Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Friend Today, Criminal Tomorrow

I should be doing any number of things that aren’t blogging, but this gem from Atrios is too good not to pass on.

From Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley’s website and the Associated Press, posted on December 6, 2004:

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<>Bush signs Tax Relief Act

By DAVID PITT Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press
DES MOINES,
Iowa

President Bush visited the swing state of Iowa on Monday to sign the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004, which he said would mean lower tax bills for 94 million Americans.

"It comes at just the right time for America. Some of the provisions were set to expire at the end of 2004 ..." he said. "That would have been a setback for hardworking families of America and a setback for our economy."

Bush introduced Mike and Sharla Hintz, a couple from Clive, whom he said benefited from his tax plan.

Last year, because of the enhanced the child tax credit, they received an extra $1,600 in their tax refund, Bush said. With other tax cuts in the bill, they saved $2,800 on their income taxes.

They used the money to buy a wood-burning stove to more efficiently heat their home, made some home improvements and went on a vacation to Minnesota, the president said.

"Next year, maybe they'll want to come to Texas," Bush quipped.

Mike Hintz, a First Assembly of God youth pastor, said the tax cuts also gave him additional money to use for health care.

He said he supports Bush's values.

"The American people are starting to see what kind of leader President Bush is. People know where he stands," he said.

"Where we are in this world, with not just the war on terror, but with the war with our culture that's going on, I think we need a man that is going to be in the White House like President Bush, that's going to stand by what he believes.

"Everybody that I've talked to are saying that things are going to start going his way," Hintz said.

Surrounded by Republican members of Iowa's congressional delegation, Bush signed the bill and handed the pen to Sen. Charles Grassley, giving him credit for getting the bill passed.

White House spokesman Jim Morrell said last week that the bill-signing ceremony was a way "for the president to show his appreciation for Sen. Grassley's leadership on this issue."

Grassley, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, also took some gentle ribbing from the president for a current campaign commercial that shows him mowing his lawn. In the ad, Grassley is on a riding lawnmower, towing two push-mowers on ropes behind him to broaden his path.

"The south lawn of the White House has a lot of grass. I'm looking for somebody to mow it," Bush told Grassley. "Mr. Chairman, you should now be known as grass-mower."


And today, from KCCI Channel 8 in
Iowa:

First Assembly Of God Church Fires Reverend

POSTED: 6:49 am CST December 7, 2004
UPDATED:
11:40 am CST December 7, 2004

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Des Moines youth pastor is charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor.

KCCI learned that the married father of four recently turned himself in to Johnston police.

Rev. Mike Hintz was fired from the First Assembly of God Church, located at 2725 Merle Hay Road, on Oct. 30. Hintz was the youth pastor there for three years.

Police said he started an affair with a 17-year-old woman in the church youth group this spring.

Church officials fired Hintz immediately after hearing the allegations.

"They did acknowledge with their congregation that Mr. Hintz had made apparently some admissions to his inappropriate activity, and they took a proactive approach and immediately terminated him from his position," Johnston police Sgt. Lynn Aswegan said.

Now, if that happened to Clinton, what are the odds it would have been a minor scandal, complete with front page coverage on the newspapers, and would have remained fodder for the likes of Limbaugh and Coulter for months? I suspect very high.

6 Comments:

At December 9, 2004 at 1:00 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha, that's great....where the hell do you get all these news items anyway? Random blogs?

 
At December 9, 2004 at 11:53 p.m., Blogger Thomas said...

Various places. That I got from Atrios, as I said. I don't go there very often, but luckily I did on a day when there was a nice news story. Other pieces, obvious ones, are just main news stories and some are composed myself of my thoughts on issues (see: Safire/Malkin attacks).

 
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