate!




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