News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush - Part I b
"Groaning Board of Bad Ideas" in Spending Bill
Pt. I b BUSH'S CONGRESS
NEO-CONSERVATIVES' ULTIMATE GOAL
RIGGING ELECTIONS
------ Reforms needed
-- Corrupt Redistricting
---- Texas
---- Colorado
---- Pennsylvania
-- Rigged E-Voting?
---- Diebold For Bush
-- Delayed Disclosures
RAW POWER TACTICS
-- Bullying to Win
---- Threatening Dems
---- Bribing Republican
-- Excluding Democrats
---- 11th-Hour Bills
---- 1-Vote Victories
LOOTING the FUTURE
-- Driving Up Deficit
-- Extra Pork in Bills
-- $87 bill. Blank Check
BAD BILLS
-- Energy Bill
-- Medicare Bill
-- Spending Bill
WHO BENEFITS?
-- Wealthy Interests
-- Cheney's Cronies
-- Bush Camp'n Donors
-- Gun Lobby
WHAT ARE WE LOSING?
-- Privacy Rules
-- Academic Freedom
---- at the U. of Wash.
-- States' Rights on..
---- Air Quality
---- Antispam Rules
---- ID Protection
---- Gay Marriage
---- Scholarships
STATES FIGHT BACK
-- Brandeis's Support

" The G.O.P. leaders' delay in achieving final spending approval will likely shortchange such headlined priorities as the AIDS program for Africa, as well as such basic necessities as housing and child care subsidies for the poor. The Republicans, capping their year of record tax cuts and budget deficits, are suddenly demanding an across-the-board cut of close to $3 billion in domestic spending. ... "
 
 
New York TImes  November 26, 2003

The G.O.P. Congress Fails at Closing

The complete article is currently (3/25/04) available on a New York Times website at-- http://collegexml3.nytimes.com/guests/articles/2003/11/26/1126939 [found through a Google search by article title on the same date]

Opening words--

Congress has headed home for holiday feasting having failed to meet its most basic responsibility — approving the bills that pay for another year's government. A murky $820 billion omnibus bill needed by a score of federal agencies is already two months overdue, mocking the Republican leaders' campaign vow to make Congress look more efficient.

But the full damage of the measure, consideration of which is put off until Dec. 8, is still not clear — new riders and amendments keep emerging from the political fog. The gun lobby, masters of maneuvering under the Capitol radar, managed to insert a brazen rollback of gun controls in the measure's fine print. ...

Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

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