A bankruptcy law that is set to go into effect Oct. 17 is arriving just in time to inflict more pain on hurricane victims.
Rick Moranis defines "non-essential driving" in an e-mail.
Congress has used Hurricane Katrina as cover for a remarkably brazen raid on the public treasury and environmental protections. - Take, for example, Richard Pombo, the chairman of the House Resources Committee, who is proposing to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, allow states to opt out of a longstanding moratorium on offshore drilling, and suspend judicial and administrative reviews of federal decisions to open public lands for oil and gas leasing. This is the same Richard Pombo who proposed last week - joking, he said - to sell off a few lesser-known national parks if money from the Arctic refuge was not forthcoming.
Recessions begin when consumers suddenly discover they can no longer keep pace with their bills. And this one has already begun.
US Vice-President Dick Cheney has said that the US must be prepared to fight the war on terror for decades. - In a letter to President Bush, Democrat senators have warned that continuing on the same path in Iraq could lead to a full-blown civil war.