Domestic Policy

  Dual Deficit Plagues The Us EconomyDecember 29, 2005 00:00 The US current account deficit and budget deficits are going to plague the younger US generations for many years to come. The policies of the Bush administration have been temporarily stimulating to the economy, but long term interest on huge debts will surely slow it down.
  Ghosts In The Voting MachinesDecember 29, 2005 00:00 US electronic voting machines are fraught with problems including a lack of security. It has seemed clear that in the last 5 years, the push to modernize the voting system has been underfunded, leading to gaping holes in security, accountability, and accuracy.
  Spy Agency Removes Illegal Tracking FilesDecember 29, 2005 00:00 Now the NSA is in trouble for putting Cookies on the computers of visitors to their website. Now that may be going a little too far... but it's amazing at all that the Agency has seen so much press that people are now visiting its website:

Visit the NSA website to get a cookie

  Dick 'F-Bomb' Cheney Votes Against Medicare, MedicaidDecember 21, 2005 00:00
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Vice president Dick Cheney voted to break a Senate tie on the budget cutting bill that removes billions from federal programs for the poor and middle class, such as medicare and medicaid.
  A Sneaky Handout To Makers Of Vaccines By FristDecember 21, 2005 00:00 Bill Frist has continued the pork and pillage Republican strategy of attaching completely unrelated issues to the mammoth defense spending bill that is now in the Senate. Frist attached a blanket waver of liability of any damages caused by vaccines that are produced for an 'epidemic.'
  Cheney, Republicans May Vote for Cuts to Medicare, MedicaidDecember 20, 2005 00:00 As part of a $40 billion deficit reduction bill, Dick Cheney may cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate to cut from medicaid, medicare, and other social programs.
  Judge Bars 'Intelligent Design' From Pa. ClassesDecember 20, 2005 00:00 A federal judge has ruled that it is unconstitutional to teach Intelligent Design in a grade-school science classroom. The ruling came regarding a Pennsylvania case in which the school board members voted to force scient teachers to teach about Intelligent Design.
  Democrat Wants SBA Head To Quit In Hurricane Dust-UpDecember 19, 2005 00:00 A Democratic congresswoman from NY wants the head of the Small Business Administration to quit for a variety of reasons ranging from misspent appropriations to a high rate of declined loans for Katrina victims.
  Bush Administration Treats Animal Rights Activists As TerroristsDecember 19, 2005 00:00 This frightening article spotlights another animal rights activist who committed vandalism and intimidation, but is being threatened with 23 years in prison for mostly misdemeanor activities.
  Bush Administration Overlooks Scientific Evidence to Push Religious AgendaDecember 15, 2005 00:00 It should surprise no one that the Bush administration overlooks scientific evidence and the scientific method and instead relies on unilateral religious beliefs to make medical (and other) policy decisions.
  Amtrak: Cronyism Strikes AgainDecember 15, 2005 00:00 It looks like Bush appointees are trying to dismantle Amtrak under a 'privatization' scheme that basically means "put more money into the pockets of corporations and less into benefitting taxpayers."
  California Sued Over Policy On TuitionDecember 15, 2005 00:00 Now this is something I agree with. Out of state students have filed a class action lawsuit against California alleging that they should pay the same in-state tuition as illegal immigrants. Amen to that one.
  The End Of Democracy In Ohio?December 12, 2005 00:00 It looks like Ohio is set to pass a bill (HB3) that will make it illegal to challenge federal election results in the state. Incredible.
  Bush Spending $1B to Help Poor Heat HomesDecember 08, 2005 00:00 Bush is seeking $1 billion to help poor families heat homes. It's one more spending spree to help his image and poll numbers. Why not veto the tax cuts to pay for it?
  Congress Needs To Act On Refining Capacity: BushDecember 05, 2005 00:00 Bush is pressing congress to spend money to help the poor oil companies who have too little refining capacity to make more money. Funny thing is this government site basically says the US has plenty of capacity and is very profitable using Just In Time (JIT) supply.
  Oil Officials Admit Visits With Bush StaffDecember 01, 2005 00:00 Oil executives seem to be wary of boiling in their own product as Congress investigates discrepancies between statements made last month and records of visits by officials to the White House. Did they or did they not participate in shaping US energy policy?