Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


January 24, 2006

"I haven't seen it [the movie "Brokeback Mountain"], President Bush said. "I'd be glad to talk about ranching, but I haven't seen the movie," Bush said. "I've heard about it."

"It [Congressional Resolution authorizing force] means Congress gave me the authority to use necessary force to protect the American people, but it didn't prescribe the tactics. It said: 'Mr. President, you've got the power to protect us, but we're not going to tell you how," President Bush said in defense of his use of spying by the National Security Agency.

"If I wanted to break the law, why was I briefing Congress?" President Bush asked about his use of spying by the National Security Agency.


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Hillarycare is back

Just when you thought government couldn’t be scarier, we now learn that Sen. Hillary Clinton is going to revive Hillarycare.

"Now, I've had some experience with health care. I know that making health care more accessible for every American family will not be easy," Hillary states in her e-mail championing herself as the leader in health care.

Hillary seems to want to implement a rationed care system like the one in Canada. At least, that is what she indicates as the model to follow in her latest e-mail to friends:

We have already seen the ineptitude of the Bush Administration and the Republican Congress when it comes to health care. Their new Prescription Drug Plan, touted as a benefit for America's seniors, has literally left tens of thousands of seniors denied their medications, overcharged, or turned away from pharmacies.

Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical industry is the true beneficiary. The Bush plan prevents Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices for seniors. It bars Americans from re-importing safe, affordable prescription drugs from Canada. It has the wrong priorities.

Hillary asks friends to go to a website where she is collecting stories about individuals who have hardships with healthcare.

Supreme Court on campaigns

What does it mean?

"…[W]e did not purport to resolve future as-applied challenges."

Soon after the passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, the court upheld the law in a 5-to-4 decision that considered multiple free-speech challenges to the statute "on its face" rather than in particular applications.

Now the court has said to lower courts that this does not preclude specific and particular challenges to the more commonly known McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act.

The likely impact of the decision is that the Wisconsin Right to Life Inc. v. the Federal Election Commission, No. 04-1581, will reopen the issue of how to administer the law. New litigation is expected to test whether specific advertisements fall under the law's definition of those that may not be broadcast within 60 days of a federal election paid for with money from a corporation's treasury.

Bayh’s friends

A couple of Iowa state legislators introduced an education plan based on a program, the "21st Century Scholars," which Evan Bayh passed during his tenure as Indiana’s governor.

The legislation was introduced by state Rep. Janet Petersen (D) and state Sen. Jeff Danielson (D). The plan asks 7th and 8th grade students either living below the poverty line or in foster homes to sign a pledge vowing to remain crime, drug and tobacco free, and maintain a "C" average throughout high school. In return, the students would be given free college tuition at any Iowa university or community college.


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