Archive for October, 2002

Pay no attention to the CEOs behind the curtain

October 19th, 2002 – 7:53 pm
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“Less than three months ago, President Bush signed with great fanfare sweeping corporate antifraud legislation that called for a huge increase in the budget of the Securities and Exchange Commission to police corporate America and clean up Wall Street. Now the White House is backing off the budget provision and urging Congress to provide the […]

Divestment and Israel

October 18th, 2002 – 8:51 pm
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“The end of apartheid stands as one of the crowning accomplishments of the past century, but we would not have succeeded without the help of international pressure — in particular the divestment movement of the 1980s. Over the past six months, a similar movement has taken shape, this time aiming at an end to the […]

Democratically elected

October 17th, 2002 – 9:09 am
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Sunday’s Boondocks comic was particularly cutting. Read it here.

Occupying Iraq?

October 17th, 2002 – 9:06 am
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“The White House is developing a detailed plan, modeled on the postwar occupation of Japan, to install an American-led military government in Iraq if the United States topples Saddam Hussein, senior administration officials said today.” Yes, that’s right, the U.S. is now developing a plan to occupy Iraq for an extended period of time, maybe […]

It’s the economy, Stupid!

October 8th, 2002 – 10:17 pm
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According to a CBS News/New York Times poll that came out this weekend: “70% of voters say they want to hear what candidates have to say about the economy, while 17% of voters want to hear the candidates’ positions on Iraq. 56% of Americans, more than at any time since 1993, say the national economy […]

The Day After

October 8th, 2002 – 10:09 pm
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“Given what is at stake, one would have thought that the administration would have made a stronger case for going to war than President George W. Bush did on Monday evening. The weakness of the administration’s position is apparent in its insistence of repeating stories of Iraqi atrocities from more than 10 to 20 years […]

Bush vs. Workers

October 8th, 2002 – 9:40 pm
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“This is the first time in the history of the United States that a president has let an employer lock out workers in an extended quest to undermine the workers’ union — creating a phony crisis — and then reward that employer’s action with government intervention. It is a tragedy with historic ramifications.” — Richard […]

Standing up, and getting ignored

October 7th, 2002 – 10:47 pm
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“O.K., most Washington press conferences aren’t anything more than self-serving noise that’s not worth covering, but this one was an exception. Nineteen Democrats in Congress pulled themselves together and stood tall in a press conference to say something that millions of Americans — indeed, an American majority — have been desperate to hear: ‘Wait one […]

How many dead?

October 7th, 2002 – 10:41 pm
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“But no one in the Bush administration is talking about how many of our soldiers will be sent home in body bags. And not a single reporter has stood up at a press conference — or at one of the president’s countless fundraising appearances — and asked, ‘Mr. President, how many young Americans are going […]

Well said, Senator

October 7th, 2002 – 10:07 pm
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Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia gave an excellent speech on the floor of the Senate last week, speaking out against the idea of attacking Iraq, and against the resolution which would, in effect, empower the President to make war whenever and wherever he chooses, without having to come before Congress again. I guess […]