Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006

12/16/2004

Dayton: On the Wrong Side of History

Almost every two-term presidency -- Democrat and Republican alike -- consists of modest domestic triumphs in the first term followed by a heavy dose of foreign policy in the second term as political capital is depleted. President Bush has already defied history by ushering two significant tax cuts through Congress and successfully waging two wars (while simultaneously restructuring the entire foreign policy apparatus and doctrine of the U.S. government) -- all in his first term.

Patrick Ruffini, until recently the webmaster for BC'04, and now blogger extraordinaire, correctly surmises in this post that -- contrary to 20th Century presidential history -- Bush's greatest triumphs are yet to come on the domestic front. The three legs of this coming revolution: tax, tort, and Social Security reform. Ruffini explains that "Taken in total, his proposals will revolutionize the American economy and completely change the way Americans interact with their government...The only people to face a hard future in this world are tax consultants, trial lawyers and government bureaucrats - they all may even have to go out and get real jobs."

How is Senator Dayton certain to vote on these three monumental reforms? Nay, Nay and Nay.

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