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For some reason, I'm on a GOP mailing list. They sent me the following letter, ostensibly written by our Commander in Chief:

Dear Danny,

Republicans have a record of dealing with some serious economic times during my presidency. We have had a recession, a stock market collapse, terrorist attacks, corporate scandals and major natural disasters.

Because Republicans acted and had an economic recovery plan, we have created strong economic growth and nearly 5.3 million new jobs in the last two and half years; the national unemployment rate has dropped to 4.6% -- that is lower than the average rate of the 1960s, 1970s, the 1980s and the 1990s; productivity is up and household net worth is at an all-time high.

Republicans understand that by cutting taxes people will have more of their own money to save, spend and invest as they see fit, not as the government wants. So our Party and GOP members of the U.S. Congress stood squarely for tax relief for everybody who pays taxes.

We have a lot of work to do to make sure America remains a prosperous country, so that every single citizen can realize the great promise of America.

That is why your support as a Sustaining Member of the Republican National Committee is vital to our Party's success in the 2006 mid-term elections.

Danny , nothing threatens our hard-won reforms and economic prosperity more than a Democrat victory this November.

Today, many Democrats want the tax relief we passed to expire in a few years. Some even want to repeal it now.

The Democrat Party has a clear record when it comes to taxes.

In 2001, more than 71% of the congressional Democrats voted against cutting income tax rates. More than 90% of the Congressional Democrats voted against a bill that provided tax relief for married couples.

More than 71% of Democrats voted against a bill that would have put the death tax on the road to extinction. More than 71% of Democrats voted against a bill that doubled the child credit. In 2003, more than 96% of the Congressional Democrats voted against cutting taxes on dividends and capital gains.

And recently, during the budget debate, Democrats used the occasion to call for $173 billion in tax hikes and fee increases.

The difference is clear: if you want the government in your pocket, vote Democrat. If you want to keep more of your hard-earned money, vote Republican.

Republicans have the right ideas to keep our economy growing strong. The first thing is to make the tax cuts permanent.

Republicans are also working to cut the deficit. The best way to reduce the deficit is to keep pro-growth economic policies in place, and be wise about how we spend your money -- which is exactly what Republicans are doing in Washington. We are on our way to cut the deficit in half by 2009.

But to do that, Danny , we must re-elect Republican majorities to the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

Our GOP candidates need your support. Please send a contribution of $100, $50 or $25 to the RNC today to help elect more Republicans in 2006. You can make your donation on the RNC's secure website at www.GOP.com/Sustaining/c.

We have made remarkable progress enacting our bold, responsible agenda for America in the last five and a half years. Working together, we can continue to keep our nation moving forward to greater peace, prosperity and security.

Sincerely,

George W. Bush



I don't know what it is about GOP lists and my name. I still haven't figured out how my party affiliation went from "independent" to "Republican" 10 years ago when I started getting information booklets for their primaries. But since they were kind enough to write me, I figured I might as well write back. Here's the reply:


Corrected for clarity.

Dear Danny,

Republicans have a record of creating serious economic times during my presidency. We have had a recession, a stock market collapse, terrorist attacks, corporate scandals and major natural disasters.

Because Republicans acted without a recovery plan, we have claimed strong economic growth by helping out the rich while ignoring the poor.

Republicans understand that by cutting taxes people will have less social services and a higher deficit to pass on to our children. So our Party and GOP members of the U.S. Congress stood squarely for tax cuts because we're rich and could care less for the less fortunate.

We have a lot of work to do to make sure America's middle class is destroyed.

That is why your support as a Sustaining Member of the Republican National Committee is vital to our Party's success in the 2006 mid-term elections.

Nothing threatens our hard-won corporate tax breaks for the wealthy more than a Democrat victory this November.

Blah, blah, blah.

The difference is clear: if you want the government in your pocket, donate to my PACs. If you want to keep more of your hard-earned money, become rich. Being white helps, too.

Republicans have the right to oppress those less fortunate than them. It's in the Bible. You can look it up.

Republicans are also working to add to the deficit they created. The best way to add to the deficit is to keep irresponsibly self-serving economic policies in place, which is exactly what Republicans are doing in Washington.

But to do that we must re-elect Republican majorities to the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

Our GOP candidates need more smug self-righteousness, super-sized caviar, and prostitutes sent to them in the secrecy of night in order to assuage their sexual repression. Please send a contribution of $100, $50 or $25 to the RNC today to help erect more Republicans in 2006.

We have made remarkable progress enacting our irresponsible abomination of an agenda for America in the last five and a half years. Working together, we can continue to make baby Jesus cry.

Sincerely,

George W. Bush
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