Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Read "Creepier than Nixon"...
The man who brought down Richard Nixon says Bush and "co-president" Cheney are an even greater threat to the country. By David Talbot

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush


John Dean knows what happens behind closed doors at the White House. As counsel to President Richard Nixon, he witnessed the malignant influence of excessive secrecy and its corruption of good intentions. Pundits and partisans can point fingers. Only Dean can reveal with true insider knowledge the dangers of a presidency that has crossed the line.

In Worse than Watergate, Dean presents a stunning indictment of George W. Bush's administration. He assembles overwhelming evidence of its obsessive secrecy and the dire and dangerous consequences resulting from a return to Nixonian governing. Worse than Watergate connects the dots, explaining the hidden agenda of a White House shrouded in secrecy and a presidency that seeks to remain unaccountable. Dean lays out a blistering case against President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, revealing, among other facts, even criminal offenses:

How the Bush administration has shamelessly exploited the 9/11 tragedy, while secretly working to scuttle all efforts to discover why America was so unprepared, and covering up the fact that President Clinton and his advisers privately warned of the serious problem.
- How Bush's deeply flawed secret decision making is costing American blood and well-being abroad and the loss of civil rights and liberties at home, while only making Americans more vulnerable to terrorism.

- How Bush's and Cheney's blatant and unchecked uses of Nixonian stonewalling, obfuscation, and deceit have concealed government business that the public has a right to know.

- How Bush and Cheney have taken a Nixonian approach to any and all efforts of Congress and the news media to check their uses and abuses of power.

Worse than Watergate brilliantly reveals the serious dangers of a president who, like Nixon, is a gambler and believes he is above the law. John Dean lays out an irrefutable case that the tactics of the Bush administration are, in intent and reach, the most potentially dangerous threat to American life in recent political history. Shocking and revelatory, Worse than Watergate is the book the Bush team doesn't want you read.
(AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

John Kerry was in San Diego today speaking about skyrocketing gasoline prices. We know a bit about this subject here in Southern California where gasoline prices in Los Angeles County are averaging between $2.09 and $2.69 per gallon!

(Prices well over $2 a gallon are seen at a gas station in Burbank, California, March 29. Photo by Fred Prouser/Reuters REUTERS)

"This administration has done nothing with OPEC to reduce the gas prices," Kerry said during a rally at the University of California, San Diego. The city has the nation's highest average gas prices at $2.12 a gallon.

(Mike Blake/Reuters)

Kerry also called on Bush to halt filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserves, which some Democrats contend drives up the cost of fuel for U.S. consumers in an already tight market with record prices. Gasoline prices reached a national average of $1.80 a gallon in the past two weeks, according to the private Lundberg Survey.

(Mike Blake/Reuters)

"Instead of revealing a new set of attack ads, I think Dick Cheney ought to reveal who the oil executives are that he met in secret with to set the oil policy of the United States," Kerry said. Read more...

(Mike Blake/Reuters)

Read: Energy Independence for America

At the end of April, Ambassador Joe Wilson will release a book naming the White House advisors he blames for ruining the careers of CIA operatives, including Valerie Plame, Joe Wilson’s wife.


Wilson’s story began when Vice President Dick Cheney sent him to Niger to investigate a claim of Uranium being shipped to Iraq. Wilson determined the claim was unfounded, but the President’s State of the Union speech before the war included it anyway. After Wilson publicly criticized the speech, the White House retaliated, and a federal grand jury is now trying to determine who in the administration leaked his wife’s identity to reporters and whether the case warrants criminal charges.

Monday, March 29, 2004

Kerry Looks to Raise $20M in Six Weeks

John Kerry is focusing on raising the tens of millions of Democratic dollars he no longer must split with his rivals for the nomination while President Bush, sitting atop $170 million in donations, is turning his attention to bringing in money for the GOP and congressional candidates.

"We are focused on raising what we need to compete," Meehan said. He noted Bush's record campaign fund raising, which so far stands at more than $170 million, compared to at least $60 million for Kerry.

Kerry hopes to raise $20 million for himself in 20 cities during the next six weeks, starting Monday with a luncheon at the Sacramento home of developer Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis and her husband, Markos Kounalakis, president and publisher of The Washington Monthly. The event raised $250,000 to $300,000.

Kerry raised about $3 million Monday night at a fund-raiser in San Francisco with 1,000 donors, according to Kerry's California finance co-chairman John Roos. Kerry also had fund-raisers planned Tuesday in San Diego and Los Angeles.

Kerry's fresh push for money comes as the DNC tries to narrow the Republican National Committee's multimillion-dollar cash advantage. Through last month, the DNC had raised about $56 million, compared to nearly $139 million for the RNC.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

9/11 panel hears from Berger, Tenet
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 Posted: 9:31 PM EST (0231 GMT)

Richard Clarke: CIA warnings were not heeded by the administration.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's former counterterrorism chief testified Wednesday that the administration did not consider terrorism an urgent priority before the September 11, 2001 attacks, despite his repeated warnings about Osama bin Laden's terror network.

"I believe the Bush administration in the first eight months considered terrorism an important issue, but not an urgent issue," Richard Clarke told a commission investigating the September 11 attacks.

Clarke has ignited a firestorm with his assertions that the Bush administration failed to recognize pending terror attacks against the United States and that the president focused too much on Iraq after September 11 -- charges the White House has vigorously disputed.

Vigorously Disputed? Vigorously Dispute the OBVIOUS?!?

By the Way, Where Was National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice?

...Absence of Rice noted
Several members of the commission voiced their displeasure that Rice, who's appeared on numerous TV talk shows, didn't appear before the panel.

The full article...
Democrats will come together on Thursday for a show of unity to elect John Kerry the next President of the United States.

Watch the rally with Governor Howard Dean webcast LIVE on JohnKerry.com. Then join in for a LIVE web chat with Gov. Dean at 1pm EST.

In the evening, Presidents Clinton and Carter will join John Kerry and others for a Democratic National Committee Unity Dinner.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

ORLANDO, Florida (CNN) -- President Bush opened his campaign in Florida on Saturday restating his defense of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the war on terror, saying he would "defend the security of America, whatever it takes."

...More Bush lies about Foreign Support for War in Iraq...

Democrats dispute

Kerry was in Idaho, taking a five-day break from campaigning . His campaign spokesman issued a statement calling the Bush speech misleading.

"John Kerry has fought for middle-class tax relief and has proposed new middle-class tax cuts in this campaign," said David Wade.

"The president is on thin ice talking taxes when his economic meltdown and record deficits have forced so many states to raise the middle-class tax burden.

..."I wish the president would spend some more time in Central Florida and speak to people other than his most loyal supporters, because he needs to hear that his misguided policies are hurting people," Graham's statement said. "In greater Orlando alone, the unemployment rate has shot from 2.5 percent in December 2000 to 4.4 percent in January 2004. That's a loss of more than 40,000 jobs.

"President Bush's economic policies have failed Florida," said Rep. Kendrick Meek of Florida, Kerry's state campaign chairman. "His corporate buddies have shipped 70,000 Floridian manufacturing jobs overseas, and now it's time for Mr. Bush to get the pink slip."


Saturday, March 20, 2004

The Kerry's Hit the Slopes in Idaho!

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry chat with skiers in the lift line.

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Heading up the slope... John Kerry, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Chris Heinz and a member of the Ski Patrol.

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Enjoying his days of R&R, John Kerry shows his skills on the slopes!

Friday, March 19, 2004

More Fun in the Snow!!!

Today John Kerry completed a three-hour trek up and down a mountain in Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Ketchum, Idaho. Kerry snowshoed up and snowboarded down from about a 2000-foot ridge.

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Tim Cron, of the Sun Valley Ski Patrol, guided Kerry up the mountain on Friday and warned that conditions would be challenging.

Kerry set out up the slope with Cron, personal assistant Marvin Nicholson and three burly Secret Service agents. They picked their way to the top before skiing and snowboarding down.

A normal 10-minute descent turned into 45 minutes. Nearly everyone tumbled repeatedly and often stopped to catch a breath. Even the agents struggled, and a couple gave up and donned snowshoes for the final stretch.

After getting off the slope, Kerry put on snowshoes for a 200-yard trek across flat ground. Even with his snowshoes, he often sank up to his thighs. He was clearly fatigued as he reached the bottom of the mountain.

"It's a great workout," Kerry said. "The view up there was spectacular."

“Today marks the one year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. It is an important day to recognize the courage and enormous skill of the United States military. Our men and women in uniform are the best and the brightest the nation has to offer, and their efforts to defend Democracy should be honored each and every day. We also must remember those that have given their lives in the fight for freedom." - John Kerry

Read the entire statement...
Read More: George Bush: Mission Still Not Accomplished

Thursday, March 18, 2004

John Kerry Spends His First Day of Vacation Chillin' in Idaho!

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

John Kerry headed to the slopes today with his snowboard during the first day of his vacation at Sun Valley in Ketchum, Idaho.

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Monday, March 15, 2004

Reverend Al Sharpton Endorses John Kerry

John Kerry, Democratic Candidate for President, issued the following statement today on Reverend Al Sharpton’s endorsement of his campaign for the presidency.

“Over the course of the past year, I have come to appreciate the warmth and candor Reverend Al Sharpton exhibited in so many primary debates and forums across America. No one can argue with his ability to cut through the double-talk we see coming from this Administration.
“I welcome his endorsement and thank him for helping to unify the Democratic Party toward our common goal: to beat George Bush in November and put America back on the right track.

“As Al Sharpton has pointed out so many times, in so many places, this Administration’s policy toward America’s cities has been one of neglect. The unemployment rate for African-American males in New York City is near fifty percent. Three million more Americans have slipped into poverty while George Bush has been in the White House and serious crimes are back on the upswing. Al Sharpton and I agree on the need for a real urban agenda that brings change and progress to America’s cities.

“I thank Reverend Sharpton for his endorsement and look forward to working with him and all Democrats in the months ahead. It is time to lead America in a new direction and give those who have been ignored for too long a government that hears their voices and addresses their concerns.”


9/11 families make their voices heard

Some families of September 11 victims are objecting to Bush-Cheney 2004 ads that use images from the attacks in New York City.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- This week, a new pressure group demonstrated its clout -- and got the White House to change its position.

That's a pretty impressive political Play of the Week.

Last week, some family members of victims from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks expressed anger over the president's use of 9/11 footage in a campaign ad.

"We're saying, find some other way to run a campaign without stepping on the bodies of our dead," said Rita Lasar, who lost her brother in the terrorist attacks.

Here's the full article.....

On Monday, the Family Steering Committee issued a statement saying, "This administration has not fully cooperated with the 9/11 commission. ... President Bush opposed the creation of the 9/11 commission and his administration has set up roadblocks that have inhibited the commission's progress.''

Saturday, March 13, 2004


Kerry Has Delegates for Nomination

By GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - John Kerry locked up the Democratic presidential nomination Saturday, eclipsing the magic number of delegates needed to become President Bush's chief rival in the general election, according to an Associated Press tally.

The four-term Massachusetts senator reached the 2,162 delegate mark Saturday afternoon, the AP count found, just as Democrats in Kansas headed to party caucuses.

Amassing the required number of delegates was a mere formality for Kerry after his last main Democratic rival, John Edwards, dropped out of the campaign following a disastrous showing on March 2, when 10 states held "Super Tuesday" contests.

Kerry hit the magic number early Saturday afternoon thanks to support from "superdelegates" — people who get a vote at the Democratic convention in Boston by virtue of their influence within the party.

Kerry had 2,000 delegates following his commanding wins in primaries in four Southern states last week. He picked up the last 162 needed through superdelegate endorsements or pledges to vote for him at the convention.

The AP count is based on state and party rules, analysis of election results, and interviews with superdelegates. Superdelegate support was counted only if someone could be contacted, either personally or through a representative.

Friday, March 12, 2004

A note about some politicaly themed entertainment from Oscar winner Tim Robbins:

When did you first come up with the idea for “Embedded”?
During the war, I was reading different news sources. I would check everything. It’s the way to get a balance. And I was reading a different account of the war in the U.K. papers and that was for me, curious. I started making notes. I started by writing the scenes with the Office of Special Plans folks—the neo-conservatives—just as an exercise. I wondered what skewed logic was it to use deception and lies to get the American public’s support for the war?

You’re talking about President Bush’s advisors like Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz.
Yeah, I did some research on them and I found out about some of the philosophy they adhere to—a kind of elitist philosophy that there are different truths for different people. The idea of the noble lie—that concept exists in the philosophies of some of these people. So I just started writing these characters and that’s kind of where the play started. Then I thought, this is fun to write but there is another story here, and that’s the soldiers who are serving the country.

The war planners are shown in masks and suits, plotting the war from what appears to be an office.
For me, this war is hard to stomach mainly because the people, the policy makers that have put these men and women in danger, all had the opportunity when they were young men to serve in Vietnam. Most of them chose not to, [they] sought deferments or avoided service altogether. Not only did they not serve but their children don’t have to, and yet they see no problem with this kind of policy of pre-emptive war.

You make them sound a little heartless.
I wanted to try to understand what motivates this kind of policy. There is what I feel is a misguided benevolence. I do believe they [Bush’s advisors] think they are doing a good thing for the world. It’s just curious to me that the rest of the world doesn’t seem to get it. Even our long time allies are not looking at us with a mixture of suspicion and fear.

Why did you call the play “Embedded”?
I just like the word. It’s a great word.

From the depiction of the media coverage in the play, it doesn’t seem like you were a real fan of the embedded journalist program.
Actually, there was some really good reporting from embedded journalists. There are two sympathetic types in the play, two cheerleader types and one in the middle. There’s one embedded reporter who is a model for how one can ‘get things through.’ As she says, ‘You just have to be clever.’

What message are you hoping to get across to the audience?
I hope that people leave the theater in some kind of discussion. That would be my ideal. Whether they agree or not, I don’t care. I hope they address some of the questions raised in the play.

Have you gotten any backlash from supporters of the war?
There have been a couple people who’ve been pissed off. Listen, it’s a satire. And you can’t be polite in a satire. It’s also not a documentary, so people can take what they want to out of it. Just come on down and see it and have an open mind. I’d like people to see it and judge for themselves what the play is about.
Kerry's chance encounter leads to conversation about Irish Peace Talks:

On Friday, Kerry spent the day running errands and shopping in Boston, where he bought more than $150 in books from a local book store and had a chance encounter with Martin McGuinness, a leader of the Irish group Sinn Fein.

McGuinness gave Kerry an upbeat report on the status of the stalled Irish peace talks.

“We’re tremendously far along in the peace process,” McGuinness said. “Where we are is a far better place than where we were 10 years ago.”

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Air America Radio... Coming Soon to the Airwaves Near You!

Al Franken is baiting the conservatives again, and this time he's bringing along friends to back him up...

Franken will be the lead personality on Air America Radio...

Franken will be joined by fellow TV comedian Janeane Garofalo, both of whom will have co-hosts for their live three-hour shows. Other shows will be hosted by Randi Rhodes, a radio personality from southern Florida, and Lizz Winstead, a co-creater of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central.

"Bush is going down in November," Franken said. "We're not ceding this territory any more. To their credit, the right wing has captured radio. We're going after them, and we're going after them hard."

The backers of Air America announced their programming lineup on Wednesday and said they planned to launch the network on March 31 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.

Mark Walsh, the CEO of Progress Media Inc., the company backing the network, said they have yet to sign any firm deals with advertisers but that several nonprofit organizations and progressive groups have promised to advertise.

He said the company hoped to raise "upward of $30 million" by the time the network goes live, which would allow them to operate for about 2 years before turning a profit. He declined to say how much they had raised so far, but he said "we are well on our way" to reaching the goal.

Walsh acknowledged that the starting base for the network was small, though positioned in key markets. "We don't expect to get giant numbers right away. This is one brick at a time."

Best of luck to Mark Walsh, Al Franken and the Air America crew! We'll all be listening...
Kerry Won't Back Down:

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Thursday rejected demands that he apologize for calling his critics in the Republican Party "the most crooked, you know, lying group I've ever seen."

As Republican congressional leaders criticized Kerry's proposals and called for him to stop name-calling and negative campaigning, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., said they see Kerry as "Ted Kennedy on a South Beach diet."

"I have no intention whatsoever of apologizing for my remarks," Kerry said during a news conference on the Senate side of the Capitol. "I think the Republicans need to start talking about the real issues before the country."

"There is a Republican attack squad that specializes in trying to destroy people and be negative," he said. "I haven't said anything that's incorrect about them. They've said a lot of things that are incorrect."

DeLay said Democrats "haven't produced anything but hate and that's what is disturbing."

Kerry dismissed their criticism of his remark as an effort to take attention away from Bush administration policies. "They can't talk about those things because George Bush doesn't have a record to run on, he has a record to run away from. And that's what they're trying to do," Kerry said.

In Chicago, Kerry told a supporter who had urged him to take on Bush: "Let me tell you, we've just begun to fight. We're going to keep pounding. These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group I've ever seen. It's scary."

It appears to me there is a double standard being played by the Republicans, it's not okay for John Kerry to speak up about his opinions of some Republicans, yet Rep. Jack Kingston and Tom DeLay can make snide comments about Kerry...

What is that about? Does not seem fair at all does it?

Thank You John Kerry, for Not Backing Down!
George Bush's Credibility Problem: The Truth Behind His Attack Ad

The Bush Cheney Campaign uses Weapons of Deception and Distortion because they can’t have an honest debate about jobs and taxes.

The $900 billion ad is completely false. If the Bush wants to have a real debate about John Kerry’s plan to give the middle class tax relief and roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to invest in health care and education, John Kerry says Bring It On.
In fact, George Bush needs to answer questions about his own tax increase: THE BUSH TAX

BUSH ATTACK: “A president sets his agenda for America in the first 100 days. John Kerry's plan: To pay for new government spending, raise taxes by at least $900 billion.”

FACT: John Kerry will cut; not increase taxes on middle class families

The ad takes Kerry’s statement out of context.

In fact, John Kerry said:

“In my first hundred days in the White House, I will roll back George Bush’s tax cut for the wealthiest so that we can invest in education and health care.”

What a difference three little dots make!

Here's what is clear: the new Bush ad is designed to deceive the 98 percent of Americans who will only get ADDITIONAL tax cuts and health savings from John Kerry. The $900 billion number in the Bush ad is completely made up and shows that George Bush is running a campaign of deception and distortion.

While George Bush turns a blind eye to the spiraling health care costs facing the American people, John Kerry has proposed a plan to make health care more affordable and available for all American families. One third of the cost of this plan is a TAX CUT, nearly another third is straight relief from the cost of health care up to $1,000 per family, and the final third spends resources on those that need help most – such as our children.

Even when it was not always popular in the Democratic primaries, John Kerry made it clear that he supported maintaining hundreds of billions of tax cuts for working families making under $200,000. This ad is completely designed to deceive Americans.


D-Bunking George Bush's Right-Wing Smear Machine

Are you ready? George Bush launched a new negative ad today attacking John Kerry. But we're fighting right back. Today we launched the "D-Bunker," a new feature on our web site where we take on the Republicans' fictions and butt them up against the facts- it's not pretty!

Every day for the rest of the campaign, check out the D-Bunker for up-to-date, fact-based responses to the worst Karl Rove can dish out.

Way To Go Kerry Campaign!

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

The Long Awaited Historic Meeting of Former Rivals:

Today, John Kerry met with onetime rival Howard Dean to discuss a possible endorsement and what role the former Vermont governor might play in his campaign. Kerry greeted Dean as he arrived at campaign headquarters, and the two joined hands and raised them high for cameras.

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In an email sent out today to Kerry supporters, John Kerry said:

"It's time for Democrats to unite so that together, we can change America."

"Everywhere I've been in this campaign, I've been amazed at the levels of enthusiasm and energy from Democrats all across America who are ready for change in November. With their help and yours, this campaign is shaping up as the most determined, spirited, and far-reaching fight for our future that our Party has ever waged."

"We're more united than we have ever been. We know how much hardship George W. Bush's trail of broken promises has left in its wake -- and we know how many people are counting on us to give America back its future and its hope. This nation is demanding leadership that takes us in a new direction. And George W. Bush has made it clear that he's not going to provide it. With your help, we will."

"This week, I will be reaching out to all Democrats who have been campaigning hard to change America, including my former primary rivals. I urge you to reach out as well -- because only a united Democratic Party can meet the challenges that lie ahead."

Monday, March 08, 2004

Two years ago, Paul Alexander wrote a piece for Rolling Stone magazine that now seems prophetic: he named John Kerry as the candidate who would emerge as the Democratic front-runner in 2004, and, more than a year before Kerry announced his candidacy, identified the reasons why. Since then, Mr. Alexander has been following the campaign—often from a privileged position on the inside. This book will report what he saw, heard and witnessed about Senator Kerry and his campaign all along the way.

Veteran Political Journalist and Biographer Paul Alexander has been granted unprecedented access to Senator Kerry, his senior campaign team, members of his inner circle, his wife, and other family members. The new book from Riverhead Books will go on sale at the start of the Democratic Convention in July 2004


Sunday, March 07, 2004

Do Americans want a change?

In a poll conducted for The Associated Press by Ipsos-Public Affairs, 60 percent of Americans said the country is on the wrong track — a nightmarish number for an incumbent.

John Kerry declared in Bush's own backyard today, “Houston, we’ve got a problem.”

At a town hall meeting at the Houston Community College, John Kerry blasted Bush saying that he had produced a “barrel of broken promises” on jobs, health care and the federal budget.

Kerry called the president “a walking contradiction” who also failed to make good on vows to change the tone in Washington.

“About the only promise we can expect George W. Bush to keep this time around is his pledge of steady leadership,” said Kerry. “He has no problem campaigning on the same failed economic policies that have steadily led America into economic decline.”

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Kerry scores a knockout on ‘Super Tuesday’

Kerry Cements Democratic Nomination

John Kerry cemented the Democratic presidential nomination, driving rival John Edwards from the race with a string of Super Tuesday triumphs that catapulted the Massachusetts senator into an eight-month struggle to oust President Bush.

"Change is coming to America," Kerry said, capping a remarkable comeback that began this year with his candidacy on the brink of extinction in Iowa and New Hampshire. ...

"I am a fighter, and for more than 30 years I have been on the battle lines, on the front lines, for fairness and mainstream American values," Kerry told cheering supporters in Washington, D.C., promising to close tax loopholes, offer new incentives for manufacturers, protect the environment, raise the minimum wage and cut health care costs.

The crowd shouted along with him as Kerry delivered his signature line: "If George Bush wants to make national security the central issue of 2004, I have three words that I know he understands — Bring. It. On."

Monday, March 01, 2004


Oh, and make sure you vote out any Republican Senators and Representatives you have too!

7 Principles of a Good Republican:

1. Always favor the super-rich. No matter what you do, always favor the interests of the extremely rich. They are your major campaign bribers (financers).

2. Politics is a game. You must play to win, at all costs. No matter who you have to lie to or steal from (except the rich: always follow Principle 1).

3. Cut taxes and increase corporate welfare for the inheriting rich. Even if the poor and the middle class have to pay more. Hey, you're not getting very many campaign bribes (contributions) from THEM!

4. As you take more money from the middle class and the poor, their wealth will go down and you won't be able to get as much from them. Borrow the difference.

5. Don't worry about bankrupting the country. If the nation falls apart, the rich can always move to Switzerland or Grand Cayman. Heck, most of their money's hidden there already!

6. Claim to be the Freedom Party and to be against taxes. This will keep the middle class and the poor from seeing how much they have to pay in HIDDEN TAXES...the higher inflation, unemployment and interest rates that result from massive deficit borrowing for the rich.

7. Ban personal freedom in people's bedrooms. This will keep SOME of the moralists and religious groups from seeing how much lying and stealing you're doing!

If you'd like to read Jim's 25 Rules For Being A Good Republican, please open the Comments below!