Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
August 5, 2004
POLITICS: More Links 8/5/04
*Taxation without representation: the Commons Blog notes that the UN is preparing to propose, next month, taxes - yes, UN taxes - on various international transactions to raise money for international development and UN-run anti-poverty programs. I was sure these guys had misread this story, but when you click the links it turns out to be for real. I'll give you three guesses which world leader is the major proponent of this, and the first two don't count (hint: first name "Jacques").
*Stuart Buck drills Kerry with still more examples of Kerry - contrary to his cynical convention blather about "Saying there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq doesn't make it so" - himself saying that it was so. My favorite, from January 2003:
As I've said before, Kerry's use of that line in the convention speech can only be read as the work of a man with complete confidence that nobody will call him on what he said before.
*Doc Weevil notes the oddity of accusing Republicans of being "un-Pennsylvanian."
*Professor Bainbridge compares Kerry's liberalism to Paul Wellstone's. (link via Instapundit). Chris Lawrence disagrees. For the record, here's how the Almanac of American Politics breaks out Kerry's 2001 and 2002 record, via National Journal rankings:
As usual, Kerry's supporters have been busy trying to say what he isn't rather than what he is, but any way you slice it, that's a pretty liberal record.
*Another blogger who will be at the Republican Convention (link via Instapundit).
*I saw Bill Clinton on Letterman Tuesday night - Dave gave him an uninterrupted platform to stump for Kerry. He made one semi-good point that was self-serving and not in Kerry's interest (surprise!) by defending the CIA by saying that the CIA found itself by the early 90s staffed with people with the training, looks, language skills and outlook to infiltrate the Warsaw Pact, and it takes time to train a whole new crop of people to infiltrate Middle Eastern terror groups (15 years? I'm skeptical that it should have taken that long. But he's partly right).