Although Congress trembles for the future of the planet, it was unwilling to eliminate the 54-cent-a-gallon tariff on Brazilian ethanol. But our polymath Congress continued designing automobiles to make them less safe (smaller) and more expensive. It did this by mandating new fuel efficiency -- a 35-mpg fleet average by 2020 -- lest the automotive industry design cars people want."The Gift Of Doing Very Little," The Washington Post, December 23, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
To improve Americans' health, Congress hopes that by 2017, 22 million more people will begin smoking, enough to pay the increased cigarette taxes that purportedly would finance an expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The program, supposedly for low-income children, would have been expanded to cover many children -- and adults -- from households with incomes far above the nation's median income."The Gift Of Doing Very Little," The Washington Post, December 23, 2007
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" That "co-president" thing again. It was kind of cute in 1992 - in a feminist sort of way - for the potential commander in chief to say he was going to cede certain responsibilities of the executive branch of government to the little woman - like nationalizing our health care system.Today, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times has a similar thought about this looming problem (in "Savior Or Saboteur?"):
But it lost its luster long ago. Today, it's a more sobering proposition. Because Bill Clinton has no intention of letting Hillary run things. His ego won't allow it.
And because our Constitution has no provisions allowing him to take control. Of anything.
An unelected, renegade co-president, answerable to no one. That should scare the socks off of you.
It’s hard to feel sorry for Hillary because the very logic of her campaign leads right to Bill. When she speaks of her “experience,” she is referring not to the Senate but to the White House, thereby making her campaign a plebiscite on the ’90s.
Running this way, she is essentially asking people to like her if they liked him. Whether she knows it or not, this is a coattails strategy. It’s almost as if she’s offering herself to Clinton supporters as the solution to the problem of the 22nd Amendment.
And she concludes with this:
Bill is a narcissist, but he’s also within his rights to think that she has invited him onstage. If she is his legacy, why should he muzzle himself? After all, you can’t ask Elvis to behave like Colonel Parker.
If voting for Obama is a roll of the dice, as Bill suggests, voting for Billary is a sure bet: an endless soap opera.
I'm really not looking forward to this ...