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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

PRESS CLIPPINGS: Wednesday, January 25, 2006

1. In stark contrast to Iraq where there was no information linking Hussein to al-Qaeda and we went to war, the Bush Administration had credible information about a disaster and did nothing about it. Interesting...
Documents: White House warned - The Clarion-Ledger:
WASHINGTON — Although President Bush said no one could foresee Hurricane Katrina's destruction, documents show the White House received detailed warnings about the storm's likely impact days before the hurricane hit.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, R-Miss., the highest-ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee, wrote the White House on Tuesday asking, among other things, who was in the White House Situation Room when the NISAC report arrived. "The American people deserve honesty from this administration because a revisionist history can't bring back the 1,350 victims that perished in the storms or do anything to prepare us for another disaster," Thompson said.
2. You've got to love Bobby Harrison. The excerpt below politely reminds us how Gov. Barbour is hypocritical in all he does. He will trash the tax bill as "irresponsible," "ill-conceived," and "barely researched" and then hand out numbers his staff will later have to admit are wrong. Pot, meet kettle.
BOBBY HARRISON: Barbour makes tax bill issue personal -
No one, particularly not I, would question the right of the governor to veto legislation that he opposes. But surely, his many years in Washington, D.C., did not completely eclipse the lessons in civility he must have learned growing up in Yazoo City?

That civility would serve him well for future issues where he needs the help of the lieutenant governor. Plus, it's always smart to leave yourself a little wiggle room.

After all, even before his veto message reached the Senate, it became clear that it was the governor who had presented poorly researched and just downright incorrect numbers. The numbers, which the governor's staff now admits are wrong, greatly exaggerated the impact of the 7 percent food tax elimination on the municipalities that receive a portion of the revenue.


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