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No Matter How You Slice It ...

Wednesday, Jun. 03, 2009 4:07 AM

Dick Cheney is continuing his Revisionist History Tour, this time attesting that there never was any link between Iraq and 9/11.

Well, there was some early reporting, he claims, but it never panned out.

So we went to war on the basis of information that didn't pan out? How is it that a man who appears to be so closely connected to intelligence matters - such that he can attest to the value and effectiveness of torture - couldn't recognize shit from shinola when it came to an Iraq-9/11 link?

Oh, but it's not just Dick Cheney's fault. This is why we have checks and balances, and why the carte blanche implied by the AUMF was something that should never have been issued. (And which still needs to be revoked.)

The deadline for California legislators to produce the 2010 State Budget is June 15. Governor Schwarzenegger has already addressed them, painting a picture of economic doom and gloom should they fail.

Now, the legislators were busy thumbing their noses at one another for over six months, during which time the state was burning through its cash reserves.

I'm of the mind that if legislators can't produce a budget, they should all be fired. Decisions need to be made, compromises need to be struck; we need legislators who understand this and can do so without trying to screw the other side. I mean, seriously - drawing up a budget is not something that was just invented this year. It's a task that families and businesses perform on a regular basis.

And what parent seriously makes cuts from their kids' education to balance the household budget? Or skimps on grandma's healthcare to pay for daddy's Lexus? No, we expect daddy to sell the Lexus, and drive a less-expensive, more fuel economical vehicle.

The budget needs to protect our infrastructure while maintaining growth factors. If we cannot achieve a balance through reasonable cuts, then we need to compromise in other areas or raise taxes.

It really is that damn simple.

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