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Praiseworthy stories of the week. The Bush Administration's work with the Chinese. Sen. Edward Kennedy's unpopular vote at the time, to NOT invade Iraq. The U.S. records the largest drop in annual deaths in at least 60 years. Some planners of the May 1 immigration demonstrations are reconsidering. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks the truth about a popular Republican myth that tax cuts pay for themselves.

The Bush Administration charted precisely the appropriate course in negotiations with China's delegation which produced statements of intent to improve China's participation in the global marketplace, forestalling potential future protectionist actions. The Administration did not issue its trademark ultimatums, but, instead set down some hard cold facts about mutual benefits to be achieved through reforms and leveling of the playing field in international trade. China is the dealer at this card game because the cards are stacked in its favor for the seeable future of international trade. It was prudent of President Bush to seek agreement rather than demand compliance.

Sen. Edward Kennedy said recently that the most principled vote he ever cast in his long tenure in the Congress was his vote against invasion of Iraq. His was virtually a lone voice within Congress, and his own party. It took courage to cast that vote, and now, these years and many regrets later, the American people are realizing that Kennedy's vote was one of principle and foresight.

USA Today reported this last week that the U.S. recorded the largest drop in annual deaths in at least 60 years. This is a testament to the success of America's safety net and health care innovation, which have been available to our senior citizens. Regretfully, unless substantial steps are taken to lower the cost of health care and expand the safety net to accommodate a growing senior population, this record will be short lived indeed. There is no greater problem facing the economy and quality of life in our future than this unsustainable health care system we currently have. While Congress takes yet another vacation, the problem only grows more dire by the day.

ABC News reported the following about the planned May 1 'halt America' demonstration:

Organizers of the movement that has led hundreds of thousands of immigrants onto the nation's streets are split over whether to press ahead with the next big protest, a May 1 national work stoppage and student boycott.

Backers of the protest want to dramatize the importance of immigrants to the U.S. economy by leaving construction sites and restaurants undermanned, crops untended and hotel rooms uncleaned. They also hope empty classrooms will demonstrate that immigration reform is a major issue for future voters.

But others fear such protests will make immigrants look anti-American, annoy the public and alienate lawmakers who are still wavering over how to reshape U.S. immigration policy. They worry, too, that thousands will get fired from their jobs.

Whether they alienate lawmakers or not remains to be seen. But, there is no question they will alienate American citizens, myself included. The idea of illegal foreign nationals bringing our nation to a halt to blackmail the American people into passing laws that will decriminalize their illegal entry into our country, and force Congress to give American jobs to them on demand, goes way beyond what I, and many, many millions of American citizens will tolerate. I praise those planners who are voicing second thoughts about perpetrating this blackmail upon the American citizenry.

Reuters reported this week Chairman Bernanke's words: "Because they increase economic activity, cuts in marginal tax rates typically lead to revenue losses that are smaller than implied by so-called static analyses, which hold economic activity constant," he said. "However, under normal conditions, tax cuts do not wholly pay for themselves." This statement is true, and runs contrary to Republican media myth that tax cuts do not add to deficits. Bernanke is to be praised for speaking truth to power and the American people so they can make an informed choice about our economic future.

As a writer for WatchBlog, I occasionally get the criticism that I never write about anything positive. Some time ago, I took the vow to write occasionally about some positive news and events or persons to be praised. This article is my quarterly installment on that vow. Not that it will silence my critics, but it is nonetheless, an appropriate thing to do.

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