Bear with me. There's this kid in my neighborhood. Let's call him Barry. He likes to argue. For no damn reason. He argues (as Monty Python might put it) in his spare time. Tell Barry it's 8:00, and he'll look right at the big hand on the 12 and the little hand on the 8 and say, "No it isn't." Watch moisture falling from the sky and observe that it's raining and Barry will say, "No it isn't." It's one of several reasons he's failing first grade. He just likes taking up a contradictory position for no damn reason...except to take pleasure in frustrating other people. I thought of Barry when I read about this: As ineffective and bought as I think the Democrats are, I hardly think it's irresponsible of them to demand that relief from the AMT be paid for by raising taxes in other areas. But Bush -- like the psychologically disturbed kid down the street -- just loves to fight the Democrats on everything. Everything. And then he has the nerve to call it political posturing by the other side. Compromise is not in his vocabulary. He and the Republicans could compromise on bringing the troops home, but they have to pretend they have no alternative but to lay off civilians. (As if slowing down the war operations isn't another alternative.) Can we take another year of their "my way or the highway" approach? I am so sick of this little son of a bitch.