|HOUSE BRAVELY PASSES TAX CUT-
This week the U.S. House of Representatives stood up to mounting pressure from the disenfranchised populace and bravely passed a tax cut of nearly $800 million that will greatly benefit those making over $300,000 a year. "This is a great day for America," said Speaker Dennis Hastert (2nd from right). "This goes to show that no matter how much you make in this country, even as little as $250,000, your voice can still be heard."
Supporters of the tax cut, made possible by the first government budget surplus in decades, claimed it was necessary because, "Hey, its found money! You can't use found money to pay the bills!". So said Representative Bob Barr (R-GA) on his way to a meeting with GOP Presidential Candidate Steve Forbes.
Critics (mainly bleeding hearts) of the bill hinted that, to ensure future surpluses and thus further pay off the national debt and solidify certain entitlement programs (Medicare, Medicaid, etc), the tax cut should not be so drastic. This short-sighted argument was easily dismissed by the sage-like representatives. "Fortunately for the people of this great land," retorted Rep. Tom Delay (R-TX), "the members of this august body did not bow down to the special interests of the poor, elderly, or even the all-powerful children's lobby. We took a stand today, and someday the country clubs of this nation will thank us for it."
Click on the Washington Post to read about the proposal in full detail.
on CNN Interactive for more tax cut proposal info.
|Gore Goes Up Notorious Creek...
With a Paddle -
Erstwhile tin woodsman and Vice-President Al Gore visited Cornish, New Hampshire July 22. Campaigning for President, Gore urged all Americans to join together to protect the environment for future generations, especially the Connecticut River on which he canoed that day.
Unbeknownst to the casual observer, though, disaster was averted thanks to quick thinking from the United States Secret Service. Worried about a gaffe of Titanic proportions, the Secret Service, along with the Connecticut River Joint Commission, released approximately 4 billion gallons of water into the river to ensure his canoe would not run aground during the photo op.
According to un-named sources, the Secret Service had reason to believe that "sand bar" extremists had engineered an elaborate system of underwater hazards designed to cause the Vice-President's canoe to sink. Fortunately the raising of the river allowed the Tennessee Democrat to bob along unobstructed.
There is no word on whether similar measures will be allowed in order to sustain the environmentally fragile fish population.
Click on the USA Today banner to read more about this adventure.
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Blind (BPGDB). This little gem came in handy during the recent outdoors
excursion on the Appalachian Trail. Its light weight of 43 pounds
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Maggie protects her synthetic (but very dead) mouse.
Maggie surveys the back yard for evening intruders.
Anna relaxes at the breakfast room table.
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