Thursday, April 5, 2007

GWB's recess disappointments


And the hits just keep on coming. I've been carping lately about George"The Bastard" Bush and his unrelenting determination to appoint the worst possible people to positions where they can neuter regulatory agencies and turn them into corporate subsidiaries. He has again defied the will of the Senate and named Susan E. Dudley director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the White House Office of Management and Budget, which gives her the power to block or change regulations proposed by different government agencies.

Bush used his now infamous "recess appointment" powers to do this dirty deed, after even the Republicans had problems with her positions during her confirmation hearings last year. Bush is allowed to do this when the Senate is not in session. They recently closed up shop for two weeks so that they could go back to their districts or on vacation or whatever.

To say she is a "free-market" corporate whore is actually putting a nice face on her. She has opposed industry air pollution controls in favor of a "warning system" so that adversely affected people would know to stay indoors on bad air days. She has argued that automobile air bags should be only an option for people to buy if they wanted the protection they afford. She has also opposed strict limits on arsenic in drinking water because the EPA gave too much value to old people when doing a cost/benefit analysis on the issue. Unfortunately, I'm not making any of this up. It's all true.

How goddam bad can it get? The damage being done to our health and safety by hacks like Dudley is enormous and Bush can't get them into their jobs fast enough.

The link here also deals with two other recess appointments which are also bad news, but inflicting Dudley on us is the worst.,1,6382618.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

Considering Bushes love of the recess appointment, maybe the Senate can turn the tables on him and appoint a new President the next time he goes home to Crawford on vacation. What the hell, it can't hurt to try.

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