Thursday, November 04, 2004



PRESIDENT BUSH: Now that I've got the will of the people at my back, I'm going to start enforcing the one-question rule. That was three questions.


PRESIDENT BUSH: Again, he violated the one-question rule right off the bat. Obviously you didn't listen to the will of the people.


The list of really bad things is already getting big. Grad students are worrying that there will be retaliation against the scientific community over our opposition to Bush. There is a mounting push back on climate change internationally, but the Bush administration says we need to study Arctic ice thinning more. California is fighting the administration over stem cells.

Remember, that money for stem cells currently cannot be combined in any way with federal money. A lab stocked with NIH funds couldn't use California stem cell funds to do research. They'd need to get a new facility, stock it with non-federal funds, and start over.

I remain hopeful that there will be serious resistance in the House and Senate, although I'm not convinced Harry Reid is the one to bring the heat. I'm sure that the base - bloggers and scientists and people energized by the last four years - will not stand back. I feel, and I can't prove this, that people have been holding their breath for the last four years. Not being complacent, just pushing big plans back until after the election. Now, I think a lot of people who didn't get involved in a big way last time will be out in the streets for this election. Whether that has any effect remains to be seen, but if Dems saddle up now, it will keep the energy flowing toward good projects.

Atrios has offered a “Tax Fairness Plan,” which would go after deadbeat states, and reminds legislators that the only good amendment is a poison pill. Make republicans vote against the Patriot act every time they try to privatize Social Security. No tax cut should pass without Republicans having to reject an amendment that would close outsourcing loopholes. And find projects for people in Kansas to work on. Pick a fight, and let us write to our senators.