Sunday, December 07, 2008

Bush's Parting Shots

George Bush reading (sort of).

Bush's final actions as President seem entirely in keeping with his eight years, favoring the interests of big business or his personal agenda (or Cheney's) over average citizens in areas such as environmental quality, poverty, health care, various freedoms, the conduct of the war. His executive orders, hard to change, reflect this. Oh, you want to spill oil. Why not?

When high military personnel ask the new President to ban the torture tactics Bush's administration promoted in the Middle East because such activity is making torturers out of soldier, we are in pretty dire straits.

The idea that a President leaving office in a month should be able to issue such pardons and issue executive orders just floors me. I think the outgoing President should not be able to do such things after 2/3rds of his final term has passed. Or at least such orders should have to have some sort of Senate approval.

Isn't ironic that a man who has done such much harm is still getting in his parting shots?


Charles Gramlich said...

Outgoing politicians always use their lame duck status to push through things that they want, essentially telling the populace to go screw yourself. It's unfortunate, but I don't see it changing, or how we could force it to.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I know. Clinton did some pretty fowl things at the end too. I guess some favors need addressing and that's the only time they can put it in the basket and leave the court.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Hi Patti,

They all have done the same things to one degree or another.

Just look to the future.

Obama supporters are having get togethers all over the country to talk about how we (the real we not the royal we)will move forward from here.


Cormac Brown said...

Keith Olbermann said last night on "Countdown" that Bush now wants to disband the unions that the ATF agents and personnel belong to as, "a threat to National security." This just a couple of months after the government ratified their contracts with no complaints at all.

It's one thing when Ford played around and tried to make Puerto Rico a state, but this just shows that Shrub is just a vindictive little sh*t.