The only thing I'm concerned about is the independent ethics review panel. It may have unexpected consequences and no one expects the Spanish Inquisition! I think transparancy and publicity should serve us better. If everyone knew where "Dollar Bill's" cold cash came from and how it got there he might be unemployed now.
"I know there's been talk that Amendment 2 mobilizes the evangelicals to vote, but the effort to narrow down the margin by which Amendment 2 passes in MO has come at a cost to Talent's numbers in the polls."
It seems to me that increasing numbers of evangelicals want to "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's". Many may have come to the conclusion the company they've been keeping in Ceasar's army is interfering with their path to God. Voting for McCaskill might be a way for them to tell the GOP to "bugger off".
Well, now we know why Jeffie/James Guckert/Gannon was wandering the halls of the White House: Obviously he was ministering to the needs of the visting religious Poobahs. How very thoughtfull of the admistration.
I believe DEMs have long been betrayed by their consultants. When they changed their strategy to only contest "significant" seats that was a hardworking strategy for failure. I also think that Clinton was chosen not that they thought he'd win (with all that "flowers" bagage?) but that he would lose. In fact, Dems were running away from running back then. Nobody wanted to challenge the "victorious" gulf war president
Emanuel and Tauscher are two others of that ilk. They want central control of the party... Well, it's our party and we'll control it if we want to!
BTW: our greatest sin was not giving Jerry Lewis (R-CAruption) a challenger.
I moved from San Jose CA (very blue) to CA-50 4 weeks before the election. In watching the Busby/Bilbray fray I must say that the Busby campaign gave me no reason to vote for her the theme of "They are so corrupt and I am so here for you" just doesn't work. Bilbray took one theme, immigration, and ran with it. She could have taken the deficit, for instance or veteran benefits and convinced more people to vote for her. It was an inept campaign: save your money. One thing Busby did prove is that people are ready for change: compare $$$/Vote!
The anti-pollution formulations are often used as the excuse for the seasonal shift in gas prices. That, and refinery maintainance. Standardized formulas and tighter inspections of the refineries could really help. Profit controls on oil companies, which are all essentially monopolistic isn't a bad idea either. Price controls are not a good idea: you take away an incentive for conservation. But that would require congressional action (which is unlikely) signed by a president interested in the "common weal" which we don't have.
It costs $60.27 per day to house a prisoner (google on prisoner cost) which means if you hold them for 30 days, that's $20 Billion. Of course you don't have that many beds so make more beds at $54K apiece. All these illegals have been getting primo health and dentistry care so no worries there, right?. All of them will go quietly to their cells without adjudication by the courts...
I think the Dems can legitimately claim that the republicans were planning to spend at least $240 Billion per year on illegal immigrants.
For those, like me, who stood in line and got here through proper channels find that illegals jumping the fence and then being offered residency followed by full citizenship a bit hard to take. Why not just offer provisional residency and if they want citizenship, either get back in line or obtain an honorable/medical discharge from the armed forces or public like service. This way, if it's just economic, the illegal becomes legal and is effectively removed from the underground economy. If they want more than that they got to work for it.
I do think countries like Mexico, China who are very much complicit in illegal immigration ought to be held accountable in some manner.
'Democrats and Republicans alike are adept at making decisions without letting the facts get in the way, a new study shows.
And they get quite a rush from ignoring information that's contrary to their point of view.
Researchers asked staunch party members from both sides to evaluate information that threatened their preferred candidate prior to the 2004 Presidential election. The subjects' brains were monitored while they pondered.
The results were announced today.
"We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning," said Drew Westen, director of clinical psychology at Emory University. "What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts." '
I suspect this is why screaming hysterical political arguments always trumps cold reason.