Note to Ronald Reagan Legacy Project
Now that Nancy has put the kibosh on the Ronnie Dime
, it's time for a little lateral thinking. Luckily, a computer scientist has already made the case for replacing the dime with an eighteen cent coin
"We would therefore gain about 17 percent efficiency in change-making by switching to either of these four-coin systems," Shallit says. "The first system possesses the notable advantage that we only need make one small alteration in the current system. We could speed up customer service just by replacing the dime with an 18-cent piece."
So an 18 cent coin is necessary for efficient change-making -- how ironic to put a Conservative icon on it.
According to this Robert Novak column
[Gay marriage] is a yes-or-no choice for the president, with a middle course not possible. Without a constitutional amendment, gay marriage will become part of the fabric of American life. Bush must decide, therefore, whether that is truly important. Christian conservatives who support him say that it is, transcending abortion in shaping the country's culture.
So, people who believe that abortion is exactly the same as killing an infant think that the state recognizing a contract between two strangers is worse?
Blast from the Past
Ezra from Pandagon
has fun with the hypocrisy in US-Russia relations stemming from Bush's apparent crush on Putin
At their first meeting in June 2001, George W. Bush peered into Vladimir Putin's soul and pronounced himself delighted with what he found. Ever since, Bush has treated the Russian president as one of his favorite companions.
I'm pretty sure that this is the reason
Acting President Vladimir Putin dominates the news on Monday, making an unannounced trip to war-torn Chechnya by SU-27 fighter jet. The usually staid Mr. Putin cut a dashing figure, climbing out of the aircraft in a bomber jacket and pilot's mask. One news agency reported he took the controls during the flight.Bush:
You can be my wingman any time.
Bullshit, you can be mine.
According to the Washington Post
, the Bush Administration decided to repeal the steel tariffs. There will, of course, be some backlash from Big Steel and coincidentally, Bush is going to be in Pittsburgh this week for a fundraiser. But as you know, when the going gets tough, Bush ... well, he does this
The White House said today that President Bush had not yet made a decision on lifting most of the tariffs he placed on foreign steel to try to protect American industry.
[...]Mr. Bush went to Michigan to attend an economic event and raise money for the 2004 campaign. Any announcement on tariffs may have to wait until after Tuesday, when Mr. Bush visits Pittsburgh, where a decision to accede to the trade organization ruling, even if accompanied by an expected threat by Mr. Bush to reimpose tariffs if there is a surge of low-cost foreign steel, would be deeply unpopular among steelworkers and owners of the American steel manufacturers.
But, according to the President, we needed those steel tariffs -- they were important to America. If so, why repeal them only because your reelection is in jeopardy -- is Bush's personal power more important to him than our steel industry?