May 17th, 2005

I Like Ike

"Now it is true that I believe this country is following a dangerous trend when it permits too great a degree of centralization of governmental functions. I oppose this--in some instances the fight is a rather desperate one. But to attain any success it is quite clear that the Federal government cannot avoid or escape responsibilities which the mass of the people firmly believe should be undertaken by it. The political processes of our country are such that if a rule of reason is not applied in this effort, we will lose everything--even to a possible and drastic change in the Constitution. This is what I mean by my constant insistence upon "moderation" in government. Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

- President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 11/8/54
President Bush, a Texas oil millionaire, is trying to abolish social security as we know it, starve unemployment programs, weaken labor laws, and gut rural/farm programs. In light of this appalling record, let's hope Ike was right about his party's future.

Source: David Sirota

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Senate Leaders End Talks on Filibusters
Democrats, GOP break off negotiations aimed at averting a showdown over judicial nominees.

Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced yesterday that he and Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) had broken off negotiations aimed at averting a showdown over President Bush's judicial nominees, moving the Senate to the brink of a constitutional confrontation and a battle that holds peril for both political parties and the White House.

Reid, emerging from an afternoon meeting with Frist, declared that the two leaders had reached an impasse after weeks of talks. "Negotiations are over," he said. "It'll have to be decided on the Senate floor."

Frist did not speak with reporters but issued a statement. "Republicans believe in the regular order of fair up and down votes and letting the Senate decide yes or no on judicial confirmations free from procedural gimmicks like the filibuster," he said, "and I hope Senator Reid and others know our door is always open to reasonable proposals for fair up or down votes for judicial nominees."


"Republicans believe in the regular order of fair up and down votes and letting the Senate decide yes or no on judicial confirmations free from procedural gimmicks like the filibuster," he said, "and I hope Senator Reid and others know our door is always open to reasonable proposals for fair up or down votes for judicial nominees."

Yeah.

Think about that for a second, but not too long or blood will fly out of your nose.

EDIT:

Kos has the full text of Reid's floor statement. This is going to be good...

Also, watch this: Frist & Delay - Out Of Control
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You go, Galloway!

I swear, I want to give George Galloway the best hummer he's ever had - I am so not even kidding. Why you ask? I'll tell you why. Because in spite of his scary eyebags, he has balls and I respect that. He has a Scottish burr that makes me wet. And most of all, because when he hit the Senate Subcommittee a while ago he ripped the GOP and the people deflecting their own blame onto him right back in their faces - and didn't even blink in doing so. You've got to see it to believe it, I'dve killed to have been there and watched the looks on their faces.

Crooks & Liars has video and audio - WATCH HIM GO!!

Also, see MSNBC, Reuters, WP, The Guardian, CNN, and BBCNews for more.
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