The Right has a strange way of dealing with the Bush administration. They are part ostrich and part hawk. When it comes to the war on terror, the handling of the budget, cronyism, corporatism and corruption, they stick their head in the sand and defend Bush with cult-like enthusiasm. But every once in a while the Righties get a glimpse of what the rest of us see and they become hawks.
Harriet Miers, the border and now this port deal have the Rightie hawks up in arms. Let me tell you guys something that you may not know. President Bush does not believe in Conservatism. He believes in corporatism. In every policy he puts forth, all one has to do is follow the money. When it comes to his appointments, all one has to do is follow the money.
Lets run down some of the facts:
The Port Deal: President Bush didn't know it existed until it was approved. Donald Rumsfield didn't know anything about it until this past weekend. You would think a deal so important to national security the Secretary of Defense would have at least been told a deal was pending. But guess who did know about this deal. Secretary Snow. Let's look at him and his pals.
Treasury Secretary John Snow chairs the "Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States" (CFIUS) which made the decision for the administration. John Snow was formerly CEO of CSX, which - among other things - owned CSX/Sea-Land.
A former director for CSX/Sea-Land, David Sanborn, left and became a director for Dubai Ports International. He was responsible for South American operations when CSX sold its port operations in Sout America to Dubai Ports in 2004.
Former Snow employee Sanborn left his gig at Dubai Ports two weeks ago to accept the job as Assisstant Secretary of Transportation - Maritime Administration. Introduced to the Senate, by the way, by his good buddy, Senator George Allen.
Then just two-weeks hence, this decision is made which will undoubtedly enrich all current stockholders in CSX/Sea-Land and Dubai Ports.
Does that make you go hmmmmmmmm...
What about the mining accident that happened in West Virginia. Let's take a look a cronyism in action.
Bush hired former coal company executive, Richard Skickler to run mine safety.
Mine safety enforcement is reduced.
Sago, who's execs gave to Bush, racks up numerous violations. Miners die.
Crazy, don't you think? I don't even have to go into Mike Brown of FEMA and Dick Cheney connection to Halliburton. Do I have to mention the secret panel of energy company executives Cheney got together to write energy policy? Oh, and what about the threat to a low level accountant that he would lose his job if he revealed the real cost of the prescription drug bill. One that started out consting $395 billion that is now estimated to cost around $700 billion. This is your Bush administration in action. He makes decisions and appointments - people die.
Ok, ok, I what you Righties are going to say... Democrats do it too. Hillary Clinton... Bill Clinton caused 9/11. Liberals are the anti-Christ. Blah blah blah.
Whatever. George Bush is preparing to sell control over US ports to a foreign government. Not that port security is great but I'm coming down on the side of being against it. Especially since supporting it would mean that I would have to trust the judgement of this administration... which I don't.
Ok, Righties, on the Blackout album, Jay Z wrote a song justifying his thug. Now, I'm wondering if you all could justify yours. (There's a clever play on words, huh?). I've tried to excuse the man because of his diminished capacity due to years of alcohol and drug abuse. Add to the fact that he was never treated for either, I can overlook his intellectual shortcomings at times. But this is getting out of hand. Thank God he's a lame duck.
1. Is Bush an idiot?
2. Is Bush a damn fool?
3. Is Bush out of his dang mind?
4. What do you think of the corporatism and cronyism of this administration?
5. Do you think it has cost American lives?