Friday, November 19, 2004

National Debt

Congress approved an $800 billion increase in the federal borrowing limit on Thursday. This increase may moot considering foreign investors no longer feel comfortable backing such a prodigal administration. Consider this, the national debt currently stands at $7.38 trillion...$2.4 trillion more than when George W. Bush took office.

With four more years of Dubya ahead of us, here are some numbers we might want to get used to: quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion...

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Going, Going, Gonzales

"I will work hard to build upon [John Ashcroft's] record." With one half-witted twitch of his vocal cords, Alberto Gonzales, George W. Bush's nominee to be the next Attorney General, ended the euphoria many of us were feeling as a result of Ashcroft's resignation, and replaced it with the realization that our civil liberties are still in danger of becoming more fantasy than reality.

As far as questionable appointments go, Bush's nomination of Alberto Gonzales ranks second only to his choice for the director of the Environmental Protection Agency. This dubious distinction goes to Mike Leavitt, former governor of Utah. As you might recall, Utah led the nation in the generation of toxic waste throughout most of Leavitt's tenure as governor. Good call, George. Now, Alberto Gonzales may also take his place in a very select, but growing group of controversial characters roaming Washington these days.

His track record speaks for itself. Alberto Gonzales attempted to suppress the details of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy commission meetings; he led the Bush administration's fight to detain terrorism suspects without formal charges; and stated in a memo to George W. Bush that the Geneva Convention did not apply to prisoners taken in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Will Alberto Gonzales take a softer stance on the preservation of our civil liberties? Ask the detainees at Gitmo.

Once again...Good call, George.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Church and States

I want to congratulate George W. Bush, not for winning re-election, but for proving once again why he is such a blockhead. Within in a week of reclaiming the White House, Bush called for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages as compensation to Christian conservatives for their votes.

Bush appealed for “an amendment to our Constitution defining and protecting marriage as a union of man and woman as husband and wife…while leaving the state legislatures free to make their own choices in defining legal arrangements other than marriage.” Bush felt that protecting the “sacred institution” of marriage at the national level, while giving states the power to grant legal arrangements, would fall within the separation of church and state; however, he failed to realize that state meant government, not actual states.

So far, constitutional amendments have only meant to liberate people (except for a failed experiment called Prohibition), not discriminate against them. Amending our constitution in such a prejudicial manner, will not only take us back into some of the darker shadows of our past, but also set a dangerous precedent for our future.