Snow and his advisers, as well as outside supporters, had been growing increasingly concerned about the ongoing whispering campaign that Snow was on his way out. The low hum of rumor was compounded by the White House’s refusal to tamp down the talk that Snow was a lamer duck than his boss.
Snow may be staying on, but it isn’t clear for how long. Despite the strong statement of support President Bush gave Snow, the expectations remain that Snow will not remain in the Administration for more than a year, perhaps 16 months. Snow has talked about his eagerness to push for tax reform and fairness, and indications are that that issue may the one that moves ahead in Congress in the coming months.
A successful tax reform package would afford Snow the kind of victory any Treasury Secretary would relish on the way out. Should Snow leave, it would open the door for Office of Management and Budget director Joshua Bolten to take the helm and push through the President’s Social Security reform and privatization plan, an issue on which Snow is in less agreement with the White House.p> PATRIOT COUPS br> Lost amid all the hubbub about satellites and turf-warfare in the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 was the fact that the White House and Justice Department were able to get most of the terrorism prevention statutes formerly known as “Patriot Act II” or “Son of Patriot Act” attached to the bill with no notice whatsoever. /p>
It appears that at least some of the act’s provisions will make it to the President’s desk for signing, including statutes that strengthen and improve bans and penalties for material support to terrorists; prohibit possession of the most dangerous weapons of mass destruction such as atomic weapons, so-called “dirty bombs,” and the small pox virus; criminalize terrorist or military hoaxes; permit pre-trial detention of indicted suspects, and strengthen provisions that allow for authorized surveillance of non-U.S. individuals who engage in international terrorism.
The Patriot Act-like amendments sailed through without attracting attention from the usual watchdog groups, which were probably too busy focusing on their bogus campaigns for electoral recounts in Ohio and elsewhere. Either way, the Bush Administration pulled off a major political and national security success, by ramming through important counter-terrorism statutes and removing complicated amendments for what is expected to be a bruising battle to re-authorize some sun-setting statutes in the USA Patriot Act that expire in 2005.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?