Attempting to understand

I was having an email debate with a friend about the differences between Republican and Democrat economic policies. My complaint about his argument was that he was attacking strawmen rather than actual arguments. I think it is useful to reproduce some of the discussion here. The context of this discussion is his endorsement of this screed by Al Gore:

I’m convinced that most of the president’s frequent departures from fact-based analysis have much more to do with right-wing political and economic ideology than with the Bible. It is love of power for its own sake that is the original sin of this presidency.

The essential cruelty of Bush’s game is that he takes an astonishingly selfish and greedy collection of economic and political proposals and then cloaks them with a phony moral authority, thus misleading many Americans … who have a deep and genuine desire to do good in the world.

Truly, President Bush has stolen the symbolism and body language of religion and used it to disguise the most radical effort in American history to take what rightfully belongs to the American people and give as much of it as possible to the already wealthy and privileged.

Here goes my response

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