Leaders of the Senate Budget Committee want to assemble a Bipartisan panel of lawmakers and administration officials to deal with the skyrocketing costs of Social Security and other entitlement programs, with the goal of bringing a reform proposal to a vote in Congress later this year.
It wouldn't be possible to overcommit them.
Remember the love-fest at the Gates confirmation hearings? After Rummy, Gates was supposed to be the sane one. Oh well. Gates has already drunk deep of That Kool-Aid Which Cannot Be Undrunk. Guardian:
Increased US military activity in the Gulf is aimed at Iran's "very negative" behaviour, the Bush administration said today.
So, Bush's library speech really was all about Iran? Read more about The Republicans should all have been committed long ago
Sundown towns. Excellent MLK Day reading. I'd make the point that people often forget that this whole "give them a middle class!" thing has been tried before; white folks tend to get twitchy with the guns and torches when middle class communities of color get "too big." Progressives should never forget that the more recent history of white oppression is just as ugly as the antebellum version. Read more about Sundown on Integration
The reason this country lacks universal voting rights is that progressive reformers have been unwilling to sacrifice a just, decent, affordable, humane system for a merely universal one. Universality, after all, is easy. Widespread voting access and actual enumeration are not. And demanding a perfect system is easy. But as Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Johnson, Kennedy and Nixon have found, achieving such a system is not. Now, the argument over which type of system is the most worthwhile, and which sort the most possible, is a worthy one, and it's perfectly defensible to argue -- as Stoller does -- for nationalized voting rights in that context. But to accuse Thurman, Helms, Byrd and so many others who've devoted their lives to the study and struggle of this issue "unserious" because they don't believe we'll dissolve the states rights industry in a single legislative penstroke is profoundly, well, unserious.
Well, isn't this interesting? New Money look out.
â€œWe may find out this person has unexplained wealth for reasons that have nothing to do with being a spy, in which case weâ€™re out of it,â€ said Thomas A. Gandy, a senior Army counterintelligence official.
Vice President Dick Cheney called [Scooter Libby], who goes on trial this week in the CIA leak case, "one of the more honest men I know" and said Sunday he expects to testify for the defense.
Now, that's a headline that writes itself, isn't it? And doesn't Cheney's faux gravitas make you want to throw up?
I do expect Fitzgerald's cross to be interesting, though. Read more about But that's not saying a whole lot, is it?
I have been without access to a working computer for much of the last month, so it was a shock, getting back to the lethal emptiness of our political discourse as represented by the utter and complete pap spewed by our Sunday gasbags. Read more about Sunday Gasbaggery: This Week, Like Every Other Week
Not so small. Or cheap. But it is large:
â€œEmbassy Baghdadâ€ will dwarf new U.S. embassies elsewhere, projects that typically cover 10 acres. The embassyâ€™s 104 acres is six times larger than the United Nations compound in New York, and two-thirds the acreage of Washingtonâ€™s National Mall.
We could do a post a day along the lines of this post. This won't surprise you, but it is so widespread I think it's worth posting. Contrast and compare:
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