- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

How much longer must we endure the inaccuracies and distortions of an emotional Donna Brazile? (“Figuring to feed on failure?” Commentary, Monday).

If she read a newspaper, she would see that Republicans are truly proposing clear and positive alternatives and/or complementary features to the big bailout.

For instance, Rush Limbaugh has proposed that 46 percent of Sen. John McCain’s tax ideas be incorporated in the overall bill in question. These halve the corporate tax rates and provide a capital-gains-tax holiday for a year. President Clinton’s first director of the Office of Management and Budget, Alice Rivlin, suggested that the package be divided up and slowed down, according to Lawrence Kudlow (“Overdose indicators,” Commentary, Monday).

Ms. Brazile’s emotional tone hides her own violation of the law of false dilemmas and overworks the fallacy of the excluded middle - that is, if you are against the Democratic proposal, you are against the “more than 200,000 Americans who lost their jobs last month.” Are those the only positions, Ms. Brazile?

The emotionality of her reaching out to grasp conservative radio talk-show host Bill Bennett’s hand on CNN, as she describes, has no bearing on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lock-step control of any opposition to this bill.

RONALD S. BASHIAN

Arlington


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