The first NY Times editorial demands the eight other SC judges demand that Scalia recuse himself
. IMHO, anything that about the Supreme Court that provides fodder for late night comedians is bad for the country. The second discusses the stolen 1988 Mexican Presidential election
. The third is on the state of New York's budget mess
. The fourth is on an upcoming museum exhibit on the life of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
William Safire is back to his usual partisan nonsense with a slam on Kerry for calling Republican liars. It makes me see red to read such utter crap. Bob Herbert has a great column on Army National Guard units not properly paying their active reserves. In my opinion, the surest way to make lots of people unhappy really quickly is to screw up their pay. Per Herbert
"Some soldiers did not receive payments for up to six months after mobilization and others still had not received certain payments by the conclusion of our audit work."
"During extremely limited phone contact, soldiers called home only to find families in chaos because of the inability to pay bills due to erroneous military pay."
A guest editorialist slams Bloomberg's decision to transform NYC's Office of Emergency Management from a response agency into a planning agency
More summaries below
The first Washington Post editorial is on reimporting drugs from Canada
. Conclusion - what is needed is a "renegotiation of what is in effect a social contract among Americans, Canadians and the drug companies." The next editorial has a great beginning:
George W. Bush has a rubber spine on trade. He campaigned as a free-trader, and his administration launched a new round of multilateral trade talks, but he has caved in to steel protectionists and farm protectionists.
but ends up a Kerry bash because Kerry has spelled out exactly his position on trade. Heeelloooo! Anything Kerry does is likely to be much better than our current President, he uses free trade like everything else - as a tool for his political benefit. The last editorial is on Asian bird flu
, which is damaging the American poultry industry.
The Post has a LONG guest editorial that whines and moans about the complexity of the tax code. Jackson Diehl has a neat column correlating political freedom in Eastern Europe with improved health. William Raspberry writes on how political equality in South Africa has not brought economic equality.
As a bonus, check out this analysis which shows no link between top tax rates and job creation. It is delightful to see a newspaper report tackle that standard Republican propaganda.
Note: I will be traveling this week I don't know if I will able to do any summaries while traveling.