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Sunday, July 21, 2024

More troubles for McCain

John McCain’s error-prone Presidential campaign is in trouble, in debt and now in conflict with itself.

McCain doomed his chances from the start by supporting George W. Bush’s illegal and immoral war in Iraq. Then he abandoned the “straight talk” persona that helped him so well in previous campaigns. Then he spent all his money on consultants and fancy campaign digs.

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Farm bill riddled with fat, pork

A bloated, pork-filled farm bill is moving through the Senate, leaving a trail of manure that — like the bill that it dropped from — stinks to high heaven.

The excesses of this bill prove that when it comes to pork, the Democrats can lard on the fat the same as Republicans: Different party, same results.

Included in the $286 billion debacle are government programs to promote spending on handmade cheese, expensive repairs to historic barns and treatment programs for a form of farm stress disorder.

Taxpayer advocate groups call the bill too expensive. Conservatives call it too fat. Most just call it more pork from a Democratic leadership that promised to end such practices when they took over control of Congress.

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How to swamp a veto

George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter now have something in common. Congress has slapped down both presidents over costly water projects.

When Carter took office, he cut out of the federal budget a “hit list” of 19 water projects that he deemed wasteful pork-barrel spending. There are fewer things dearer to the lawmakers’ hearts than water projects. Carter was ultimately forced to accept most of them, but the bad start with Congress dogged him the rest of his term.

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Micromanagement of the poor

The Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007 has passed out of Chairman Barney Frank’s House Financial Services Committee. It’s now headed to the full House for a vote. In the name of protecting the poor from market predators it will in actuality protect the poor from wealth.

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Cocaine now the drug of choice

Cocaine has edged out methamphetamine as the principal drug threat to the United States. That’s the conclusion of the latest National Drug Threat Survey, which polled state and local law enforcement agencies for their assessment of the drug problem in their areas.

Authorities thought they were putting a big dent in the cocaine trade earlier this year, when 38 big drug “markets” in the United States reported cocaine shortages on the street. But as of last month, many now see a rebound in supplies, the National Drug Intelligence Center reports.

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