Oh yeah – both Obama and Biden were either co-sponsors of, voted for or drafted Katrina relief or oversight bills. Biden was the sponsor of Senate amendment 1661, which was to provide emergency funding to victims of Katrina. The vote failed 41-56, with McCain voting against it.
“Read my lips: no new taxes” was a famous pledge made by Republican Presidential candidate George H. W. Bush at the 1988 Republican National Convention in his acceptance speech on August 18. Written by speechwriter Peggy Noonan, the line was one of the most prominent sound bites from the speech. The no tax pledge had been a consistent part of Bush’s 1988 election platform, but its prominent inclusion in his speech cemented it in the public consciousness. The impact of the pledge was considerable, and many believe it helped Bush win the 1988 United States presidential election.
Once president, however, Bush agreed to raise several taxes as part of a 1990 budget agreement. This has been attributed to a declining economy, ballooning budget deficits, and the need to compromise with the Democrat-controlled Congress. This reversal caused great controversy, especially in the more conservative wing of the Republican Party. Continue reading
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Cindy Sheehan was arrested and dragged off Tuesday night before the start of the president’s State of the Union address.
A guest of California representative Lynn Woolsey, who has called for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, Sheehan was handcuffed in the House chamber for wearing an anti-war T-shirt.Sheehan pledged back in October that she would launch a campaign of civil disobedience. Charged with the misdemeanor of demonstrating inside the Capitol and released on her own recognizance, Sheehan is free to keep getting arrested for her cause.
Senator John F. Kerry has called President George W. Bush conceding Ohio and the presidency, according to the Associated Press.
Kerry is expected to make a speech at 1 p.m. at Faneuil Hall and the president is scheduled to make a statement at 3 p.m. Although the White House claimed that Bush’s margin in Ohio is statistically insurmountable, no public word has come from Ohio officials.
If you are registered to vote in the United States, please vote today.
And while you’re at it, vote for my man, John Kerry
President Bush campaign acknowledged Thursday that it had doctored a photograph used in a television commercial to remove the president and the podium where he was standing. The campaign said the ad will be re-edited and reshipped to TV stations. Continue reading
One of the most powerful televised exchanges in recent history. Stewart hits it out of the park. BoingBoing reader bryan says, “Jon Stewart blasted the hosts on CNN’s Crossfire for hurting the democratic process instead of helping. He also calls Tucker Carlson a dick. Bittorrent: Link, and transcript here.
Michael Moore is considering taking legal action against a US cable pay-per-view TV company for dumping his pre-election special, which included the airing of his controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.
The cable company, iN DEMAND, said it based its decision to drop the program on “legitimate business and legal concerns.”
The US$9.95, 3 hour pay-per-view special was to include interviews with celebrities with strong political opinions, as well as Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
The special was to air on the eve of the US presidential election.
Moore told the press he signed a contract with iN DEMAND early last month and is considering legal action.
“Apparently people have put pressure on them and they’ve broken a contract,” the Associated Press quoted Moore as saying.
“There’s been one struggle or another over this, but we’ve always come out on top because you can’t tell Americans they can’t watch this.”
The film, Fahrenheit 9/11 has just been released on DVD.
iN DEMAND reaches about 28 million households across the US.