The New York Times informs us, and I know this will come as a tremendous shock to you, that "Officials Say U.S. Wiretaps Exceeded Law." And "law" in this case is the FISA Amendments Act, which gave Mr. Bush everything he wanted in re warrantless wiretapping (and which Mr. Obama supported while Senator, citing "the grave threats that we face"). Who could have predicted that government, already given unconstitutional power to spy on its citizens, would then abuse even that power? You know, besides anyone who thought about it for a minute. The Obama Administration, for its part, said problems with the wiretapping program "had been resolved" (note passive voice). You can take your government's word for that at your peril. (Glenn Greenwald, as you might expect, has more -- plus he reminds us that today is the deadline for Mr. Obama to release 3 more Bush Mobb "torture" memos.)
And now, I offer a few readings to counter this teabagging madness that went on yesterday: first, Citizens for Tax Justice offers a "Q&A for Tax Day" report, in which we learn that Mr. Obama has proposed cutting taxes for 95 percent of Americans (probably closer to 100 percent of yesterday's teabaggers), that the rich do not shoulder too much of the tax burden (especially when you count payroll taxes and sales taxes as part of the tax burden, which you should), and that the richest 400 taxpayers pay only around 17% of their income in taxes. (The report should also note, in its response to part 1, question 3, that President Kennedy's tax cuts were also "supply-side" cuts, just like those of President Reagan and Mr. Bush.) Second, and this'll be shorter, Gallup's Tax Day poll suggests that most Americans think the rich don't pay their fair share of income taxes. Gallup also finds that there's almost no difference between how folks making less than $30,000 and folks making between $30,000 and $75,000 feel about whether the rich pay too little, but that folks making more than $75,000 are significantly less likely to think the rich are paying too little. More than half of those making over $75,000 still think the rich pay too little, however. Maybe this is why Republicans keep losing elections.
Finally, Media Matters reports on an "Emerging Culture of Paranoia" from right-wing media, a phenomenon dubbed "Obama Derangement Syndrome" by a most unlikely authority, right-wing activist David Horowitz. David Horowitz telling his brethren to chill? I never thought I'd see that. Media Matters specifically tabulates "violent, doomsday, and anti-intellectual rhetoric (aimed) at progressives in power, and specifically at President Obama," and, golly, what a list it makes -- 149 items by my count, and I assume it's not a-million-and-49 only because Media Matters staffers can't be everywhere at once. All this over a President who hasn't been sufficiently liberal, frankly -- I shudder to think what they would be doing over a President Ralph Nader.