<<SP "Yes, Mondale was a fool, just as you suggest, playing into the stereotype of Democrats who are anxious to raise taxes. AlGore is helping out Republicans by again supporting a carbon tax when he testified before Congress recently. If we can get other Democrats on board it will go a long way towards electing another Republican President In 2008."I think that is the most interesting post by you that I have read here. You don't express concern over whether or not Mondale actually told the truth. Nor do you express concern about whether the carbon tax might be objectively good for America and the world. You celebrate the fact that they "play into the stereotype" and their role in re-electing a Republican president. That seems to perfectly match my earlier statement that the only winning platform in America today is to lie to the American people by claiming that you can cut taxes and balance the budget without explaining how and knowing that you will not balance the budget. You seem to agree with my conclusion that it is now impossible win a presidential election by telling the truth.The only difference is that you celebrate that fact.>> I again suggest that Mondale was a fool. Now when GHW Bush pledged "no new taxes" and renigged on the promise, he arguably lost the election when Republicans who took that pledge seriously stayed home or voted for Ross Perot or someone else.If you think you can get elected by telling the unvarnished truth all the time, you are welcome to do so. In politics, the truth is VERY malleable, and deciding how much to tell is akin to a doctor figuring out how much of a drug to give a patient ----more isn't necessarily better.So yes, I have a degree of cynicism about politics, elections and American voters.Seattle Pioneer
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