The Era of Fiscal Responsibility is Over - In what may be the most deceitful budget in history, President Bush calls for more money for missile defense and less for education, energy, aviation, and AIDS. [
From the ACLU:
Despite an unprecedented public relations offensive by Attorney General Ashcroft and a veto threat from the White House, Congress is moving toward revising the Patriot Act's most dangerous provisions.
Buoyed by the groundswell of opposition -- more than 245 communities and 3 states have passed resolutions in opposition to the PATRIOT Act -- momentum is building for legislation that would correct PATRIOT Act provisions that allow for unwarranted investigations of personal records, authorize secret "sneak and peek" searches and roll back judicial oversight.
This corrective legislation -- the SAFE Act -- would not repeal commonsense provisions in the PATRIOT Act, but would instead revise those provisions that infringe on our civil liberties without making us any safer. Yet even this modest bill drew the wrath of Attorney General Ashcroft who falsely said that it would "make it even more difficult to mount an effective anti-terror campaign than it was before the Patriot Act was passed."
A Stealth Tax on Wages - The Administration is pressing forward with a series of initiatives that would eliminate much taxation of savings and investment, and instead aim the tax collector's net squarely at workers' wages. [