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Friday, September 17, 2004

House GOP Blocks Effort to Obtain Cheney Energy Task Force Data
The Republican-controlled House Energy and Commerce Committee
voted Wednesday against a "resolution of inquiry" that called
upon the White House to release the names and affiliations of
anyone who met with Vice President Cheney's National Energy
Policy Development Group, which developed President Bush's
energy plan. The task force plan provided the basis for the
administration's energy bill, which is currently stalled in the

Bush's bitchs in Congress stand up to protect corruption and secrecy in what is supposed to be an open democracy. No surprise here. Is it a coincidence that Bush has yet to veto a single bill.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Bush's War on the Condom
THE UNITED NATIONS’ LATEST REPORT ON AIDS, issued last week, underscores how the Bush administration’s war on the condom has blocked HIV-prevention efforts around the world. A key finding: Nearly half of all new cases of HIV infection are women. But in May, at the U.N.’s Special Session on Children, Bush formed an unholy alliance with Iraq and Iran — you remember, two-thirds of the “axis of evil” — to successfully eliminate from the official declaration any references to the right of the world’s children to “reproductive health services and education,” including condoms for HIV prevention.

In sub-Saharan Africa, where teenage girls are treated as chattel and forced into sexual submission to older men — either by economic necessity or cultural tradition — the U.N. report notes that about 2 million of about 4.2 million new HIV infections are among females. Yet Bush threatened countries with trade and aid reprisals if they didn’t toe the no-condoms, abstinence-only, anti-abortion line in the vote to weaken the U.N.’s commitment to providing life-saving information to those young women.

Maybe this is a war Bush can win. Of course if he does, millions will loose.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Bush's Tax Shakedown
The strange and twisted fact is that while Bush's policies are producing a financial windfall for the richest among us, many middle- and working-class families are actually being stuck with a net tax increase. In Ohio, for example, a family with an income of $66,000 and two children attending public universities paid $864 more in taxes and fees in 2002 than it did before Bush's 2001 tax cuts. For a family in Pennsylvania with an annual income of $44,000 and a son or daughter in a state college, the net increase was $185.

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