If Only Bennet’s Campaign Ad Were True
By now most Coloradans have seen the infamous Bennet ad labeling Ken Buck an extremist. In case you’ve been living under a rock or have been blissfully unaware here it is:
The ad takes statements made by Buck entirely out of context but that much is to be expected by Bennet who cannot possibly run on his own record without causing independents to run away holding their wallets. 9News.com and PolitiFact.com both point out how Bennet’s campaign took Buck’s statements out of context of what he meant. Even Buck’s own campaign issued responses denying that he does not support the privatization of Social Security and the elimination of the Dept. of Education.
Therein lies the problem. The very idea of privatizing the Social Security ponzi scheme or eliminating the utterly useless Dept. of Education is now considered taboo. It’s actually quite unfortunate that Ken Buck doesn’t support these ideas as the supposed champion of the GOP, Ronald Reagan, once did in his 1982 State of the Union speech.
The budget plan I submit to you on Feb. 8 will realize major savings by dismantling the Department of Education
Even as recently as 1996, the GOP platform said the following:
The Federal government has no constitutional authority to be involved in school curricula or to control jobs in the market place. This is why we will abolish the Department of Education, end federal meddling in our schools, and promote family choice at all levels of learning.
Even Reagan realized that Social Security was really a giant ponzi scheme. In 1975, he suggested that Social Security should be voluntary. However, after Ford beat Reagan in the 1976 Florida primary he soon realized that this was truly the ‘third rail’ of politics after losing the majority of votes to those 65 and older.
Have conservatives strayed so far from their supposed ideals in the last 35 years that even issues Ronald Reagan once espoused are now considered extreme? Apparently so, and that is why there are so many of us who can hardly tell the difference any more between the two parties. You can be sure though that when the GOP has it’s next Presidential primary debates, everyone will chant the name of Reagan with reverence but run away from many of his ideals as fast as they can – except of course Ron Paul who will be labeled by the other GOP candidates as an extreme nut. If only the Bennet ad were true.