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Holding the Democrats accountable


February 15, 2006

"No, absolutely not. I think itís a very valuable program," former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle said when asked if President Bush should stop the National Security Agencyís spying on terrorists.

"A leak in classified information is against the law, and if he was urging that, then obviously that would be a very serious thing," Bayh, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in an interview. "But I think we've got to find out what the facts are." -- Senator Evan Bayh.


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What Clinton scandal?

NewsMax reports that Republicanís who are going after President Bush donít seem to have time to look into one of President Clintonís most impeachable offenses and major abuses of power:

Senate Republicans are so busy helping Democrats investigate the Bush administration that they haven't had time to push for the release of the unredacted version of Independent Counsel David Barrett's report on Clinton-era IRS abuses.

A spokesman for Sen. Arlen Specter, who's been leading the investigation into potential abuses under the Bush administration's terrorist surveillance program, has yet to return's call inquiring what Specter has done to secure the full Barrett Report's release.

The Specter aide admitted that he didn't know what the Barrett Report was.

Released three weeks ago with over 100 pages redacted, the still-sealed portion of Mr. Barrett's findings is said to detail IRS abuses under the Clinton administration when the agency was run by Hillary-confidante Margaret Milner Richardson.

Bayh: Cheney could be in trouble

The Des Moines Register reports that Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) fell just short of calling for the resignation of Vice President Dick Cheney. Bayh was referencing the leaking of information concerning informing the public that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson was sent to Niger by his C.I.A. operative wife:

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh said in Des Moines on Monday that if Vice President Dick Cheney urged a subordinate to leak classified information for political gain, "We've got to get to the bottom of it."

But the Democrat taking steps toward a 2008 presidential nomination bid stopped short of joining Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean's call for Cheney's resignation.

"A leak in classified information is against the law, and if he was urging that, then obviously that would be a very serious thing," Bayh, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in an interview. "But I think we've got to find out what the facts are."

Bayh said that he would decide soon if he would seek the 2008 Democrat nomination for president.

Cheney accident

The Washington Post offers a wrap on the Cheney accident and the comic field day that resulted. Also, a report on David Gregory exhibiting very rude childish behavior:

It was one of those "everyone's a wise guy" days in Washington yesterday, thanks to Dick Cheney. Quipping at the vice president's expense was like shooting fish, or quail -- oh, never mind.

Hillary supports more taxes

Commentary by: Roger Wm. Hughes

Sen. Hillary Clinton once again called for raising taxes in her most recent e-mail. Clinton opposed the budget cuts proposed by President Bush using her favorite line, "Once again, the message is Ďyou are on your own.í"

In her latest e-mail, Clinton also stated:

George W. Bush wants to produce Social Security "savings" over the next decade at the expense of widows and orphans, even as he lavishes trillions of dollars in tax cuts on the wealthy and well-connected.

Clinton and the Democrats can be expected to continue to offer the false promise that if we just tax the rich enough all of our fiscal problems can go away. However, past records show that when the taxes are raised on the rich, those who pay Democrats for tax loopholes pay no taxes. Besides, there isnít enough money to fund the federal government if we take all of the wealthiest Americans' money. So, who are the Democrats kidding?

They are swindling the votes from Americans the same way they have done in the past. Clearly, this and the theme that Bush is incompetent will be one of the strong themes of the 2006 election. Hopefully, more Americans now know that lower taxes result in greater economic growth.

Speaking of the incompetent theme, Clinton used it in the same e-mail calling for higher taxes:

It's hard to judge which is doing more harm - their calculated proposals like denying benefits to widows and orphans or their mind-boggling incompetence. But, one thing's for sure. We can't let America's families bear the brunt of either their bad ideas or their stunning failures of execution.

Clinton neglected to mention the failures of her husband's administration to deal with the flawed financial premise of Social Security. Instead she brags about the fact that the Democrats stopped the reform of Social Security under the Bush administration:

We thought the president got the message last year when Congress stopped his scheme to privatize Social Security. But, when it comes to protecting the health and well-being of America's families, this administration just doesn't get the message.

It seems obvious that Hillary Clinton has not been getting any benefit from her anger management classes.

Liberals vs. Democrats

The question the extremist liberal organization is putting to their membership is whether they go after moderate Democrats like Joe Lieberman. Here is a part of their latest e-mail:

Dear MoveOn member,

This year our top goal is breaking the right-wing Republican stranglehold on Congress. That is our main focus every day.

It is also part of our work together to hold Democrats to their Party's highest values on issues like foreign policy, economic prosperity and good government.

That sometimes means grappling with specific right-wing Democrats who consistently side with big corporations and right-wing Republicans.

One approach is to support progressive primary challengers to right-wing Democrats. We think this makes sense but it's a big decision so we wanted to check with you and other MoveOn members. What do you think? Click below to let us know.

Allen on top

Sen. George Allen (R-VA) came out on top in the preference poll conducted at the gathering of the conservative faithful at the CPAC conference in Washington, D.C. Here are the results:

George Allen: 22%
John McCain: 20%
Rudy Giuliani: 12%
Condoleezza Rice: 10%
Bill Frist: 6%
Tom Tancredo: 5%
Mitt Romney: 5%
Newt Gingrich: 5%
Rick Santorum: 3%
George Pataki: 3%
Undecided: 4%

*All others tested received 1% or less

Goreís stupidity

Former Vice President Al Gore recently bashed America and President Bush for being too hard on Arabs. However, Gore failed to check on who was picking up the tab for his America-bashing speech. It seems that Osama bin Ladenís relatives were partially covering the cost of Goreís hate speech. Here's what NewsMax reports:

The Saudi Arabia seminar that was addressed by former Vice President Al Gore over the weekend in a speech that criticized the U.S. for being too tough on Arabs was sponsored, in part, by Osama bin Laden's family.

On Saturday, the state-run Saudi news outlet Arab News reported that the Jeddah Economic Forum, where Gore spoke, was funded by "Saudi Arabian Airlines, the Saudi Binladin Group, Gulf One Investment Bank, Saudi Basic Industries Corp." and an array of other big companies with ties to the Middle East.

The Saudi BinLadin Group - which is Saudi Arabia's largest construction company - is run by Osama bin Laden's brothers and cousins. Jeddah, the site of the forum attended by Gore, is Osama bin Laden's hometown.



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