How President Bush will be remembered: III of III
In the run up to the Iraq invasion, the Bush administration went to great lengths to concoct lies to justify military action against Iraq. One infamous lie was that Iraq was trying to procure uranium yellow cake from the country of Niger. Former ambassador Joe Wilson went to Niger and found no evidence of Iraq trying to purchase this material. In an Op-Ed piece he debunked this story. In retaliation, the administration leaked the name of his wife, Valerie Plame, to the press, thus blowing her CIA cover. The administration endangered our national security in its petty vindictiveness. Scooter Libby, VP Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff was tried and convicted for lying to investigators about the leak. His sentence was commuted by the President.
Valerie Plame & Joe Wilson
Prescription Drug Rip-off
In 2003, the administration and the Republican controlled Congress enacted the Medicare prescription drug plan. Coming into affect in 2006, it allowed for privatized plans to offer a prescription drug benefit administered by Medicare. The only problem was that Medicare was prohibited by law from negotiating with the pharmaceutical companies for the best price for the drugs. Interestingly, it was later noted that the law was written in fact by pharmaceutical company lobbyists. Equally despised by Democrats and conservative Republicans, this was a monster giveaway to Big Pharma!
Estimated cost of the plan (2006-2015): $858 billion dollars.
US Attorney Scandal
All US Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president. As is customary, the president has the power to appoint whom he feels best represents the ideals of justice to these posts. The Department of Justice has historically been a non-partisan, apolitical arm of government. That is, until the Bush administration turned the DOJ into a “Bushie breeding ground”. Between 2005-2006, a total of 11 US attorneys were dismissed for not being loyal enough to Bush causes. Reasons cited for their dismissal range from failing to prosecute dubious voter fraud cases to failing to prosecute Democratic politicians. The person in charge of flushing out those who did not blindly adhere to Bush’s Christian neoconservative view of jurisprudence was Monica Goodling, a relatively inexperienced lawyer (graduated 1999). The scandal led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and many others.
Total resignations of high ranking DOJ/Administration officials: 10
Total number of prosecutions: 0
The Economic melt-down
There is no telling how bad or how long the economic meltdown will be. This is one aspect of the Bush administration that the right wing of the party cannot blame on the Clinton administration. Conservative estimates put the 2009 at over $500 billion dollars! What is even more shocking is that the cost of the war in Iraq is technically “off the books” and is not counted in the budget accounting process. Compare that to President Clinton leaving the GWB with a $236 billion dollar SURPLUS after inheriting a $290 billion dollar deficit from Bush the Elder. The fraudulent nature of this administration’s claim of having been fiscally conservative is simply laughable.
The War on English
Never before in the history of this nation has the president declared war on the English language. Mr. Bush made malapropisms the norm. His greatest hits include:
“I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.” – 1/2000
“Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?” – 1/2000
“There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.”- 9/2002
“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” – 8/2004
“Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat.” – 9/2004
“Americans should be prudent in their use of energy during the course of the next few weeks. Don’t buy gas if you don’t need it.” – 9/2005