Monday, July 02, 2007

In light of Fred Thompson’s surging popularity, it appears that the Democrats have aimed their guns his way. If you read any recent comments from the DNC, you will see that they are trying to paint him as a typical Washington bureaucrat, as a lobbyist who supports the big-government and as part of the “culture of corruption” in the Republican party. This is their gameplan. They want to portray Fred Thompson as someone who works for the party and not for the people. To that I say, cut the crap!

If there is one thing that brings the foul taste of bile into my mouth it’s Washington politics. The DNC and the RNC are in the business of deception and spin, with the mission to mislead, misinterpret and misinform. They do it all the time, and now they’re doing it to a fine man. Here is some basic background on Fred Thompson. If you’re interested in the truth, read along and decide for yourself if this guy is a typical Washington bureaucrat. If you’re interested in Democrat talking points, then go to another website and take another big gulp of Kool Aid because you don’t value the truth.

· As Chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, Thompson enacted a law that required federal agencies to calculate and report the cost of regulations on taxpayers and businesses.

· Press reports stated: “He put heat on federal agencies by holding hearings on mismanagement and by asking them to tote up the improper payments they made each year.” That added up to about $20 billion in taxpayer dollars. His efforts saved taxpayers more than $2 billion in 2005-06 alone at the Department of Health and Human Services.

· He published a two volume report, “Government on the Brink,” detailing the waste, fraud, and abuse of federal agencies as well as the management challenges facing the incoming Bush Administration. Paul Light, a New York University professor and leading expert on government, said, “I consider him to be one of the most dedicated overseers of the executive branch of the last 25 years.”

· Twenty-five years after he’d gained national prominence as hard-charging counsel on the Watergate committee, Thompson again stepped into the investigation spotlight. In 1997, as chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, he opened an investigation into attempts by the Chinese government to influence America policies and elections through, among other means, financing election campaigns. The investigation identified at least six Democrat donors and fundraisers, with ties to the Clinton Administration, who had laundered or aided in the laundering and distribution of foreign money into Democrat political party coffers. The investigation also exposed two Democrat Party donors with “a long-term relationship with a Chinese intelligence agency," according to the Senate committee’s report.

· In his eight years, Thompson, who served on the Finance Committee, supported and worked to enact three major tax-cut bills, reducing the federal tax burden on all of us.

· As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Thompson focused on the threat of nuclear proliferation and technology transfers that could damage American industrial and national security.

· While a vocal supporter of free trade, Thompson has also fought to link free trade to our national security interests. For example, when voting to grant full-trading status to China, Senator Thompson fought unsuccessfully to include an amendment in the bill that would have required the president to impose sanctions against China if it violated nuclear-nonproliferation agreements. Thompson also served on the Intelligence Committee at a time when it examined the failings in intelligence and analysis leading into the September 11th terrorist attacks, as well as the reforms needed to better prepare for future threats.


lb said...

First time to read your blog-thanks for this great summary about Fred Thompson! I hope your writing will be used to spread the truth in a way that helps voters make an intelligent decision based on facts and not on misleading media spin.

So glad I was pointed to your writing-looking forward to reading more!

Anonymous said...

I don't get what the big deal is with Thompson. I really don't. I think it's too early to make a decision, but all I've heard about the guy is he's some actor, and overnight the right seems to have rallied behind him.

Personally I'd put my vote with Ron Paul. He won't win, but if he does, say goodbye to the Department of Education, and the Department of Homeland Security. Also, the IRS. That's the way I'm voting.

RepublicanWomenAgainstFredThompson said...

Some things about Thompsons record you left out:

He Voted to allow firms to lay off Americans to make room for foreign workers in 1998!!!

He Voted to kill programs that were intended to assist employers in verifying whether people they had just hired had the legal right to work in this country!!!!!

Sen. Thompson, in committee consideration of S.1664 protected businesses from having to pay higher fines when they are caught hiring illegal aliens!!!!

Voted to grant legal status to Nicaraguans and Cubans who had lived in the United States illegally since 1995, along with their spouses and minor unmarried children. The overall ten year impact of this legislation will be the addition of some 967,000 people to U.S!!! (of course now he calls those Cubans terrorists.... go figure)

Anonymous said...

RWAFT: Sounds fine to me. More laws is a pretty bad answer to illegal immigration. You know, a problem basically caused by laws. Sounds like he's an actual conservative. Again, not that I'd vote for him over Ron Paul but...

John Washburn said...

lb, thanks for dropping by and feel free to comment any time. All points of view are welcome here.

RWAFT, I appreciate the input. The reason for the post is because already we're seeing Thompson's name being dragged through the mud, and I felt it was unfair and misleading. If you want to cite specific votes in his record, fair enough. But I had gotten a little fed up with the generalizing by the Dems.

Robert, I appreciate your input as well. It's good to see at least some younger folks are still capable of independent thought. Good on ya for that!

To be honest, I'm not impressed with any candidate and my vote certainly hasn't been decided. I'm waiting on someone to impress and so far it hasn't happened. But I do think Thompson is already getting a raw deal, and I wanted to clarify some things about it.

John Washburn said...

RWAFT, one other thing, Thompson did not call Cuban immigrants terrorists. I will be posting on this tomorrow. He talking about Castro, Chavez and their attempts to infiltrate our intelligence network.

Please keep the spin to a minimum. Just because Hillary says it's true doesn't make it so.

ilja said...

Thank you John for this informative Post. I have jumped on the Thompson bandwagon as he's been the first Republican candidate that is not left of Bush who has actually gained traction. I believe he has a lot to offer at this time in America's struggle against those who would do us harm both foreign and domestic.

I look foward to reading more of your Blog.

Elusively yours,

John Washburn said...

ilja, thanks for the kind words, you are always welcome here. Stop by anytime

Anonymous said...

RepublicanWomenAgainstFredThompson is a fraud. This comment and others are transcriptions of whack left talking points. Cuban terrorists was a giveaway.