If They Win With Lies?

Following is an e-mail that is circulating. Try not to get sidetracked correcting or otherwise reacting to the lies — see the bigger picture: IT IS ALL LIES! This is how the Republicans are trying to “win” this election — entirely with lies and tricks.

What does it mean for the future of the country, and the world, if they are able to hold power using methods like these? In history, what kind of governments emerge from such tactics and lies, and what are the consequences to the citizens and the rest of the world?

Here’s the e-mail:

What to believe?

I’m trying to get all this political stuff straightened out in my head so I’ll know how to vote come November. Right now, we have one guy saying one thing. Then the other guy says something else. Who to believe?

Lemme see; have I got this straight?

Clinton awards Halliburton no-bid contract in Yugoslavia – good…

Bush awards Halliburton no-bid contract in Iraq – bad…

Clinton spends 77 billion on war in Serbia – good…

Bush spends 87 billion in Iraq – bad…

Clinton imposes regime change in Serbia – good…

Bush imposes regime change in Iraq – bad…

Clinton bombs Christian Serbs on behalf of Muslim Albanian terrorists-good…

Bush liberates 25 million from a genocidal dictator – bad…

Clinton bombs Chinese embassy – good…

Bush bombs terrorist camps – bad…

Clinton commits felonies while in office – good…

Bush lands on aircraft carrier in jumpsuit – bad…

No mass graves found in Serbia – good…

No WMD found Iraq – bad…

Stock market crashes in 2000 under Clinton – good…

Economy on upswing under Bush – bad…

Clinton refuses to take custody of Bin Laden – good…

World Trade Centers fall under Bush – bad…

Clinton says Saddam has nukes – good…

Bush says Saddam has nukes – bad…

Clinton calls for regime change in Iraq – good…

Bush imposes regime change in Iraq – bad…

Terrorist training in Afghanistan under Clinton – good…

Bush destroys training camps in Afghanistan – bad…

Milosevic not yet convicted – good…

Saddam turned over for trial – bad…

Ahh, it’s so confusing!

Every year an independent tax watchdog group analyzes the average tax burden on Americans, and then calculates the “Tax Freedom Day”. This is the day after which the money you earn goes to you, not the government. This year, tax freedom day was April 11th. That’s the earliest it has been since 1991. It’s latest day ever was May 2nd, which occurred in 2000. Notice anything special about those dates?

Recently, John Kerry gave a speech in which he claimed Americans are actually paying more taxes under Bush, despite the tax cuts. He gave no explanation and provided no data for this claim.

Another interesting fact: Both George Bush and John Kerry are wealthy men.

Bush owns only one home, his ranch in Texas.

Kerry owns 4 mansions, all worth several million dollars.

(His ski resort home in Idaho is an old barn brought over from Europe in pieces. Not your average A-frame).

Bush paid $250,000 in taxes this year;

Kerry paid $90,000.

Does that sound right?

The man who wants to raise your taxes obviously has figured out a way to avoid paying his own.

Pass this on. Not many days left until the election.

It is essential to the country – and to the world – that the kind of people who would employ such tactics not succeed. History has taught us a hard lesson about this. Have you done everything you can?

Update – It’s also posted on about 800 websites.