"Somehow preventing street crime is important enough that it justifies keeping law-abiding citizens from owning firearms for protection, but protecting Americans from catastrophic attack is not worth the slightest curtailment of civil liberties."
"The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life is always wrong and is not just one issue among many," the bishops said. "It must always be opposed."
The bishops said that voting for a candidate specifically because he or she supports "an intrinsic evil, such as abortion or racism" amounts to "formal cooperation in grave evil."
The bishops said helping the poor should be a top priority in government, providing health care, taking in refugees and protecting the rights of workers, and the bishops highlight the need for environmental protection.
However, they also opposed same-sex marriage, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research, in addition to their staunch anti-abortion position.
The prelates, who oppose the death penalty, said torture is "always wrong," and expressed "serious moral concerns" about "preventive use of military force." But in a very brief floor debate Wednesday before the vote, they heightened their language on terrorism, adding a sentence acknowledging "the continuing threat of fanatical extremism and global terror."
"Now. Personally, if there's a humane way to extract information from a terrorist short of waterboarding, I'm all for it. But, forgetting the Islamofascists for a moment, if your daughter were kidnapped and you had the guy tied to a chair who knew her location, who would you call first, the UN Commission on Human Rights or Jack Bauer? I thought so."
-- The Other Conservative Star Tribune Columnist.
UW president is among top paid college leaders in the U.S.
University of Washington President Mark Emmert is the country's third-highest paid leader of a public college.
A survey published Monday by The Chronicle of Higher Education showed that a dozen presidents at private universities earned $1 million or more annually, including benefits. Salaries at public universities remain a tier lower but also are on the rise, with eight presidents, including Emmert, earning $700,000 or more last year, six more than the year before, according to the annual survey.
State needs $543,000 to repair Capitol war statues
OLYMPIA — The state Department of General Administration is asking for $543,000 to restore war memorials and artwork on the Capitol campus in Olympia.
It also says it needs $60,000 a year for maintenance.
The next country to adopt Reaganite tax reduction policies likely will be Scotland. Alex Salmond, who serves as "First Minister" and heads his government's ruling coalition, was in New York recently to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and deliver a message to the global investor community that his nation is hungry for investment. The occasion was the Royal Bank of Scotland's new listing on the Big Board.
Mr. Salmond tells me a key part of his agenda is "lowering the corporate income tax from 28% to 10%." He also sounds a lot like the Gipper when he says he aims to break the country's "dependency mentality that is restraining growth."
"I'm a long-time advocate of supply side economics," he tells me. "We need to rekindle our spirit of enterprise and turn Scotland into a Celtic Lion." He says Scotland aims to join the "Arc of Prosperity," a group of fast-growing nations in the region including Ireland, Iceland and Norway. Over the past 25 years Scotland's growth rate has averaged 1.8%, compared to 2.3% for Europe and more than 10% for the economic gazelle of Europe, Ireland.
In 1900, Scotland was one of the world's three richest nations in per capita income, but it turned socialist, as so many European nations did, after World War II. It got rich again the easy way in the 1980s with the discovery of North Sea oil. But high taxes have inhibited capitalizing on the petro-dollars to create a sustained economic expansion.
Scotland's problem now is that it only controls 15% of its tax system. The U.K. has veto power over the rest, including reductions in corporate taxes. But if British P.M. Gordon Brown signs off on the tax cut, Scotland may be able to duplicate the Irish Miracle in the years ahead. "We want to imitate the Irish success story," Mr. Salmond says. Ireland's tax-cutting policies aren't just a model for Scotland but for the U.S., which lately finds itself lagging in global competition because of relatively high tax rates on job creators.
France has thrown its support behind a European Commission idea to tax environment polluters and also urged Brussels to consider EU levies for imports from non-Kyoto countries, such as the US and Australia.
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