Friday, August 04, 2006

The Weekly Rewind

Hmmmmm... less than a 100 days until the mid-term elections...

Less than 900 days until Commander Cuckoo-Bananas leaves office...

And we seem to have more applauds than heckles this week...

Could it be? Could the country be shifting to the left after seeing the light AND paying attention to the man behind the curtain??

Could be... but just to be sure you know what's going on, here's this week's edition of TBWA's Weekly Rewind.

It starts... now:

Applaud: A federal judge “lashed out” at the EPA under Bush for “pursuing industry-friendly regulations at the same time it missed statutory deadlines to control toxic air pollution from small industrial plants.” How did the judge ‘lash out’ you ask? By ordering the EPA to finish it’s clean air rules by 2009, that’s how. Now that’s all fine and good, but will it happen is another thing all-together.

Heckle: to the Pentagon for saying that jets were scrambled to intercept Flight 93 on September 11th when, according to some of the officials on the 9/11 Commission, they weren’t. Members of the Commission now believe that that was “part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission” about the lack of response to the attacks. An Applaud within this heckle for the fact that the Commission believes that the false statements may have “violated the law.”

Applaud: to seeing the light. A recent Gallup poll “revealed another upward bump in the number of Amercians (55 percent) who now want a complete U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq in the next 12 months.” At the same time, an LA Times/Bloomberg poll found major disatisfaction with Dubya’s leadership on a plethora of reasons that include, but are in no way limited to the war in Iraq (60% disapproval) and the economy (59% disapproval). Could this be a harbinger of things to come? One can only hope…

Applaud: to the fact that the top uniformed lawyers for the US Military are coming out publicly against some of the key proviso of the new U.S. plan for special military courts. What this means is that they don’t see eye to eye with some of Bush’ senior staff that developed the plan. Wow, maybe intelligence and common sense ARE contagious… then again;

Heckle: To not getting the hint and seeing the hand in front of your face. Rebuffed in every court in the land so far, the GOP is vowing to take the court fight to get Tom DeLay off the Texas ballot this November to the U.S. Supreme Court. To that I say; give it up already guys. You screwed up. You should not have let him run in the primary in the first place, but you did, now you’re screwed and trying to back out. Too bad… so sad… let it go.

Applaud: A few members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are vowing to block the confirmation of the acting head of the Justice Department’s office of legal counsel, Steven Bradbury, in order to protest “President” Bush and his dark-of-night tactical-move of denying investigators security clearances by at squashing a probe into the NSA’s wiretapping program.

Applaud? Heckle? You decide as “President” Bush will take a 10-day vacation this year, remarkably shorter than past summer breaks in his presidency. That’s all fine and good, but it doesn’t change the fact that he takes more time off than any other president… ever. And that he was vacationing last year while Hurricane Katrina hit. Taking only 10 days should be seen as what it truly is; an attempt to bolster his image. Give it up George, the majority of us ain’t buyin’ it… And did you hear that British Prime Minister Tony Blair has canceled his vacation in order to work on the Mid-East situation? Interesting… isn’t it?

Applaud: to common sense and intelligence winning in Kansas. Whew… thanks God… Pro-science moderates “are virtually guaranteed to win back” a majority on the Kansas Board of Education after yesterday’s election, which saw two far-right conservatives defeated in the Republican primary.

Uber-Heckle: to republicans for trying to tack on a tax cut for the wealthy onto a minimum wage increase. This makes me so mad the only thing I can say is this; "Fuc**** idiots."

Applaud: to the fact that this president is the president that no one wants to be seen with. Examples: Rep. Mark Kennedy (R-MN) and Sen. James M. Talent (R-MO) are well-known on the Beltway as loyal Republicans. In past elections past, the've both aired commercials that feature the president. But this year there's a startling trend. Startling for the GOP at least. This year, them and many others are running for Senate/Congressional seats and are airing television ads that make no mention of Bush. Heh heh heh... and the hits just keep on coming...

Heckle: to the GOP's piss-poor attempt at spin. Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican National Committee has denounced Democratic leaders this week by alluding that they would "surrender important tools" in the fight against terrorism. Never mind that members of both houses and both parties are rallying against most of the "tools" Mehlman mentions, but instead focus on the fact that instead of telling-off the people in his own party who are against these "tools" (like he should be doing as leader of the party), he's trying to paint a picture against what all the polls are saying. It's kind of sad to see them act like this, isn't it?

That's all I have for now. I may add some more tomorrow, but in the meantime, let's keep paying attention, let's continue to make our voices heard, and let's remember that the winds of change are blowing...

Wow... was that cheesy.

Take 'em as you will...

1 comment:

College Student said...

I visit your site from time-to-time more out of curiosity than to gain pertinent information. I don't frequent your blog often for the main reason that I usually leave it asking, "Where do you get your information and is the information logical and accurate"? It tends to lean towards propaganda or gonzo journalism and lacks any additional thought than what's already published in the media.

Noticing an Uber-Heckle that criticizes the Republicans (and calls them f#!?ing idiots) for trying to tack on a tax cut for the wealthy, I again left asking the same questions but this time I decided to research the bill by following the inserted link.

I read the Washington Post article and then found the bill which was originally passed through the House of Representatives labeled: H.R. 5970 - Estate Tax and Extension of Tax Relief Act of 2006. Maybe you could enlighten me with your insight on some questions that came to mind that would help me understand your point of view. (Hopefully, something more informative than calling the Republicans f#?!ing Idiots).

1. The "tacked on" estate and gift tax cut proposal, which is the very first item on the bill, will assist only 8,200 citizens while the minimum wage increase would've helped 6,000,000 of the neediest citizens. Was the Democrat's stance against the tax cut just a divisive measure and why wouldn't they rather have helped the less privileged?

2. On the surface, I would question a tax cut for the already rich. However, they're still taxed on estate and gifts at 35% with this bill. Taxed on money that has already been taxed once (income/investment). Who are really the ones hurt by not passing the bill?

3. Not frequently mentioned are the other provisions and tax reliefs that this bill would've helped. Some items include: Above the line deductions for higher education (college) expenses, work opportunity and welfare-to-work tax credits for the poor, extending charitable contribution allowed with computer technology equipment, expensing for advanced mine safety equipment, mine rescue team training credit, and on and on. Aren't these items worthy of the poor, working class, and middle class?

Just a college student trying to pick a party. Any other thoughts about this bill would be appreciated.