In January of 2001, the first month of the George W. Bush presidency, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office announced that the federal government would have a budget surplus of $5.6 trillion over the next ten years. One year later, in January of 2002, that surplus number had shrunk an astounding $4 trillion, to $1.6 trillion.
If this were just the soap opera it often resembles, those of us watching could all rest easy. Tomorrow brings a new episode, we'd tell ourselves, a chance for those who have lost so much to come out on top in the end.
Prior to the tragic events of September 11, our nation's firefighters very often came in first when Americans were asked to rank the most respected profession. They were always enthusiastically cheered as they rode by at holiday parades, and supported at the local bake sale.
There is widespread bipartisan agreement in Washington that our economy is in need of a jumpstart. That is where the consensus ends.
They've changed the name, but don't be fooled. The arguments for giving the President unfettered trading authority haven't gotten any better.
Victoria Leone could hardly believe the improvement her husband Robert was making in his battle with cancer. Thanks to regular physical therapy sessions following his radiation treatments, he was back to going up and down stairs on his own, and feeling much better. Then Victoria's HMO informed her that their insurance would no longer pay for his therapy treatments. They said they had become
The old game show, "To Tell The Truth," in which the contestants all claimed to be the same person in an attempt to stump the celebrity panelists, ended with the query, "Would the real so-and-so please stand up?" But when it comes to the interlocking environmental and energy policies in George W. Bush's young presidency, we must ask, "Would the real President Bush please stand up?"
Throughout our nation's history, millions of men and women have served in our armed forces -- during times of peace and war -- defending the freedoms and way of life that we all treasure so dearly. Our country has a duty to honor this sacrifice by providing veterans and their families with a wide variety of benefits.