Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Trauner press conference in Cheyenne

Gary Trauner, Democratic candidate for Wyoming's lone U.S. House seat, talked to members of the press and one lone blogger today in Cheyenne. The subject? It's the economy, stupido. While Gary talked, U.S. Senate members in D.C. were grilling Henry Paulson about his proposed bailout.

Said Trauner: "This bailout without accountability is a license to loot." As a businessman, he wants the specifics of the plan laid out for all to see. And he wants the Bush Administration and Congress to move quickly. "We can't afford two more days let alone two more years of Wyoming politicians doing nothing."

Those remarks seemed to be aimed at Wyoming's delegation, Republicans all, but particularly do-nothing Barbara Cubin and the Republican pretender her throne, Cynthia Lummis. He said that all Lummis wants to do is raise taxes on millions of Americans (the poor who now pay no taxes) and dismantle Social Security and put the money into private accounts. "Ask anyone with a 401(K) how their investments are doing," Trauner said.

When asked if one particular political party is to blame for this mess, Gary refused to name names. "No party is to blame. It's a philosophy that's to blame." That philosophy, he added, "holds that government has no role in oversight." It's the same philosophy that brought us the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina, the unnecessary Iraq War, and the privatizing of essential government services -- contracts that usually go to the buddies of the chief philosophers of the Republican Party. He added: "One party is more to blame. But the people in the Democratic Party share some of the blame."

The candidate offered some more specifics. I'll roll those out later....

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