Friday, October 15, 2004

Pork Storm!

America’s Favorite Lesbian, Poor Kid.

I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly got the Cheneys so bent out of shape about Kerry’s reference to their daughter during the last debate. Lynne said that Kerry was "not a good man," and called the reference a "cheap and tawdry political trick.” Daddy Dick called himself “an angry father.”

What Kerry said was, responding to a question about whether homosexuality was a “choice,” or not: "I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney's daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she's being who she was, she's being who she was born as. I think if you talk to anybody, it's not choice…”

Was it that Kerry was presuming to speak for her? Was it the “choice” part? The Cheneys prefer to think of homosexuality as a disease?

When John Edwards made a similar reference during his debate with Dick Cheney, Cheney thanked him.

Edwards said, “…let me say first that I think the vice president and his wife love their daughter. I think they love her very much. And you can't have anything but respect for the fact that they're willing to talk about the fact that they have a gay daughter, the fact that they embrace her. It's a wonderful thing. And there are millions of parents like that who love their children, who want their children to be happy.”

Cheney responded later: “Well, Gwen, let me simply thank the senator for the kind words he said about my family and our daughter. I appreciate that very much.”

No objection there. Was it because it was all about how loving he and Lynne are? He probably cherishes any mention that he might have human feelings. He’s not exactly Mr. Warmth.

Earlier this year, Republican Senate nominee Alan Keyes told an interviewer, "The essence of ... family life remains procreation. If we embrace homosexuality as a proper basis for marriage, we are saying that it's possible to have a marriage state that in principal excludes procreation and is based simply on the premise of selfish hedonism."

He was then asked if Mary Cheney was "a selfish hedonist."

"That goes by definition. Of course she is," he replied. And yet Dick Cheney did not punch him in the nose. Nor did Lynne or Mary Cheney. America asks, “Why?”

Well, no it doesn’t.

And that’s how you pay down the federal deficit, kids.

From the New York Times:
“The story began nearly three years ago, with an initial impetus simply to replace a $5 billion annual tax break for American exporters that the World Trade Organization had ruled was illegal. It ended this week with a 633-page behemoth that offers new tax giveaways to everyone from corporate titans like Boeing and Hewlett-Packard to an array of oil and gas producers, shopping mall developers, wine distributors, even restaurants. Many companies, like General Electric and Dell, are likely to end up with far more tax relief under the new bill than they had ever received from the old tax break. Some, like Exxon Mobil, never qualified for the old tax break at all but will enjoy tax savings now.”

“After nearly two years of feuding among rival interest groups, the House and Senate both passed bills this year that would essentially replace the old tax break with rate cuts on profits from domestic manufacturing.

But under heavy pressure from big multinational corporations, both chambers also included about $42 billion worth of tax reductions on the foreign earnings of companies based in the United States.”

And: “Among the items that made it into the final bill were a $9 million tax reduction on bows and arrows; $27 million in tax breaks on gambling income of foreigners at American horse-racing and dog-racing tracks; and $11 million in reduced excise taxes on fishing tackle boxes, a longtime pet project of J. Dennis Hastert, the House speaker, whose district includes a big producer of tackle boxes.”


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