Political Briefs

Tough Going for Bush
It really looks like the Bush administration is having a tough go at their agenda. There is an interesting article in the Los Angeles Times on how the Bush team miscalculated the public’s taste for Social Security reform. At the beginning of the year President Bush met with the press and stated that he would use his political capitol to press reform. After six months of conferences, town hall meetings and news conferences, it is clear that the more the public hears about Bush’s plan for Social Security the less they like it.

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All Talk
Carl Rove got Liberals in a hissyfit last week when he compared the Conservative’s response to September 11, with the response of the Liberals.

“Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."

To my fellow Liberal clamoring for an apology I say this: Chill out. Karl Rove is a political genius but his remarks comes after months of misfires on substantive issues by the administration. It is clear the Bush team is trying to regroup by creating a distraction from the series of losses. Mr. Rove’s title is Deputy Chief of Staff but we know he is much more than that. So when he starts talking about liberals and 9/11 then they know they are in trouble as it pertains to Social Security reform, the nomination of John Bolton, an Energy bill, overhaul of the tax system and the Iraq war.

Still Trying to Sell the War
Speaking of the Iraq war, Mr. Bush is scheduled to talk to the American people Tuesday night on the importance of staying the course. Amazing, after creating a series of “peaks” in the war, the President still has to sell it to the American people. Most who now say it was a mistake to go to war.

Land Grabbers
The Supreme Court ruled that the government can take private land for reasons other that public use. For most Americans, we’ve always understood that if the state wanted to build a highway or railroad through your backyard, there is little anyone can do to stop them Local governments also had the right to force landowners to sale when the area was considered blighted and new development was available. But, to allow the government to take land for economic reasons that may not directly benefit the public means that City Hall, with enough “incentives” from private developers can in effect take your land. Maybe someone should find out where the Justice’s live and propose a nice condo development on their property. You can read dissenting Justice O'Connor opinion.

The Majority opinion was written by Justice Steven