It is, of course, further indication that a fundamentalist right has really taken over much of the Republican Party, People might cite George Bush as proof that you can be totally impervious to the effects of Harvard and Yale education.
The regulation of medicine has been a State function.
Let us not say that we will decide on a political basis at the national level that no State is competent to regulate the practice of medicine in that State if they decide to allow a doctor to prescribe marijuana, because that is what we are talking about.
But on those occasions when I do strongly disagree with the Democrats and I don`t say anything, I think I forfeit my right to have people pay attention to me when I say the things that I don`t like about what Republicans are saying.
Before this learning experience, I had assumed that with regard to programs that sought to help people out of poverty, the political world was essentially divided into two camps: conservatives who opposed these for a variety of reasons, and liberals who supported them.
And I think there is too much bloviating around from politicians.
Community action is as valuable a principle on the international level as it has been domestically.
Increasing inequality in income distribution in this country has broader policy implications, and there is also the growing problem of perverse incentives that result from executives receiving grossly disproportionate compensation based on decisions they themselves take.
In this view, the role of the great majority of Americans is simply to buy the products produced, work happily for their wages, and leave all of the significant economic decisions to the capitalists.
It is because the fight against the harshest aspects of unrestricted capitalism is therefore a political problem and not an intellectual one that community action remains so essential.
I would say this: What I`m basically saying here is the federal government cannot and should not be the nanny of the states in everything here.
Now, most of the time I`m going to agree with the Democrats and disagree with the Republicans.
When community action was put into federal law in the early sixties as part of the effort to combat poverty and social injustice, I supported it intellectually.
This bill is the legislative equivalent of crack. It yields a short-term high but does long-term damage to the system and it`s expensive to boot.
For many of those who had historically supported welfare programs in the broadest sense, it was perfectly reasonable to enact legislation in which poor people were the objects of efforts to assist them.
Today, many people take for granted the notion that people whose lives are going to be very heavily affected by public policies should have a say in how they are formulated and carried out.
And it is not our job to be the high court of appeals that overrules what courts do, state courts and federal courts now, in a particular case.
There`s a lot to be said for not displacing people.
I`m used to being in the minority. I`m a left-handed gay Jew. I`ve never felt, automatically, a member of any majority.
I hope we will not so characterize religious people as being so narrow and so biased towards people not of their own religion that they cannot even work with them in this common cause to which you say they are committed.
I think there was an absolute, deep gap between consensual relations between adults, which people may like or dislike, and people who physically impose themselves on children or misuse their authority to impose on children.
But it is also clear that left entirely untouched by public policy, the capitalist system will produce more inequality than is socially healthy or than is necessary for maximum efficiency.
The fact that they`re a congressionally chartered group should no more incline people to give to that group than the fact that it`s National Pickle Month should make them eat more pickles.
But when others suggested that the poor should not simply be the objects of these programs but also the subjects - that they should be actively involved in shaping the programs, making decisions about how to spend the money etc. - some of the previous supporters reconsidered.
What`s troubling is that the Republicans to defend Mr. DeLay are weakening the ethics process.
It is true that the results of the American intervention in Afghanistan will certainly be a far more democratic Afghanistan, and I welcome that.
While I was pleasantly surprised by the relatively high number of jobs created in April, the fact is that job creation during this recovery period has significantly lagged both historical experience in recovery, and the projections of the Bush Administration.
People are entitled to the presumption of innocence.
Capitalism works better from every perspective when the economic decision makers are forced to share power with those who will be affected by those decisions.
It seems to me that politicians ought to use the same words as other people.
Martin Luther King said, and it is sadly still true, that one of the most segregated times in America is the hour of worship.
But here too it should be noted that the President`s approach was to first ask the repressive and brutal Taliban to surrender Osama bin Laden to us, and only after that government refused to do that did we invade.
If people knew of ethics violations, they should have sent them to the Ethics Committee. If you think there was serious ethics violation that ought to be looked at, you don`t hold it back for retaliatory purposes.
The Clinton tax increase - which was an increase in taxes primarily on upper-income people - not only made the tax code more nearly progressive, it preceded one of the most productive economic periods in American life.
Well, many of us believe that excessive media concentration is a subject that ought to be addressed, and it is, of course, the intention of the majority party not to allow that to be discussed.