From a newletter I get periodically, written by Todd Pinsky: > Seems to me, it was the anti-war folks who were warning that a war would not be quick and that innocents would die. Was I dreaming that part? Now Rumsfeld is basically saying, I tried to tell you this was going to be a mess, if you had ever let me get a word in edgewise? People around the world are hating Americans like never before. We could become the Germans of the 21st century, with a national guilt trip nearly the size of our debt. North Korea is kicking up dust. Yesterday, both India and Pakistan tested missiles capable of delivering nookyaler warheads, and even traded insults just to impress the chicks. The UN? It could wind up as one of the choices on the back of a Trivial Pursuits card. But don’t worry, because yesterday John Ashcroft tripled the number of domestic spying warrants. Domestic, as in, spying on American citizens. For your own safety. I am told by many that I am an alarmist, but some of these same people, two weeks ago, thought we’d never launch this war. I am not making predictions, but I’ll be damned if anyone is going to tell me not to worry. If you’re not worried, you are obviously from another planet, or else you have a lenient pharmacist. In non-war-related news, the Republican Senate, with the help a few chemical company-beholden Democrats (see select Senators from states like Nebraska and Louisiana), voted down an amendment that would have started the process of rebuilding the EPA’s Super Fund.  You might remember the Super Fund.  It was established to make polluters pay for their pollution.  Certain types of businesses–oil refineries, chemical companies, certain manufacturers–were assessed fees.  These fees were then deposited directly into the Super Fund.  The idea was that when a business created a huge toxic waste plume in the Earth either through neglect, malice, or both, that U.

S. taxpayers would not be stuck paying for the inevitable multi-million/billion dollar cleanup if/when the company went belly-up, moved overseas, or otherwise managed to avoid responsibility for the problem they created.  Polluters paid to clean up their messes.  However, the power to collect this fee expired in 1996.  As such, the Super Fund is now the Less Than Super Fund, with a mere $28 million left in it.  Dubya, Cheney, and Co., despise the Super Fund because they feel it only reduces the profits of their buddies in the toxic chemical industry.  Dubya and Co. have pledged repeatedly to let the Super Fund run dry.  The consequences of this action?  You and I will pay to clean up the toxic waste created by Monsanto, Chevron, GE, and others.  So, the next time you read about a multi-million/billion dollar cleanup of toxic waste in Nevada, Alabama, New Jersey, or some other place where you don’t live, say Thanks Dubya and Co. as your tax dollars are spent to clean up yet another multi-national corporation’s mess.