Thursday, November 23, 2017

Time to admit defeat on Social Security

BY DAN K. THOMASSON Holy Methuselah, Mr. President, not another bipartisan commission to study the impact of aging baby boomers on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid!

So much for tax reform

By MARY DEIBEL President Bush wants Congress to make his tax cuts permanent law and to sweeten tax breaks for Health Savings Accounts.

Bush’s budget headaches

President Bush sent his GOP allies in Congress an austere budget for next year that is filled with political land mines and flush with difficult choices.

Right wing says Bush sold them out

Conservatives have long had doubts about whether or not George W. Bush is really one of them and the big government programs the President proposed in his State of the Union address have the shaking their heads and wondering what the heck is going on.

Congress reluctant to give up junkets

The public outcry over abuses of Congressional travel has not deterred members of Congress from resisting efforts to limit their junkets to exotic lands. Even the man picked to replace the system's biggest abuser wants the practice of Congressional junkets continued.

Specter questions legality of Bush’s domestic spying program

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has not adequately justified why the Bush administration failed to seek court approval for domestic surveillance, said the senator in charge of a hearing Monday on the program.

Domestic spying provides GOP loyalty test

Since George W. Bush became president, Republicans in Congress have nearly always marched in lock step with him. In large measure, their clout as lawmakers was enhanced by standing shoulder to shoulder with the president, the Los Angeles Times reports. But that equation may be changing, and a crucial test comes next week when a Senate hearing opens into Bush's domestic spying program.

Bush’s National Guard restructuring plan ain’t flying

By LIZ SIDOTI A Pentagon plan to restructure the Army National Guard has sparked bipartisan outcries in Congress even before President Bush's formal proposal, showing the clout of a force that draws members from communities across America.

Gonzales plans to play down domestic spying impact

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales plans to tell a Senate committee on Monday that President George W. Bush's warrantless domestic surveillance program is carefully targeted and "not a dragnet," Time magazine reported on its Web site on Saturday.

Things don’t look good for grandma’s TV

Under pressure from the digital-TV industry, Congress has set Feb. 17, 2009, as the date when the United States goes digital, and that means an estimated 70 million TV sets won't be able to pick up signals from the air without a digital-to-analog converter box.