Thursday, September 30, 2004


Believe it or not, Dick Durbin's record on the economy is not very good. Shocking, I know. I can't cover every economic issue in this post, but I'll note a few things Dick Durbin is dead wrong about.

I'll devote a separate post to taxes later, but I'll say this right now: Dick Durbin is the King of Wasteful Spending. As of 2003, Durbin had a 7% lifetime approval rating from Citizens Against Government Waste, earning him the worst record in the Senate. Way to go Dick!

Dick Durbin opposes limiting expensive medical malpractice lawsuits. These lawsuits drive up insurance costs and force doctors out of practice. That's just swell. Thanks, Dick!

Dick Durbin favors affirmative action in the workplace. Because what matters is not the content of someone's character or their ability, but their race, right Dick?

Dick Durbin favors increasing welfare subsidies. But Dick Durbin opposed tax relief. So Durbin supports giving money to people who are not working, and opposes allowing people who are working to keep more of the money they make. That's genius, Dick! Pure brilliance!

Dick Durbin opposes Social Security reform. Durbin doesn't think workers should be allowed to invest a portion of their payroll tax into private, self-managed accounts or even into private accounts managed by government contracted firms. Does Dick Durbin really think the government is that great at money management? The American people are so stupid that those who want to manage their own money shouldn't be allowed to because they'll do a worse job than the government?!?

Dick Durbin: wrong on the economy.