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Kyoto Protocol, Debate, Suicide Bombers, Fannie Mae

Friday, 08 October 2004 12:00 AM

According to The New York Times, the Russian government is prepared to sign the global environment protection treaty known as the Kyoto Protocol. If and when that occurs, the Protocol will become binding on its 121 signatories. At that point, the only major developed country that will not be a party is the United States.

The Clinton administration refused to submit the Protocol to the U.S. Senate for ratification, knowing it would be rejected based on Senate Resolution 98. That resolution, which was adopted by a vote of 95-0 on July 25, 1997, states that unless China is subject to the Protocol, the Senate would reject it.

Professor Gardner replied, "I certainly agree with you that the Kyoto Protocol is unacceptable in its present form." He then went on to criticize the Bush administration for its attitude toward global warming.

Wouldn't it make sense for the signatories to the Protocol to challenge the Bush administration by revising the treaty to include China? So amended, the Protocol would likely be sent to the U.S. Senate for ratification. There, Senators Byrd, Kerry and Kennedy, all environmental critics of the Bush administration, might lead a successful effort in support of the Protocol.

The first presidential debate was on foreign policy and the war in Iraq. The consensus is that Kerry won the debate. The excerpts of the Gallup Poll of 615 registered voters polled before and after watching the debate showed the following:

"Most of those interviewed said Kerry did a better job than Bush, and nearly half said the debate made them feel more favorably toward Kerry.

"By narrow margins Bush came out better on believability, likeability and toughness.

"Overall, 53 percent of Thursday's debate watchers interviewed said Kerry did the better job, compared with 37 percent who favored Bush.

"Of those polled, 50 percent said Bush was more believable and 45 percent said they were more likely to believe Kerry.

"On Iraq, 54 percent of debate watchers polled before Thursday's night's match up said Bush would handle Iraq better than Kerry.

"After the debate, the same percentage of those interviewed – 54 – said Bush would be better on Iraq than Kerry.

"The story was almost the same on who would be a better commander in chief – 55 percent said Bush would be better before the debate, 54 percent said so after the debate."

A new poll by Gallup shows the election at a dead heat, 49 to 49, with 51 to 44 favoring Bush on handling the war in Iraq. I am convinced that the president should and will win re-election, but God knows it won't be easy.

How is it possible that Fannie Mae, a quasi-governmental agency, that provides millions of low- and middle-class home buyers with access to lower interest rates on mortgages, paid its CEO, Franklin D. Raines, according to The New York Times, "$20 million in total compensation last year"?

The on-going governmental investigation of Fannie Mae should not be limited to Raines' compensation or to the company's objectionable accounting practices. If Raines was paid that much, you can bet others in positions of authority have devoured their share of the carcass. Who authorized these payments, which some would describe as rip-offs?

The American Presbyterian and Episcopal churches are now deciding whether or not to divest from companies that do business in Israel. The churches object to the fence that Israel is constructing to prevent suicide bombers from infiltrating into Israel to kill and maim Israeli civilians.

According to The New York Times, "In the last 4 years, there have been 406 thwarted terrorist attacks and nearly 140 others that went ahead. There were 35 in 2001, 60 in 2002 and then a decline to 26 in 2003 and to 14 so far this year." The fence, even though it is not yet finished, is getting the job done.

Iraqi terrorists, this past week in Baghdad, using two suicide bomb vehicles, intentionally blew up 36 Iraqi children and maimed dozens more. Shockingly, I have heard no denunciations by the leaders of these two churches of that unspeakable act. Nor do I recall either of these churches calling for divestment from companies that sell materials to the Palestinian Authority, which refuses to arrest Palestinian terrorists. The blood of Israeli and Iraqi children does not seem to affect the members of these churches in the same way that Palestinian blood does.


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