Domestic Policy

  NY Gov. Pataki Running for President in '08July 28, 2005 00:00 NY governor, George Pataki, has announced that he will not be running for a 4th term as governor, but will probably be running for US President in '08. Pataki should be considered to be a dangerous backdoor candidate who is a staunch neo-conservative ally.
  Picture of Roberts Emerging as Staunch ConservativeJuly 27, 2005 00:00 As more papers are released and more Bush administration forces speak out, a picture is emerging of nominated Justice Roberts as a stealth member of the rich conservative elite. Roberts seems to be an independent thinker, but one who sides with the Bush administration on labor laws, judicial oversight, and possibly anti-abortion. We'll see.
  Oil Co. Tax Breaks During Record Profit YearsJuly 27, 2005 00:00 During a string of several years of record profits for petroleum companies, the US congress is giving them more tax, breaks... somewhere in the neighborhood of US$10 billion. Rather than incent the worlds leading energy producers to finance more sustainable energy sources, the new energy bill promotes offshore drilling and new funding for petroleum exploration. Huh?
  US$41 Billion per Year to Deport All IllegalsJuly 26, 2005 00:00 The Center for American Progress has attempted to document the cost associated with a hypothetical initiative to deport all illegal immigrants. The study suggests that it could cost approximately US$41 billion per year, more than the budget for the DHS. Critics of the study suggest that if we prevent business from hiring illegals, that the illegals would leave on their own. Sure.
 
  Eviscerated Energy BillJuly 26, 2005 00:00 Congressional negotiators have killed two measures that would have set a conservationist approach for the nation's energy policy, including the token reduction of one million barrels per day of consumption. The house version of the bill under negotiation includes provisions for drilling in ANWR.
 
  Should Bush Tap Oil Reserves?July 25, 2005 00:00 Now that Bush is feeling the heat to tap the nation's brimming oil reserves, do you think he's wondering if he'll be accused of political manouvering when he does so? Al Gore was accused of that before the 2000 election, when all he wanted was to help the US consumer.
  AFL-CIO on the RopesJuly 25, 2005 00:00 The AFL-CIO appears to be on the brink of breakup as four of the largest union participants are boycotting the national conference. Unions are upset over declining membership and a lack of focus on where to direct union influence.
  Grandpa Wears Army Boots?July 22, 2005 00:00 The military is considering raising the enlistment age from 35 to 42 in response to a failure to meet recruitment rates. So... Women aren't fit for combat, but mid-life-crisis men are?
 
  Smoke Screen? Coulter on RobertsJuly 22, 2005 00:00 Is Ann Coulter just writing a dissenting article as a smoke screen for the Right? Or is she legitimately concerned that Roberts may be a true non-activist judge, i.e., one who actually interprets the constitution and follows the law. I tend to agree with her... and I'm reasonably pleased about it!
  US Oil Reserves At High, As Are PricesJuly 20, 2005 00:00 US oil reserves are at a 3 decade high, prompting some politicians to suggest that they should be tapped to reduce rising oil prices as the busy summer travel season comes into full swing.
 
  Bush Picks John G. Roberts Jr. for Supreme CourtJuly 19, 2005 00:00 President Bush has picked conservate Circut Court judge John G. Roberts, Jr. to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the US Supreme Court. Judge Roberts now faces a confirmation process in the US Senate.
 
  Flag Burning Debate is a Religious ArgumentJuly 18, 2005 00:00 Although I washed my hands after visiting this site, the editorial is another example clearly demonstrating that permission of flag burning is a pseudo-religious debate. Either the flag is so holy that you don't desecrate it, or it's merely a human symbol and you can burn it.
 
  Republicans Courting Black VotersJuly 15, 2005 00:00 The Republicans have started campaigning for next year already. Yesterday they sent the chair of the RNC to a NAACP convention to apologize for playing racial politics. What do they think they're doing now?
  National Debt at US$7,500,000,000,000 (Trillion)July 13, 2005 00:00 The US national debt, the amount we owe to creditors (such as China), is now at US$7.5 trillion and is anticipated to reach US$11 trillion by the end of the decade. Today's debt represents approximately US$25,000 in US government debt per current US citizen.
 
  Scandal at the CPBJuly 12, 2005 00:00 An investigation has been opened up over the rushed hiring of former Republican National Committee co-chair Patricia Harrison as Corporation for Public Broadcasting president. Corporation chairman Kenneth Tomlinson is already facing scrutiny for using public money to monitor the political agenda of public broadcasts and to monitor impending legislation that would have added more public broadcasting representation to the CPB.
  Will the Senate be a Rubber Stamp?July 12, 2005 00:00 Four key Senators met with the President over breakfast today to discuss the procedure and timeline for nominating a replacement Supreme Court judge, without discussing candidates. It would seem that the choice of candidate could greatly affect the timing of the nomination.
  Rove Under FireJuly 12, 2005 00:00 Pressure is heating up on the President to fire Karl Rove for his involvement in the Plame-Wilson leak scandal. As of now, the President is remaining silent on the matter.
  Oil Tops $61 Per BarrelJuly 06, 2005 00:00 Too busy denying the existence of global warming to notice, George Bush is aparrently ignoring the fact that the price of crude oil has risen a couple of hundred percent since he took office. With the presence of a new hurricane threatening Gulf of Mexico oil shipping routes, oil crested $61 per barrel today.
  Bush Already on Defensive on Supreme Court NomineesJuly 06, 2005 00:00 President Bush is already on the defensive against hard-liners in his own party on the subject of potential appointees to the Supreme Court. Several hard-liners have already denounced Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez as someone who would essentially be an activist judge.
  Oil Price Fixing up in Next Supreme CourtJuly 06, 2005 00:00 The October session of the US Supreme Court is due to examine a case wherein Texaco and Shell Oil are accused of forming a joint venture that allowed them to fix refined gasoline prices arbitrarily high. The court decision could affect software, beverage, and other consumer markets by either allowing or disallowing such joint ventures to set price points.
  Speculation About RoveJuly 05, 2005 00:00 Speculation increases as to whether Karl Rove was the mysterious government source who knowingly outed Valerie Plame as a CIA agent. If so, Rove better start using soap-on-a-rope as the offense is a felony.
  Justice Sandra Day O'Connor RetiresJuly 01, 2005 00:00 Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has retired creating the first vacancy in 11 years on the US Supreme Court.