Monday, February 07, 2005

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

Today's quote from President Bush:

"Oftentimes, we live in a processed world--you know, people focus on the process and not results."
--Washington, D.C.; May 29th, 2003

Been gone for a while for several reasons. Some good. Some bad.

On to the news....

It appears as though Howard Dean is the sole candidate left for the DNC Chair. I think this is great. For one, it will force many of the Democrats who think the answer to our party's problems is to become "Republican lite" to finally just switch over to the other side altogether. On the other hand, he is in for some fights since his beliefs are a bit more liberal than many beltway Democrats. However, he will provide something our party has been lacking for many many years, originality.

Dean has the ability to get people energized about things. Terry just never had that ability. he spoke and no one really listened. Dean speaks, instant buzz. He has personality. He has wit. He has a bit of a temper. This is a guy people enjoy listening to, enjoy watching, and enjoy arguing with. In other words, he is everything Terry isn't.

Bush also came out with his budget today. In an amazing twist he promised to double projects to help homeless people, promised aide to schools in urban areas so they can fund crucial after school programs, stated they want to help make Veteran's Benefits better and cheaper for vets, and want to help give money to Police, Fire, and Rescue so the front lines officers will be more able to handle problems with they arise. Oh, wait a second here... my bad, he said he wants to cut all of these or otherwise give them less money. "The president is striving to keep a campaign promise to rein in government spending and halve the federal deficit in five years," says this LA Times article. Unfortunately, no one knows exactly what deficit figures the White House was referring to since they use several different sets from several different think tanks to technically never lie about what they are saying. Just remember, compassionate conservatism means cutting social programs so that the rich can keep their tax cuts.



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