SAN DIEGO -- Democrats, especially those with presidential ambitions, think they're being so clever. They have devised a line of argument they believe will help them benefit politically from President Bush's troubles in Iraq. But it turns out they aren't so clever after all. What they've come up with stands a good chance of backfiring and doing Democratic candidates more harm than good. Even though Iraq seems to be a huge liability for the president and the Republicans, it's possible that the war will eventually hurt the Democrats as much as anyone. That's a shame.
President Bush, speaking before a supportive audience at the U.S. Naval Academy, said Tuesday that the U.S. military presence in Iraq is about to change. Facing growing dissatisfaction on Iraq from within and outside of his political party, Bush all but admitted to mistakes in Iraq Wednesday in his latest defense nearly 2½ years after he declared victory. Bush acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. has suffered setbacks and less than desired results in training Iraqi forces.
If politicians were responsible for the money that they wasted, maybe they wouldn't be so wasteful. Another fine example was the Beechcraft plane that the state of Minnesota bought. Were Beechcraft and Cirrus the only two companies that make small planes? Is Beechcraft a Minnesota-based company? According to Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau, also the Minnesota Transportation Commissioner, we (the taxpayers) should chalk it up to a misunderstanding. Maybe we should pay her half her wages and half her benefits and she can chalk it up to bad politics.
In regard to the marriage amendment issue, I find it ironic that there are those who are asking Sen. Dean Johnson to "be the leader you were elected to be" by letting the people vote. Isn't this a contradiction? How is putting an issue to the vote of the people being a leader? Is our system of government a direct democracy or a representative democracy? If some are so eager to have the people decide, why not get rid of the Legislature altogether?
The Bush administration is partly responsible for declining poll numbers and the growing public disapproval of the war in Iraq. Instead of responding immediately to questions concerning the reasons for the war and the honesty of top-level members of the administration, it allowed these allegations to fester until they became accepted, in many quarters, as fact.
A line is forming outside the Iraq confessional. It consists of Democratic presidential aspirants -- Where's Hillary? -- who voted for the war in Iraq and now concede that they made a "mistake." Former Sen. John Edwards recently did that in a Washington Post op-ed article and Sen. Joseph Biden uttered the "M" word Sunday on "Meet The Press." "It was a mistake," said Biden. "It was a mistake," wrote Edwards. Yes and yes, says Cohen. But it is also a mistake to call it a mistake. Both senators have a point, of course.
The significance of the bird flu danger shocked many of the Minnesota business and health care leaders attending a meeting Tuesday in St.
Hats off from Donna Rime to all involved in the Willmar Senior High School musical, "South Pacific." It was a spectacular performance.
Not too long ago I was watching a late-night investigative report on the people who prey on our children. What the investigative team did was to pretend to be a 13-year-old boy in an Internet chat room. The supposed 13-year-old was propositioned for sex by at least four different men who would come to the house of the boy for sex. All of these men knew this was a 13-year-old but proceeded to try to engage in sexual intercourse with the boy. The first adult male showed up for sex at the house and instead of finding a willing 13-year-old, he found a news reporter who tried to question him.
WASHINGTON -- Decades ago, Walter Reuther, the storied head of the United Auto Workers union, was taken on a tour of an automated factory by a Ford Motor Company executive. Somewhat gleefully, the Ford honcho told the legendary union leader: "You know, not one of these machines pays dues to the UAW." To which Reuther snapped: "And not one of them buys new Ford cars, either." The historian William L.