Morning Report 11/18/05
Crushing Blows

You bet your future against the House. You lost. What did you expect?

Image from Glamocon Retrobat font by Ben Balvanz

A rich guy accused of, in effect, gambling with other people's money was indicted yesterday. Hooray! You won! It's in all the papers!

Former CIA director Stansfield Turner confirmed on British TV that Dick Cheney is our "vice president for torture." Too rich!

In other news involving gambling with people's lives, you got the business yesterday. That's what you get for playing by House rules.

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You can read later about the rich guy, "Lord" Conrad Black (he bought the title, he deserves the quote marks). It's really a fascinating saga, in large part because Plamegate prosecutor Pat Fitzgerald's U.S. Attorney's Office is also handling this case and because it's a classic case of capitalists gone wild and because it also involves neocon Richard Perle, Henry Kissinger, and other muckety-mucks.

Turner's devastating analysis of the vise president is also something you can look at later. It's hardly a new thought.

This morning's Washington Post lays out the grim facts about the much more important story. It's the very scheme by the Bush regime and their allies on Capitol Hill that I wrote about on November 16 that concerns your economic and political future. From the Post story by Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh Murray:

    The House narrowly approved a broad five-year budget plan early this morning that squeezes programs for the poor, for college students and for farmers, handing Republican leaders a hard-fought victory after weeks of resistance in GOP ranks.

    The plan, which would save the government just under $50 billion, passed 217 to 215, with 14 Republicans joining all House Democrats in opposition. Just last week, Republican leaders were forced to pull the bill from consideration after it became clear they lacked the votes for passage.

The story's detail on late maneuvering by the radical Republicans is extensive. Tape it to your refrigerator as a voting guide for the 2006 mid-term elections — if you can afford tape. Maybe your member of Congress who voted for this Draconian measure sent you a refrigerator magnet last fall. Use it.

Keep up on this important story with fresh analysis from such think tanks as the mainstream Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In the meantime, don't read the humdrum accounts of this in such papers as Newsday. They focus on this story mostly as an issue of the House GOP's having won something. They don't look at it from the victims' perspective. And don't even look for the story in this morning's New York Times. As of mid-morning, there wasn't one.

The Newsday story is simply shallow. But the Times's condescension toward average Americans is well-documented. Read my colleague Paul Moses's "Times to Commoners: Go Elsewhere," an August 16 story about the paper's publicly subsidized new HQ that shuts out the public.

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