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You forget to mention the pardons of Bush Sr. (Armand Hammer and Casper Weinberger)and the bribes he allegedly took (campaign and library). When that subject was raised at the Congressional hearings on the Clinton pardon, suddenly (in about 2 days) the hearings were over.


A repeat: Looking at taxes and spending as a percent of the GDP for 1980 - 1986 Domestic spending (democratic priorities) decreased.(So it didn't contribute to the deficit Payroll taxes (the kind you and I pay most of) increased (and didn't contribute to the deficit) Defense spending (Reagan's agenda) increased. And contributed to the deficit Income and Corporate Taxes decreased. Which contributed to the deficit. (most of the tax breaks went to big corporations. Even then Budget Director Stockman characterized the lobby efforts and out right arm twisting of big business as a "greed fest")

Business loved Reagan. he managed to borrow us into prosperity and it only cost around $4 trillion. And now, they don't have to help (as much) in the pay-off.

W is troubling when it comes to the environment in part because his record in Texas isn't too good.

Cheney concurs, as witness his recent remarks on MSNBC about dealing with environmental obstacles to new power plants.

W's proposed "Regulations Czar" believes that regulations should be subject to an acturial analysis, to see if the benefit outweighs the cost. Which may sound fine until you remember that car companies have been accused of the same type of analysis: Is it cheaper to fix the defect or pay off the families of the victims? Perhaps W can at last answer the question: Just how much is a human life worth? The standard argument "Well, its impossible to make everything 100% safe" is true. On the other hand, as a moral and ethical position, refusing to fix something that is going to cause harm as part of its man-made nature or operation seems ethically questionable.

Bashing Clinton (and listing his faults and crimes, real or imagined), is beside the point. W is the point.

Is there a sense of desperation in what he's doing? As in, maybe the Republican's won't be in control of Congress in 2002?



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