The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Thursday, June 29, 2006

'American Values Agenda' sums up GOP election strategy

The House has unveiled the updated version of their Contract With America in anticipation of the fall elections. And is it ever nutty.

Of the ten bills that are part of the package, one is for more tax cuts, two involve amendments to the Constitution, two are 'patriotism-related,' and no less than six are items pushed by fundamentalists.

I'm sure you can guess what isn't on the list-- health care, education, national security, etc.

But there is one item related to the effects of hurricanes: the nobly-titled Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act. It's purpose is to prevent the government "from using federal funds to confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens during emergencies." I'm sure the specter of the cold, dead hands bumper sticker will please NRA members, but I don't recall hearing any reports of mass firearm confiscation in the wake of Katrina. Just reports on how the stories of rampant violence on the streets and in the Superdome were discredited.