May 24, 1989 |
With Republicans taking the lead, the House Judiciary Committee voted today to cut by half the increased civil penalties that President Bush wants to impose on fraudulent savings and loan operators and embezzlers. Voting 17 to 14, the committee adopted an amendment by Rep. William J. Hughes (D-N.J.) to reduce the proposed new civil penalties to $500,000 for each violation and to a maximum of $2.5 million against any one individual. As part of his $90-billion S & L bailout package, Bush had sought to raise the civil penalties for defrauding banks, thrifts and other financial institutions backed by federal deposit insurance from the current maximum of $5,000 to $1 million for each violation.
June 1, 1989 |
President Bush's surprise offer to cut 30,000 U.S. troops and associated weapons in Europe would produce relatively small budget savings, U.S. lawmakers and arms control experts said Wednesday, even though the defense of Europe has absorbed more than half of the U.S. defense budget for decades. Bush's proposal could save more than $1 billion per year, mostly in troop pay, experts said. To a deficit-weary Congress eager to find budget savings at the Pentagon, that would provide a welcome benefit, even in a Pentagon budget that is about $300 billion a year.
February 16, 1992
Virginia Postrel in her "Column Right" article "Buying a Home For All the Wrong Reasons" (Commentary, Feb. 3) demonstrates once again the narrow vision of the practitioners of George Bush's "voodoo economics," also skeptically known as "trickle down." Those on the bottom of the ladder, and many half-way up, have wondered for years just what was trickling down. Precious few thought it was money. What Postrel fails to note is that for every new home that is bought, a new refrigerator or stove will also be purchased, along with carpets, paint, landscaping, hardware and all the other thousands of items that go into a new residence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1988
Bush's proposal of an essentially affluent youth volunteer program, Youth Engaged in Service, presented on Oct. 4 to a meeting of Sacramento's business leaders, is a prime example of his weakness in dealing with America's social problems. For teen-agers who are not fully occupied by school, working to help support themselves or their families, or baby-sitting younger siblings, there are many existing opportunities to contribute valuable volunteer service. It is up to parents, teachers, community groups, and religious organizations to raise these young people with values that encourage the spirit of volunteerism.
February 27, 2004
Re "Bush Seeks Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage," Feb. 25: Tuesday was one of the blackest days in U.S. history. Our president said the United States and our Constitution should stand not for equality and tolerance but for discrimination and prejudice. David Reisner Los Angeles I am not in favor of gay marriage. I am not opposed to gay marriage. I am not interested in gay marriage. Amend the Constitution? Spare me. Mary A. Rouse Los Angeles My parents' 43-year marriage endured throughout most of my 18-year partnership with my same-sex partner despite many holidays spent together, vacations shared together and anniversaries celebrated together.
March 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When Jeb Bush sat down last summer to write an ambitious plan to overhaul the immigration system, prominent conservatives were calling for mass deportations as a solution to the problem of having 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. In that environment, the former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential hopeful came up with a proposal that he felt could bring conservatives to the table while simultaneously luring Latino voters to the GOP. Half a year later, the proposal, fleshed out in a newly released book, has landed in the midst of a radically changed political environment.