Checking the Power of the Executive Branch

Democratic US Rep. Brad Miller, NC-13, wants to stop the Bush Administration’s pattern of replacing sound science and expert knowledge with political judgments that benefit corporate special interests.

As the chairman of the House Science and Technology subcommittee, Miller is fighting the Bush Administration’s attempt to decide who will have the most influence over writing rules that protect the health and safety of our citizens.

Click here to read about Miller’s efforts in the Washington Post.



Front-paged by Anglico

PPP: North Carolinians want to vote on proposed transfer tax

Complete results here. PPP blog.

Press release:

According to a recent survey conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP),North Carolinians want the opportunity to vote on whether or not their county can use a transfer tax by a margin of nearly 10 to 1. The survey was commissioned by the Partnership for North Carolina’s Future.

Business and health care

Almost every time I've written about health care, I've made the point that it is no longer in the interest of business to be involved in health care. I've also said that it is not in the interest of citizens to have health care mediated by the financial issues that businesses must confront in their focus on profitability.

Today the New York Times has an excellent report that summarizes the issues nicely. The bottom line, now that business leaders are pushinng for an alternative model for health care in America, a new front has opened, with a fundamental realignment of interests.

George Bush, the killer of children?

Recently, I posted a story about a LARGE study showing that, when hospitalized, uninsured children died at a rate much higher than insured children. What is George Bush's response to this crisis, the death of children ONLY because they are uninsured?

“If Congress continues to insist upon expanding health care through the SCHIP program – which, by the way, would entail a huge tax increase for the American people – I'll veto the bill,” [Bush] said.

John Edwards responds.

The Beatitude House

The Eight Beatitudes from St. Matthew:

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 3)
  2. Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land. (Verse 4)
  3. Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Verse 5)
  4. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. (Verse 6)
  5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Verse 7)
  6. Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Verse 8)
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Verse 9)
  8. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)

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