From Stepping Right Up. I agree. Sorry Alan, once a lib always a lib.
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"Thursday, October 02, 2008
Heartwarming story you could have read in Reader's Digest
It's overcast, there is a chill in the air, and there are lots of reasons to be gloomy. But this story .. well it will warm your heart." Space For Commerce, by Brian Dunbar
In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University.
On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephant's foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.
Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help wondering if this was the same elephant. Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing, and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn't the same elephant.
"Russia sees in credit crisis end of U.S. domination" Russia sees in credit crisis end of U.S. domination - International Herald Tribune
"By DAPHNE RETTER, Post Correspondent
Last updated: 5:59 am
October 2, 2008
Posted: 3:50 am
October 2, 2008
WASHINGTON - Here, little piggies!
Congressional deal-brookers yesterday slopped a mess of pork into the $700 billion financial rescue bill passed by the Senate last night - including a tax break for makers of kids' wooden arrows - in a bid to lure reluctant lawmakers into voting for the package
Stuffed into the 451- page bill are more than $1.7 billion worth of targeted tax breaks to be doled out for a sty full of eyebrow-raising purposes over the next decade.
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"This is how Washington works," said Keith Ashdown of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington research group. "A big pot of pork is their recipe for final passage."
The special provisions include tax breaks for:
* Manufacturers of kids' wooden arrows - $6 million.
* Puerto Rican and Virgin Is- lands rum producers - $192 million.
* Wool research.
* Auto-racing tracks - $128 million.
* Corporations operating in American Samoa - $33 million.
* Small- to medium-budget film and television productions - $10 million.
Another measure inserted into the bill appears to be a bald-faced bid aimed at winning the support of Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who voted against the original version when it went down in flames in the House on Monday.
That provision - a $223 million package of tax benefits for fishermen and others whose livelihoods suffered as a result of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill - has been the subject of fervent lobbying by Alaska's congressional delegation.
Some of the pork-barrel measures buried in the financial rescue package had been contained in a bill that previously passed the Senate, but died in the House.
The Congressional Budget Office said the package of breaks - including obvious pork and some more defensible tax-relief measures - will add about $112 billion to budget deficits over the next five years because the bill doesn't contain enough offsetting revenue hikes to keep the budget balanced.
The legislative lard annoyed Tom Schatz, president of the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste.
"There's always something that goes on at the end where the last dozen members are trying to get something for themselves or for a special interest rather than what might be good for the country," Schatz said.
Some of the other measures added to win approval include a $3.8 billion health-care provision that forces insurance companies to provide coverage for mental-health treatment equivalent to the coverage they provide for physical illness.
Other add-ons will increase individual tax credits and help shield more than 20 million Americans from the painful alternative minimum tax, and offer breaks for businesses that invest in alternative fuels.
Also, several federal income-tax breaks due to expire will now be extended through 2009. " PIGGY POLS IN HOG HEAVEN WITH PORK-PACKED PACT - New York Post
"Senate leaders are confident that they can prevail, but the strategy is not without risks in the House given the added costs of the tax package. Congressional Budget Office estimates indicate that the net impact will be to add almost $105 billion to an already large deficit next year, and fiscal conservatives will feel they are being straight-armed by the Senate which has refused to do more to offset the costs." Senate bailout bill keeps growing - David Rogers - Politico.com
"EXCLUSIVE: Pelosi paid husband with PAC funds
$99,000 for rent, utilities, accounting fees
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008 " Washington Times - EXCLUSIVE: Pelosi paid husband with PAC funds
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband's real estate and investment firm over the past decade, a practice of paying a spouse with political donations that she supported banning last year.
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Gard says Kagen won't debate critical issues Kagen camp: Not true, incumbent eager to debate" Gard says Kagen won't debate critical issues
John Gard, the Republican nominee for Wisconsin's 8th District congressional seat, accused incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen Friday of ducking debates, but the Democrat seeking to hold his seat in November says nothing could be further from the truth.
"Congressman Steve Kagen hasn't agreed to a single candidate forum with only 40 days left in the campaign," Gard told The Lakeland Times Friday.
Off the record
Reached by telephone Friday, Kagen spokesman Jake Rubin declined to speak about the issue on the record, except to say he needed to "see where we are in the debate process."
He later sent an email addressing Gard's charges.
"What the Gard campaign is saying is simply not true," Rubin wrote in the email. "Congressman Kagen will debate John Gard because he is eager to give voters an alternative to Gard's negative campaign and to allow them to hear about issues affecting them most, like a comprehensive plan for energy independence that favors consumers instead of Gard's donors in Big Oil, affordable health care that works for Dr. Kagen's patients, not Big Insurance, and an economy that supports working families, not Big Corporations."
Rubin did not address Gard's charges about Kagen's refusal to appear at the town-hall meetings during the congressional recess nor did he speak to Gard's allegation that Kagen hasn't agreed to participate in debates offered by 14 organizations, though Rubin was asked about both Friday.
Gard said the organizations attempting to arrange a debate include the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans, Project Vote/UW-Green Bay/Wispolitics, WTAQ Radio, League of Women Voters, Harmony Café, UW-Marinette/Marinette Chamber of Commerce, AARP, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, WHBY Radio, Door County Advocate, Wrightstown Post-Gazette, the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, and Pathways.
"House Republican Ad Exploits Rangel's Ethics Problems
House Republicans have launched an ad attacking a freshman Wisconsin Democrat over his ties to embattled Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (N.Y.), the first of a series of attempts to use Rangel's ongoing ethics woes as an anchor around the necks of vulnerable Democratic incumbents.
The ad -- the first from the National Republican Congressional Committee -- hits Rep. Steve Kagen (Wis.) as having "found a friend in corrupt New York City Congressman Charlie Rangel." The evidence? The $16,000 in donations that Kagen took from Rangel, and the alleged quid pro quo that led Kagen to support a $2 million earmark for a "personal office and library" for Rangel. Kagen is facing a rematch against state Rep. John Gard; Kagen beat Gard 51 percent to 49 percent.)" House Republican Ad Exploits Rangel's Ethics Problems - The Fix
"The list of excuses offered by Rep. Charles Rangel for failing to pay taxes on at least $75,000 in rental income from his luxury beachfront villa in the Caribbean grows longer. Now the Associated Press takes the Harlem Democrat, who is chairman of the powerful tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, to task for inaccuracies in his personal financial disclosures to Congress." Sorry, Charlie—Rangel Makes More Excuses for His Failure to Pay Taxes - Sam Dealey (usnews.com)
"Hansen, Fradette joust over health care during forum
30th Senate candidates also talk spending" Hansen, Fradette joust over health care during forum | greenbaypressgazette.com | Green Bay Press-Gazette
Health care and the aging population dominated Monday morning's forum for candidates of the 30th Senate District.
A handful of local voters attended the forum, held at the Brown County Central Library. Republican Chad Fradette, former Green Bay City Council president, and the Democratic incumbent Dave Hansen, an eight-year senator, both of Green Bay, hit on comprehensive health care and state spending.
A mix-up in the questions asked to each candidate left Fradette ad-libbing a bit more than his opponent after he realized he had been sent different questions.
"It'd be nice if I was given these questions ahead of time," Fradette said after the third question. "They don't match any of the questions I have except for the first one."
Billy Feitlinger, of the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans, who sponsored the event, apologized to Fradette and made sure he had a copy of the correct questions at Monday's forum.
The Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups also hosted the event.
Hansen said he would like to see support continue for Badger Care and Medicaid programs, and to do so, the state must draw from all available funding, something that's not being done.
Fradette said while he would like to maintain these programs, the state is broke. Spending priorities must be set, and increases in funding aren't an option.
Hansen also told the audience he's for true reform in health care that would reduce costs and provide access to all state residents.
"The cost of doing nothing is already enormous and continues to grow every day," Hansen said.
Fradette said comprehensive care is not the answer for Wisconsin.
"I will stand against any attempt to make universal government-run health care because it's not efficient and it's definitely not cost effective," he said.
Fradette said people of all incomes in the state need a tax cut, so wasteful spending needs to be eliminated.
"No way would I consider increasing the sales tax," he said. "Under no circumstances would I consider raising any tax in this point in Wisconsin … all you have to do is prioritize your spending."
Hansen said the state needs to look at its tax code, and he would propose legislation to accept the first $60,000 of a home's value for property taxes and cut homeowners' school property taxes by 10 percent or more.
"I think that's a very good initiative to at least look at," he said. "I think it'd do a great deal to help seniors stay in their home."
"Appleton's Steve Kagen bucks Democrats as party lines blur
By J.E. Espino • Post-Crescent staff writer • September 30, 2008 " Appleton's Steve Kagen bucks Democrats as party lines blur | Postcrescent.com | Appleton Post-Crescent
U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen says he put politics and his upcoming re-election campaign aside and voted against the financial bailout plan on Monday because it did nothing to secure the economy.
It makes complete sense that a freshman Democrat in a tight race, like Kagen, voted against the bill, said David Siemers, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
It is tough medicine to remedy the economy, and he is the only congressional incumbent in the state in a tight race for his seat. Everyone else, including Petri, pretty much had a free vote, Siemers said.
National polls showed support for the bailout ranging from modest to significant. Just because there is support for action to correct the financial meltdown doesn't mean that voters supported the specific bailout bill that was defeated Monday, Kagen said.
Siemers says one way or another the federal government will be forced to act.
"If the markets keep going down, it will seem to be the irresponsible thing not to act," he said. "The Republicans might be forced to come on board then."
"Now Sen. Dave Hansen, a Green Bay Democrat, has sent out a campaign flier that credits a pornographic Web site for its rather tame photos of solar panels and hybrid vehicles. A Democratic official said Hansen’s team accidentally put an extra “s” in the Web address, leading to the snafu." JS Online: Judge lets city, county off the hook for good Samaritan’s death
"Kagen returns Fannie Mae campaign contribution
1:40 PM CDT, September 28, 2008
MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Republicans have been trying to link Rep. Steve Kagen to Fannie Mae, the troubled mortgage giant.
While the Democrat recently received a $1,000 contribution from Fannie Mae, Fagen's campaign says the contribution was returned immediately. According to the Federal Elections Commission, candidates don't have to report donations if they are immediately returned.
" Kagen returns Fannie Mae campaign contribution -- chicagotribune.com
"Kagen returns Fannie Mae campaign contribution
By Associated Press September 28, 2008 - 2:01 p.m.
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MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin Republicans have been trying to link Rep. Steve Kagen to Fannie Mae, the troubled mortgage giant.
While the Democrat recently received a $1,000 contribution from Fannie Mae, Fagen's campaign says the contribution was returned immediately." "Kagen returns Fannie Mae campaign contribution " by Latest News -- GazetteXtra
"But Kagen’s campaign says it immediately returned the $1,000 contribution, eliminating the need to report the donation. Candidates don’t have to report contributions if they immediately return them, according to the Federal Election Commission. " JS Online: Kagen returned Fannie Mae’s donation
“It was an unsolicited donation,” spokesman Jake Rubin said in response to questions about why Kagen returned the money.
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