Bob Novak suggests that Tha Bush Mobb has begun a campaign, in concert with Turkey, to suppress Kurdish guerillas. The ultimate aim? For the Turks, to prevent a nationalist Kurdistan movement which would encroach upon Turkey; for the U.S., to prevent Turkey from invading Iraq to prevent a nationalist Kurdistan movement which would encroach upon Turkey. Trouble is, the Kurdish guerillas have the support of the Kurdish regional government, which in Mr. Novak's words is "our best ally in Iraq." So, as the Rolling Stones might say, we're between a rock! And a hard place. I didn't imagine this exact conundrum would occur because Mr. Bush invaded Iraq any more than George Washington did, but I'm not surprised, and I'll bet he wouldn't be surprised, either. And, though Bush Mobber Eric Edelman said he was "confident" the U.S.'s role "could be concealed," well, it's just been written about for at least the second time.
The USDA has apparently sent over $1 billion in farm subsidies to dead farm owners, as identity thieves all over America slap their foreheads. It gets better: a lot of these subsidies went to -- surprise! -- corporate-owned farms, and a lot of these checks exceeded USDA annual allotments. The GAO study referenced above, requested by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), suggests "lax regulatory oversight" as a primary cause of the overpayments -- apparently, the USDA, in some cases, didn't even check Social Security numbers across databases. It must be easy to work in a Bush Mobb government, because you don't ever have to do anything right.
Highlights from the latest Citizens for Tax Justice July 27 Tax Justice Digest, a.k.a. the "See You in September" issue, include: Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) aiming to cut the Alternative Minimum Tax without making up the lost revenue; Sens. Baucus and Grassley (it must be Chuck Grassley Day!) becoming mildly interested in rectifying that private equity tax loophole I talked about a few days ago; and the possibility of the national corporate tax rate going down if enforcement of tax laws gets better. I know, I know, it sounds so damn sexy when I talk about taxes. But I think it's damn edifying reading. So there. Read it all.