Una Salus Lillius, on Apr 30 2004, 07:23 PM, said:
How anyone can doubt that a president who supports amending the constitution to put anti gay bias in it is right wing is beyond me. But whatever.
Some I'm for, and some I'm against, but definitely not things normally associated with the right...
1. Making such a big whopping deal out of a medium-small and temporary tax cut that it's actually an obstacle now to any REAL future tax cuts
2. Amnesty for criminal immigrants
3. More rapid government spending increase than Clinton
4. Special case of #3 on education, bloated on a greater scale than the rest after a rubberstamping of a bill written by Kennedy (promised before TK had even written it or said how big he'd make it)
5. Steel tarrif hike at the whim of the union
6&7. More AIDS spending*, especially in undeveloped countries* (a disease already funded more than is medically merited because the left adopted it)
8. Campaign finance reform
I know I had at least 4 others but I've forgotten them since Spetember Eleventh; up to that point he had been governing almost 100% as a Democrat, running right down their list of agenda items one by one, outside of a tax cut that really wasn't such a big deal. Ya, he's also developed some righty stances since then and a couple of those can even legitimately be called extreme, but if you stack them up against the rest of his entire record as President, he hardly balances out on the right at all. Since conservative voters were annoyed by that like they were when his father got fired for it and liberal voters would never forgive him for the "R" after his name just like they didn't with his father, he was assuring his own non-re-election. He'd have no chance of avoiding being blown away by the Democrat this year if the Democrat party hadn't gone psycho and given non-liberals literally no choice but to dig hard into the trenches against the seige.