P.L.A. reminds us that there are real heroes in this world with this superb essay on the Freedom Riders.
P.L.A. also asks some hard questions about recent developments, and points out the Bush Administration's recent heresy from conservative economic dogma:
The fact that the economy did well under Clinton’s policies drove conservatives crazy. It simply could not be that the good fortune that the country experienced under Clinton was actually caused by the policies enacted under Clinton. The good things must be attributed to something, anything else.
The conservative spin was not long in coming. Clinton had nothing to do with the operation of the economy. Conservatives attributed the economic growth during the Clinton years to the hard work and industriousness of the American people and to Alan Greenspan. Never was Bill Clinton to be given any credit for the economy whatsoever. Only a liberal Democrat would believe that government has any role in creating jobs or growing the economy.
...President Bush announced his alleged economic stimulus package today. At the very end of the Washington Post article on the announcement we noticed the following:
"Overall, Bush's Council of Economic Advisers said the president's plan would create 2.1 million jobs over three years, the White House said."
What? Government policy and not the hard working entrepreneurs create jobs? Now surely the right wing pundits will not allow that claim to stand.