April 14 Sources: Thanks for All the Fish

Ocean Fisheries: Common Heritage or Tragic Commons?” explains how government started the race to fish and how property rights can restore endangered fisheries. I also found a couple of good articles about our language and its history. English continues to consolidate its position as the world language. Resistance is futile. Words from lesser languages will be assimilated. A fair and balanced selection of sources on my usual subjects is also below.

Good Sources

Do They Dare to Say "Impeach"? - Despite its setbacks and mistakes, the Iraq war continues to receive bipartisan support. We should let politics, not the laws, determine whether that cooperation will continue.

Health Care Re-Gifting - The time is right to put the needed genetic discrimination protections in place.

High Interest in Early Campaign - High-profile candidates and the accelerated pace of the 2008 presidential campaign have drawn the public into the race far earlier than in past election cycles.

Thwarting Terrorists While Protecting Innocents - The material support and related provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act

Immigration Reform’s Moment - No faction is happy with the state of U.S. immigration policy.

In Politics, the Web Changes Everything - The Internet can break presidential candidates as well as make them.

Many U.S. Adults are Uncomfortable Voting for a Mormon in the 2008 Presidential Race

Obesity and Disability - Individuals who are obese face greater challenges in terms of disability and chronic disease than do their non-obese counterparts.

Pelosi Stepped Over the Line - Congress was not constitutionally intended, nor is it well-suited, to conduct direct diplomacy around the world.

President Must Veto Unconstitutional, Irresponsible War Funding Legislation - The President is right to threaten a veto of Congress's legislation. Anything that falls short of the standards of constitutionality and responsibility must face a presidential veto.

Tax Reform - In a new paper for Opportunity 08, William Gale proposes five ways to make the tax system simpler and fairer, including return-free filing for up to 50 million Americans.

The Culture War and the Coming Election - The 2008 presidential election is still more than a year-and-a-half away, but some issues, such as the war in Iraq and health care, have already begun to define the contest.

The Immigration Divide: Potential Wedge Issue for Both Republicans and Democrats - With his renewed push for a comprehensive immigration bill, President Bush is advancing a potentially powerful political wedge issue, but one with an unlikely twist: Immigration fractures the president's own party at least as much as it divides the opposition.

The Pursuit of Happiness--In English - Is speaking English a fundamental tenet of being American?

Inventing English- From Beowulf to Eminem, the astounding evolution of the English language (audio).

Time for Congress to Stand Up to Bush on Recess Appointments - Congress has long been silent on President George W. Bush's abuse of power.

Tough but Fair on Immigration - Opinion polls show that Americans overwhelmingly support allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. and earn citizenship.

Foreign

A Rogue Intelligence State? - Putin's Russia is dominated by a renamed but unreformed KGB. The United States and Europe must not think they are dealing with an open, liberal Russia.

A Treacherous Triangle? - What is the fate of the transatlantic alliance?

Another Russia? - The chance for real democratic change in Russia is based in its history.

Biden Gets It Wrong - Violence is up in the Baghdad belts because U.S. and Iraqi forces have been aggressively attacking al Qaeda bases in those areas.

China and the US: To Hedge or Engage - Continuing Sino-American cooperation throughout Asia could ensure global stability.

Flattening World Challenges Imagination - Global climate change intensified by globalization will create new types of jobs, says Thomas Friedman.

How Iran Probed, Found Weakness and Won a Triumph - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision to return home fifteen British hostages has put Iran in a win-win situation.

Iraq’s Troubled Future: The Uncertain Way Ahead

Is the North Korea Deal Worth Celebrating? – Online debate.

Nigeria’s "Godfather Syndrome" - As Nigerians head to the polls later this month, observers wonder if elections will bolster the nascent democracy or reinforce the flaws in its federal system.

Public Relations, Pelosi, and the U.S. Public Diplomacy Machine

Redefining Sovereignty - Sovereignty is fundamentally about defending our view of what the natural, reasonable, moral standards are. It is not something which you can outsource to lawyers in Geneva or New York or anywhere else.

Sadrists, Insurgency Still Stalk Iraq - Shiites are up in arms about the U.S. occupation and the Sunnis, even former sympathizers of the insurgency, appear to be cooperating with U.S. and Iraqi security forces.

The Specter of the Cold War Continues to Haunt Europe

There's a Chink in Musharraf ‘s Armor - Each time General Pervez Musharraf comes under pressure at home or abroad, his minions float rumors of an impending deal

Venezuela’s Oil Gambit - Years of threats and bluster over the operations of U.S. and European oil companies in Venezuela turned more serious this month as President Hugo Chavez set a May 1 deadline (NYT) for nationalizing several major foreign petroleum projects.

What's ahead for business in Brazil - Solid business opportunities are available, but Brazil’s volatile economic history suggests grounds for caution, as some of today’s optimism reflects strong commodity markets.

Will India Be a Better Strategic Partner Than China? - Why would the United States recognize and support India's nuclear technology program, thus making a seemingly large concession on nonproliferation rules?

Energy, Economics & Environment

America's Bipartisan Battle against Free Trade - Under today's Congress, both multilateralism and free trade are at risk.

Energy Outlooks for 2007

Ocean Fisheries: Common Heritage or Tragic Commons? – Fisheries should no longer be seen as commons to plunder in a “race for fish” but rather as property to be conserved and protected.

Private investment opportunities for public transport - Public-private partnerships represent a significant opportunity for private investors—but pose worrisome risks as well.

The Single European Payments Area (SEPA) - Implementation delays and implications for the U.S.

Posted by Jack at April 14, 2007 4:38 PM
Comments
Comment #216628

That’s too much info for one article, Jack. Luckily, I can just throw out everything from the notoriously wrong Heritage Foundation and American Enerprise Institute. :)

I like the idea of return-free filing. John Kerry was promoting that and other tax simplifications in 2004.

Bush was campaigning on tax reform. What ever happened to that?

Posted by: American Pundit at April 14, 2007 10:51 PM
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First of the Sources (besides the fisheries)
Congress was given the power to declare war, and to appropriate funding for any and all executive branch actions. The Presidency is not the sole repository of war powers. You should be very cautious about listening to John Yoo, as he has a serious conflict of interest concerning unitary executive theory- he’s one of the architects. It was he who wrote up the doctrine that the the Authorization to use force was a recognition of the President’s power to use the armed forces how he likes, instead of permission.

Additionally, the fact that he hasn’t been impeached is less a product of his lack of misbehavior than the sense that Dick Cheney would be next in line. That would be going from bad to worse.

Finally, this war does not have bipartisan support. That is a tremendously naive conclusion. What does have support, across the board, is getting out of this war, and more and more people are willing to do this even at Iraq’s expense. Those of us, myself included, who want a softer landing concerning this war, hope that Bush and the White House read the writing on the wall. Given history, though it will be a surprise if Bush relents, even given the terrible price his policies are exacting.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at April 15, 2007 11:45 AM
Comment #216668

Sounds like Woo is arguing the president can and should be impeached, though I don’t agree with his reasoning.

Impeachment is not just limited to crimes, but includes serious policy mistakes in affairs of state. When the Constitution was written, impeachment was understood to allow the removal of executive officials for failed war policies.

Posted by: Max at April 15, 2007 12:06 PM
Comment #216670

Stephen

The Congress can declare war. The president commands the armed forces. The congress appropriates money. It does not micromanage the war effort.

If congress thinks Bush is so bad, they should impeach him. If they can sustain the votes, they will will win. Good luck on getting those 18 non-Democratic votes you need in the Senate. And that assumes every Dem votes in favor.

All talk of impeachment is silly. As the president said in a differnt context: bring it on.

Posted by: Jack at April 15, 2007 12:08 PM
Comment #216674
The Congress can declare war. The president commands the armed forces. The congress appropriates money. It does not micromanage the war effort.

This is a straw man argument. Nobody thinks that Congress should manage the minor details of waging a war.

I wonder how many people making the argument that Congress has no authority in foreign or military affairs. Here are powers explicitly given to Congress in the Constitution.

To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;

To provide and maintain a navy;

To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;

To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

It seems me that this give Congress authority to manage the armed forces. Not micromanage, but manage.

If congress thinks Bush is so bad, they should impeach him… All talk of impeachment is silly.

Is it silly when your side talks about it?

Posted by: Woody Mena at April 15, 2007 12:44 PM
Comment #216690

Woody

I think our side talks about it for two reasons.

1) In response to your side
2) To get your side to talk about it more (because it is silly).

Posted by: Jack at April 15, 2007 2:03 PM
Comment #216709

Al-Sadr has announced his party will withdraw from the Iraqi government until a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign occupying forces is announced.

Stick a fork in it. The current government is cooked, well done. Things are going to get even worse, if possible. We may have waited too long to withdraw, because it will be extremely difficult to extricate ourselves when all hell breaks loose.

Posted by: phx8 at April 15, 2007 4:58 PM
Comment #216715

The Sadrists have clarified that they will only withdraw from the cabinet, not the assembly. Nevertheless, if Pelosi, Reid, & Bush cannot forge a compromise, and Bush rejects the Emergency Supplemental Bill, the message will be loud and clear to Iraqis: from the Iraqi point of view, it is obvious; Americans have no intention of leaving Iraq.

The majority of Iraqis want the US out of their country. Only 3% think Americans are there to support a democracy. The majority also think attacks on US troops are acceptable. If Sadr and the Mahdi Army conclude Americans will not leave their country, they will concentrate their attacks on US troops.

The clock is ticking. Democrats must hold firm, and refuse to fund the occupation at all if there is no timetable for withdrawal. If Bush & Cheney have their way, the implications will be absolutely unacceptable for most Iraqis, and the fighting will grow much, much worse.

Posted by: phx8 at April 15, 2007 6:17 PM
Comment #216748

Jack,
did you support talk of the Impeachment of Clinton? How about NIxon?

Is impeachment ever appropiate?

Phx8,

If Bush cannot compromise with his own Congress, what hope is there of him delivering compromise in Iraq?

Posted by: gergle at April 16, 2007 1:38 AM
Comment #216751

Gergle

I was not eligible to vote in 1972. The first time I cast a presidential vote was in 1976, when I make the rookie mistake of voting for Jimmy Carter.

Impeachment is justifably rare. If successful, it undoes the result of an election. I am against it in most cases. I do not like the criminalization of politics in general.

I think impeachment is appropriate only when the president has committed an actual crime or an egregious violation of the constitution. I think lefty Dems would like to go after President Bush for FISA, but they fear airing the case, since most Americans would side with the President.

In the case of Bush, I seriously doubt you could pass imprechment in the House and you certainly could not sustain it 2/3 vote) in the Senate. It is a political dirty trick designed to tie up the political process by criminalizing politics.

We have way to much hate and recrimination anyway. This would make it impossible for the president to work with congress. It is silly and dangerous.

Posted by: Jack at April 16, 2007 2:33 AM
Comment #216766

Jack,
I didn’t ask your vote, I asked your opinion.

Surely, by now, you have formed one about Nixon’s and Clinton’s Impeachments.

Interestingly, I voted for Ford in 76. I still don’t consider it a mistake. I was happy with Carter, though. I well understood it wasn’t him who caused stagflation or the fall of the Shah. He correctly reigned in the CIA, in my opinion, given the blowback we are still suffering at their misadventures. I did support Nixon (before I was of voting age) and do consider that a mistake.

I don’t think impeachment is defined as a criminal process, it is a political one. It may be dangerous, but our founder’s thought it necessary. I agree with them.

Posted by: gergle at April 16, 2007 9:50 AM
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Gergle,

If Jack’s response to your question was not satisfactory, my thoughts arw that impeachment is appropriate if the President has willfully broken a significant law.

Personally, I think Nixon’s impeachment was just. Though I think it was political payback to provide Democrts with ammunition after the abysmal embarrassment of the Johnson Presidency in which he refused to even run for a second term.

As for Clinton, I think it was just in that he committed perjury and obstruction of justice in a civil law case. The President should not be allowed to commit perjury in a court of law.

As for Bush, it won’t happen. Republicans tend to be more careful when it comes to matters of law, because they know they will be hounded by the press rather than excused.

JD

Posted by: JD at April 23, 2007 11:49 PM
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