Saturday, October 01, 2005

Read the lines (not between them)! 

I think the first paragraph of this Reuters article says it all:

The White House on Friday threatened to veto a $440.2 billion defense spending bill in the Senate because it wasn't enough money for the Pentagon and also warned lawmakers not to add any amendments to regulate the treatment of detainees or set up a commission to probe abuse.

$440.2 billion--that's $1500 for every man, woman and child in the US--isn't enough? Thank GOD/GOP for small government!

The rest of the sentence is astonishing for what it admits. It admits that there is no regulation of the (mis)treatment of detainees and no commission to probe abuse. Hello, the word's out. Any sane person, who wasn't complicit in the war crimes being committed by the US, would want a statement for proper treatment of detainees and a commission. Obviously, Bush has simply too much to hide. This is an admission of guilt.

McCain, Warner, and the rest of you now know how to act. It is time for impeachment, imprisonment and improvement. Since the Dems are too wimpy to do it (Salazar is the perfect Quisling of our time, for example), let the moderate Republicans do it. After all, there is ZERO chance a Democrat will ever stand up to Bush.

As I heard on the radio today, anyone who still supports Bush is either stupid or cruel. I think this little admission about the treatment of prisoners tips the balance in favor of the latter.


Thursday, September 29, 2005

Contract on America 

In 1994, the Republicans made a "contract with America". Little did we know that they were actually putting out a contract on America.

Let's revisit, and see how well they've done, with control of the legislative branch for 11 years, the executive branch for 5 years, and the judicial branch for the same (why haven't Cheney and Rove been on trial? Because Bush has put all the Federal Judges on the bench--thanks to J for this pointer).

1. THE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT: A balanced budget/tax limitation amendment and a legislative line-item veto to restore fiscal responsibility to an out- of-control Congress, requiring them to live under the same budget constraints as families and businesses.

An immoral budget for next year with a non-GAAP deficit north of $500 billion (and a GAAP deficit of more like $750 billion)? Let me have that kind of responsibility!

2. THE TAKING BACK OUR STREETS ACT: An anti-crime package including stronger truth-in- sentencing, "good faith" exclusionary rule exemptions, effective death penalty provisions, and cuts in social spending from this summer's "crime" bill to fund prison construction and additional law enforcement to keep people secure in their neighborhoods and kids safe in their schools.

Crime stayed steady under Clinton, but Bush's reign has changed that.

And it goes on and on to...

10. THE CITIZEN LEGISLATURE ACT: A first-ever vote on term limits to replace career politicians with citizen legislators.

Thank goodness they got this in place so DeLay won't stay in the House. Oops, sorry, looks like he'll be term-limited for another reason altogether, my mistake.

Then, their Appendix is the best part:

Further, we will instruct the House Budget Committee to report to the floor and we will work to enact additional budget savings, beyond the budget cuts specifically included in the legislation described above, to ensure that the Federal budget deficit will be less than it would have been without the enactment of these bills.

Yea, doing REAL good at this.

They certainly have "taken out" America. Contract fulfilled.


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