Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
President [SIC] Bush told Congressional leaders Thursday that he would veto any legislation that weakened federal policies or laws on abortion.
In a two-page letter sent to the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Mr. Bush said his veto threat would apply to any measures that "allow taxpayer dollars to be used for the destruction of human life."
Except, of course, if those humans happen to live in Iraq. Or Iran. Or Afghanistan. Or if they've been convicted of a capital crime by Texas' kangaroo court system. Or....
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Why does this remind us of some people a little closer to home?
Months after a politically embarrassing $1 billion shortfall that put veterans' health care in peril, Veterans Affairs officials involved in the foul-up got hefty bonuses ranging up to $33,000.
The list of bonuses to senior career officials at the Veterans Affairs Department in 2006, obtained by The Associated Press, documents a generous package of more than $3.8 million in payments by a financially strapped agency straining to help care for thousands of injured veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Among those receiving payments were a deputy assistant secretary and several regional directors who crafted the VA's flawed budget for 2005 based on misleading accounting. They received performance payments up to $33,000 each, a figure equal to about 20 percent of their annual salaries.
Also receiving a top bonus was the deputy undersecretary for benefits, who helps manage a disability claims system that has a backlog of cases and delays averaging 177 days in getting benefits to injured veterans.
The bonuses were awarded even after government investigators had determined the VA repeatedly miscalculated -- if not deliberately misled taxpayers -- with questionable methods used to justify Bush administration cuts to health care amid a burgeoning Iraq war.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Please call Representative Peter Roskam at (202) 225-4561 and ask the staffer that answers the phone these points:
- As a constituent, I am deeply concerned about hate crimes. Do you know whether Rep. Roskam is going to vote YES on the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act?
- [If the answer is yes, thank the staffer and hang up. If it's no, or if they're not sure, urge your representative to vote YES on the bill, using these bullet points as a guide.]
- We must take a strong stand against violence committed against our neighbors for simply being who they are.
- The purpose of our government, first and foremost, is to protect all citizens regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
- The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act would provide critical resources for local law enforcement agencies, so they can investigate and prosecute hate crimes. Please tell Rep. Roskam to vote yes!
(Note: This information was passed along by an OTDB member)