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- 10:59pm May 2, 2002 EST (#1966
Mister Wishy Washy - time to clean that window!
The latest budget news is worse than even the most dour
pessimists had thought possible. But the unfolding fiscal disaster
hasn't yet penetrated the public's consciousness — and the
administration is trying to exploit that window of ignorance.
In fiscal 2000 the federal budget was in surplus by $236 billion.
This year's deficit will be more than $100 billion, possibly more
than $150 billion. Only the Treasury Department knows exactly how
much money is coming in, but the renewed push to raise the debt
limit, which will allow the government to borrow more money,
suggests that the news is grim indeed. A year ago Treasury officials
said they could stay within the current debt limit until 2008; in
April they said they could make it into June; now they say they'll
hit the wall in a couple of weeks.
And it's not a temporary shortfall. One insider told me to watch
the plans for next week's auction of federal bonds: "If Treasury
auctions five-year rather than one-year bonds, that could tip their
hand that we have a chronic, long-term problem." Sure enough, most
of the bonds auctioned next week will be five-year.
How did a huge surplus turn into a huge deficit? The recession,
the tax cut and terrorism — in that order — all played a role. Also,
it now seems clear that the big surplus in 2000, almost twice as
large as the surplus in the previous year, was an aberration — that
tax receipts were inflated by the technology bubble. In retrospect
it's hard to believe that we locked in large, long-term tax cuts
based on exactly one year in which the non-Social-Security budget
was in significant surplus. (Thanks, Mr. Greenspan.)
- 01:15am May 3, 2002 EST (#1967
"Jews find it difficult to distinguish between their sympathy
for Israel and the acts of a particular government. I feel the
military action is disproportionate, given what I've read about
the havoc being wreaked. We have one of the biggest armies in the
world going in against defenceless people. And it is just
He puzzles over why so many British Jews cannot see that, to
outsiders, Israel is the bully, and thinks it may be connected to
a feeling that they are personally accountable for Israel's
actions. "In the past I have felt I ought to defend Israel, but
not this time," he says. He describes assertions that the very
existence of Israel is under threat as "bizarre". "How can this be
when a military power is supported by the world's only
superpower?" he says. "We know how to solve this. The endgame is
two states." "" http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/story.jsp?story=291326
- 02:43am May 3, 2002 EST (#1968
The endgame is to ask the question 'why have the jews been
something 'apart' and not integrated over the past thousands of
years ... that's the real question' wouldn't they enjoy an expanded
conglomerate economy - I'm sure they would!
- 08:46am May 3, 2002 EST (#1969
1969 .... then turn it over .... 1696 .... an interval of 273 ...
no one around ... PC's on the blink?
- 10:32am May 3, 2002 EST (#1970
Making the big companies follow rules ....
Price of power
RADIO - PM - Friday, May 3, 2002 6:10
The Federal Court today fined three of Australia's biggest
players in the power transformer industry nearly $15 million over a
10-year-long price-fixing cartel. Not only that, the court hit
their top executives with big individual fines after a decade of
clandestine meetings in which competition was undermined and tenders
The activities of the three companies cost consumers millions of
dollars. Their illegal activities were only brought to an end by an
anonymous email to the Australian Competition and Consumer
Commission (ACCC). This afternoon the ACCC chairman Professor Allan
Fels encouraged power utilities which were duped by the three
companies to take legal action to try and recoup costs.
- 11:37am May 3, 2002 EST (#1971
Making Enterprises (composed of people) and people within
Enterprises tow the line is an interesting exercise.
When folks get to understand that there are rules, and that the
rules and penalties apply to them then they have more regard for
- 11:45am May 3, 2002 EST (#1972
On the Palestine matter, one keeps hearing that Arafat was both
'wrong' not to settle at Camp David, and from others that he was
'right' - presumably the deal did not restore those International
There's a media failure to put everything out front - even in the
form of lists, tables and terms.
The legal terrorist has been the Israeli army .. yet the media
has ascribed 'terrorist' to 'freedom fighters'.
The term massacre relates to the unnecessary killing of a group.
In the school-gun-boy situation a massacre would be half to a dozen
folks. But, in the Jenin situation they conceed that had 500 been
killed it would have been a massacre - yet - a purported figure of
56 (currently floating) isn't seen as a massacre of civillians by an
A question the Middle East might ask is
"In one years time - where do we ALL want to be?"
years time - where do we ALL want to be?"
"In ten years time -
where do we ALL want to be?"
"In twenty years time - where do we
ALL want to be?"
Planning should match the aspirations of those publics with a
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