Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin gives us a great example of Republican priorities. Is she upset about the housing crisis, your son or daughter dying in Iraq, the inability of John McCain to figure out who America is fighting or why. No, Malkin is upset about polar bears being listed by the Bush administration as a threatened species, You go, girl: Alaska GOP Gov. will sue Bush administration over polar bear listing By Michelle Malkin • May 22, 2008 12:06 AM, MM links to this report by Reuters,
Even though Kempthorne enacted a rule aimed at precluding any new restrictions on oil and gas operations as a result of the listing, the Palin administration believes a wide variety of other development activities in Alaska would be hampered if the listing goes through, Daugherty said.
Any development or activity requiring federal permits or using federal funds would have to engage in a “consultation” process to ensure that polar bears are not harmed, he said.
Malkin like most Republicans fails to see the hypocrisy and irony of foaming at the mouth over the idea that there might be a small hurdle to spending federal funds on development or activity. Malkin thinks its just an outrage to inconvenience people like Sen. Ted Stevens(R-AK) from building bridges to nowhere. Malkin, other then some whining about immigration reform has been an ardent and frequently shrill Bush supporter. So she can’t be upset about a little paper work, this sliver thin EPA addition to some nebulous federal project that would be paid for with taxpayers monies, Federal bureaucracy thickening, study finds (2004)
“Despite the president’s promise to bring businesslike thinking to the federal government, the Bush administration has overseen, or at the very least permitted, a significant expansion in the both the height and width of the federal hierarchy,” said Paul Light, director of the Center for Public Service at Brookings and a professor at New York University. “There have never been more layers at the top of government, nor more occupants at each layer.”
As always there is reality and priorites and then there is the little mental closet that Republicans like Malkin live in. “You go girl”.
Summary: On his nationally syndicated radio show, Glenn Beck falsely claimed that former President Bill Clinton said, “We’ve got to slow down our economy” in order to combat global warming, and aired a portion of a speech Clinton made in January. However, as Clinton’s full remarks make clear, he did not suggest “slow[ing] down our economy” to fight global warming.
As Media Matters for America noted, Clinton’s full quote makes clear that he did not say “[w]e’ve got to slow down our economy” or “the only way to really do this is to halt the economy.” Rather, he said that “rich” countries could take that approach, but it would not work. He said that the “only way” to fight global warming is to prove that doing so “is good economics that we will create more jobs to build a sustainable economy”:
CLINTON: And maybe America, and Europe, and Japan, and Canada — the rich counties [sic] — would say, “OK, we just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.” We could do that. But if we did that, you know as well as I do, China and India and Indonesia and Vietnam and Mexico and Brazil and the Ukraine, and all the other countries will never agree to stay poor to save the planet for our grandchildren. The only way we can do this is if we get back in the world’s fight against global warming and prove it is good economics that we will create more jobs to build a sustainable economy that saves the planet for our children and grandchildren. It is the only way it will work.
A gram of pocket lint has more integrity then Beck yet he’s everywhere – books, radio, television making millions giving his grand insights into the problems facing the nation.
The contents of the Downing Street Minutes confirm that the Bush Administration was determined to go to war in Iraq, regardless of whether there was any credible justification for doing so. The Administration distorted and misrepresented the intelligence in its attempt to link Saddam Hussein with the terrorists of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden, and with weapons of mass destruction that Iraq did not have.
In addition, the Downing Street Minutes also confirm what has long been obvious – that the timing of the war was linked to the 2002 Congressional elections, and that the Administration’s planning for post-war Iraq was incompetent in all its aspects. The current continuing crisis is a direct result of that incompetence. …
President Bush constantly talks about the ‘progress’ that is being made in Iraq against the insurgency, but he’s looking for good news with a microscope. All anyone can see is ‘Mission Mis-accomplished’ and the continuing losses of American lives, the deaths of thousands of innocent Iraqis, the torture scandal, and the ominous decline in our nation’s moral authority in the world community.
We know the Administration had been planning to invade Iraq for many months before the invasion actually began. We know the Administration twisted the intelligence to make the facts fit their plan. We know that the Administration never really intended to give the U.N. weapons inspectors a reasonable chance to succeed. The Downing Street Minutes demonstrate that the Administration knew their case for war was paper thin, and that in order to go into war with the support of our allies, we had to demonstrate some willingness to go along with the UN inspection process. But the Administration continued to misuse its intelligence, distort the facts and pay only lip-service to the UN’s role in disarming Iraq.
We never should have gone to war for ideological reasons driven by politics and based on manipulated intelligence. The Downing Street Minutes provide even more proof that this is exactly what happened on Iraq. The Administration’s dishonesty, lack of candor, and lack of planning have brought us to where we are today, with American soldiers dying, Iraqi civilians living in constant fear, and with no clearer picture of our strategy for victory in Iraq than when we started.
—Sen. Ted Kennedy, June, 2005