As Paul Craig Roberts observes, it’s incredible that the first order of business for Democrats is not repealing the freedom-robbing legislation under the Bush administration.

Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy from 1981 to 1982. President Reagan and Treasury Secretary Regan credited him with a major role in the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, and he was awarded the Treasury Department’s Meritorious Service Award for “his outstanding contributions to the formulation of United States economic policy.”
Note that this is a non-Republican guy who says,

“Democrats…have shown no recognition that the first order of business is to repeal the legislation that permits torture, warrantless detention and domestic spying.”

I would add to that the insultingly titled “PATRIOT” Act, Radio Frequency ID Chips (RFID), the “Real ID” Act, etc.!

What’s this? A non-Republican and this non-Democrat (me) wondering why Democrats aren’t defending this no-brainer? Could THIS be just another reason why, in Florida’s District 21 and around the country, while Republicans are experiencing a slow decline in voters, the spillover is going to the “Independent/NPA” category (now over 24%) instead of to Democrats (at a stagnant 33.5%)?

Have Democrats also abandoned their strengths in the same way that Republicans abandoned their fiscal discipline rhetoric when Bush was elected in 2000?