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Election hangover: Bipartisanship


Fri, Nov 24th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

"Bipartisanship is another name for date rape" Grover Norquist

For those who are not news and political junkies, Grover Norquist is a Republican guru and activist. His statement above, quoted in the Denver Post, is likely to be taken literally by many Republicans.

Despite the above, the news has been full of statements by both the Democrats and Republicans extolling "bipartisanship". This was on the federal and the state level. If history is any prophet, this is all a preemptive strike to blame the other side when partisanship becomes the status quo. That is all to the good. It is obvious the country and Minnesota voted for change. Change always causes resistance.

On the federal level, despite the Presidents offer of cooperation and comity, he has already thrown down the gauntlet of defiance in several arenas. He came out within 48 hours of the election stating he wanted John Bolton's appointment to the UN ratified by the Senate: a bill to legalize his wiretapping and gut the law that limits a president's power to abuse the current law; approval of the sale of nuclear technology to India despite that nations refusal to abide by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. All of this in the lame duck session of Congress. All of these are contentious and would certainly require extensive debate and amending to be palatable to even some Republicans, let alone Democrats. His list included only two items that should take preference in the lame duck session. Ratification of Robert Gates to be the next Secretary of Defense and the nine bills needed to continue to fund the government.

Later he even re-nominated multiple people to the federal judiciary that had been turned down by congress previously. Apparently to stick a finger in the collective eye of the congress. Republican judicial chairman, Specter, has indicated he will not bring these nominations to a vote in committee.

Democrats also pledged bipartisanship and lots of other things. Don't hold your breath. Pelosi, even before being named speaker in waiting, poked a finger back in the eye of the administration. She named aggressive, in your face, take no prisoners, John Murtha her choice for majority leader in the house. Fortunately for the Democrats, cooler heads prevailed. Her choice also indicated a weakening of the resolve to get real ethics reform for the house. Murtha blocked the last attempt.

One myth exposed by the last election was Tip O'Neill's, "all politi .....
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The U.S. impending population crisis

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Recently we were informed that the U.S. population had just reached the 300 million mark. The announcement was made by most media outlets with little detectable alarm. It was stated as a matter-of-fact occurrence and supplemented with various popula ..... 
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Coup d' etat

Fri, Nov 10th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

When the people are afraid of the government, that's tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that's liberty. Thomas Jefferson

One warm, sunny, tropical morning in December 1989, I stood in a refugee camp in the Phili ..... 
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"Stay-the-course" is no longer official line on Iraq

Fri, Oct 27th, 2006
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A few short weeks before Americans go to the polls, the administration is making a significant policy change on Iraq: the president will no longer use the words stay-the-course.

For several months, the President has used stay-the-course to ..... 
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Gil's running on empty

Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
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If you take Gil Gutknecht's latest campaign ad at face value, immigration is the most important issue facing America on November 7. And Gil wants you to believe that Seņor Tim Walz is muy soft on border issues and illegal immigrants.

One wou ..... 
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"PIG" as a basis for campaigning

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

It occurs to me that almost all incumbents rely on "pig". It stands for Pork, Incumbency, and Greed in my political lexicon. When I hear an incumbent running on these "principles" it turns me off quickly. This is true whether it is a local, state, o ..... 
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Bush the Elder

Fri, Sep 22nd, 2006
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George Walker Bush, also known as Bush the Younger, Bush the Lesser and Bush the Minor, a Texas cowboy who likes to speak to a "higher father," should not be confused with his real-life dad, George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president.

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It's time to clean house

Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
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Regime change begins at home, I say. That's why I am not voting for Gil Gutknecht or Mark Kennedy in November. I'll vote for Donald Duck, the town drunk, my dead uncle, or T.C. the Twins mascot before I will vote for either of these incumbents. I mi ..... 
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The earth is burning up and we don't seem to care

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
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Anyone who still scoffs when the global warming subject is brought up must either have his or her head stuck quite deeply into the sand or slept through the past month. In all of my 50-plus years, I cannot remember a spell when it has stayed as hot ..... 
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