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Saturday, July 13, 2024

How politics drives stimulus spending

A sleepy Montana checkpoint along the Canadian border that sees about three travelers a day will get $15 million under President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan. A government priority list ranked the project as marginal, but two powerful Democratic senators persuaded the administration to make it happen.

Despite Obama’s promises that the stimulus plan would be transparent and free of politics, the government is handing out $720 million for border upgrades under a process that is both secretive and susceptible to political influence. This allowed low-priority projects such as the checkpoint in Whitetail, Mont., to skip ahead of more pressing concerns, according to documents revealed to The Associated Press.

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Looking backward, not forward

The Obama administration took office, in the new president’s words, determined to look forward, not backward, and as part of that philosophy it was agreed that it would be unfair to prosecute frontline CIA agents for harsh, even unduly harsh, interrogation techniques that they believed were authorized by the Justice department and encouraged by the White House.

In 2004, the CIA’s inspector general did an investigation of those interrogations and found much that was "inconsistent with the public policy positions that the United States has taken regarding human rights." Not only inconsistent but also very likely illegal under U.S. and international law.

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On Kennedy passing: sadness will be the view from my beach today

Updated with photo. We can see Cape Cod from the beach we go to on the mainland. Yesterday our sky was clear bright blue while over Cape Cod there were beautiful talk white puffy clouds. I noticed they weren’t moving in the still air. They were the kinds of clouds you often see faces in. Cape Cod is where many old timers tell stories about "the Kennedy" boys, Jack, Robert and Teddy out and about. (The oldest, Joe Jr., was killed In World War II so few alive now remember him.) Ted went on to carry the torch for his fallen older brothers. Now he is gone. We’ll be at the beach today. We’ll watch the sky over The Cape. It will look different.
Update – photo added
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