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Cost of Global Warming Action

Monday, July 9, 2007

How much are you willing to pay to decrease carbon emissions? Live Earth has asked millions to Answer the Call by making a commitment in six areas; commitment to actions designed to reverse or prevent the climate crisis. Five of the choices are things which all of us can do relatively easily and without much expense. These are things which we should do, today. But the sixth choice (the only default choice) adds your name to the Live Earth Pledge. Nowhere is the old axiom “read before you sign” more important than in this case. This pledge lists 7 itemized actions to which you agree. All require some degree of life-style change, but item 1 will result in the kind of radical life-style change none of us can afford.

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More Libby

Sunday, July 8, 2007

When President Bush commuted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s jail time this past week, many from both the Left and Right voiced strong objections. On the one hand, Liberals took the position that this action was an abuse of power and done only to keep a Bush insider quiet. Those on the Right meanwhile did not think the President should have granted anything less than a full pardon. In fact President Bush took the correct course of action. Mr. Libby is guilty of a crime, but the penalty was excessive.

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Earmarks Again

Sunday, July 8, 2007

FYI The House was in recess last week. And it has been revealed that the “Do Nothing Congress” has at least done one thing. So far this year, 32,684 earmark requests have been submitted to the House Appropriations Committee. This committee is chaired by David R. Obey (D-WI) who attempted to further restrict debate on individual Earmarks by proposing that Earmarks only be added after the bill was in conference. Fortunately the proposal was defeated and Earmarks will still be subject of a Floor Vote. Mr. Obey’s idea would have been another backtrack on the promise to the voters that Congress would be more open and transparent.

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What’s Next for Bush?

Friday, July 6, 2007

If you accept the premise that George W. Bush is incompetent, and has no business being President, what’s the best course of action for the next 18 months? Although there are some Republicans and Independents in this category, the bulk of the Bush criticism comes from Democrats. The Dems continue to attack a President with very low public confidence, even though many of them are in Congress and have even lower public approval ratings. Obviously continued bashing (kick him when he’s down syndrome) and renewed Impeachment talk, is meant to insure reelection and/or increased representation in elected positions by Democrats. But this is short-term and may be counterproductive long-term. Damaging to both the Democrats and the Country.

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The Libby Pardon

Monday, July 2, 2007

President Bush did not pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby today. He did commute his jail sentence, but let stand the $250,000 fine and the 2 years of supervised release (probation) imposed by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. This after the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit refused to allow Mr. Libby to remain free on Bail pending his Appeal Hearing before the Court.

“Scooter” was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice and would have had to start serving 2 and 1/2 years Jail Time if the President had not intervened. The President issued a statement (Statement by the President On Executive Clemency for Lewis Libby ) which contain the following.

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Hispanic Voters

Sunday, July 1, 2007

With the recent defeat in Congress of the Immigration Reform Bill, how will the Hispanic voters react? The Hispanic population has traditionally supported Democrats over Republicans and they represent the largest group of illegal aliens. George Bush did receive about 40% of this minority in 2004, but the 2006 mid-term elections showed only 25% of the 8.6 Million Hispanic Eligible Voters in the Republican Column.

According to several reports since the Immigration Bill was defeated, speculation was high that the Republicans would take a bigger hit from the Hispanic Voters than the Democrats. In fact the most often repeated opinion was that the Democrats would make large gains among the Hispanic population.

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