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Monday, May 20, 2024

Conservative group sought $2 million bribe

The powerful American Conservative Union (ACU), one of the major backers of the Republican Party and right-wing causes, attempted to extort $2 million from Federal Express (FedEx) in exchange for support in a legislative dispute.

When FedEx refused the pay, the ACU switched sides in the fight and backed FedEx rival United Parcel Service (UPS).

Incredibly, the ACU put the bribe offer in writing in a letter to FedEx.

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Sadly, we remain a society of secrets

Just when you think you know what’s going on in Washington under President Obama’s new open-government policy, you find out the place is still riddled with secrets.

There’s great excitement over the new health care package. Actually, there’s a House version and a Senate version. Actually, it turns out there are several Senate versions, all of which keep secret what they will cost and who will pay for them. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the go-to guy on health care, is still keeping his ideas a secret.

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Will Sonia Sotomayor be an activist judge?

Will Sonia Sotomayor be an activist judge? The question of judicial activism — what it is and who might be guilty of committing it from the bench — is at the heart of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Republicans on the committee charged that her "empathy" might cause her to depart from the law — or dispense with it entirely — to engineer liberal outcomes.

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Overreaching on health care reform

America does not face a healthcare crisis. America faces a manageable challenge: how to help a relatively small share of the population purchase health insurance. ObamaCare is too big a solution chasing too small a problem — like hunting quail with a howitzer.

Rather than endorse such big-government overkill, pro-freedom members of Congress should promote a simple concept: Let every American own and control an individual health insurance policy that can be transported among jobs, self-employment, graduate school, and life’s other twists and turns.

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Health care benefits drive job searches

The Chicago Sun-Times headline read, "Job Seekers Putting Health Benefits First" The story last Sunday chronicled a divorced woman in her mid-40s, college educated, presumably healthy, who lost her job last year. Right now she is a contract employee without health insurance.

As unemployment rises and the health care debate rages in Washington, stories like Cindy Wellwood-Burke’s are becoming increasingly sensationalized.

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A land shark called health care

Someone’s knocking at the door, the young woman inside the apartment asks who’s there, and a pleasant voice replies, "flowers." The woman is suspicious, and is then told "plumber," and later "candy-gram."

It’s really a shark — a land shark that hangs out in urban areas, or at least in the old "Saturday Night Live" skits — and it finally tricks the woman into thinking it’s a dolphin. She opens the door and is devoured.

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