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the Executive Director and Director of Terrorism Research for
a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education
initiative. His writing has been recognized by the US House
International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for
Conflict Prevention. His organization, BasicsProject.org,
partnered in producing the original national symposium series
addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is
a member of the
International Analyst Network.
He also serves as the managing editor for The New Media Journal.
Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News
Channel, and is a regular guest on talk radio including on The
Captain's America Radio Show airing on AM1220 WSRQ and on the
Internet catering to the US Armed Forces around the world and on
The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the
USA Radio Network. His
opinion-editorials have been published by The American
Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times & Human Events and
are syndicated nationally. He is occasionally quoted in The
Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking
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How Quick the Message Fades
March 5, 2010
It is stunning to find out that there
are still some elected officials in Washington DC – especially on the Right side
of the aisle – who don’t fully understand the message being sent by the American
citizenry regarding their grotesque spending addiction. No, I’m not talking
about earmarks or pork barrel spending, which in and of themselves should be
egregious enough to warrant defeat in the next election. I am referring to how
US Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) was thrown under the bus when he demanded that his
fellow Senators actually allocate existing funds for a program they wanted to
As reported by
"Kentucky Republican Jim Bunning had been holding up action for days but
conceded after pressure intensified with Monday's cutoff of road funding and
extended unemployment benefits and health insurance subsidies for the jobless.
"Bunning wanted to force Democrats to find ways to finance the bill so that it
wouldn't add to the deficit, but his move sparked a political tempest that
subjected Republicans to withering media coverage and cost the party
politically. Bunning's support among Republicans was dwindling, while Democrats
used to being on the defensive over healthcare and the deficit seemed to relish
In other words, Bunning was trying to do what the American people are
demanding – that government be fiscally responsible; that government stop
adding to the deficit; that Congress stop spending borrowed money – and the
Congressional Republicans threw him under the bus, frightened of how supporting
his effort would "appear.”
If fiscal responsibility has to take a backseat to "appearance” then we have at
least two problems that we have to address immediately.
The Bundling of Legislation
The habit of bundling legislation – taking a group of bills and combining
them into one so that they would all be passed in a single House or Senate vote
– needs to be abolished. It facilitates the very backroom deals that are being
decried as inside the beltway "business as usual”; a never-ending circle of
"I’ll wash your back if you wash mine,” good-old-boy politicking.
We are witnessing a perfect example of why the practice of bundling legislation
should be abolished in the so-called, "Doctor Fix,” an approximately $250
billion measure to address Medicare reimbursement fees to doctors.
The "Doctor Fix” is most definitely a part of the overall healthcare insurance
reform issue. But because Congressional Progressives and Leftist Democrats are
playing numbers games to hide the true cost of healthcare insurance reform from
the American people, they moved this $250 billion item from the healthcare
insurance reform bill and attached it to the so-called "Jobs Bill” to keep the
"perceived” cost of the healthcare insurance reform bill under $1 trillion. The
"Jobs Bill” also included provisions for extending unemployment benefits and
health insurance subsidies for the long-term jobless and providing stopgap
funding for highway programs.
By bundling these pieces of legislation together, Congressional Progressives and
Leftist Democrats were able to not only establish plausible deniability for
their continued spendthrift ways, they created a vehicle for demonizing anyone
who would take issue with any one provision in the bundle of bills.
In the case of Sen. Bunning, they accused him of being "heartless” and "against
those who are unemployed,” simply because he demanded that Congress acquiesce to
the demands of the American people in that they allocate existing funds to pay
for their proposed legislation. Republican Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) typified
the cowardice of the moderate Right when asked if Bunning was hurting the GOP
"He's hurting the American people."
I would ask which is worse, which is more hurtful, which is more detrimental
to our nation, saddling the American people with more debt or being fiscally
Forcing the responsibility-challenged members of the Legislative Branch to vote
on pieces of legislation in a stand-alone fashion would not only expose the
spendthrifts, pork-barrelers and good-old-boy opportunists, it would eliminate
plausible deniability, hold each and every legislator accountable to their
constituents for the votes – without the cover of excuse and slow the
legislative process to the pace our Founders and Framers intended. It would
eliminate the disingenuous legislative tactic championed by the Progressives and
Leftist Democrats: crisis politics.
Delivering the Message
The idea that the facts, or that the demands of the governed, must take a
backseat to "appearance” should raise a red flag for each and every American.
This notion ferrets-out those who would put the well-being of their political
parties above the execution of good government.
It is the responsibility of those elected to office to communicate effectively
with their constituents. If an elected official can’t accurately and effectively
explain a piece of legislation, his position on an issue or why he voted a
certain way on any given piece of legislation then he is delinquent in his
duties and unqualified to hold office.
That the Republican Party – especially on the national level – has so-far failed
to neutralize the Progressive and Leftist Democrat media advantage is pathetic.
They were given a leg up in the new media from the get-go and they have
squandered that advantage. Not only can they not effectively utilize the
Internet as a fundraising tool, they haven’t even harnessed the vehicle for the
effective delivery of their message. If it weren’t for fact-oriented new media
outlets like the one your reading – including our publication
The New Media Journal – and talk radio, the GOP, which traditionally
would be described as more cerebrally oriented than emotionally oriented, would
still be relying exclusively on antiquated message delivery vehicles that
deliver the message too late and without and passion.
It is well past time that the GOP set itself to engaging the new media – both
financially and organizationally – so that they can create a communications
vehicle – a community of honest, fact-disseminating entities – that would be
able to obliterate any disingenuous attack from the Progressives and/or Leftists
Democrats. The Progressives and Leftist Democrats have Media Matters, MoveOn.org,
Progress for America and many, many other message vehicles – all fully funded by
their rank & file and neo-Marxist sugar-daddies – and "private” entities like
the Daily Kos and the Huffington Post, not to mention the mainstream media. The
Conservative movement is bogged down under the same elitist, click-ish inside
the beltway operatives that have been losing ground to Progressives and Leftist
Democrats for decades. Until this changes the message will always be
diluted by a more responsive, more organized and more vicious Left.
"Appearance” should never neuter the capacity for any elected official to
do what is right by their constituents. That we – as a nation – are held hostage
to unscrupulous spin doctors and Madison Avenue political charlatans is to be
denied truth, honesty and transparency. This will never change until elected
officials dispense with the need to "keep up appearances” and have the courage
to embrace the facts and the truth...always. This is part of the reason
why people are drawn to support Michelle Bachmann, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, Jim
DeMint and Tom Coburn, to name but a few.
Every elected official, and especially every elected Republican, who didn't
stand with Senator Bunning in his honest attempt to execute the will of the
people in denying the spendthrifts in the Senate the ability to inflate the debt
any further is, politically, a coward. Those who "took the thirty pieces of
silver” just so they might "appear” to care about the American people neither
care about the American people nor did them any favors by saddling our children
with even more debt.
Bottom line, anyone who didn’t stand with Jim Bunning in his want to rein-in
deficit spending – even in this singular instance – cannot be trusted to keep
their word about fiscal responsibility.
You wanted an effective litmus test? Well, here you go...