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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Democratic Talking Points - 8/29/04

Here are the talking points I have been provided with. Feel free topass this on to your group of writers. See you Monday night.Paul---------- Forwarded message ----------From: Michael Golden Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2004 13:23:37 -0400Subject: letters to editor for convention week!To: allstaff@missouridems.orgRegional Field Directors: The following themes are what we will be talking about this week inresponse to the Republican National Convention.These points are perfect for your volunteers who have expressedinterest in writing letters to the editor. The sooner wepass these on to our letter-writers, the better. The letters we writewill augment efforts by MediaCorps to get our voiceson the opinoin pages. I will supply fresh points by Wednesday morning. Thanks all. MISSION NOT ACCOMPLISHEDThis week, all the words, slogans, and personal attacks in the worldcannot disguise the fact that George Bush and Dick Cheney havesucceeded in weakening the middle class here at home and underminingAmerica's respect and strength in the world.Their 4 years in office is a tale of Mission Accomplished – for aselect few. But for most American's it's a story of Mission NotAccomplished.· Their mission has been accomplished for Halliburton – butnot for our soldiers in Iraq.· Mission accomplished for drug companies – but not for our seniors.· Mission accomplished for companies seeking tax breaks forshipping jobs overseas – but not for workers.· Mission accomplished for big oil companies – but not formiddle class families struggling with the cost of energy, health careand education.The real choice in this election is this: Four more years of anAdministration that puts the narrow interests of the few ahead of theinterests of most Americans OR new leadership that will serve as achampion for the middle class and those struggling to join it.Primary Message Focus – MNA DetailedThe Republicans have given the following thematic frame to theirconvention: "Fulfilling America's Promise by Building a Safer Worldand a More Hopeful America." On all counts, President Bush has failedhis mission:How has President Bush failed his mission? · George Bush has weakened the middle class with policies thathave hurt our economy and cost jobsUnder George W. Bush's misleadership, we have lost 1.8 million privatesector jobs while supporting tax breaks to companies that ship jobsoverseas.Family incomes have gone down by $1400, while health care, energy, andcollege costs soar.He has raided Social Security to pay for tax breaks for the wealthiestAmericans and special interests.· George Bush has weakened the middle class with policies thathave let health care costs skyrocketDrove health insurance premiums up by 50 percent A prescription drug plan that helps drug company profit not America's seniors Prohibited patients from buying cheaper prescription drugs from Canada · George Bush has misled us on Iraq and weakened American in the world:Rushed to war with no plan to win the peace, costing the US $200billion and risingA go-it-alone foreign policy that undermines the war against terrorBillions for Haliburton while troops are shortchanged on body armor and benefits· George Bush's policies have left us more dependent on foreign oil:Average family paying $580 more in gas prices, while oil profits riseand the Saudi royal family profitsMade America more dependent on foreign oil and failed to invest inalternative technologies and conservation

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