Sunday, March 08, 2009
Bush's "Conscience" Ruling Rescinded
Obama does the Right Thing * Earmarks * Bay Area Rainfall
Reuters - March 6, 2009
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration moved formally on Friday to rescind a Bush administration rule to protect health workers who refuse to provide services and information on moral grounds, which had inflamed abortion-rights advocates.
The rule took effect hours before President Barack Obama took office in January, and opponents say the previous administration rushed it through in a last-minute push in a bid to deny patients not only abortion rights, but also contraception and other care.
In a statement on its website, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said it was "proposing to rescind" the rule "in its entirety."
Earmarks Alive and Well
Earmarking (funding for pet projects) has become an entrenched tradition. Roundly condemned by many Democrats who are now doing their share of continuing the practice. Obama's budget director Peter Orszag said on CNN:
- "[Such bills] will not happen when the president has the full legislative and appropriations process in place," Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, told CNN's "State of the Union with John King."
The Rains Came
"Sound of rain,
Memories of years past
Pleasure and pain."