The Note: Thumbs on Both Sides of the Scale

[". . . leaders from more than 40 of the nation's most powerful conservative Christian organizations are gathering in Washington, D.C., this week to put GOP Congressional leaders on notice that they will actively look to keep 'values voters' away from the polls if lawmakers don't make good on commitments to move a 'Christ-centered' legislative agenda," reports Roll Call.]

Do you want tax cuts to keep our strong economy getting stronger, or Pelosi-style tax increases? That's your choice.

Check out this muscular press release that came courtesy of the United States government -- NOT the Republican National Committee -- on Friday afternoon:

THE PRESIDENT: "Our Party and members of the United States Congress stood squarely for tax relief for everybody who pays taxes. And the Democratic Party has a clear record.

"In 2001, more than 90 percent of the Congressional Democrats voted against cutting income tax rates.

"More than 90 percent of the Democrats voted against a bill that provided tax relief for married couples.

"More than 90 percent of the Democrats voted [against] a bill that would have put the death tax on the road to extinction.

"More than 90 percent of the Democrats voted against a bill that doubled the child credit.

"More than 95 percent of the Congressional Democrats voted against cutting taxes on capital gains.

"And recently during the budget debate, Democrats used the occasion to call for $173 billion in tax hikes and fee increases.

"The difference is clear, if you want the government in your pocket, vote Democrat. If you want to keep more of your hard-earned money, vote Republican."

By the count of those Googling monkeys with strong abacus skills, there are 5,100,483 political lifetimes to go between now and Election Day, making today's Note merely a snapshot of where things stand this morning. Be patient. Stuff is going to happen.

Proving that he can be just as wrong as Mickey Kaus LINK, President Bush makes 10:00 am ET remarks at a naturalization ceremony at the Daughters of the American Revolution Administration Building in Washington, DC today. Later in the day, the President attends a 6:30 pm ET fundraiser for embattled Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) at the Madison Hotel.

The Senate Judiciary meets to markup comprehensive immigration reform legislation at 10:00 am ET. Asked Sunday on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" about Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's (R-TN) threat to bring an immigration bill to the floor that doesn't include a guest worker provision if the Senate Judiciary Committee doesn't finish its work on Monday, Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) said: "We're going to get the bill out tomorrow, George. We may have to work very, very late into the night but we will."

Dr./Leader/Sen. Frist holds a pen-and-pad only dugout in the Senate chamber at 12:30 pm ET.

Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D-LA) delivers Louisiana's first post-Katrina "State of the State" address in Baton Rouge, LA

DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) and New Jersey Assemblywoman Linda Stender discuss the potential of stem cell research and unveil a new Web ad attacking Rep. Mike Ferguson's (R-NJ) record on the issue. (See below for more).

The American Enterprise Institute held a 9:00 am ET discussion, "Tear Down This Wall? Fixing a Broken Immigration System" with US News' Michael Barone, the Center for Immigration Studies' Steven Camarota, and Cato's Daniel Griswold.

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