CONGRESSIONAL Republicans are suddenly taking a strong interest in lobbying reform. Speaker Dennis Hastert and the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, are rallying behind a reform package that will include measures like increasing disclosure and doubling the length of time after leaving Congress before lawmakers and staff can lobby their colleagues. These are commendable and… Continue reading If You Give a Congressman a Cookie – New York Times
A group of religious leaders has sent a complaint to the Internal Revenue Service requesting an investigation of two large churches in Ohio that they say are improperly campaigning on behalf of a conservative Republican running for governor. From NYT This is the real reason to oppose the President’s Faith Based initiatives. It not only… Continue reading Group Seeks I.R.S. Inquiry of Two Ohio Churches
This post by blogenlust makes me wonder if Osama issues red shirts to his number three men. The American approach shows little sense of Middle Eastern history and politics. As one prominent Kuwaiti academic explained to me, in the Muslim world the best way to deal with your enemies has always been to assimilate them… Continue reading a few words on Iraq
If the vast, empty plain of eastern Montana is the Saudi Arabia of coal, then Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a prairie populist with a bolo tie and an advanced degree in soil science, may be its Lawrence He is also promoting wind energy and the use of biofuels, using oil from crops like soybeans as a… Continue reading the Saudi Arabia of coal
The Senate voted Thursday to strip captured “enemy combatants” at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, of the principal legal tool given to them last year by the Supreme Court when it allowed them to challenge their detentions in United States courts. From The NYT. The question being, when did giving Big Government more power become a Conservative… Continue reading values
For 30 years, beginning with the Nixon presidency, advanced under Reagan, stalled with the elder Bush, a new political economy struggled to be born. The idea was pure and simple: centralization of power in the hands of the Republican Party would ensure that it never lost it again. Under George W. Bush, this new system… Continue reading Fall of the Rovean empire?