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Old 12-18-2008   #21
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Originally Posted by xkayaker13 View Post
Alright Durango Steve, first off let me tell you that I understand your frustrations. The motifs of the current administration over the past 8 years have been for anything but the good of the people of the United States.

But, this does not mean that Bush and his administration are stupid or do not read. I'm sure they are very intelligent and literate people, which is proved by the fact that they were able to successfully navigate through the vast and complicated bullshit of US politics.

You would have better luck engaging people in these political controversies, if you avoided name calling and instead presented a solid argument supported with facts. There is no need to put a spin on this administration, as it is obvious that they have harmed you, me, the United States, and the world at large.

That being said, I enjoy reading your thoughts and keep up the informative posts.
I admit freely that I loathe this administration for what they've done to the U.S. Given the content of my posts about BushCo, I suppose that's pretty obvious. I don't think Cheney is stupid or unread. Sadly, I suspect his favorite author/philosopher is Machiavelli, and his favorite tome is "The Prince." Bush? I think he is an unread, untraveled imbecile. To back up my claim, here's a telling photo. Either he's a barely literate dumbass, or he has a magical ability to read upside down books.

I also admit that the tone of my posts regarding BushCo are strident and unforgiving. Guess I'm a little pissed...
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Old 12-18-2008   #22
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Cheney Internationale Center

"Mugabe School of Economic Development"

Close. Non-renewable energy socialism has been alive and well at the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources.

in 2006, "the state gave an initial $12.5 million to create the new School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming,"

"the program has received $9.5 million in direct gifts from energy companies, including Encana, Shell, ConocoPhillips and BP. The state has matched those gifts with an additional $9.5 million."

Casper Star-Tribune Online - Wyoming

Looks like Cheney lost the Cold War in his own home state. Since a hybrid "energy socialism/fascism," is personified by Cheney's careers in the federal government and Halliburton, maybe a better name is the Cheney Internationale Center.

Obvious choice for paint is a blended red: Soviet/Halliburton/Republican.

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Old 01-25-2009   #23
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Cleaning up after Bush

The sad "tradition" of presidents issuing "midnight regulations" before leaving office continued as Mr. Bush slimed a path from the White House to Midland/Crawford/Dallas/Total Irrelevance. Mr. Bush spent a lot of time in his final Washington days desperately trying to rehabilitate his tattered legacy. Ironically, in his final months in power, he issued more than 150 new environmentally damaging regulations by executive fiat. Here's a sampling of his last "acts" of governance:
• A finalized rule effectively deregulates industrialized farms so that they can discharge animal waste into waterways.
• Regulations that allow mountaintop-removal mining projects to pollute streambeds with leftover dirt.
• Rules that allow a drastic weakening of the Endangered Species Act, allowing federal agencies to bypass expert advice from federal scientists on whether proposed projects would have an impact on endangered species, essentially cutting the heart out of the act.

To be fair, Bush is not alone in this rush to complicate the life of his successor. Clinton issued more than 90 "midnight regulations" before he snuck out of town. Most of his regulations, however, created environmental protections not gutted them.

The Obama administration faces a daunting array of urgent challenges. To distract them from critical actions with these "midnight regulations" is unconscionable. It was, as DroBoat said when creating this thread, "it's Bush's final FU," not just to the Dems, but to all Americans.

"It's a huge burden on a new presidency that already faces more than its fair share of burdens," says Vickie Patton, a senior attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund.

Obama Cleans Up After Bush - TIME

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