Democrats & Liberals Archives

January 2007 Archives

January 31, 2007

Energy Savings Accounts

Republicans have promoted all sorts of savings accounts, accounts that would save individuals taxes if they did something Republicans approve of, such as phasing out Social Security or preventing approval of a universal healthcare system. A new idea, energy savings accounts, is not a way to save taxes but a method of encouraging all citizens to participate in saving the planet from the future horrors of global warming.

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More Bush Power = More Transparency?

Not bloody likely!

In yet another attempt to grab lost power, our secretive Administration announced two weeks ago that it will expand the review power of the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to include all guidance documents released within all Federal Agencies. Incredibly OMB spokeswoman Andrea Wuebker claims that the change will increase "the quality . . . and transparency of agency guidance documents."

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January 30, 2007

Killing Habeas Corpus

A writ of habeas corpus sounds complicated, but it is a legal instrument for challenging the state's imprisonment of a person. It is a fundamental safeguard of the freedom of an individual from arbitrary state action, and has been so since long before the founding of the United States. And of course, the Constitution protects this right. However, Bush has been trying to kill this right for some.

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The First Cut

As long as there is a reasonable alternative, I will not vote for a presidential candidate who supported the disastrous Iraq War at its inception.

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January 29, 2007

Obama: A Partisanship of Civility

We have been led to believe that practical politics is a never-ending battle between Rich and Non-rich, Weak and Powerful, Religious and Non-religious, Left and Right, Liberals and Conservatives, Democrats and Republicans. Choose your party and attack - never mind about what, just attack - those of the other party. This procedure is called "partisanship." The more aggressive and skillful you are at "partisanship" the more likely you are to win.

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January 27, 2007

We Right-of-Center Liberals

As reality has finally descended onto mainstream political discourse in America, the occasional continued chirpings of staunch Bush apologists has taken on more of an other-worldly, cornered-animal, delusional gloss than they had when mainstream attention gave them undeserved legitimacy. Surely it's only a matter of time until national policy will catch up with that reality. In the meantime, I will chuckle every time I see Democratic politicians referred to as "far-left liberals" or socialists.

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January 26, 2007

Spheres of Influence

Those who know what I write, know that I often refer to what I call "image-based politics". I think a good explanation behind my principle objections will shed light on this subject.

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We're Surging No Matter What You Do

The corporate media has been bad mouthing the "non-binding" agreements being put forward in the House and the Senate against Bush's sending of over 20,000 new troops to Iraq. However, I do not feel that the non-binding agreements are necessarily either "worthless" or "pointless."

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January 25, 2007

Defund Iraq-War Mercenaries

Over 3/4 of Americans are against President Bush's escalation of the Iraq War. Yet, Congressional Democrats, who came into power on a broad wave of hostility towards our troop involvement in Iraq, are being extremely cautious in exercising their mandate. They insist they do not want to hurt the troops by withholding troop funds. Why not withhold funds for Iraq-War mercenaries?

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The State of Our Goverment

From the United States Constitution
"The President shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge neccessary and expedient." (Article II, Section 3)

If The State of the Union address is a cheer fest based on lies and empty rhetoric why bother?

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January 24, 2007

The Bush-Pelosi Blow Against Terrorism

And tonight I have the high privilege and distinct honor of my own to begin the State of the Union message with the words 'Madam Speaker.'
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January 23, 2007

Healthcare as a System

Healthcare should be an integrated system. In the U.S. it is nothing of the sort. All the participants - patients, doctors, hospitals, HMOs, employers, drug companies, insurance companies and the government - are working at cross purposes. The result is chaos - expensive chaos. We need a unified, universal and national healthcare system that coordinates all healthcare activities.

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Opening Salvos: The Libby case heats up.

MSNBC (link) reported that, Dick Cheney was responsible for the Valerie Plame leak. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said in his opening statement that is was Dick Cheney who told Skooter Libby that Valerie Plame was an agent for the CIA. Oh boy... this trial is going to be very, very interesting.

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Some People May Experience Detonation of the Eyeballs...

One thing that needs to be high on the Democrat's agenda is healthcare reform. One small part of this will be undoing the harm done to the regulatory structure by the Republicans. The three main parts of this are the conflicts of interest of the FDA towards approval of drugs, deregulation of supplements and the advertisement of prescription drugs on television.

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Vote for Woody in ‘08

Nine people have already declared that they are running for President in 2008, and approximately 957 are looking into it. I better declare now before I get trampled.

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January 22, 2007

Bush's Health Tax

The president who vowed not to raise taxes as his father did, and who has championed tax cuts instead - even for heirs who never did a stitch of work in their lives - now favors a tax increase for those people who have excellent healthcare plans. He wants to use this extra tax money to offer tax cuts to encourage the currently uninsured to buy health insurance.

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January 19, 2007

One-Two Punch Against Global Warming

Now that the 100-hour program was accomplished in 42 hours, Pelosi is set to use the last item on the agenda, ending tax breaks for oil companies, as a springboard for a complete legislative package that will lead to renewable energy sources. Ending tax breaks for oil companies is a punch against the forces feeding global warming. Achieving renewable energy resources is a punch for producing livable air conditions, while at the same time becoming independent of energy resources from hostile nations.

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Taking Liberties - Spying On Us

Over the last six years we have become very accustomed to the loss of our Constitutional protections and civil liberties. So there seems little reaction when we find out that both the Pentagon and the CIA are spying inside the United States.

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January 18, 2007

Bush WILL Change Course

Pessimists are saying that it is pointless for Congress to approve a resolution against escalating the war in Iraq. The resolution is non-binding and President Bush will disregard it and do as he wishes. He has been disregarding public opinion and he will just as easily disregard Congress. I say, that as stubborn as he is, he will be forced to change course when enough Republicans in Congress, worried about their own prospects, desert him. When he is isolated, he WILL change course.

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What a difference an election makes

The White House announced that the domestic surveillance program, the secret NSA program of listening in on email and phone conversations of American citizens, was now, surprisingly, under the watchful eye of the FISA court. (link)

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January 17, 2007

More About Those Dirty Rats

San Diego US Attorney, Carol Lam, resigned on orders from the Bush administration. Bush asked Lam to resign because she spent what he felt was an inordinate amount of resources prosecuting corrupt politicians and business executives rather than illegal migrant workers. Despite grumblings of politics and cover-up, Lam kept her lips zipped and made a classy exit.

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January 16, 2007

Run, Obama, Run

As everybody knows by now, Senator Barack Hussein Obama has decided to form a presidential exploratory committee, and that on February 10 he will formally announce - he didn't say so, but it seems obvious - his candidacy for president. Just what I have been waiting for. Obama has all the qualifications for the kind of president we need today. He is a man of charisma, a unifier, filled with religious empathy and has a new approach to political problem solving.

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Iranian Consulate Raid - Spin Zone

The U.S. network news reports conveniently leave out the information that target of "the raid" that resulted in the continued detention of "five Iranians," was an Iranian consulate.

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January 15, 2007

Human Capital Formation

We are bombarded with talk about cutting taxes on investment, not only by tax reform organizations, but also by so-called capital formation organizations. You cannot build up capital if you don't make it easier to invest, they say. Capital formation is the primary source of economic growth and prosperity, they say. They do not say that investing in human capital is just as important or perhaps more important than investing in so-called capital equipment.

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Tales from the Borderland, Part Eight

The Forces of Darkness are strong in the world, but are the Forces of Light all that weak? As Agent Leonard ventures into the Wilderness of Darshiaro, the strength of the dark and the light will be pit against each other, with Dominic caught in between...

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January 14, 2007

Bush is a Real Cowboy - or Is He?

"Shoot first and ask if you have got enough troops later." "Don't change horses in the middle of a stream" - if its dead, just beat it harder. Be the world's "Lone Ranger." This is his new? Iraq policy? You real cowboys need to step forward and disown this guy.

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So Now You Want to Listen to Critics

Once again, George Bush has caused me to do a double-take. Recently he said to his critics "To oppose everything while proposing nothing is irresponsible." WHAT!!?? . . .

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Those Dirty Rats

President Bush just asked San Diego US Attorney Carol Lam to step down. When Bush appointed her in 2002, Lam vowed to concentrate on prosecuting corrupt politicians and corporate executives -- Randy "Duke" Cunningham being the most high-profile example. Apparently, the Bush administration would rather she not do that anymore.

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January 12, 2007

The "L" Word

Now that the Democrats have taken over the House and Senate, it's time to talk about the strengths of liberalism. The "L" word has been used by Republicans and their media partners for decades to defame, dishonor and denigrate all those who disagreed with Republicans or who expressed any sentiment that could be even remotely labeled as liberal. Now comes a new book boldly titled "Return of the "L" Word," and boldly proclaiming a new age of liberalism.

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Oh Victory, Where Art Thou?

Our illustrious president, with sober face and humble, virtuous attitude, told the country day before yesterday that he had made mistakes in Iraq; and that he would not merely leave Iraq but stay until victory is achieved. I've heard him use "winning" and "victory" before. So I began to wonder what he would consider to be "winning" and "victory."

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January 11, 2007

Bush's "New" Plan

President Bush unveiled his new plan for solving the Iraq problem and the best they could come up with months after the Iraq Study Group issued its report. Adding 21,500 troops to Iraq reeks of a political move not a strategic move.

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Finally, A Definition Of Victory In Iraq

Bush has repeatedly stated that decisions on the Iraq war are made and carried out by the Generals "on the ground."
He puts the responsibility of fighting this war squarely on the shoulders of his commanders.
He says this war is for the protection of Americans.
He made us wait patiently for the results of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.
Is he listening to the Generals?

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You Just Have To Believe

Congratulations, American voters. If not for you, President Bush would never have concluded, "It is clear that we need to change our strategy in Iraq." Where were you guys two years ago? As for the President's speech tonight, had it been made two or three years ago when the insurgency was in its infancy and before major factional violence broke out, I would have lauded it as the sensible approach -- especially under the command of General David Petraeus.

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January 10, 2007

Oil Companies Ready to Declare Victory

President Bush is not ready to declare victory in Iraq, but big oil companies - BP, Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil - are almost ready to declare victory. You see, in a few days, a law is expected to be introduced into Iraq's parliament that will present these multinationals with contracts that will bring them 3/4 of future Iraqi oil profits. Naturally, U.S. is "encouraging" Iraqi leaders to pass this bill because it is of "great benefit to Iraq."

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January 9, 2007

The Better Strategy: Win One Rather Than Lose Two

This is the kind of thing that makes me shake my head. It's hard to see some times that we're still fighting a war in Afghanistan. Bush talks about winning the war against Terrorism, but if this is true, his stubborn fixation on winning Iraq may lead us to an unthinkable humiliation instead.

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Turn Off the War Escalator

Though he probably had a majority with him, a solid minorty of Americans were against it when President Bush started the war in Iraq. Now there is a solid majority of Americans who want us to get out of Iraq as expeditiously as possible. This is a big reason Democrats are now in power. So what does Bush do? Rather than submitting to the will of the people, he is planning to escalate the war.

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Dustin Donica: Soldier 3000

The Independent's headline reads: Soldier 3,000: His name is Dustin Donica. His number haunts the US. My first response was - not if nobody knows about it. My second - who is talking about it?

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January 8, 2007

Good News, Bad News

Some call it good news. Some call it bad news. What do you call it when you pick up the newspaper and it has as its major headline, as the L.A. Times did a few days ago, "JOB GROWTH BOOSTS FEARS OF INFLATION"?

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January 7, 2007

A new White House cover-up: Log-gate

The White House doesn't want you, the American Public, to know who visits the White House and is now going to extreme measures to hide the White House visitor logs to cover their tracks.

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Sizing up the 08 Field

It's tough being a political junkie. As soon as one election is over, you start pining for the next one. The urge to speculate is irresistible. So keeping in mind the caveat that no one has a clue what is going to happen over the next two years to change the dynamics, here is how I see the presidential field in 08.

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January 6, 2007

Pay-Go! Pay-Go!

In a matter of days, Democrats have done more to balance the budget than Republicans did in six years. Speaker Pelosi first decided to cut all the pork out of this year's budget, and then today she reinstated the Clinton-era "pay as you go" rules.

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January 5, 2007

An Almost Flawless Pelosi Day

Yesterday was a gem of a day for the Democratic Party and especially for Nancy Pelosi, who became the new Democratic Speaker of the House. Pelosi, with her big eyes and radiant face, illuminated the House with new optimism about the joys children bring, about the "sky being the limit" for women, and about a new era of civil political discourse. A great gem, but not quite flawless.

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January 4, 2007

Bush, the Spoiler

On a day when Democrats are celebrating Nancy Pelosi as the newly-elected Speaker of the House, President Bush insinuates himself as the real Decider. In an op-ed yesterday in the Wall Street Journal he let it be known that Democrats can't get too far because he has the veto. He also said he wants to work together with Democrats. Why not? Even if he disagrees with universally favored legislation, he can always write signing statements to approve HIS decisions.

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You've Got Mail (The Feds Have Read It)

President Bush has decided that the Constitution, once again, needs to be altered so that his expansion of Executive power and or diminishing of checks and balances can reach its full potential.

How can a man who hides behind Democracy as an excuse to invade Iraq, single handedly turn the Executive branch of our Democratic government ever so closer to an autocracy?

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Me-Tooism

Last month, in the wake of the Great Thumpin' of '06, resurgent Congressional Democrats set 2012 as the target date to balance the budget again after six years of fiscal irresponsibility. Today, President Bush got a case of broken-recorditis (Record: A pre-digital audio data format prone to unintentional looping) and declared 2012 -- four years after he leaves office --as his target date to balance the budget. No details of how he'd accomplish the task (four years after he leaves office) were given.

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January 3, 2007

Thomas Jefferson: Father of Religious Freedom

Thomas Jefferson may be the father of our country and the father of religious freedom. This does not mean that his descendants in our generation believe in religious freedom. Too many of them do not. And if we, in America, don't set an example of how to treat people who are devoted to non-Christian religions, such as Islam, how can we influence Arabs in the Middle East to adopt religious tolerance (as I have suggested yesterday)?

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Gas prices and elections: This time it didn't work

In the two months since the November 2006 elections I've watched the price of a gallon of gas steadily increase. In fact, the national average increased almost 16 cents in two months. What's the explanation for this sudden increase?

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Iran: Sanctions and Response

The UN Security Council's Resolution 1737 essentially demands that Iran suspend nuclear activities and submit to IAEA transparency. To that end, it poses technology import restrictions and restrictions on a variety of agencies, businesses, and individuals. It does not either approve, or provide a path to, military consequences for noncompliance. The approval of the sanctions has evoked a less than positive response from Iran.

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Bush Iraq Strategy: Blame The Military

In advance of unveiling President Bush's latest Iraq strategy, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley gave the New York Times the administration's version of events in Iraq up to now. Apparently, everything that's gone wrong so far was the result of "General Casey's strategy."

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January 2, 2007

Freedom of Religion: Best Weapon Against Terrorists

In the so-called "war on terror," we seem to be at war with "Islamic fundamentalists," "Islamists," "Militant Islamists," "Islamofascists," "Islamic extremists," "Violent Muslims," Islamic terrorists," "jihadists." This is wrong. We are not fighting Muslims. We have fallen into the bin Laden trap: he wants a religious war that makes supreme the bin Laden Cult of hatred and death worship.

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