TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/21/2002 11:05:00 PM ----- BODY:

Truth In The Guardian. We Are In The End Times

Give Peace A Chance? No Way.

It is the Palestinian leadership's rejection of the Barak-Clinton peace proposals of July-December 2000, the launching of the intifada, and the demand ever since that Israel accept the "right of return" that has persuaded me that the Palestinians, at least in this generation, do not intend peace: they do not want, merely, an end to the occupation - that is what was offered back in July-December 2000, and they rejected the deal. They want all of Palestine and as few Jews in it as possible. The right of return is the wedge with which to prise open the Jewish state. Demography - the far higher Arab birth rate - will, over time, do the rest, if Iranian or Iraqi nuclear weapons don't do the trick first.

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DeFazio pitches Social Security changes at meeting

By Les Gehrett Albany Democrat-Herald
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio shared his plan to stabilize the nation's Social Security system at a town hall meeting in Albany that drew more than 60 people Tuesday night. He started the meeting by reassuring seniors that the system is not broke and will continue honoring its current obligations. "We've been talking about the looming problem of Social Security for a number of years. Social Security's current finances are sound," DeFazio said. But he said the system will run into serious problems in about 37 years. Projections show that by that time the system will have used up all its reserves and will be on a "pay-as-you-go" basis. Because of an aging population, the amount of benefits due then will outstrip the amount of money coming in by approximately 25 to 30 percent.
Problem #1: The system is already “pay-as-you-go” Money comes in and is immediately sent out to current recipients. The remainder is put into a”trust fund” where it is exchanged for Treasury notes that are used to pay down the national debt. There is nothing in the “trust fund” except I.O.U.’s from the Treasury backed by the government’s taxing power.
DeFazio said proposals to privatize part of Social Security -- by allowing people to invest a portion of their Social Security dollars -- will only make the situation worse because it will draw money away from paying current obligations and will hasten the day when all the reserves are gone.
So, the system is sound but could be driven into problems by people wanting to invest their own money. .
He proposes to solve the problem by eliminating the cap on earnings subject to the payroll tax. Currently, income above $84,900 is not taxed for Social Security. .
Oh, another “tax the guy behind the tree” plan. Will these higher tax payers also be entitled to higher pensions?.
DeFazio would make the first $4,000 in income exempt from social security, but would make all remaining wages subject to the tax, no matter how high the income. This change would bring in a vast amount of new revenue to the Social Security system and make it solvent until at least 2076..
At which time he would be safely out of office and it would be someone else’s problem .
DeFazio would use the new income to increase some Social Security benefits. He would also support allowing the Social Security system's trustees to invest some of the money in order to increase returns and further extend the solvency of the system..
Oh, Good. Social Security Trustees get to invest our tax money in their friend's businesses. This couldn't possibly be used to steer money into some politicians' pet projects could it?. .
Albany City Councilor Dick Olsen applauded DeFazio's plan and asked how much support it had in Congress. "I wish I could tell you there was a groundswell of support," DeFazio said, but he acknowledged that not many of his fellow representatives had signed off on the idea..
It only has support among DeFazio’s “progressive” caucus because it is the same plan they have been trying to sell for the past twenty years..
State Rep. Jeff Kropf, R-Halsey, said he appreciated DeFazio's efforts to be creative and flexible in thinking about the problem. But he strongly disagreed with the idea of eliminating the income limit on payroll taxes. "My concern is that a person of upper income whose entire income was taxed, would never begin to receive this money back. That creates class warfare and inequity in taxing," Kropf said..
That's interesting DeFazio is a U.S. Rep., Mr. Olsen is an Albany City Councilor, but Jeff Kropf is not only a State Rep. he is an R-Halsey. Nope, no Democrats here.
Kropf said he was interested in pursuing privatization ideas and noted that such a system was working fairly well in Chile and could be done better here. DeFazio questions the wisdom of private retirement accounts because they would increase the administrative costs of the system, and because individual investments could go wrong and leave the retiree in a bad financial position.
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I'll Tell You What, Kofi. You Donate Your Salary.

AIDS Fund Falls Short of Goal and U.S. Is Given Some Blame
Nine months after Secretary General Kofi Annan called on wealthy nations to contribute at least $7 billion a year to a global fund to fight AIDS, donations have fallen far short of that goal. Advocates and some lawmakers blame the White House, saying its pledge of $200 million this year sets a poor example for other countries
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I Guess It Matters Who The Whistle Is Blown On

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/19/2002 04:28:00 PM ----- BODY: First We have an editorial in the Oregonian extolling the virtues of Enron whistleblower Sherron Watkins.
A big round of applause for Sherron Watkins. The Enron vice president has done her coworkers and the country a commendable public service.
She tried to help save her employer.
It nearly cost her her job.
Then We have the treatment of another whistleblower, Linda Tripp by the SF Chronicle and USA Today.
LINDA TRIPP, whose betrayal of Monica Lewinsky set up President Clinton for the Republican-driven House impeachment, thinks the country owes her a living for being a palace tattletale.
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Uhh, Dude; You Aren't In Kansas Anymore

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/15/2002 12:50:00 AM ----- BODY: A Reality Check in Afghan Homeland Asia: Two U.S. men and their brother run afoul of authorities in their business dealings.
Actually it sounds like the brothers, who grew up in the U.S, tried to throw their weight around and got stomped. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/13/2002 12:19:00 PM ----- BODY: WorldNetDaily: Muslims decry influence of Valentine's Day -------- TITLE:

A Hit Piece From Berkley-On-The-Willamette

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/13/2002 12:30:00 AM ----- BODY: February 12, 2002
Don't confirm Pickering: Appeals court nominee carries too much baggage
A Register-Guard Editorial
Charles Pickering, a federal trial judge in Mississippi and now President Bush's nominee for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has become something of a political lightning rod.
This, of course, is the intent of the Democrats. Any nominee submitted that will not pass muster with the far-left wing of the party will be vigorously opposed
Civil rights and pro-choice advocates strongly oppose his nomination. Some Democrats are raising questions about a possible violation of the judicial canon of ethics because of a phone call Pickering made to one party in a 1994 trial over a cross-burning incident.
If the editor had taken the time to get the details of what transpired, this might not have been such a big deal. The Reno Justice Department had cut a deal with the other two defendants which allowed them to avoid long sentences even though at least one of them was the clear ringleader. Judge Pickering called the Justice Dept to ask why his requests for information were not being answered.
Conservatives and, most particularly, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss.,(obligatory boogey-man alert) strongly support the nominee as a principled, courageous judge.
On the civil rights front, Pickering's opponents have reached back to 1959, when Pickering was a law student and wrote a three-page note for the school's law review, pointing out flaws in Mississippi's anti-miscegenation law prohibiting marriages between blacks and whites. The note said that the law was vulnerable unless the state legislature made changes. The suggested changes were made.
Flash! Editor to U of O Law School: Law students will no longer be allowed to criticize laws they disagree with.
Questions have also been raised (good way to get a slam in without attributing it to anyone.) about an alleged connection in the 1960s to the notorious Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, which sought to maintain segregation in the state. Pickering has said he had no contact with the commission, but a document disclosed in 1998 showed that, as a state senator, he asked a commission official to inform him of labor unrest in his home county.
It is of no importance that the labor union in question was controlled by members of the Ku Klux Klan and were intimidating black employees
And, finally, Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., raised the ethics issue relating to the phone call.
Though exactly whether a millionaire trial-lawyer has any standing to talk about ethics is not clear
Pickering's supporters told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Pickering was not and had never been a racist and that it was unfair to reach back 40 years to find fault. Others (we won't talk about them. It would weaken our argument). said the judge had helped, not hindered, the recruitment of black Mississippians to run for public office. And Pickering himself testified at the committee's confirmation hearing that he didn't consider his phone call to the U.S. Justice Department to complain about a mandatory five-year sentence for the cross-burner to be a violation of judicial ethics.
The Pickering nomination is seen as a precursor to later Bush nominees to the federal bench. With Democrats in control of the Senate and willing to use any pretext to smear his nominees, the president would do well - for himself and for the country - to choose middle-of-the-road (not an overt Socialist) nominees and not conservative ideologues (liberal ideologues are O.K<.). Lott's support for Pickering will certainly help the nominee on the political front, but what's at stake here is the judiciary, not hometown buddies and political cronies (Unless they’re OUR hometown buddies and loyal Democratic party cronies.)
Charles Pickering's background suggests a mixed view on race, an inability to bow to the tenents of political correctness, a strong opposition to women's right to choose an abortion even post-term abortion in Andrea Yate’s case , a possible fib about his connection to the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission that’s right! The Sovereignty Commission was comprised of good Democrats and it is never, never allowable to oppose Democrats.) and a relaxed view of judicial ethics (I like that. Ethical millionaire trial lawyer politician. Are you guys really writing for South Park?). None of that adds up to a good reason to put him on the appeals court that covers Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. If anything, it adds up to a reason to reject his nomination. The Senate should do just that.
The interesting thing is, that there have been some very good rebuttals to this editorial published before it was written. (Supposing of course that it was actually written by the newspaper editors and not spoon-fed to them.)
James Charles Evers, the brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, wrote a in depth rebuttal to all these charges in the Wall Street Journal. Of course, reading that would entail reading publications that are not on the party approved reading list. It would also require giving credence to a black man who has clearly left the confines of the Democratic plantation. My already low opinion of the Register-Guard has not been helped by this editorial.
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Twenty Billion For New York? It Doesn't Add Up

Wasted Aid -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/12/2002 12:48:00 AM ----- BODY:

The Only Good Juror Is An Ignorant Juror

Jurors consulted dictionary; court orders new trial Looking up a medical term probably influenced the verdict, the Iowa Cour of Appeals rules. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/12/2002 12:29:00 AM ----- BODY:

A Quote For The 21st Century

Beware the Yikes of March "It is now the age of now. This concept grinds our critical, seething minds to a halt." -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/11/2002 10:39:00 PM ----- BODY:

Maybe They Thought He Was Bringing "Campaign Finance Reform"

Zimbabwe Revokes Sen. Feingold's Travel Permit -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/11/2002 10:36:00 PM ----- BODY:


LA schools remove vandalized Korans

Reuters Feb. 07, 2002 12:32:00

LOS ANGELES - Some 300 translations of the Koran, donated to Los Angeles schools by a local Muslim foundation to promote religious understanding after Sept. 11, have been removed because of an accompanying anti-Semitic commentary, school board officials said on Thursday.

Let's see if I have this straight. Anti-Semitic content equals vandalism? The comments were printed in the Korans by the publishers.

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The French Prove Their Worth Again

Violence against Jews escalates in France Yet another reason to bomb France. (as if we need another one.) -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/11/2002 06:25:00 PM ----- BODY:

Who Is Clueless?

New York Times reporter Frank Bruni "describes the 43rd President of the United States as affable and good-natured, but shallow and largely clueless about many aspects of the culture of the nation he heads":

Bush viewed the musical "Cats" as modern theater at its finest, Bruni writes, and openly admitted that martial artist Chuck Norris was his favorite film actor. The candidate had never heard of actor Leonardo DiCaprio or television newscaster Stone Phillips--despite the enormous nationwide exposure of both, Bruni writes. Asked about HBO's smash hit "Sex and the City," Bush thought it was "an inquiry into his erotic and geographic whereabouts," Bruni writes.
A Dollar Short

The Detroit Free Press reports on the dispute between Gov. John Engler and Michigan Democrats. "Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith, D-Salem Township, handed out mock $2 bills with Engler's face in the middle. She said the fake bills represent a budget that's 'phony as a $2 bill.

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A JSPS Rant That Proves That I am Not As Smart As Most People

While at a local restaurant having breakfast with my wife this past Sunday, I happened to glance out the window at a nearby overpass over Interstate 5. On the overpass there are those cyclone fence barriers to keep people from throwing things onto the freeway. This set me to thinking, (between grunts signifying agreement with my wife’s comments on her trials and travails as a morning manager at McDonald’s), about what the reason was for them (the barriers, not McDonald’s) being there. I was about nine or 10 when I-5 was built. This is in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, very rural, there were no barriers on the overpasses then, I won’t say no one ever threw stuff off the overpass, because it did happen, and was taken very seriously when it did. But there are now. How did they come to be there? Somewhere in here is a lesson about the law. There has always been a law against dropping things off of high places and causing harm to people or property. In years past, this was considered sufficient. If you broke the law you were punished. In later years, the powers that be had decided that it was not enough to punish people for breaking the law, it was now their mission to prevent people from breaking the law. That is when the barriers were put up. The important lesson in this is that the law itself did not prevent people from dropping things off overpasses, but the barriers did. This is something that should be uppermost in a legislator’s mind when proposing or approving new laws. Laws in and of themselves do not prevent anything!!! This leads to questioning of hate-crime laws, gun control laws, or any of the myriad of new laws and regulation that is debated endlessly in the media. How would these laws prevent these things from happening? There are already laws on the books covering these crimes. It is illegal in every jurisdiction to shoot someone without a damn good reason (like your life is in danger). How many drive-by shootings has this prevented? It is illegal in every jurisdiction to assault someone for any reason other than self defense. How many gay bashings has this law prevented? It is illegal in every jurisdiction to intentionally attempt to place another person in fear of imminent serious physical injury (Menacing). How many cross burnings has this prevented? The answer is, of course, none. The laws prevent nothing. They prescribe sanctions (fine, imprisonment or execution) for violating their provisions. So, if laws do not prevent people from violating them, what effect will new ‘hate crime’, anti-gay bashing, anti-racist, laws have? The answer is, none. They only affect they will have is to allow their proponents to feel good about themselves. (Thomas Sowell said it better that I ever could.) The danger for the rest of us is the ‘Committee for Public Safety” groups that are sure to be formed. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/11/2002 12:37:00 AM ----- BODY:

New Israeli Atrocity

Israelis' Force Palestinian to kill 11yo girl> -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/10/2002 11:46:00 PM ----- BODY:

Great Page, Useful Items

Despair, Inc. Something for real life Shannon K. Okey (www.bitter-girl.com) wants to be their spokes-bittergirl. Please write them and let them know. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/10/2002 11:28:00 PM ----- BODY:

Maybe you were a little rough on Al.

Happy Fun Pundit receives mail about his treatment of some politicians. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/10/2002 11:25:00 PM ----- BODY: Inappropriate Peace love dove to you too, Star-shine. Now, could you turn down the volume on "Free Bird"? Thank you. A word here. Society really doesn't give a rat's ass about your satisfaction or mine one way or the other. What it wants you and me to do is turn the demon spawn our pursuit of satisfaction may produce into reasonably non-criminal members of society. Due to the dreadful fact that the universe does not exist to make us happy, and that strict fealty to the dictates of desire has a tendency to result in improperly cared for children, society will weigh in against our desires - sometimes with draconian measures, like stoning to death for adultery. I hope that puts things into perspective. Really, a passionate, right-thinking seeker of satisfaction like Kipnis ought to be able to stare down shaming and insinuations of personal failure with perfect nonchalance. -------- TITLE:

North Korea Not Evil; EU Minister

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/10/2002 07:09:00 PM ----- BODY:

European Minister Patten lays into Bush's America Mr Patten's broadside came as the French prime minister, Lionel Jospin, warned the US yesterday not to give in to "the strong temptation of unilateralism".

Like France, Mr Patten singled out Mr Bush's branding of Iraq, Iran and North Korea as "an axis of evil".

I wonder if he asked these guys? Oh, Maybe he did.

N. Korea Defectors Claim Aid Sham

The defectors, who now live in South Korea, gave a detailed picture of misery in the North: rivers flowing with the bodies of those who starved to death, labor camps where live burials and flayings are common, an atmosphere of paranoia in which relatives denounce each other to the authorities.

Despite their brutal experiences, the defectors had mixed feelings about President Bush's appraisal of Pyongyang as forming part of an "axis of evil."

Mixed feelings about President Bush's appraisal of Pyongyang as forming part of an "axis of evil."? They apparently were tortured. They're not making any sense. -------- TITLE:

The French Show The World How To Fight Terrorists

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/10/2002 07:06:00 PM ----- BODY: I think, therefore I am off to Afghanistan
The French show the world why they have earned the nickname of "Cheese-eating Surrender Monkeys" -------- TITLE:

The New Geneva Convention

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/10/2002 06:50:00 PM ----- BODY: Rex_Murphy
Al-Qaeda can kill whom it likes, when it likes, for whatever reasons it likes, by any means and in any number it likes, while operating in stealth and secrecy among its target populations. Given that this is a fair accounting of the group's modus operandi,on what grounds will anyone argue that these people are entitled to the protections of the Geneva Conventions or any other convention? They have no entitlements. They forfeited, by their actions, such entitlements. If they are being treated by those protocols, it is by the moral largesse of the U.S. military. But to advance beyond this, and to further argue that al-Qaeda prisoners have legitimate status as prisoners of war, is a preciousness so detached that it bypasses the realities of terrorism, Sept. 11, and our own Canadian dead. -------- TITLE:

Is Bush Stupid?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/10/2002 06:22:00 PM ----- BODY: While blogging around today I found a bunch of weblogs of the sneering 'Bush is so stupid' type blogs. There is one thing that I have noticed about the commentaries in the newpapers or blogs. No one ever deigns to explain just what is so stupid about him.
What exactly has he done which is so stupid? Which of his policies shows signs of weak thinking?
There seems to be a lot of people who just say "Bush is stupid" and go on as if that is an unassailable fact. Well, maybe it is to them, but it isn't to me, so I would like them to explain more.
If the policy toward the Mid-east is stupid, what is the smart thing to do? If his budget priorities are not too smart, what are the smart ones and why? Should he tell Arafat that it is O.K. for his suicide bombers to kill Israeli civilians. Should he tell Sharon that having jewish children killed is something that he is just going to learn to live with.
Maybe he is being too unilateral. What is wrong with that? Does it really matter if the leaders of France and Britain don't like our policies? Maybe it just comes down to the seemingly age old question of the Jews. If that "shitty little country" would just go away; If the Jews would just keep their mouths shut and go to the showers; then the world would be all right. It's like the thirties all over again and this time the whole world is asking for a "final solution". -------- TITLE:

Does It Taste Good?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/09/2002 01:32:00 AM ----- BODY: Campus Liberals Get Taste of Their Own Medicine -------- TITLE:

Mayor Bloomberg's Goofy Top Ten

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/07/2002 11:01:00 PM ----- BODY: The Corner on National Review Online TOP TEN -- THE RESULTS ARE IN!: [Dreher] Thanks to all those NRO readers who participated in the contest, which was inspired by NYC Mayor Bloomberg's goofy idea to pay for the upkeep of parks and landmarks by selling corporations naming rights. The votes are in, and I can now reveal that the Top Ten Worst New Corporate Names for New York Landmarks are:
10. Comedy Central Park
9. Bic Penn Station (also: Pilot Penn Station)
8. The Chase Manhattan Bridge.
7. Madison Guaranty Square Garden ("in honor of New York's junior senator," the reader writes)
6. The Ralph Lauren Polo Grounds.
5. The Google-heim Museum.
4. Western Union Square.
3. Energizer Battery Park (also, Duracell Battery Park).
2. Ground NetZero.
And the No. 1 Worst New Corporate Name for a New York City Landmark is: THE STATUE OF LIBERTY MUTUAL. -------- TITLE:

So, What Was The Outcome Of The Votes?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/07/2002 12:48:00 AM ----- BODY: Senate blocks economic stimulus bill By Curt Anderson Associated Press February 6, 2002, 11:31 AM CST
WASHINGTON -- A Democratic economic stimulus bill was blocked today in the Senate by Republicans who had no chance of winning approval of their own version, guaranteeing that recession relief efforts will end in gridlock
No chance of succeeding? As determined by who? Aren't Senate Democrats equally guilty of guaranteeing gridlock
.The vote was 56-39 on legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (S.D.), which fell four votes short of the 60 needed to prevail under Senate procedural rules. The Daschle bill would have provided $69 billion in stimulus this year.
O.K. The Democratic plan failed under the procedural rules set up my the Democratic Senate leadership. So what comes next?
The Senate was to immediately follow with a vote on a House-passed $89 billion stimulus bill backed by President Bush, but neither side expected it would get the necessary 60 votes.
So far, so good. Now what was the outcome of the vote on the Republican bill? That is what was supposed to follow wasn't it?
Daschle said he would later seek unanimous Senate approval of a simple 13-week extension of jobless benefits for the unemployed. The White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, voicing frustration over failure of the stimulus bill, said that aid extension is "the least they should do."
But what was the outcome of the vote?
Daschle said Republicans were to blame for insisting on attaching major tax cuts with little bearing on the immediate recession, such an amendments ensuring the estate tax repeal stays in place and making all of the 10-year, $1.35 trillion tax cut permanent. Both wouldn?t take effect until the next decade. "Frankly, it has nothing to do with the recession of 2002," Daschle said before the vote.
O.K. Then you voted against the bill right? What was the outcome?
Republicans condemned Daschle?s decision to move on to other business. Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said the failure to act is "sending a very dangerous and reckless message to an uncertain economy."
You mean they didn't have a vote on the Republican bill? How do they know that it wouldn't pass then?
Bush, returning Tuesday from a trip to Pittsburgh, said he, too, was disappointed. The president has been pushing since October for an economic stimulus plan that blended individual and business tax cuts with aid to the jobless to reverse a recession that got worse after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. "Our economy, while there?s some good news, needs more stimulus," Bush said upon arriving at the White House. "Workers need help, and we need to stimulate the economy." Republicans and Democrats were unable to compromise on the level of tax relief in the package, particularly an acceleration of individual income tax cuts, and how best to deliver aid to the unemployed. The GOP-led House passed two different measures last year, but neither could clear the 60-vote threshold necessary to pass a Senate divided between 50 Democrats, 49 Republicans and an independent. Daschle, who was labeled an ``obstructionist?? by Republicans because of the stimulus deadlock, suggested in January that the Senate pass a bare-bones stimulus bill composed of the most popular items. Republicans derided the Democratic bill as virtually stimulus-free and argued for deeper tax cuts to spur growth.
So, what were 'the most popular items and how would they stimulate the economy? Come on, Democrats, make your case.
"If in fact the Senate, under its current leadership, can do nothing good, we are better off with them doing nothing at all," said House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas). Democrats, however, said Republicans were trying to showcase their tax-cut priorities for voters in an election year, knowing they would not become law. "It was tied in with their tax breaks that are not justified," said Rep. Gerald Kleczka (D-Wis.). Some Republicans had begun to question whether money earmarked for the stimulus bill might not be better used to balance the federal government?s budget. A group of 70 House conservatives is pushing for that goal if no stimulus bill is passed. "If we can?t pass a solid economic stimulus bill, we should balance the budget this year," said Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
Well, that has something going for it. Then we wouldn't be running deficits.
Other lawmakers expressed frustration that election-year politics already were dominating the congressional agenda. Voters will think "we?re too busy down here trying to figure out who?s going to control the U.S. Senate" to address crucial issues, said Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio). The Bush administration supports a package that would provide $89 billion in stimulus in 2002 and $73 billion in 2003. It would accelerate income tax cuts now set to take effect in the future and provide a new round of rebate checks of up to $600 aimed at lower-income Americans. It would extend unemployment benefits by 13 weeks, help laid-off workers pay for health insurance and give corporations and small businesses more generous tax breaks for new investment. Daschle?s bill, which would provide $69 billion in stimulus in 2002, includes the unemployment benefits extension, more limited business tax breaks, tax rebate checks and an increase in Medicaid money to help states balance their budgets.
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Democrats Fear And Loathing

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/07/2002 12:15:00 AM ----- BODY: Bush seeks more local control of forests - The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA
Democrats and Environmentalists react with fear and loathing.
National Democrats fear losing valuable campaign contributions as environmental groups have to concentrate their funds in local area. This could spell trouble for the Democratic party in it's continuing effort to micromanage more and more from Washington DC.
Environmental groups wonder how far their funding will stretch in convincing local people of the reality of their doomsday rhetoric. Local people know the forests themselves and are harder to fool that residents of the northeast or southern California. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/06/2002 01:34:00 AM ----- BODY: Airborne Adventure An amazing tale of flying in the post-Sep 11 era. I, for one, am certainly glad that the airport security is so on-the-ball. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/05/2002 12:13:00 AM ----- BODY:

It's A Conspiracy!

Independent Media Center - webcast news it's true, it's true the super bowl ended prematurely. with 7 seconds left to play in the game the New England patriots kicked a field goal. the ball sailed through the uprights with 3 seconds to go, landing with maybe at least two seconds to go. according to the rules the clock should then stop. an ensuing kick-off with at least two seconds should have taken place. but the clock continued to tick and time expired. they showed the replay and it was the same times on the clocks. so the patriots beat the heavily favored rams by a score of 20-17 with george hw bush, one of the honorary coin-tossers, former president (now ordinary citizen), former head of the secret police of the untied states of North america, watching the game. mean while thousands of non-violent protestors get their heads beat in by angry NY police officers who can't be home wathing the game because of the World Economic Forum was making them and their city and numerous other cities though out the world poorer. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/04/2002 09:12:00 PM ----- BODY: Congress goes after ex-CEO / Enron's Lay ripped for not testifying; subpoena likely One of the most popular pastimes of lawmakers in general and especially judges is finding new previously unknown 'rights' for all and sundry. 'People of color' have the right to not be offended by those of lighter complexions, women are found to have the right to the same pay whether they have put in the same time on the job or not. Workers are found to have a right to continuing employment regardless of their ability to perform the tasks involved. Now we are hearing more about rights from the lawmakers investigating Eron's failure. Amazingly, the rights they are complaining about are ones that are specifically spelled out in the Constitution. They are upset that Ken Lay, CEO of the failed company, may envoke his rights under the fifth amendment not to answer questions that may incriminate him. We were told during the Whitewater and Campaign Finance investigations that taking the fifth was not a sign of guilt. Indeed, a record number of associates of the former president refused to answer questions. Some went so far as to leave the country. All this, we were assured, was not to cover up some nefarious dealings, but to keep an unscrupulous independant counsel from manufacturing connections where not existed. Now many of the same politicians that upheld the taking of the fifth in that case are in high dudgeon about a businessman doing the same. I guess it shows. Not all rights are equal. It all depends on who is using it and the opportunity for a sound bite on the six o'clock news. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 2/01/2002 12:29:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blaming The Victim

OpinionJournal - Scene & Heard When women return to their abusive husbands after persuading a court to issue restraining orders against them, Judge Thornton has been charging them with contempt. That means fining the women or even letting them think it over for a few nights in the clink. --------