It is all in how you ask it

This is the survey sent out by the RNC to gauge where their constituents stand on many issues. It is interesting to me how every question is phrased so you must accept a lie to agree.

1. Do you agree with Barack Obama and the Democrats’ plan to pay for their government-run health care plan with new taxes on families, small business owners and charitable giving?

If that was what the bill said, then no. But since that is not what they are proposing…

2. Do you agree with Barack Obama and the Democrats that the best way to grow the economy and create jobs is to increase federal and state government spending?

Again, if that were the Democrats’ position, I would say no. Could you phrase that another way and ask, do you think the government can help in job creation? And I think it can and has.

3. Do you support Barack Obama’s budget plan that nearly doubles the national debt over the next 10 years?

Of course, how many people doing this survey have any idea of what is this plan they speak of. If you could take the Bush years away and get us back to where we were when Clinton ended his term without a deficit, no one would be questioning this spending. I think we need to call the Republicans on their policy of “no tax and spend.” They are always talking about the Dems being the “tax and spend” party. At least we try to pay for what we want to spend money on. And all this talk of taxing poor Americans is just evil smoke and mirrors.

4. Do you agree with Barack Obama appointing more than 30 White House czars to oversee policy decisions without being confirmed by the U.S. Senate?

Every President since Woodrow Wilson has had czars. I think that if they were simply called advisors they might be less of a bogeyman to the right.

But while Obama’s cadre of newly crowned czars has earned condemnation from the right, when it comes to recruiting presidential advisers he’s in good company. During World War I, Woodrow Wilson appointed financier Bernard Baruch to head the War Industries Board — a position dubbed industry czar (this just one year after the final Russian czar, Nicholas II, was overthrown in the Russian Revolution). Franklin Roosevelt had his own bevy of czars during World War II, overseeing such aspects of the war effort as shipping and synthetic-rubber production. The term was then essentially retired until the presidency of Richard Nixon, who appointed the first drug czar and a well-regarded energy czar, William E. Simon, who helped the country navigate the 1970s oil crisis. The modern drug czarship — perhaps the best-known of the bunch — was created by George H.W. Bush and first filled by William Bennett, now a conservative radio host. By some counts, George W. Bush had the same number czars as Obama — or even more — though not so early in his presidency.

5. Are you in favor of the Obama Democrats’ proposal to give the Federal Reserve the power to review and regulate bankers’ compensation?

Someone should. Do they have another suggestion?

6. Do you support a Senate Democrat bill that would give President Obama emergency control of the Internet during a national crisis?

Sure. At least he knows what it does and how to use it. Are they trying to scare the young uns with this. “Obama is going to take your internet away!” During a “national crisis” the President can do whatever the fuck he needs to do and we should be okay with that.

7. Do you agree with the Obama Democrats’ cap and trade bill that could cost American families $1,761 a year in new taxes?

This is very complex concept and reducing it to “it’s going to cost you and your family a lot of money” is disingenuous. Also the use of the word “could” here means that the writer of the question was hedging his bets.

8. Do you support the Defense of Marriage Act or do you support Democrat efforts to overturn it?

Absolutely overturn it now!!!

9. Do you believe the United Nations is “a critical, central institution” to U.S. foreign policy like Barack Obama does?

Do I think the UN does everything right? No. But I definitely think the UN has an important mission and having a central institution where all countries can meet is necessary.

10. Do you agree with a United Nations proposal to replace the U.S. dollar with a new global currency?

I think the proposal has its merits. And what they are talking about is not doing away with the dollar but finding a new currency to act as the word’s reserve currency.

In essence, the report calls for a new Bretton Woods-style system of managed international exchange rates, meaning central banks would be forced to intervene and either support or push down their currencies depending on how the rest of the world economy is behaving.

The proposals would also imply that surplus nations such as China and Germany should stimulate their economies further in order to cut their own imbalances, rather than, as in the present system, deficit nations such as the UK and US having to take the main burden of readjustment.

Sounds good to me.

11. Do you support the Obama Administration’s decision to walk away from our allies Poland and the Czech Republic by reneging on the USA’s promise to install defensive missile interceptors and a radar station in those countries?

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds — and Republicans.

12. Iran recently tested new missiles and a secretly developed underground uranium enrichment facility was discovered there. With this is mind, are you in favor of the Obama Administration’s decision to cut missile defense funding by 15%?

Not up to date here. Clearly they missed this NY Times Piece: U.S. Speeding Up Missile Defenses in Persian Gulf Published January 30, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is accelerating the deployment of new defenses against possible Iranian missile attacks in the Persian Gulf, placing special ships off the Iranian coast and antimissile systems in at least four Arab countries, according to administration and military officials.

13. Are you in favor of trying 9/11 terrorists in a civilian court in New York City instead of a military tribunal as the Obama Administration has ordered?

Yes. If you think that they are a threat now, just wait until you elevate them to “Holy Warrior Martyrs” by trying them in military courts.

Already out of date and behind the times again!. The trial has been moved. But civilian courts have been used since 9/11 for any number of “terrorists.” Are they saying our civilian courts are not to be trusted?

14. Do you think it is hypocritical of President Obama to say he’s cleaning up Washington and then sell access to the White House for bowling tours and movie screenings to liberal fat cat donors?

Jeez! Bowling and movies. Really?

As we know, no other president ever had friends and political donors into the White House before. The key here is “selling access.” Is it selling if you invite donors over?

15. Would you be willing to contribute to a special RNC fund dedicated to defeating Congressmen and Senators who vote for Obama’s health care plan?

So can they rally around this one idea? No, not really.

Part II. Member Media Profile

Please select all that apply. All information below is optional and will be held in strictest confidence to help the RNC gets its message out and to mobilize the largest possible turnout on Election Day.

1. Are you actively involved any of the following social networking groups?

Facebook Not Interested
Twitter Other
LinkedIn

They are actively trying to get up to Organizing for America speed on this new-fangled interweb thingy. Not sure it is working as well as they’d like.

2. If so, are you following any political figure online or signed up as a fan of the Republican National Committee?

I follow Sarah Palin. I like good and really bad theater. Her Facebook page is updated frequently by her handlers. Try reading some of the notes and you can be sure Palin herself did not have anything to do with the writing (or the thinking) behind the notes – they’re well written by her handlers for sure. I also keep up with her on the gossip pages and around the bloggosphere; she’s everywhere.

3. Do you own a smart phone?

No.

4. If so what, what brand/model? (Please specify)

Why does the GOP need to know what kind of phone I own?

5. Would you like to receive political updates and information from the RNC on your mobile device?

Hell no!

6. Which two of these mediums do you feel are the most effective at communicating our Republican message to voters in your area?

Network Television Daily Newspaper
Cable News Networks News/Opinion Websites
Radio News/Opinion Magazines
Text Messages Email
Social Networking Sites Other

Where is the button for other idiots?

7. Which of the following websites do you read for news and political updates?

Drudge Report Townhall
National Review Online Red State
Human Events Weekly Standard
NewsMax Other
GOPUSA

No NY Times, Slate, HuffPo?

At the end of the day, this “survey” is a way to engage their constituents in another bit of brainwashing. By reading the questions, you must accept certain “talking points” as truth. Clever. And devious. Just what I would expect.

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