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Friday, February 27, 2004

Scary Stuff

For some hard-hitting commentary and easy-to-read economic analysis on the Bush Administration’s spin, check out Wampum. The signoff line was funny, but all too indicative of the games the Administration plays with the press and the public: “If you will it, it will come.”

And in the scarier news of the last few weeks, Attorney General John Ashcroft is attempting to force hospitals and clinics to give up the records of women who had abortions. Apparently the Administration wants to verify whether the procedures were "medically necessary." I agree with NY Rep. Eliot Engel who said: "People's medical records should not be the tools of political operatives. All Americans should have the right to visit their doctor and receive sound medical attention without the fear of Big Brother looking into those records."

Finally, I leave you with a quote I found on the American Street:

"Elected in 1994 as the party of limited government, Republicans seem to have abandoned any effort to limit spending. Worse, the current Republican President has shown no inclination to control it either." ( Wall St Journal, 11/25/03 )