Clark

I saw Gen. Wesley Clark interviewed on the News Hour yesterday. He was really good. Really, really good. I’m glad to see a person like that, with his credentials, making the case against Bush. It helps Dean a lot. When Dean has the nomination it will be harder for Bush to discredit his message, because the public will know they are shared by people like Clark.

I don’t see Clark getting the nomination. Dean has too strong of an organization, and Clark entered the race too late. Dean is also a very, very good candidate and has built a strong, people-powered campaign. This shows why Dean will make a great president. I agree almost completely with Dean’s positions – moreso than Clark’s.

But Clark is showing himself to be a first-class American leader. Good for him!

Publicizing The Effects Of Tax Cuts

Interesting Times writes about the effects of the spending cuts in Alabama, then writes:

“Neither Joe Average Alabaman nor Joe Average American will see these results if Democrats don’t loudly highlight them. The secret of the Republicans long-term success is that the Democrats have run away from the fight instead of making it clear just what are the consequences of the ‘cut taxes cut taxes cut taxes’ strategy. For Democrats to win on this issue they have to make it clear to people just what it is they are giving up if they continue to hold on to their Bush tax cuts.”

Good point.

Policy Hijacked From Bush?

Cheney’s hawks ‘hijacking policy’:

A former Pentagon officer turned whistleblower says a group of hawks in the Bush Administration, including the Vice-President, Dick Cheney, is running a shadow foreign policy, contravening Washington’s official line.

“What these people are doing now makes Iran-Contra [a Reagan administration national security scandal] look like amateur hour. . . it’s worse than Iran-Contra, worse than what happened in Vietnam,” said Karen Kwiatkowski, a former air force lieutenant-colonel.

“[President] George Bush isn’t in control . . . the country’s been hijacked,” she said, describing how “key [governmental] areas of neoconservative concern were politically staffed”.

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Bob Barr Calls for Impeachment!

Excerpts from Republican Representative Bob Barr’s call for impeachment:

“‘…I believe in several fundamental premises. First, this is a rogue administration; consciously and systematically operating outside the bounds of the laws of this land, and outside the common and historical norms of political conduct for our country. Second, this President and his Administration must be held accountable for their misdeeds. If we in the House of Representatives, as the body charged with oversight of the executive branch, do not hold him accountable, then we have no legitimate claim to governing this country. [this] President …enjoys a relatively high approval rating because he has not yet been held accountable for his misdeeds. Fourth, this is a most serious matter for consideration which must be approached knowingly, deliberatively, with an eye toward both past and future history, with each step weighed very carefully….

‘…More important, we see a clear pattern of activity that establishes an intent or scheme to defraud the citizens of the United States of the honest and faithful services of their President; converting the Office of the President and the attributes thereof to the personal (i.e., campaign) use of the President; circumvention of our federal election laws; laundering of campaign and labor funds; violation of tax laws;… bribery; obstruction of justice in failing to respond to lawful congressional subpoenas and withholding evidence; and tampering with evidence. This is but a partial list….

‘…Whereas, considerable evidence has been developed from a broad array of credible sources that… President of The United States, has engaged in a systematic effort to obstruct, undermine and compromise the legitimate and proper functions and processes of the Executive Branch:…'”