From the Editor's
WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Clinton, standing before a Congress torn over his fate,
proposed Tuesday to protect Social Security with the huge budget
surpluses that Republicans are eyeing for tax cuts. He also
announced the government will sue the tobacco industry for
smokers' health costs. On a day of high drama that shifted from
his daytime trial in the Senate to his prime-time State of the
Union address, Clinton made no mention of the sex-and-lies case
that led to his impeachment and imperils his presidency. But with
the economy booming, Clinton declared, "I stand before you
tonight to report that the state of our union is strong."
Several Republicans boycotted the speech; Chief Justice William
Rehnquist also stayed away, apparently deciding it would be
inappropriate to attend while presiding over Clinton's trial.
Clinton opened his address by recalling the admonition of new
House Speaker Dennis Hastert for Republicans and Democrats to work
in a spirit of bipartisanship and civility.
Its amazing! The country is
doing very well financially. A balanced federal budget for the
first time in decades, inflation going down for the second time in
three decades and unemployment at an all-time low. It is also
doing fine in the areas of health care and research. Of course, I
didn't forget to mention law enforcement, its doing better than it
ever has. Lastly, comes education, this is an area where the
country is hurting. It must be enhanced. The Country's security is
at an all time high with research and development for the Armed
Forces well on its way into the new century.
Granted, Bill Clinton didn't
accomplish these things alone, but it took his leadership and
statesmanship to encourage the matters to fruition. Additionally,
it is the general condition of the country that is the clearest
indicator of the success or failure of a given administration.
Clinton, even with his escapades has, with the help of his
Administration done an excellent job. His ratings are still higher
than any President in the last four decades.
While watching the State of
the Union Address, I was distracted by the obvious demonstration,
presentation or, should I say non-participation of the Republican
side of the House. More obvious... was the absence of certain
Republican "Leaders" and the stifled behavior of others
who simply sat there like snide "bumps on a log". Why?
Why must there be people in our government who simply refuse to
get along and work together with everyone else?
If our children tried the tactics the Republicans used in any
level of school, from grade to post graduate, they'd be out the
door in a heartbeat. Yet we, as a nation, tolerate such clowns
exhibiting weird, unsatisfactory behavior. This... from the
so-called leaders of our nation. The Republicans acted like a
bunch of thugs who did not get their way. I must honestly say
their actions have further fortified my convictions that the GOP
is dead and far too stupid to lay down. It shall remain that way
until such time as the partisan garbage exuded by them ceases by
either new, competent folks who are elected or, the ones in office
dramatically change their ways.
p.s.; for those of you who
missed our Howdy Doody parody on Florida's Republican
Representatives.... Here it is again. I give
full permission for any of my editorial comments about the GOP to
be forwarded to Mr. Tom DeLay or, any of those in the Parody
pictured below. In fact, send a copy to each of them!
btw, its Tillie (she who speaks Term Limits with
forked tongue) Fowler that looks like Clarabell. All
that's missing is Clarabell's NOSE.
|Tillie... that hairdo, CRIPES!! IT'S
AWFUL!! LOSE IT!
(One can only guess if she gets
high from the hair spray!)
|Wonder if Chuck Canaday picked on a
(ask anyone at the Olive Garden
in Longwood, FL.
What an egomaniacal CREEP!)