In his Memorial Day address, President Obama noted that “today, most Americans are not directly touched by war.” Most Americans don’t even remember that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance.
Republican politicians took advantage of the Memorial Day weekend to beat the drums for continuous war. I guess they want to make sure that there is plenty more to remember on future Memorial Days. President Obama’s call to move beyond the war on terror was attacked by Republicans across the spectrum, mostly because the Republicans don’t have a spectrum anymore. Their spectrum pretty much stops and starts at deep red.
Senator John McCain visited rebels in Syria yesterday. John McCain has never met a war he didn’t like—and if he’s not meeting any nice wars, he’ll go out looking for one. McCain was snuck into Syria through Turkey to meet with rebel leaders. Uh John, if it’s someplace that you have to sneak into, maybe it’s not a place that American mothers want their children sent to. John McCain is the last person on earth you want doing any risk assessment. Five words—“McCain running mate Sarah Palin.”
The New York Times did a story over the weekend on how the groups that were “targeted” by the IRS were in fact primarily political and deserved to be scrutinized for 501(c)(4) status. That’s only partially true—they also deserved to be denied that status. The reason political groups seek the 501(c)(4) status is that then they don’t have to reveal their donors. They don’t like being asked questions—and that includes questions from the IRS about their eligibility to be exempt.
Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn thinks we shouldn’t have federal disaster aid unless the state’s resources are overwhelmed, and that the “vast majority” of disasters do not rise to that level. Tom wants states and local areas to dig themselves out of their own disasters. That must be the approach that the government in ancient Rome took with what happened at Pompeii. That’s why they never dug themselves out. Oh, Tom also says “we ought to make sure that the money is for the emergency at hand, not four or five years later.” In other words, the last thing you want to do in emergency preparedness is to plan ahead!
In some good news, the judge in the Trayvon Martin killing trial has ruled that George Zimmerman’s defense cannot bring up irrelevant information about Trayvon. This means that the trial of George Zimmerman is much less likely to become the trial of Trayvon Martin.
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