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January 22, 2007

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TWO examples of misnomers:

Army Intelligence

Bush Reality

Both Journal/NBC pollsters say Mr. Bush may be able to improve his standing by accommodating his reduced stature and the loss of his Republican congressional majorities with a revamped policy agenda.

It will never happen. These people don't have a policy other than to screw the American public and to do as they please.

CBS:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/01/22/opinion/polls/main2384943.shtml

Poll: Bush Approval Rating At New Low
On Eve Of State Of Union, President's Approval Rating Falls To 28%, A New Low

Those trying to rehabilitate Bush are pushing their agenda by predicting he will now push his domestic policy. Now that's a frightening prospect!

The story at CNN.com is that Bush is going to ask us to cut gas use by 20%. It might work, if (big if) he's willing to fund the mass transit projects needed to reach that goal. (I'm not holding my breath.)

If Rove and Card and company are really banking on pushing a moderate-sounding domestic agenda to stop the free fall, shouldn't we see a bit more wooing of the Republicans in Congress on the part of the White House (and cabinet)?

Instead, these global warming and health insurance proposals appear not to have any grounding in Bush's own party. They appear to me like the fake money for AIDS promises -- more unilateral pushing of nice-sounding ideas with no constituency in Congress. After all, they clearly didn't expect to lose the Senate as well as the House, and they weren't gearing up for this kind of turn -- or Republican Senators would have been running on these issues.

``It might work, if (big if) he's willing to fund the mass transit projects needed to reach that goal.''

He seemed to rule out trying that. His only proposal is expanding use of ethanol, as far as I can see. The other thing he wont try is raising the CAFE standard to, say, 40 mpg; I suspect because he doesn't want his part to lose the SUV vote.

``It might work, if (big if) he's willing to fund the mass transit projects needed to reach that goal.''

He seemed to rule out trying that. His only proposal is expanding use of ethanol, as far as I can see. The other thing he wont try is raising the CAFE standard to, say, 40 mpg; I suspect because he doesn't want the R's to lose the SUV vote.

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