Auros (auros) wrote,
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political roundup

This more or less sums up how I feel about state-recognized marriage.

I also sent one short note to my elected officials, about a few random items from the week's news:

To: Senators and Rep

Dear (whoever),

Three items in this week's news seem worth drawing attention to.

First, the Washington Post reports that the Agriculture Department has been caught violating Congressional prohibitions on helping the tobacco industry sell its products abroad. I hope Congress will look into this matter, and take appropriate actions in its capacity as the overseer of the Executive Branch.

Details: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60321-2003Jul1.html

Second, Slate.com reports that the military is spending money on sending some personnel to what amounts to "butler training" at the Starkey International Institute for Household Management, so they may serve as valets to high-ranking officers. This is highly inappropriate at a time when our nation has already spent $90 billion on a war, and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld has complained, in reference to the number of troops performing "civilian" tasks, "To have 320,000 military personnel doing jobs that are not military tasks is not a good thing for the department."

Details: http://slate.msn.com/id/2085143/

Lastly, as reported by the Nuclear Threat Initiative's Global Security Newswire, Representative Curt Weldon (R-PA), who recently led a bipartisan Congressional delegation to meet with representatives of the North Korean government to discuss the nuclear weapons crisis that is brewing in that most isolated of nations, has proposed a 10 Point Plan for ending the debacle, and hopefully eventually bringing North Korea into the world community, just as we have done with China over the last three decades.

This plan has been praised by the UN's envoy to North Korea, Maurice Strong. It is being resisted, of course, by Rumsfeld and the other neoconservative hawks, who want regime change, but offer no ideas as to what a new regime would look like.

Before we find ourselves with another defunct nation on our hands, even worse than Afghanistan or Iraq, we must try diplomacy.

Details: http://www.nti.org/d_newswire/issues/2003/6/18/6s.html
Weldon's plan: http://www.house.gov/curtweldon/10point.html

I would be happy to hear your thoughts on these matters. I especially hope that you will give your support to the Weldon plan for North Korea.

Sincerely,
(etc)



I also sent an email to the Dean campaign with a suggestion, related to one of these news items. If you're a Dean supporter, I hope you'll consider also sending a comment about this.

Dear Governor Dean,

I am a supporter of your run for the presidency, in large part because you have a strong record on domestic issues, which are a serious concern right now. Still, it will inevitably come up in your contests first with Kerry, then with Bush, that you so far do not have much experience on which to base a reputation on foreign policy matters. (I should note that I more or less agree with your stance on Iraq, but that's pretty much the only foreign issue on which I know your position.)

I would like to draw your attention to an opportunity to work on this problem.

Representative Curt Weldon (R-PA) recently led a bipartisan Congressional delegation to meet with representatives of the North Korean government, to discuss the nuclear weapons crisis that is brewing in that most isolated of nations. Weldon has proposed a 10 Point Plan for ending this debacle, and hopefully eventually bringing North Korea into the world community, just as China has been over the last three decades.

This plan has been praised by the UN's envoy to North Korea, Maurice Strong. It is being resisted, of course, by Rumsfeld and the other neoconservative hawks, who want regime change, but offer no ideas as to what a new regime would look like.

Before we find ourselves with another defunct nation on our hands, even worse than Afghanistan or Iraq, we must try diplomacy.

The text of the plan may be found here:
http://www.house.gov/curtweldon/10point.html

I suggest that you offer to meet with Representative Weldon, and, at the very least, publicly endorse his 10 Point Plan.

Sincerely,
(etc)
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