Here’s what I just received from Jon Vogel at the DCCC:

How’s this for a rapid response to Rush Limbaugh openly comparing the Democratic Party to Nazis and using swastikas on his website? In less than 24 hours, nearly 25,000 of you signed our petition telling the GOP to condemn Rush.

But we need to keep up the pressure to show Republicans that Rush’s hateful rant won’t be tolerated by the American people.

If you haven’t already, please sign our petition, telling Republicans to condemn Limbaugh’s offensive rhetoric. If you already did, please forward it to five of your friends.

We can’t let Rush’s disgusting remarks disappear into yesterday’s headlines without holding Republicans, who refuse to stand up to him, accountable.

Send a powerful message to Rush and the Republicans! Sign our petition today and then get your friends and family to do the same.

Jon Vogel
DCCC Executive Director

Here’s Rush Limbaugh’s response.  In a nutshell–and I heard the original broadcast where a caller first brings up the national socialist (which is what “Nazi” means in German) aspects of the bills being introduced by the current Democrat-controlled Congress–Rush simply took what Pelosi said about swastika-carrying health care protesters and turned the comments back against her–without the ad hominem attack.  It’s not ad hominem if you can actually make real comparisons between the socialistic nationalism of the current leadership of our country and that of 1930’s Germany. Read Jonah Goldberg’s book Liberal Fascism if you want a thorough comparison.

Rush wasn’t saying the Democrats and the administration were about to round up and kill Jews.  He wasn’t even implying that.  This is an argument of a political, not eugenic, nature.  The only accusations that health care opponents and conservatives (not on and the same) have made against Dems in terms of race is that they are racist by way of condescension and patronization.  Krugman calls you a racist if you are against Obamacare.  NBC just came up with a new website exclusively for the black community, as if regular news just won’t work for them.  Townhall protesters are repeatedly called “rednecks” (ultimately, a racist term for middle America white know-nothin’s when used in the sense that the left has employed it) and “teabaggers” by so-called leaders on the left in politics and the media.

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  • Stop the stimulus by putting a freeze on spending towards any projects that have not yet begun
  • Halt the Cash-for-Clunkers program
  • Cancel the vote on the Health Care bill (probably going to happen)
  • Cancel the vote on Cap-and-Trade (hopefully going to happen)
  • Loosen manufacturing, energy, and environmental regulations (even just a little bit)
  • Lower the corporate tax rate (even just a little bit)
  • Introduce tort reform (loser pays+damages cap) as a first step in health care reform
  • All this to Freeze the Deficit, Save the Country, and watch an Explosion of Growth

Yes, it’s a dream. But the opposite would be/is a recipe for disaster. Priority One is getting out of debt. We thought dependence on foreign oil was bad, but dependence on foreign funding is much more sinister in a drug-addicted junkie sort of way–sheepishly asking our friends around the world for just a little more money, if only to make it through the next couple of months. How many times can we keep going to that well?  China has won the first battle between the 21st century superpowers without firing a weapon, but by merely lending us money.  Is it merely chance that our post-WWII economic growth coincided with our rise to superpower status?  Or, is it merely chance that the USSR’s fall coincided with their economic downfall?  No, economic prowess and world standing go hand-in-hand.

Are we so blind as to not see the economic wasteland that is much of Europe? Can we not trace the roots to their socialist and quasi-socialist government programs that have disincentivized whole working populations and spurned inventive business practice? How can anyone can believe that a government program can “pay for itself,” as Obama has said about gov’t-controlled health care? You are adding new spending–the money has to come from somewhere. There is only one solution: Tax Everyone.  Yes, even the poor and destitute are taxed now and will have their taxes increased even more through a VAT (currently being surreptitiously floated by the administration) or hidden consumption taxes (many already in place on things like alcohol, cigs, gasoline, etc.)

My solution–and I would like to hear it echoed all over the blogosphere, talk shows, town halls, and Congress’s voicemail–calls for a simple first step:

STOP THE STIMULUS!

STOP THE STIMULUS!

STOP THE STIMULUS!

It’s an excellent place to start.  Let’s make the US look attractive to investors once more.

Of course, I may just have absolutely no idea of what I’m talking about.

update: When I wrote this last night, I was a little worked up over the inanity and waste of the Cash-for-Clunkers program which is being viewed as this great success.  In my rush, I definitely left out a few things that also need to be changed in order to halt the deficit for years to come.  Number one on the list is Social Security.  If anything would affect our yearly deficits and overall national debt more than SS, I don’t know what it is.  It is the proverbial frog being boiled to death in a pot of water that slowly heats up from a refreshingly cool temperature, much as SS was a relief to those in and coming out of the great depression.  Thankfully, Americans seem to be a little better informed about health care and other recent proposals (with hindsight as a weapon), and the immediacy of the programs calls for immediate action and opposition.  The water in the pot is already uncomfortably warm.

Other things obviously include our current gov’t run health programs in Medicaid/Medicare.  And the tax code could use a massive overhaul.  The list could go on and on, but sometimes you have to stop the car (in this case by stopping some of the current proposals in spending) before you can turn it around.  Actually, unless my logic fails me, you always have to stop the car before you can turn it around!

Another shameless ask-letter from Pelosi via the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee).  It’d be one thing if she was actually trying to argue based on the merits of the proposed health care bill, but this is simply just a money grab for advertising dollars.  Here goes:

Dear XXX,

Republicans have made the cynical political calculation that it’s better to attack Democrats and do nothing to address soaring health care costs rather than deliver change [what does that even mean?] for the American people.

Republicans have many ideas in Congress to address “soaring health care costs.”  It’s ironic that Pelosi is the one that will never let them see the light of day.  One is the Patient’s Choice Act.

Well, I’m not going to let Republicans derail health insurance reform. Recently, one prominent Republican senator even went as far as saying: “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”

As President Obama said in response: “This isn’t about politics. It is about a health care system that is breaking American families, breaking America’s businesses and breaking America’s economy.”

Wait—I thought it was the loan and banking industry that was “breaking American families, breaking America’s businesses and breaking America’s economy.”  Or was it outsourcing of jobs?  Oh, that’s right, the stimulus was supposed to fix it all!  What’s that—it didn’t?

Pelosi continues, now moving into “ask” mode:

I could not agree more. But delivering this change depends on us. Please help the DCCC raise $250,000 before the August recess for the Emergency Health Care Rapid Response Fund.

That is, money we can use to advertise our health care bill.  Since when do you advertise legislation?  Why don’t they just call it the Advertising/Marketing Fund?  You know, because we, the American people, are the ones who vote for these bills in Congress.  What’s that—we’re not?

Stand with President Obama: Contribute $5, $10 or more to support historic Health Insurance Reform today and my colleagues and I in Congress will match your gift dollar-for-dollar.

America’s families, who are struggling to cope with skyrocketing health care expenses, understand the true cost of doing nothing. If we fail to act, the cost of health care for the average family of four is projected to rise by $1,800 every year for years to come and insurance companies will make more health care decisions.  That’s $18,000 per family over the next 10 years.

On its face, the constant increase of $1,800 a year, every year, is ridiculous.  The market would not allow that to happen.  Little of it there may still be out there, we have enough competition in the market to ensure that this won’t happen.

Last week, House Democrats introduced historic legislation to meet President Obama’s goal of comprehensive health care reform. Our legislation lowers health care costs for everyone. Our bill offers greater choice, including the right to keep your own doctor and it includes a public option to compete with private insurers.

This has been repudiated repeatedly here (see links from previous posts) and elsewhere. Health care costs, by design, cannot be “lower for everyone.”  Someone will have to pay for those who aren’t paying a dime.  And when your current employer drops private coverage to switch to GovCare, you’re not guaranteed to keep your doctor.

Even ‘Harry and Louise’ from those infamous television ads that attacked President Clinton’s health care reform effort have now switched sides. Yet even though Harry and Louise may be on our side now, we must be able to counter the Republican attacks and set the record straight. And, we need your financial support to do it.

Contribute $5, $10 or more today to support historic Health Insurance Reform today and my colleagues and I in Congress will match your gift dollar-for-dollar.

Democrats will not be deterred and the American people will not be denied quality affordable health care. Please help us fight these attacks and pass historic health care reform this year. Together, we will move America in a New Direction.

What’s with all the capitals?  Is “New Direction” some bill we don’t know about?  And, by the way, Harry & Louise are actors!

Sincerely,

Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House

P.S. Republicans and their powerful special interests are trying to defeat President Obama’s plan to make quality health care affordable for everyone. We must have the financial resources to counter their attacks. Contribute $5, $10 or more to support historic Health Insurance Reform today and my colleagues and I in Congress will match your gift dollar-for-dollar.

In summary, the recent letters are all about getting money for advertising.  There is no attempt to inform DNC and DCCC members (or at least people like me who are on the mailing list) of what any of these bills actually contain.  No pdf links to the bill itself, or links to blogs/magazines/newspapers/networks that are actually trying to defend the Health Care bill on its merits.  Oh, and another email from Pelosi just popped into my inbox—joy!