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Thursday, October 20, 2005

See, Republicans DO Have Fiscal Responsibility!

And for the first sign or fiscal responsibility that I've seen from the Republicans in five years, drum roll please:

Cutting the health care of poor and old people.

"WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Finance Republicans, aiming to find $10 billion in savings, have reached a deal on health care budget cuts and will release details on Thursday afternoon, an aide to committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley said.

Senate conservatives had hoped to trim Medicaid, the joint federal-state health program for the poor, by about $10 billion over five years but moderates on the panel pushed for some of the savings to come from Medicare, the federal health program for the elderly. The House is divided over its budget plans, with conservatives pushing for deeper spending cuts. "


Instead of having just the poor people taking the cut, the Republicans were nice enough to split the burden also with the elderly. How nice of them. *Sarcasm*

The Actual Warrant

Tom Delay's actual Warrant.

DeLay Warrant Issued!



"Rep. Tom DeLay was ordered to appear at the sheriff's office in his home county of Fort Bend for booking on state conspiracy and money laundering charges.

DeLay could be fingerprinted and photographed, although his lawyers had hoped to avoid this step. Fort Bend County Chief Deputy Craig Brady said arrangements were being made to bring DeLay to the sheriff's office sometime Thursday for booking and fingerprinting."


DeLay is expected to be fingerprinted and have his mug shot taken today. Perhaps thesmokinggun.com will have those photos up in a few days or weeks.

Rest of News Story Here

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

PNAC's WAR

Project For A New American Century is comprised of a who's who's list of the Republican Party. Let's take a look at a few of their letters over their years.

Here's a letter they wrote to then President Clinton in January of 1998.

"The only acceptable strategy is one that eliminates the possibility that Iraq will be able to use or threaten to use weapons of mass destruction. In the near term, this means a willingness to undertake military action as diplomacy is clearly failing. In the long term, it means removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power. That now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy.

We urge you to articulate this aim, and to turn your Administration's attention to implementing a strategy for removing Saddam's regime from power. This will require a full complement of diplomatic, political and military efforts. Although we are fully aware of the dangers and difficulties in implementing this policy, we believe the dangers of failing to do so are far greater. We believe the U.S. has the authority under existing UN resolutions to take the necessary steps, including military steps, to protect our vital interests in the Gulf. In any case, American policy cannot continue to be crippled by a misguided insistence on unanimity in the UN Security Council.

We urge you to act decisively. If you act now to end the threat of weapons of mass destruction against the U.S. or its allies, you will be acting in the most fundamental national security interests of the country. If we accept a course of weakness and drift, we put our interests and our future at risk."


The signees of the letter:

Elliott Abrams

Richard L. Armitage
William J. Bennett
Jeffrey Bergner
John Bolton
Paula Dobriansky
Francis Fukuyama
Robert Kagan
Zalmay Khalilzad
William Kristol
Richard Perle
Peter W. Rodman
Donald Rumsfeld
William Schneider, Jr.
Vin Weber
Paul Wolfowitz
R. James Woolsey
Robert B. Zoellick


You can click on the names of the signees to see a bio of them. I know that this is alot to read up on, so I will leave the other letter from the PNAC I want to look at till later.


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Bush's Hilarious Teleconference



By now everyone has heard about the "rehearsed" teleconference that President Bush had with members of the Army. The fact that these are scripted isn't a surprise, but, the fact that the public actually got to see the rehearsal is what is so shocking here.

My favorite part of the teleconferece was the Iraqi soldier, Sergeant Akeel, who was there for the following dialog:
THE PRESIDENT: Yes. Sergeant Akeel, thanks for joining us. I appreciate -- appreciate your service. You've got something to say, Akeel?

SERGEANT AKEEL: Good morning, Mr. President. Thank you for everything. Thank very much for everything.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, you're welcome.

SERGEANT AKEEL: I like you. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I appreciate that.