The National Republican Congressional Committee (which is the arm of the Republican Party that seeks to help Republicans win elections to the U.S. House) has confided to me its reaction to President Obama’s budget proposal, or, as the NRCC calls it, the Walz-Obama Plan (since the NRCC apparently has information that U.S. Tim Walz, Dem-southern Minnesota, is a key architect of the budget blueprint (although this fact is nowhere divulged by Walz on either his congressional or his campaign websites).
The NRCC chose the medium of an emailed press release to divulge its feelings about the Walz-Obama budget plan to me and perhaps some others. The press release is headlined:
“The Walz-Obama Plan: More Job-Killing Taxes for More Failed Stimulus Spending; Minnesota Democrat’s Party Leaders Put Forward a Budget That Permanently Embraces Their Failed Big-Government Policies.”
The press release begins thus:
“‘Tim Walz’s Democrat leaders are shamelessly doubling down on their policies of more job-killing taxes to pay for even more wasteful stimulus spending,’ said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. ‘After years of these failed big-government policies from Washington, Walz’s constituents in Minnesota are certainly looking for a new direction that he and his fellow Democrats seem unwilling to consider.'”
The press release goes on for five additional paragraphs, but perhaps you have the gist. The word “failed” appears seven times, always adjectivally (if “adjectivally” is indeed a word) as “failed policies” (three times), “failed big-government policies” (two more times), “failed leadership and policies” (just once) and “failed stimulus spending (once). The quasi-word “job-killing” appears three times, always adjectivally and always modifying the plural noun “taxes.”
If you would like to see the full statement, to check my word counting of for any other reason, you can find it here, although you will note that the version displayed is a slight variation in which all seven references to “Walz” have been replaced by references to “Matheson,” which is the name of the Dem incumbent House member from Utah.
As the link makes clear, a surprisingly similar press release has been issued in 52 slight variations, the only variation being that a different Dem congressman’s name is inserted in place of Walz (and Matheson). Among Minnesota’s House Dems, Collin Peterson was also so-honored, although Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison were not. Communications Director Lindsay’s views on the Peterson-Obama plan are not significantly different from his views of the Walz-Obama plan.