Congress is outta there 'til 3 January. Ahhhhh. It's nice to be able to breathe freely and sleep peacefully!
With apologies to the Eagles. Sorta.
Civil War on the Left, Part 38: The Beclowning of Science
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The law to grant Chavez decree powers, the fourth such legislation of his nearly 12-year presidenccy [sic], also will allow him to unilaterally enact measures involving telecommunications, the banking system, information technology, the military, rural and urban land use, and the country's "socio-economic system."
Among the planned decrees already announced, Chavez intends to increase the value-added tax, now 12 percent, to raise funds for coping with the disaster caused by weeks of heavy rains. The government is erecting tents to house thousands left homeless and is accelerating public housing construction.