Things I Learned in the NYT Today
1. The Decider plans on vetoing the new energy bill, which calls for most utilities to produce 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources:
The White House…said the tax bill unfairly singled out the oil industry.
“This is really an exercise in sterile futility,” Mr. Bardon said, referring to the president’s veto threat, “because this bill isn’t going to anywhere.”
I don’t know which is more absurd, the notion of poor beleaguered oil companies or that the unitary executive has extended so far that Congress’s only responsibility now is to send the President bills that please him. Does anyone not named Bush take this shit seriously?
2. The Democrats are the party of financial restraint. Regarding “earmark” money:
The Democratic totals are less than half the record set by Republicans when they controlled Congress in 2005…
Which I guess makes the GOP the party of drunken sailors.
3. And meanwhile, in Afghanistan:
Nearly six years into the war, a third of Afghanistan’s provinces are in the grip of insurgents, a level far worse than it was from 2002 to 2005, the years immediately after the American-led invasion, when the Taliban were toppled and forced to retreat across the border into Pakistan.
With so little ability to keep his eye on the ball, George Bush should never be Commissioner of Baseball.