William Katz:  Urgent Agenda







A DEATH – Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii has died at 88.  He was the most senior senator, the only member of the Senate to hold the Medal of Honor, and one of the last members of Congress to have served in World War II.  He was a member of the legendary 442nd Regimental Combat Team, known as the "go for broke regiment."  It was made up entirely of Japanese-Americans and served in Europe.  Senator Inouye lost an arm in combat.  He was a pro-defense Democrat, a fine senator, and the highest-ranking Asian American in federal service.   

EXPECTED – The abuse of Tim Scott has already started.  Congressman Scott, a Republican African-American, was named today to fill out the term of Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who has resigned.  And of course there are reports of some black commentators questioning Scott's credentials as an African-American, since he hasn't followed the usual script.  He's a conservative.  Expect the abuse to continue.  But Scott is a remarkable man, who rose from poverty to the U.S. Senate, and I think most African-Americans will see him as a great role model, despite the efforts of party-line "leaders" to destroy him.

WISE STATEMENT – Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, high on the list of possible GOP presidential candidates in 2016, has called for a comprehensive study of the nation's gun laws, to see if they can be made better, consistent with the Second Amendment.  It's a smart, reasonable move by Rubio, who wants to see if we can do better in keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.  Polls show that most gun owners, myself included, would go along with reasonable, effective steps, not the propagandistic stuff you're hearing right now.  There should be a thorough study, balanced and unrigged.

TROUBLE AT DOD – ABC News reports that a Pentagon inspector-general probe has turned up evidence that Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers gave sensitive information to Hollywood filmmakers making a movie about the bin Laden raid.  The film is "Zero Dark Thirty," made by Oscar-winning Kathryn Bigelow, and which is receiving fine reviews. We'll wait for the report, but there have been a disturbing number of reports about this administration leaking sensitive information that will help its own image.  If so, punishments and resignations are in order.

December 17, 2012