Friday, November 11, 2005

Can This All Be True?

There is good news abound on Capitol Hill. Moderate Republicans are pulling their support for spending cuts towards the less fortunate, tax cuts for the wealthy, and oil drilling in Alaska. In fact, not only are they having trouble enacting more tax cuts, but it is unlikely that they will be able to extend President Bush’s tax cuts for one year (much less make them permanent). The Senate also approved an amendment to force Secretary Rumsfeld to disclose information on all of the secret international detention facilities. It even seems that Congress might limit some of the surveillance and search powers it had granted after September 11, 2001.

And in the best piece of news from the Hill, the Senate unanimously approved Senator McCain’s measure to prevent torture and inhumane treatment of detainees, and they are doing it without Cheney’s proposed exemption for the CIA. They have overwhelmingly approved this once already, and it is reassuring to know that this isn’t going away. The President is in a tough place with this measure and will look bad no matter what position he takes – signing it makes him look weak because he originally opposed it, and if he vetoes it he makes his administration look morally bankrupt (which is definitely worse).

Even if half of what the Washington Post article said is true, I will be extremely happy.