John Kerry Fights for Immediate Hurricane Katrina Small Business Assistance

Today, John F. Kerry continued to push for a combination of federal economic aid and disaster assistance for small businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama recovering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Senators Kerry and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) led a bipartisan group of Senators in passing a small business relief package for Gulf-area small businesses last week as part of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill. Because the House considered its version of the bill before Hurricane Katrina struck, this issue must be resolved in conference. “It’s outrageous to think that after spending $63 billion, Congress has yet to provide a penny for small business relief. We can’t turn our backs on America’s small businesses. Small business owners in … Continue reading

Santorum's Slam on Boston Comes Back to Haunt Him

Rick Santorum made some wild claims back in late July, early August about Boston and the Catholic Church Sex Abuse scandals. At that time Santorum tried to pin the blame on Senators Kennedy and Kerry claiming they “did nothing” about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in 2002. However, Kennedy and Kerry were both quoted about the scandal during 2002. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” on Sunday, July 31st, Santorum said, “’I singled out Boston in 2002. In July of 2002, that was the epicenter. We did not know — .” Stephanopoulos was quick to cut Santorum off saying, “That simply is not true,” noting that stories about abuse in many places had been printed at the … Continue reading

Feinstein to Vote NO on Roberts

Breaking News: Senator Feinstein today announced that she will vote against the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to be Chief Justice. Feinstein, the committee’s only woman, said her vote was decided after Roberts refused to fully answer her and other Democrats’ questions in his confirmation hearing last week. “I knew as little about what Judge Roberts really thought about issues after the hearings as I did before the hearing. This makes it very hard for me,” said Feinstein, an abortion rights supporter. I cannot in good conscious cast a ‘yea’ vote. I will cast a ‘no’ vote,” she said. UPDATE: Statement by Senator Dianne Feinstein in Opposition to the Nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to be … Continue reading

Thomas Oliphant: Kerry's Roads Not Taken

We’ve said it here many times, Kerry was right. While the right wing spin doctors try to paint a dark picture of John Kerry’s speech on Monday, Thomas Oliphant reminds us of the roads not taken – Kerry’s Roads Not Taken. Thomas Oliphant is right… Kerry “happens to be correct.” WASHINGTON SUPPOSE WE had a president, with barely seven months in office, pushing Congress to confront the energy crisis and stop the insane importing of oil from the Middle East. That was the road not taken before Katrina, remember? Suppose we had a president who had challenged the lobbyist-run Congress long before Katrina produced gargantuan costs that cannot be paid honestly: His veto would block the extension of those juicy … Continue reading

Environmental Watch: EPA Wants to Ease Toxic Spill Reporting

Those corporate whores masking as EPA officials, the ones who are in George W. Bush’s back pocket, just keep pushing the envelope… The government wants to quit forcing companies to report small releases of toxic pollutants and allow them to submit reports on their pollution less frequently. Saying it wants to ease its regulatory burden on companies, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed adopting a “short form” that would excuse companies from disclosing spills and other releases of toxic substances if: _They claim to release fewer than 5,000 pounds of a specific chemical. The current limit is 500 pounds. _They store onsite but claim to release “zero” amounts of the worst pollutants, such as mercury, DDT and PCBs, that … Continue reading

Bush's Words on Iraq Echo LBJ in 1967: "We Shall Stay the Course"

There have been suggestions and comparisons made regarding the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. The Bush administration always discounts those comparisons. However, AP writer Douglass K. Daniel, has put together a comparison of Bush on Iraq and LBJ on Vietnam in 1967, that shows striking similarites. “America is committed to the defense of South Vietnam until an honorable peace can be negotiated,” Johnson told the Tennessee Legislature on March 15, 1967. Despite the obstacles to victory, the president said, “We shall stay the course.” After 14 Marines died in a roadside bombing on Aug. 3, Bush declared: “We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. And the job is this: We’ll help the Iraqis develop … Continue reading

Memo to Rachelle G. Cohen

Rachelle G. Cohen is “editor of the editorial pages” of the right wing biased Boston Herald. In an OP/ED today she compares John Kerry’s recent speech at Brown University to Donna Brazile’s recent OP/ED in the Washington Post. I’m not sure what, other than the fact that Brazile’s hometown is New Orleans, could have motivated her to to say, “on Thursday night, after watching him speak from the heart, I could not have been prouder of the president.” Quite frankly, I fear Brazile must be suffering from a momentary lapse of reason, because truly, I can not imagine that she bought what Bush was saying as something even close to “from the heart.” Regardless of her lapse of reason, Brazile … Continue reading

Kennedy: No on Roberts

Senator Kennedy went to the Senate floor today to discuss the nomination of John Roberts and why he intends to vote no. I’ve included some excerpts of his remarks below, you can read it in its entirety here . “Supporting or opposing nominees to the Supreme Court should not be a partisan question. In my 43 years in the United States Senate, I have supported more nominees for the Supreme Court by Republican presidents than by Democratic presidents. But, there is clear and convincing evidence that John Roberts is the wrong choice for Chief Justice. I oppose the nomination, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.” “The rule of law is not some mathematical formula for meting out … Continue reading