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The evidence suggests (though does not prove) that most of Saddam's chemical weapons were transported via trucks to Syria. This also explains the large amount of chemical weapons that Syria appears to have on hand. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Actually the news that "degraded" chemical weapons was issued during the first couple of years after our invasion of Iraq so it was never clear to me why Bush meekly apologized for not having found them, But more disturbing (to me at least) is the fact that we found 550 tons of yellowcake in Iraq and secretly moved it to Canada. This story was not published by the AP until 2003 when all the yellowcake had been safely removed from Iraq, But this story clearly demonstrates that Saddam Hussein at least had nuclear ambitions. It also pretty conclusively proves that Joe Wilson's report on yellowcake was false, perhaps due to a sly lie on his part, perhaps due to incompetence on his part. Yet the world still believes that "Bush lied" while Joe Wilson is still a respected voice on the left. The public continues to be misled by the media and there seems to be no way to correct it. When I have mentioned the yellowcake issue to anti-war friends, they ignore it or refuse to believe the AP article I forward to them. We live in a sad, ignorant world when it comes to these things. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Has anyone informed Mother Jones? They just published a long piece exonerating Udall staffers.... Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Stop This Voter Card Madness!

lee362 Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 8:48 AM
You are actually arguing for cleaning up voter registries and that would be a good idea. Focusing on implementing a national identification system however undermines the most useful tools for preventing illegal votes (since most illegal immigrants can easily obtain such documentation in most states) while not addressing the real problems. Voter ID also gives the government a handy way to track citizens -- reminiscent of Nazi Germany. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Stop This Voter Card Madness!

lee362 Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 8:43 AM
Just a few years back, conservatives were (correctly, in my view) arguing against citizen card identification. What ever happened to your principles? While voter fraud is a real problem, in person voting fraud is quite rare. The real sources of voter fraud are usually rigged machines or massive absentee voting fraud, often relating to fraudulent registrations. Please stop arguing for a divisive and ineffective voter id law that will serve as a de facto national id system and focus on cleaning up voter registries and ensuring that voting machines operate properly. Le Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Governor Brownback’s Tax Cuts

lee362 Wrote: Oct 12, 2014 10:30 AM
The critics actually make more extensive charges than presented here: they say that tax cuts cause a slowing in the growth of GDP and a slowing in the recovery of jobs in comparison with neighboring states. While GDP growth and job growth have been laggard in Kansas, progressive critics do not consider the growth in fracking for neighboring states and the very real increases in other Kansas taxes which more than offset the income tax cuts. A fairer analysis would consider the average tax burden and, in Kansas's case, that burden has increased over Brownback's tenure in spite of the income tax cuts. According to the Census Bureau (census.gov) total Kansas tax revenues in 2010, the year before Brownback took office, were $6,492,996,000 and last year they were $7,620,282,000 which represents an average tax increase of 18.6% over three years. Progressives are demonstrably making false claims with regard to Kansas. It is Kansas's increasing tax burden that has largely been responsible for slow growth and slow employment recovery. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Massachusetts has often elected Republicans to high office -- in my several decades here the list includes John Volpe, Francis Sargent, Bill Weld, Paul Celucci/Jane Swift, and Mitt Romney -- during the same timeframe, only 3 Democrats were elected governor and one of them was quite conservative. Yes, that means that for most of the last several decades, Republicans have held the position of governor. But Ms. Coakley is not a shoo-in for reasons other than the Republican/Democratic divide feud. Most of us who follow politics here know that as Attorney General she has not pursued justice but has pursued personal political gain. She only chases the cases where she can earn headlines or populist favor and she has explicitly denied justice to victims who were wrongly convicted -- she certainly didn't want to take a chance on a "Willie Horton" moment. She has earned the disdain not only of most Republicans and Independents, but of many knowledgeable Democrats as well. Keep paying attention to Jon Keller who is one of the brightest and most honest longtime observers of Massachusetts politics. He pretty much always knows whereof he speaks. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
You seem to be forgetting Mitt Romney's record and his stated intentions which included, among other things, 1. Initiating Romneycare which is destroying healthcare in Massachusetts -- a friend in a bad accident had to wait 3 months after rehab to get a doctor to see him because doctors here won't take new Medicare patients! 2. Indexing minimum wages to inflation -- guaranteeing the least skilled among us will continue to be unable to find starter jobs commensurate with their skills. And more. While Obama is probably the worst President in my (long) lifetime and Romney might have done better, Romney did not have it in him to make the sorts of changes that we need in order to head this country away from European style socialism. At most he would only give conservative ideas a bad name as his compromise policies failed. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
I attended the district Republican caucus for Ron Paul and not only did we not throw temper tantrums -- even though the mainstream Republicans changed the rules on us in the middle of the process and improperly invalidated some of our votes -- we were the only folks who presciently understood that Mitt Romney, as admirable a human being as he is, could not win the presidency. We are all free-market capitalists and as diametrically opposed to Marxism as possible. The mainstream Republicans were simply delusional. Ann Coulter, as funny as she is, shares the delusions. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Things I Don't Understand

lee362 Wrote: Sep 03, 2014 8:24 AM
As usual, you are right on. But I do think that the Ebola victim transport can be explained simply. The CDC was merely trying to head off the predictable criticism that would be dished out by malicious conservatives or ignorant voters. Conspiracies are rare. Always go with the theory that posits stupidity or political motivations first. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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