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Friday, April 14, 2006 

Slow

Things are slow at the moment. Both the Legislature and Congress are in their Easter recesses. Pres. Bush is still rich, and he says Donald Rumsfeld is "exactly what is needed" despite generals, exactly the people who would know, saying he needs to resign.

There's more and more talk about military action against Iran. If you could be drafted or if you've got friends or kids or neighbors who could be drafted, it's time to get a little bit concerned. It's pretty clear that the U.S. military, already overstretched under the "leadership" of Pres. Bush and Sec. Rumsfeld, would not be able to handle the strain of a third major military campaign. It's just about impossible to imagine a draft making sense either logistically (training time, unwillingness of the current generation to fight) or politically (10% approval ratings?) but much of what this administration has done hasn't made a whole lot of sense. Look for O'Reilly, Matthews, Limbaugh, Coulter, and Malkin to say something along the lines of, "it'll be good training for the young whippersnappers." Right-leaning, draft-eligible pundits will mysteriously manage to avoid being picked.

The only other thing going on is some controversy over Senate Minority Leader Dick Day's hiring of his wife for political work, which has the effect of funneling some campaign money, which is often reimbursed by state money through the Political Contribution Refund program, back into his and his wife's personal accounts. It's probably not illegal, but it certainly raises some ethical questions. It's undoubtedly a bad move politically, as is proven by the fact that it's now a liability for him. On the whole, it's just not a smart move for someone in Day's leadership position even if there's nothing actually wrong with it, and one that he should come clean about and probably stop immediately. If she's really working for only $4 an hour, she should probably find a better-paying job, too.

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