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The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.

John Swinton, 1880. Swinton was head of the editorial staff of the New York Times. From Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, Labor's Untold Story (NY: United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, 1955)

Thanks to Rob Couteau, author, "The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography," for source on Swinton quote.


Articles on The President Select &
the New Administration

New Starcats Feature:

September 11, 2001:
The War Room

September 7, 2001:
Bush Can't Individuate So He Trashes Social Security

September, 2001:

You heard it here at Starcats, now see what CNN.com reports on the state of our economy! (see article below)

August 22, 2001:
Bush Hides in Crawford While Economy CollapsesYep. Remember this?

Bush uses Scottie as canine shield. . .

September 7, 2001

Graphic courtesy of CNN.com

Balanced budget may require $10 billion from Social Security

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Despite White House and congressional vows not to touch the Social Security surplus, budget projections now show the federal government may have to do just that -- to the tune of at least $10 billion, CNN has learned.

Sources say White House budget director Mitch Daniels briefed Republican leaders on Friday about new budget projections that show the government may have to borrow from the surplus to cover at least $10 billion, and possibly as much as $15 billion, in spending in the current fiscal year, which ends September 30.

Less than a month ago, the White House estimated that the government would avoid dipping into the retirement fund money this year. The Congressional Budget Office, however, then estimated that $9 billion in Social Security funds would be used this year.

President Bush met in the Oval Office with the Republican leaders -- House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Mississippi -- after the two lawmakers were briefed by Daniels, the sources said. Afterward, Bush went before the cameras to urge support for his economic plan.

Friday brought more bleak news about the state of the nation's economy. New statistics from the Labor Department showed that unemployment rose to 4.9 percent of the work force, the highest rate in four years.

The news served to intensify the partisan feud over the government's finances. As Bush pressed his case for economic blueprint, Democrats sharpened their criticism. Backed by Vice President Dick Cheney, along with Hastert and Lott, Bush emerged from the White House in the afternoon to express concern about the economy and to call on Congress to support his "pro-growth" economic plan.

That plan includes the $1.35 trillion tax cut passed earlier this year, but also an energy bill and legislation giving the president greater authority over trade policy, both of which still require congressional approval.

"The slowdown is real, and it's affecting too many lives," Bush said. "And we're concerned about it. Any American out of work is too many Americans out of work."

Bush's comments came at the end of a week dominated by political maneuvering and finger-pointing by both Democrats and Republicans over the tightening budget and the gloomy state of the economy -- issues that could be key factors in next year's midterm elections if the picture does not improve.

In his brief statement, after which he took no questions from reporters, Bush noted that the economic slowdown began a year ago -- and economic data would seem to bear that assertion out.

But Democrats intensified their criticism of how Bush has handled the economy since he took office in January, and they argued that the new depths of the economic downturn could be traced to the actions of his administration.

"I think the real slowdown has begun in the last six months," House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Missouri, said after a meeting with Bush in the White House on Friday morning. "I think the economy has reacted to the president's budget plan. I don't think it's been a positive reaction."

Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, followed with his own statement. "Today's news confirms our worst fears about the president's budget and its impact on the economy and on working families," he said. "There is a clear connection between the Bush budget, the Bush economy, and this spike in unemployment."

Which side most American voters choose to believe could play a critical factor in the 2002 midterm elections -- a contest that will determine the balance of power on Capitol Hill for the remainder of Bush's first term.

In addition, the issue of the Social Security surplus -- and the likelihood that it could be used to pay for spending -- raises more worries for elected officials. Bush and congressional members from both parties have pledged to use Social Security funds to pay down federal debt.

Social Security was an issue in last year's presidential election. And the economy in general long has been a potentially volatile issue come election time, especially in times of downturns or recession.

Analysts have noted that the economy was a big factor in Bill Clinton's 1992 victory over the first President Bush, who was seen by many as disconnected from the financial woes of the average citizen. In recent weeks, the younger Bush has taken pains to express his concern about the plight of working Americans.

"I want the American people to know we're deeply concerned about the unemployment rates, and we intend to do something about it," he said.

-- CNN's Jonathan Karl, Dana Bash, Ted Barrett and Manuel Perez-Rivas contributed to this report.

Social Security Act Effectuated

The First Hundred Days --
January-June 30, 2001 Archives

July, 2001

Bush Masquerades As Success While Nation Falls

Cheney Is Hospitalized While Bush Defibrillates The Press

June, 2001

Bush Spoiler: John McCain!

Sunday, June 3, 2001 -- Bush is so scared of McCain he called him at his ranch to check up on him! According to Reuters and New York Times online, the McCain/Daschle BBQ was interrupted by a phone call from the pResident himself! Check out The New Bush Watch everyday for selected news headlines on the Bush Regime.

May, 2001

The Capricorn Ingress & Solar Eclipse 12/25/00 has been updated! Scroll through the text to see how predictions I made last Christmas have come to pass!

Jeffords Sheds Skin: Reborn As Democrat!
Dr. Strangelove
U.N. Busts Bush!

The First Hundred Daze: The Bush Report

April, 2001

  1. Aries Spy Plane Crew Comes Home

    The Clinton administration's attempts at assuaging the PRC's defensiveness by promoting China as an up-and-coming world economic force is a thing of the past. The new administration, champing at the bit for someone or something to take our attention off Xaio Bushi's rape of the environment, are setting incendiary dominoes in place. -- Starcats, 4/13/01

  2. The China Syndrome

    It would be naive to assume that either the United States or China were simply villans that had to be vanquished. Depending on your take on U.S. politics and foreign relations, you might be tempted to square off on one side or the other. In point of fact, both the USA and China have a great deal more at stake than who comes out of the April 1 Air Collision crisis as the "victor." Dubya's administration must find the key that unlocks China's paranoid fear of the West by applying the most delicate diplomacy in hopes of forging a workable alliance with the Great Dragon. --Starcats, 4/7/01

    March, 2001

    1. The Honeymoon Is Over|3/21/01

  3. Sun Square Pluto:
    Cheney's Heart
    Revised 3/12/01

    January-February 2001 Archives

    1. Katherine Harris: Scandal!
    2. Bush's Tax Cut
    3. Ashcroft Blowout
    4. Welcome to the Dark Side

    5. January 20, 2001: Charts for
      Cheney's Oath of Office and
      Dubya's Oath of Office

    6. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
      A Dream Deferred
    7. 2001: A Race Odyssey
    8. JEB Gets Subpoenaed!
    9. Capricorn Ingress & Solar Eclipse 12/25/00

      Ingress/Eclipse Updated on 12/21 & 12/25/2000

  4. See Election 2000 Archives for articles & chart data relevant to Campaign 2000.

    United States Senate Chart!

    Aries Ingress Chart!

New White House Section


Saddam & The Bush Connection

Charts, Commentaries and Developing Stories

  1. Iraq
  2. Air Strike!
  3. Saddam Hussein

Starcats' Hard Currency
If I don't piss someone off, I'm not doing my job.

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