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Military soldiers may not be getting paychecks in a few weeks

By Yahoo!News – May 5, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) –

The Pentagon warned Tuesday the US Army will not be able to pay its soldiers beyond June 15 unless Congress acts soon on a stalled request from the administration for war funding.

It was the latest salvo in a long-running impasse between the Democratic-controlled Congress and the administration over a 108-billion dollar request to fund US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2008 fiscal year.

The pay crunch would be eased if Congress authorized funds to be moved from other accounts to pay soldiers, but the Pentagon is pressing for approval of the full budget request.

Most of our troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan could go without pay

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May 6, 2008 Posted by | In the news, Military | Leave a comment

John McCain’s health care plan makes sense

By Star Parker – Townhall.com – May 5, 2008 included

McCain’s health care plan differs from that of Obama and Hillary’s because it makes sense …

A gold star to John McCain for his just released plan for reforming American health care.

Analysts will pick apart details and surely will find shortcomings. But directionally, McCain’s approach is on the money. Contrary to the vaporous rhetoric of change offered by the Democrats, he has proposed real structural health care reform.

The plan boldly takes on key problems in how we deliver health care that have contributed to out-of-control cost escalation.

According to a recent University of Minnesota study, health insurance premiums have increased over recent years ten times faster than personal incomes, and by 30 percent from 2001 to 2005.

The employer-based system has been an engine for driving up costs

May 6, 2008 Posted by | In the news, McCain, Politics, Republicans | 1 Comment

The SUV is an irrational vehicle – it’ll never come back

By Jenn Abelson – Boston Globe – May 6, 2008

After paying $75 to fill his black Dodge Ram pickup truck for the third time in a week, Douglas Chrystall couldn’t take it anymore.

Feeling pinched at the pump, and guilty as well, Chrystall, a 39-year-old father from Wellesley, is putting ads online to sell the truck, and the family’s other gas-guzzler, a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

He knows it will be tough to unload them because he is one of a growing number of consumers downsizing to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars.

Americans are turning away from the boxy, four-wheel-drive vehicles that have for years dominated the nation’s highways.

Sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks – symbols of Americans’ obsession with horsepower, size, and status – are falling out of favor as consumers rich and poor encounter sticker shock at the pump, paying upward of $80 to fill gas tanks.

And just think – I only spend $30 a week to keep my Buick filled up

May 6, 2008 Posted by | In the news, Oil and Gas News | Leave a comment