Congress Swings Into “Action”

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The Los Angeles Times looks at what Congress plans to do once it gets back in session. Disaster relief will play a pivotal role, for sure, but many Republicans are hoping that it doesn’t cost so much that they can’t put Social Security privatization and cuts to the estate tax on the table. Right, that would be the real tragedy here. Meanwhile, Dennis Hastert wonders whether the federal government should even be in the business of rebuilding New Orleans. Whatever the merits of that thought, I’d like to hear the Speaker explain why federal dollars are appropriate for rebuilding Fallujah but not the most important port in the Western Hemisphere.

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