24 Jan

NYTimes.com – Bush White House Broke Elections Law, Report Says

The Bush White House, particularly before the 2006 midterm elections, routinely violated a federal law that prohibits use of federal tax dollars to pay for political activities by creating a “political boiler room” that coordinated Republican campaign activities nationwide, a report issued Monday by an independent federal agency concludes.

The report by the Office of Special Counsel finds that the Bush administration’s Office of Political Affairs — overseen by Karl Rove — served almost as an extension of the Republican National Committee, developing a “target list” of Congressional races, organizing dozens of briefings for political appointees to press them to work for party candidates, and sending cabinet officials out to help these campaigns.

via NYTimes.com – Bush White House Broke Elections Law, Report Says. Wonder if Karl Rove is going to get asked on Fox News how this happened and what happens if charges are actually filed against him or the person who made the decisions to do this?

07 Dec

NYTimes.com – Still Digging

Like our mythical family, we need a plan, not just more sugar treats. Surely the cynical quote of the week — courtesy of The Daily Beast — goes to Dan Bartlett, the former George W. Bush administration spokesman who was speaking about the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that Bush “temporarily” put in place a decade ago: “We knew that, politically, once you get it into law, it becomes almost impossible to remove it. That’s not a bad legacy. The fact that we were able to lay the trap does feel pretty good, to tell you the truth.”

Bartlett offered no thoughts as to how these budget-busting tax cuts will address our country’s deficiencies today — just a high-five that in the politics of sports, the G.O.P. just scored a goal on Obama.

via NYTimes.com – Still Digging. Politics and politics rather than real policies that improve the state and standing of the United States. Tax breaks that cost the US $4 Trillion in the next decade and over the next 75 years cost 3 times as much as the Social Security projected shortfall.

15 Nov

NYTimes.com – I Believe I Can Fly

Where do I start? We know that these were not the Republican goals because they had eight years under George W. Bush to pursue them and did just the opposite. And even if we assume that this time they really mean it, they’ve never explained what programs they would cut and how doing that now won’t make our recession worse. But even if they did, these are the wrong priorities. Our priorities now are to mitigate the recession that was set in motion under Bush and to put the country on a path to sustainable economic growth. That will require vastly improving the education and skills of our work force and enabling them with 21st-century infrastructure so they will be smarter and more productive. We know that tax cuts alone won’t do that; we just had that test, too, under Bush. It requires a complex strategy for American renewal — raising some taxes, like on energy, while lowering others, like on workers and corporations; and investing in new infrastructure, schools and research, while cutting other services.

via NYTimes.com – I Believe I Can Fly. Remember the Republican agenda old failed ideas and non-ideas.

02 Feb

Be Careful What Your Bumper Sticker Says – Wired.com

“Plaintiffs simply have not identified any First Amendment doctrine that prohibits the government from excluding them from an official speech on private property on the basis of their viewpoint,” Judge Paul J. Kelly wrote for the majority Wednesday.

via Be Careful What Your Bumper Sticker Says | Threat Level | Wired.com. Ridiculous, the ability for the government to silence or dismiss voices that they or parts of the government wish to not hear is not a valid reason to eject someone from a Presidential speech. The property holder surely has a reasonable case here of being able to eject people from their property they disagree with, but not the government.