Comparitive World Religions

Capitalism: He who dies with most toys wins.
Jehovah’s Witnesses: He who sells the most toys door-to-door wins.
Catholicism: He who denies himself the most toys wins.
Pentecostalism: He whose toys can talk wins.
Buddhism: He who dies with no toys wins.
Communism: Everyone gets the same number of toys, and whoever is caught selling his toys goes straight to jail.
Atheism: There is no toy maker.
Polytheism: There are many toy makers.
Evolutionism: The toys made themselves.
Confucianism: Once a toy is dipped in the water, it is no longer dry.
Hinduism: He who plays with bags of plastic farm animals loses.
Mormonism: Every boy can have as many toys as he wants.
Islam: He who plays only with soldier toys wins.
Anglican: They were our toys first.
Greek Orthodox: No, they were OURS first.
7th Day Adventist: He who plays with his toys on Saturday loses.
Humanism: Let’s the discusss the toy problem.
posted by ~ dawson| 12:23 PM

Democrats Stand Fast for Payoffs and Paybacks

Daschle: White House Must Compromise

12/30/2001 2:38 PM EST By GINA HOLLAND

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush must compromise more next year if he wants to get an economic stimulus bill through Congress, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said Sunday. He complained that during December negotiations “we didn’t see a lot of give on the part of the administration” until it was too late. Daschle, D-S.D., also said he was mischaracterized by Republicans as the villain in the failure to pass an economic plan before Congress left town for the holidays. In the past month, Daschle has been called an “obstructionist” by Vice President Dick Cheney and labeled “a bad faith negotiator” by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. “It really takes give on both sides,” Daschle said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.””We didn’t see a lot of give on the part of the administration or engagement on the part of the administration until the very end.

We Democrats object to decreasing taxes, especially on those people with incomes that may allow them to invest in business. This would not only decrease the money available for bureaucrats to direct back to our campaign contributors, but might also allow businesses to make profits, expand and hire, which would rob us of a campaign issue in the next election. We also object to the provisions allowing laid off workers to make their own arrangements for health care. The average worker in the United States is too stupid to care for himself and his family. This health care should be handled by a bureaucrat, preferably a loyal party member. If this bill should pass without our spending provisions. It would not allow us to drive the budget further into deficit which would deprive us of an opportunity to blame Bush for the increasing deficit.

Issuing his strongest defense yet of his management of the Senate, Daschle said: “I take issue with this obstructionist charge. The fact is we’ve had a very successful fall if you look at all the things we’ve accomplished

We have managed to obstruct the presidential appointment process to the point that entire departments are staffed by Clinton administration holdovers who do whatever they can to stop any changes by the Bush administration and sabotage those that do make it through. We have managed to bottle up any judicial appointments unless the appointee is amenable to the Democratic view that the law means whatever they want it to mean. Any candidate with views that the law should be enforced as written is just unacceptable. As for the obstructionist charge. We have an agreement with the New York Times, Washington Post, and all the TV networks that only Republicans can be characterized as obstructionist. Democrats are never to be found fault with. Remember it is Republicans that want to take away the right of trial lawyers to make huge fees defending terrorists and the Democrats are fighting for your right to do exactly what we tell you.

But he said, “we shouldn’t personalize it – I think that has been a factor in this debate over the last several weeks.” Bush said Saturday he was disappointed in the Senate for not taking up a House-passed economic stimulus plan to help laid off workers and create jobs. “I hope that we can resolve in the new year and put politics aside and get the job done for the American people,” Bush said in his weekly radio address. Daschle said “a bad economic stimulus bill is worse than no bill at all.”

But the Democrats are determined to pass one anyway.

Sen. Don Nickles, however, said the Senate Democrats’ plan “wasn’t really a stimulus bill, it was a spending bill.” He said Bush has worked with Democrats and Republicans. “We can have differences of opinion, but we need to say, ‘You know, the economy’s hurting,'” said Nickles, R-Okla. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican often tagged with the villain label, predicted Bush eventually would “embrace Tom Daschle, say he’s a good guy, he’s a good American. “I think that we’re not in a period of demonization,” Gingrich said on ABC’s “This Week.” On another issue that has Bush at odds with the Senate, Nickles, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, said the president should exercise his power to seat two appointees during the congressional recess. The Senate went on its holiday break without taking up Bush’s choices of Otto Reich to be assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs and Eugene Scalia, son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to be the Labor Department’s top lawyer.

Otto Reich committed the crime of support for the Nicaraguan Contras against the Socialist dictatorship of the Sandanistas. By supporting them, he caused the country to have free elections in which the Sandanistas were defeated. The defeat of a Leftist dictatorship is not something the Democrats take lightly and they are determined to punish him for it. Scalia is guilty of being the son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia voted against continuing the re-re-recount in Florida until Al Gore could come up with a winning total. This the Democrats find unforgivable and unable to do anything to the Justice, they will take it out on the son. They are determined to deny him any position in government and are secretly looking for ways to have him deported.

Bush said Friday he was considering making recess appointments to install the two before Congress returns on Jan. 23. If he does so, Reich and Scalia could serve – without Senate confirmation – until January 2003, the end of the congressional session. “I hate to say so, but yes,” Nickles said when asked on “Meet The Press” whether Bush should bypass the Senate. Daschle said there is strong opposition, particularly for Reich. He said Bush should instead withdraw the nomination.

Senator Daschle doesn’t explain why, if there is such “strong opposition” he doesn’t just allow a vote.

A recess appointment “isn’t the way it ought to be addressed,” he said. “The constitutional responsibility of the president and Congress is to work together on these nominees.”

Although Senator Daschle didn’t have any problem with President Clinton making recess appointments.

Coalition allies lament: It’s still ‘America first’

“When the security of American citizens is at stake, America trusts only America,” says Dominique Moisi, a top analyst at the Paris-based French International Relations Institute.

Let me see. After the WTC attack, what was France’s response. Lots of talk and very little action.

What is France’s contribution to the coalition?

I guess International cooperation means letting someone else protect you. It is too bad that the U.S did not cooperate with France’s Vichy government instead of going off ‘unilaterally’ with Britain.