Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus proposed a “tax extenders package” on December 2 that pertains to a slew of energy issues, including an extension of ethanol subsidies, as well as a continuation of benefits for those who produce biodiesel, natural gas vehicles, and energy-efficient products and appliances for the home.

As Congress appears to be approaching a compromise on the Bush tax cuts, other major issues with which they need to contend are the federal budget and the START treaty. Little time will be afforded to a number of energy and environmental bills.

The New York Times has long maintained a pseudo-aristocratic attitude toward American society. Its nicely manicured contents, which seem to ooze respectability, hide the fact that its history is one of betrayal of the truth.

Now that the President's Deficit Commission has failed to reach critical mass (14 favorable votes of the panel's 18 members were required for the panel's recommendations to reach Congress), it can now be seen for what it was all along: a gigantic misdirection of attention to the trivial and irrelevant.

n a December 2 editorial in The Atlasphere, John Stossel opined that once again, privatization answers a public woe. In his report about beautiful Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, the opener reads, “Many see the privatization of public parks as an evil encroachment by the rich in the public sphere. But in reality privatized parks today are friendlier and more inclusive than ever.”

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