From MSNBC: Newsweek indicates that Ford has gotten tax breaks while they've cut jobs. You'd think that someone at Ford with some morals would say, "We don't deserve this tax break because we aren't holding up our part of the requirements." Nooooooo. Once again I must say that I have sympathy for the workers but not for the directors, owners, and managers. We haven't owned a Ford since the 1970's. Sorry, Bill Ford, we will never buy a Ford again.
SENATOR HARRY REID sets the record straight with his speech about this administration. Raw Story has the speech. Give 'em hell, Harry! Some of that speech:
..Watching the video earlier, I was reminded of another lesson from college, this one taken from George Orwell and his book, 1984.
In that book, Orwell spoke of “doublespeak” - naming something just the opposite, in order to cover how unpleasant it is in reality.
As we saw in the video, the President has been giving us doublespeak for years. He utters platitudes about helping Americans, when he’s really helping his special interest friends.
When he wanted to let energy companies release more pollution into the air, he called it the “Clear Skies Initiative.”
When he wanted to give tax breaks to his special interest friends – even though it meant adding more than $50 billion to the deficit, he called it the “Deficit Reduction Act.”
His “Leave No Child Behind Act” is leaving children behind every day because he refuses to fund it. And his new Medicare drug benefit hardly resembles a “benefit” for seniors....
The Alito vote is coming soon. Will there be any Republicans who will vote no on his nomination? We can only hope. The Mercury News has an article that indicates that Alito on the court could bring significant changes. Here are some excerpts:
The Senate Judiciary Committee moved Samuel Alito one step closer to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court on Tuesday, where he could immediately shift the court's stance on high-profile issues such as abortion, the death penalty, religion and executive power.
Yet it is Alito's vision of judicial restraint and a limited role for courts - a vision he shares with new Chief Justice John G. Roberts - that could produce an even more fundamental change in the high court...
Alito won't likely see the partial-birth abortion ban the same way O'Connor did in 2000, when she cast the deciding vote to strike it down because it lacked a health exception...
As the court begins to consider challenges to the Bush administration's bold assertions of executive authority, Alito's record suggests strongly that he'll be more deferential than O'Connor was.
"I don't think there's any question that Alito, like Roberts, will be voting an awful lot with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas," said Garrow, referring to the court's most conservative jurists....