A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Bruce Budner, Executive Director, The Rockridge Institute
In the last 10 days Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative John Murtha have introduced resolutions in the Senate and House calling upon President Bush to replace Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Though many on the left have greeted these resolutions with hosannas, they nonetheless fail to advance a progressive position and they send a counterproductive message. They fail to pin the blame where it belongs-on the President and his policies. Instead, we propose a resolution demanding a detailed exit strategy for the occupation of Iraq.
Subject: Osama bin Laden captured !!! Single handedly !!! By Bush !!!
(Isn't anyone the least bit suspicious about the events of the past 10 days???)
"According to a witness, bin Laden traveled in a double-cabin truck with a few armed guards - not in a convoy. Apparently, this is how he now prefers to move around." (Asian Times Online).
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Jeff Cohen
Few media marching bands have beat the Iraq war drums more frantically and with more influence than the editorial pages of the Washington Post. On Monday, the Post announced the hiring of another drummer boy, one who played a key propaganda role inside the Bush White House.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
A new provision requiring Medicaid applicants to provide "satisfactory documentary evidence of citizenship or nationality" may prevent coverage for many of the U.S. citizens who need it the most, according to a letter sent to the General Accountability Office (GAO) by senior House Democrats John Dingell and Henry Waxman.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
This is how the Repuglicans plan to win in November! "A vote for George Washington could easily be converted to a vote for Benedict Arnold on an electronic voting machine and neither the voter, nor the election officials administering the election would ever know what happened. It wouldn't require a 'conspiracy theory' or a 'conspiracy' at all. It could be done by a single person with just a few moments of access to the voting systems."
One thing you can say -- the current debate on immigration is at last focusing attention on the pervasive violations of our labor laws in sweatshops and other parts of the low-wage economy. But instead of getting national legislation to shut down sweatshops around the country, we are getting policies to punish some of the victims -- while leaving the underground economy that breeds undocumented immigration largely in place.
News from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee:
The Senate Judiciary Committee caved in, but the people will not!
NORTHAMPTON, MA-The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) expressed disappointment over the Senate Judiciary's approval today, on party-line votes, of two bills that would legalize President Bush's illegal warrantless wiretapping of Americans. The grassroots group vowed to continue mobilizing ordinary people around the country to call on their Senators to reject this unprecedented expansion of presidential power.
President Says He's Leading A "Third Awakening Of Christianity" In America
by Tony Peyser
It sounds like Bush thinks he might just
Is what we need right now a born again
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
I think the Republican campaign this year comes down to one word -- Halloween -- one long Halloween. It’s fright night every night. The symbol of their party ought to be Freddy and Chucky. The Democrats need to focus on Bush. The importance of my book is that it focuses on Bush, who remains the key crucial question and issue, even in the midterm campaign. Will we have unaccountable, one-party rule with Bush for the next two years? And has this Congress performed its Constitutional duty? The answer is no. -- Sidney Blumenthal
by Brent Budowsky
In the entire history of our Republic, there is one day that rises above others as the profound and mysterious moment of the great American Idea: July 4, 1826.