Thursday, July 20, 2006

Two Presidential Firsts

This is the first time that W (does anyone else have trouble writing "President Bush" comfortably?) will address the NAACP. He also just yesterday issued his first veto in 5 1/2 years. I doubt these events have anything to do with one another, but they're both head-shakingly symbolic.

First the NAACP. Clearly, the Uniter has been nothing of the sort, and it's taken some pride swallowing from the pro-business Gordon in order to pull this off, I suppose. For the sake of the Demos, I'd just as soon he never went, but I'm not reading much into his decision. What the hell is he going to tell them? Clinton knew he was among friends when he went, and he didn't have to force it; Bush is clearly out of his element, even if some of his best friends....

The bigger news is pulling out the V pen. One major beef I have with this guy is his claim to be conservative. How can a true conservative be so reluctant to kill spending? Now I'm truthfully in favor of gov't spending to right wrongs, but conservatives are supposed to be so good with money. And althoughI know conservatives are supposed to endorse the "culture of life" stuff, but they're all supposed to oppose governmental interference. This is pandering to the right, and just evidence of his fear of science.

Come to think of it, I need a separate post on this issue. Comin' up...


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