Domestic Policy

  Large Bike Events Banned in ColoradoNovember 30, 2005 00:00 The Colorado State Patrol has banned large biking events due to personal safety concerns. Click here to tell the state patrol that personal safety is an individual responsibility and not the responsibility of non-elected state officials.
 
  Schwarzenegger Replaces Chief Of Staff With Democratic ActivistNovember 30, 2005 00:00 Arnold Schwarzenegger is responding to his defeat in November's elections by shaking up his staff and beginning to embrace a bi-partisan atmosphere.
 
  The U.S. is falling behind as a world leader in research and developmentNovember 27, 2005 00:00 The U.S. is now trailing after being a leader as it ranks 7th behind China, South Korea, Russia, Sweden, Finland, and Japan in GDP spending on R&D. The U.S. is now 8th overall in researchers per 1000 people in the population. The U.S. now trails China and Europe in the total number of conferred Science and Engineering Doctorates.

Resources:

1. CIA World Fact Book

2. Science and Engineering Indicators, National Science Board

3. National Science Indicators, Thomson Scientific

4. World Bank


 
  House Passes Budget CutsNovember 18, 2005 00:00 Narrowly fending of defections by moderate Republicans, the House passed a $50+ billion dollar spending cuts bill that primarily impacts middle and lower class spending programs. Thanks guys.
  Senate Passes Tax CutsNovember 18, 2005 00:00 The senate has passed its version of the $60 billion in tax cuts that the Republicans are trying to push through. The tax cuts do include some bones to the middle class and a large part of it comes from the phantom Alternative Minimum Tax that bites many upper middle class families.
 
  The Cost of Tax CutsNovember 17, 2005 00:00 Democratic senators have attached taxes for oil companies and reduced petroleum exploration tax rebates by adding ammendments to the Republicans' $60 billion tax cut package.
  Energy Policy Shaped by Oil ExecsNovember 16, 2005 00:00 Adding weight to the argument that US energy policy was disproportionately shaped by input from oil companies, the Washington Post found a document that shows that oil execs from four major oil companies participated with vice president Cheney in his 2001 energy policy task force.
  Drop in the Bucket: $5B 2006 Tax on Oil ProfitsNovember 16, 2005 00:00 A Senate panel voted to impose a $5 billion tax on oil profits next year. If the oil companies rake in another $100 billion in profits next year, that will amount to a drop in the bucket and very little back in the US consumers' pocket.
  Tax Cuts For RepublicansNovember 16, 2005 00:00 A Senate committee approved a $60 billion dollar tax cut bill, voted for by all Republicans on the committee. The bill does at least fail to include extensions on tax cuts that are desired by president Bush.
  Tomlinson Violated Ethics Standards at CPBNovember 15, 2005 00:00 Republican Kenneth Tomlinson, ex-chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, was found to have violated ethics standards by using a political test to recruit for the presidency position at the CPB.
  Seniors Rejecting Bush's Prescription CardNovember 11, 2005 00:00 Only 20% of seniors know that they will be signing up for the bewildering Medicare prescription drug plan, championed by president Bush. The plan offers seniors dozens of private drug plans that give discounts based on confusing combinations of medical conditions.
  Bring Back the Strong DollarNovember 11, 2005 00:00 The trade deficit swelled to $66 billion last month, suggesting that we need to revive the strong dollar policy. The US dollar should go farther and it has been devalued for no reason, except perhaps to make oil imports more expensive.
  Bush Bad for Rural AmericaNovember 07, 2005 00:00 President Bush's policies are bad for rural Americans. From cutting funding for agriculture offices and health care to rising fuel prices, there is very little in the Bush budget to support or help rural Americans.
  Louisiana to go Bankrupt Because of FEMANovember 04, 2005 00:00 Louisiana is balking at a $3.7 billion collection notice from the federal government that FEMA claims is required by law. Under federal law, state and local governments are responsible to pay for up to 25% of disaster recovery costs.
  Email Trail Shows Brownie's IncompetenceNovember 03, 2005 00:00 An email trails shows the level of Michael "Brownie" Brown
  Email Trail Shows Brownie's IncompetenceNovember 03, 2005 00:00 An email trails shows the level of Michael "Brownie" Brown during the lead up and follow on to the Hurricane Katrina recovery act. Brown spent more email time on his wardrobe and lamenting his job position than on helping hurricane victims.
 
  Bird Flu: Another Billion Dollar Bush BombNovember 01, 2005 00:00 Bush had a bad week last week, so of course we should have expected this. The president has come out with a $7.1 billion proposal to head off a bird flu epidemic. He'll probably pay for this one by cutting Head Start and Veteran Funding... as if they even got that much!