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Today's Note From a Madman

Thursday, January 27, 2005

 

"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified..."

-President Theodore Roosevelt (Republican President of the United States)

 

-Eddie Konczal


The Bush Dollar

 

After a first term in which terrorism and war dominated President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush's foreign policy agenda, his allies in Europe and Asia suspect that his next confrontation with the world could take on a very different cast: a potential ($$$) currency crisis ($$$), in which a steep plunge in the value of the dollar touches off economic waves around the world. Already, the tensions over the dollar are becoming a recurring source of friction, a conflict that does not reverberate as loudly as the differences over Iraq but may be as deeply felt. At a meeting in Paris on Monday, the finance ministers of Germany and France complained that Europe had unjustly borne the brunt of the dollar's decline, and called for coordinated action to stop it.

 

"Europe has until now paid too big a share in this readjustment," Herve Gaymard, the French finance minister, said. His German counterpart, Hans Eichel, said the United States needed to reduce its deficits, adding "each one has to play its role."

 

Two months ago, similar sentiments came from China's prime minister, Wen Jiabao, whose nation is at the center of a struggle with Washington over currency policy. He complained about the fall of the dollar, asking, "Shouldn't the relevant authorities be doing something about this?"

 

-Robert Scardapane


CRUSADE?

 

What we really need to be worried about is the clear danger that the mandated one will turn this war on "terrorism" into an all out Muslim/ Christian war...The religious right is just itching for this one...after all God is on their side...the anointed one talks to God .....look out!

 

-Jack Kashinsky


 

President Bush suggested recently that if doctors use electronic prescriptions it would save Americans 20 percent in health care costs.

 

I’d love to see the data on this.

 

-Noah Greenberg


MEDIA MADMAN

 

"Conservative Propagandist" Sean Hannity's book is titled "Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism".

 

As a liberal, I'm offended to be lumped in with terrorists and despots. I guess I'm evil because I think the government should use its powers wisely and for the greater good, instead of starting unnecessary wars, despoiling the environment, and running up record budget deficits.

 

As a Catholic, I'm offended that Hannity has used a quote from The Lord's Prayer to class myself and other liberals as "evil." If Christ were around today, Hannity would probably call him a liberal. After all, Christ advocated peace, humility, and generosity towards the poor.

 

Add Sean Hannity to the ever-growing collection of self-proclaimed “moral leaders” (including Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, and William Bennett) who fail to practice what they preach."

 

-Eddie Konczal


Heard today on Sean Hannity, outgoing Homeland Security Secretary, and former Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Ridge said that, “with a little Devine help, we won’t have any future terrorists attacks.”

 

With Ridge in charge of our safety, we’re going to need Devine help.

 

We’ll never be able to prevent an attack of someone is hell-bent on doing it.” He then followed that up with asking Secretary Ridge if he would be surprised if, in 4 or 5 years, there were to be another major attack, to which Ridge replied, “No, I wouldn’t be surprised at all.”

 

Then we heard that new, famous Bushism from Hannity, “We have to be right 100 percent of the time and they only have to be right once.”

 

We’ve reached a new low. The Right is now making excuses for things that haven’t even happened yet.

 

Imagine if, after the USS Cole was hit and 17 US Sailors were killed, President Clinton had said any of the above remarks. What would Sean Hannity have said in response?

 

-Noah Greenberg


A Question, Dr. Secretary

 

Now that former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice is Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, I have a few questions for both of her:

  1. What is the President’s official position on the Israel-Palestinian issue?

  2. What is the official plan to make peace in that region?

  3. How will you (Secretary Rice) execute that plan?

  4. What is the President’s timetable for a lasting peace?

  5. If the plan is the famous “Roadmap to Peace”, I want to know:

    1. Who are the officials involved in the “Roadmap” planning?

    2. What influence over their leaders they have?

  6. Is this the same “Roadmap” that the President announces a few years ago?

  7. If the answer ot 6 is “yes”, then why hasn’t the “Roadmap” been “driven on” previously?

It is time to get to work, Condi.

 

-Noah Greenberg


TODAY'S STUPID QUOTES

 

At a gathering in Davos, Switzerland international finance ministers expressed concern about the dollar devaluation. Treasury Secretary Snow assured us that "America remains the economic envy of the world and foreigners were still lending the United States billions of dollars".

 

Secretary Snow, this is no way to run a railroad.

 

-Robert Scardapane


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-Noah Greenberg