Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Thursday ‘BushWhack’ing

Friday eve… let’s get to it…

  • In case you didn’t read my post from earlier this morning, it was five years ago today that “President” Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and declared “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” Since then; 3,924 US service men and women have been killed in combat. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families touched by this superfluous war…
  • Sen. Obama’s wife, Michelle, agrees with me and want us to move past ReverendGate and focus on the issues… (what a concept! Issues in a presidential campaign, who would have thunk it?)
  • Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan say they feel military recruiters sold them on how the GI Bill would benefit them feel cheated, baited and switched as they maintain that they aren’t given enough funds from the bill to cover college expenses even though the recruiters promised them they would. (preying on the young is what recruiters do… but if it comes out that they are blatantly and implicitly lying, then a change need to be made)
  • Secretary of the Interior Dick Kempthorne is proposing to allow people to carry concealed weapons in some national parks and wildlife refuges… I guess to help the onslaught of national park attacks… WTF? Ignoring that the rule would “overturn a 25-year-old regulation” in these areas, what is the point?
  • Wild cards could determine deadlocked Indiana” (that’s some crack journalistic work there CNN… this would be different than any other state in this election HOW?)
  • Both Democratic candidates picked up new super-delegates this week
  • The slow rate of growth in the U.S. economy has disappointed the Bush(whacked) Administration… though they’re not nearly as disappointed as the people who Bush leads (a term I use loosely).
  • Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) introduced the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act, or CARD earlier this week that looks to shield consumers from harmful, and in some instances, predatory practices, by the credit card industry while also requiring credit card applicants under 21 years of age to get a parent’s signature before getting the card… (Good news indeed, but I’ll believe it when I see it and shan’t be holding my breath)
  • Two republican lawmakers are proposing a curtailing of ethanol subsidies because the duo, Jeff Flake (r-AZ) and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (r-TX), blame a corn-for-fuel policy for soaring food prices… huh?
  • And have we mentioned? That Sen. McCain is blaming last year’s Minnesota bridge collapse on Congress? Yup, he said that it wouldn’t have happened if Congress hadn’t wasted so much money on pork-barrel spending. (Uh-uh… now I’m no engineer, but the bridge probably collapsed because it wasn't strong enough to hold the weight that was travelling over it every day… yes, it would have been beneficial if there was money to strengthen it, but let’s keep in mind who was in charge of Congress for the last 12 years; republicans… republicans that neglected infrastructure investment un the US because they were more concerned with more-republican things like tax cuts for the rich… I’m just sayin’)

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