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Tuesday, June 07, 2005


IT'S OVER HOWARD DEAN, YOU HAVE TO GO: DIVISIVE RACIST, BIGOTED RHETORIC IS NOT ACCEPTABLE 

Democrats must call on their chairman to resign; his racist stereotypes are offensive

IN S.F., HOWARD DEAN CALLS GOP A 'WHITE CHRISTIAN PARTY'


Hate-filled divisive rhetoric is now Howard Dean's calling card

Once again, the chairman of the Democratic party has stooped to the level of racial and religous divisiveness. According to Howard Dean, it is not acceptable to be a white person or of Christian belief. And he deigns to be an expert on Republican voters that he paints the party and its supporters with a broad brush.

Howard Dean engages in racial and religious stereotypes. He thinks that all Hispanics, Blacks, Jews, Muslims, atheists, Asians should be Democrats. He is a reason why American politics and social issues are poisoned these days.

Howard Dean should be concerned with what's going on in his political party instead of making sociological assessments of the Republican party. He was a miserable presidential candidate, an obscure governor and yet he has the audacity to be a one-man Insult Machine. He has offered nothing positive for the public arena as Democratic Party chairman. In an age of terrorism, fractured international alliances, Social Security concerns and failing public schools, Howard Dean engages in gutter politics.

Update: These blogs will help take down Howard Dean and help get rid of counter-productive, divisive, damaging rhetoric that has no place in our political realm... Michelle Malkin, Rhymes with Right, Swanky Conservatives, Varifrank, Midest Conservative, Right Voices, Captains Quarters, LGF, MassRight, Canadian, Flaps Dental, Brendan Loy, Lime Shurbet, Daly Thoughts, and GOP Bloggers.

Previous article by the Galvin Opinion: Howard Dean is not the first Democratic chairman to get in trouble with "racially insensitive" rhetoric. Terry McCauliffe had his own problems, last year, when he was DNC chair... O TERRY, WHERE ART THOU?

In S.F., Dean calls GOP 'a white Christian party'

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NYTIMES: CONGRESSIONAL LEADER SAYS LAWMAKERS MAY NEED TO ACT ON CHINA CURRENCY 

The manner in which China has pegged its currency to the dollar has caused much consternation in American business and political circles. It seems now that the "Yuan" question is even affecting the new CAFTA treaty and its implications for trade with countries in Central America.

NYTIMES: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives may have to back legislation prodding China toward a more flexible exchange rate as part of their efforts to attract votes for a free trade pact with Central America, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas said on Tuesday.

It's become ``very difficult for (many lawmakers) to vote on a trade package without getting some kind of meaningful response on the issue of China. That needs to be considered as members are looking to commit themselves to an additional trade agreement,'' the California Republican told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Bush administration has been struggling to drum up votes for the U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, in the face of stiff opposition from unions, sugar farmers and many textile companies.

The pact would eliminate tariffs on U.S. exports to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, while locking in the trade preferences those countries are enjoy in the U.S. market.

Lawmakers are expected to begin work on CAFTA this month, in hopes of winning approval by the end of July.

Concern about the huge U.S. trade deficit with China -- which many lawmakers blame on Beijing's practice of pegging its currency at 8.28 yuan to the dollar -- has contributed to difficult environment in Congress for CAFTA.


Congressial Leader Says Lawmakers May Need to Act on China Currency - New York Times

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AP Poll: Religion Key in American Lives - Yahoo! News 

AP POLL: Nearly all U.S. respondents said faith was important to them and only 2 percent said they did not believe in God, according to the polling conducted for the AP by Ipsos.
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In Western Europe, where Pope Benedict XVI complains that growing secularism has left churches unfilled on Sundays, people are the least likely to believe among the 10 countries surveyed for The Associated Press by Ipsos.

Only Mexicans come close to Americans in embracing faith, among the countries polled. But unlike Americans, Mexicans strongly object to clergy lobbying lawmakers, in line with the nation's historical opposition to church influence.

The polling was conducted in May in the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, South Korea and Spain.


Poll results
1) http://www.ap-ipsosresults.com

2) http://wid.ap.org/polls/050606religion.html

This interesting article contains in-depth insight on the countries polled about their religious views. Compare USA's views on religion with its political allies. The level of atheism in Europe is very high compared to that of Americans.

* Total of those who answer "I don't believe in God/ I don't know whether there is a God.../ I don't believe in a personal God..."

France: 49%
Germany: 56%
Italy: 19%
Spain: 36%
UK: 50%
USA: 17%

* Those who answer "I know God really exists and I have no doubts about it"

France: 24%
Germany: 22%
Italy: 51%
Spain: 32%
UK: 23%
USA: 70%

AP Poll: Religion Key in American Lives - Yahoo! News

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