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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

The Sphere.. She is Round

Great piece in Alternet onThe "Nuclear Option". For the record, I think the Republicans will use the Nuclear option and no matter who discusses whether they should use it, they fail to mention that once it is used, it is used until a majority in the future changes it back.

This is dangerous territory and it should be scary for Democrats, most liberals are apathetic to this choosing instead to blog about social security.

IBD has a piece on Eason Jordan however, without a byline I do not trust this story at all one hundred percent.

If someone reading this lives in Massachusetts and would like to do some gumshoe reporting ask Congressman Barney Frank if he really did hear Eason Jordan say those things. I would actually like a full report of what Eason Jordan had to say. I don't trust Michelle Malkin and I am wondering if Congressman Frank does either.

By the way, this whole Eason Jordan thing is strange. There are no news items at all in any of the media except for op-ed pieces and blogs by conservatives. They even implicate Senator Dodd in this saying he heard the remarks too, why isn't anyone asking these Senators the info. I mean why isn't Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh championing the effort to call these witnesses (god knows they can get through better than any of us). Keep an eye and ear on this because the real "liberal media" (read: left biosphere) is hush on this topic. Where if they have something worth defending (e.g. social security) and have the facts to back it they usually go nuts over it.

Tom Delay says he supports a program for illegal immigrant amnesty guest worker program.

The Labor Department projects that workers over 55 will make up 19.1 percent of the labor force by 2012, up from 14.3 percent in 2002. It is a good thing Bush isn't cutting their social security huh?

The Bush administration offered a new estimate of the cost of the Medicare drug benefit on Tuesday, saying it would cost $720 billion in the next 10 years. That is much more than the $400 billion Congress assumed when it passed legislation creating the benefit in late 2003.

So if they are wrong from one year to another, how can we be so sure of the accuracy for estimates of Social Security's health 50 years from now?

I almost forgot but Howard Dean is going to be the new Chair of the DNC. Great news for the Democrats, they may still convince me to vote for another one of their looser candidates. Everyone dropped out and the vote is on Saturday. Looks like the netroots may have had an effect.

Bushism of the week:
Because the—all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculate, for example, is on the table; whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those—changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be—or closer delivered to what has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the—like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate—the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those—if that growth is affected, it will help on the red.

—Explaining his plan to save Social Security, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 4, 2005

And finally in today's Sphere, Bill Moyers reminds us that bringing the Rapture nigh is the top priority for the Bush agenda.

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