So Bush pardons, then unpardons Brooklyn real estate developer Isaac Toussie, because Toussie’s father made large donation to the Republican party. Which may be Constitutional, maybe not. There could be some things inherently wrong with how the pardon was obtained, but Bush’s sudden discovery of ethics is comical considering his administrations past actions, BUSH CRONIES: UNQUALIFIED BUT WELL CONNECTED
Unqualified Cronies Appointed to Coalition Provisional Authority. Department of Defense political appointee Jim O’Beirne had been tasked with filling positions on organization which is to rebuild Iraq, the Coalition Provisional Authority. “Applicants didn’t need to be experts in the Middle East or in post-conflict reconstruction. What seemed most important was loyalty to the Bush administration. O’Beirne’s staff posed blunt questions to some candidates about domestic politics: Did you vote for George W. Bush in 2000? Do you support the way the president is fighting the war on terror? Two people who sought jobs with the U.S. occupation authority said they were even asked their views on Roe v. Wade.” Jim O’Beirne is married to conservative commentator Kate O’Beirne. [Washington Post, 9/17/06]
Bush, McCain during his campaign and the Iraq dead enders have all tried to claim the surge worked, saved lives. The rational for the surge was they couldn’t get sectarain violence under control. Would that sectarian violence have erupted in the first place or been as bad as it was in the first four years if BushCo had placed qualifications for rebuilding the country over partisan loyalty.
Maybe Caroline Baum at Bloomberg thinks “Obama’s Job-Creation Program Flunks Basic Math” because she couldn’t be bothered to do a half hour worth of research. Since Saint Ronnie Raygun Conservatives have told us, and to some extent centrist Democrats like Bill Clinton bought into it, that deregulation and cutting taxes for the wealthy would bring America economic nirvana. Most American are reaping the rewards of those failed bumper sticker solutions, but Baum thinks we need to try them one more time. Its the we didn’t deregulate enough, cut wages enough, send enough jobs to China and didn’t let banks do enough predatory lending school of economics. Do away with taxes and regulations completely and we’ll live in the social darwinism heaven the Right has always dreamed of.