Saturday, December 13, 2008

Bush's Final FU! I told you despite his damage the worst is yet to come!

From our friend Border Explorer, Bush's Final FU! I told you despite his damage the worst is yet to come!
Remember I just did the story Bend over and get ready! Bush the most despicable purposely destructive President in US History! Bush's last days! Anyway now I get this!

With president-elect Barack Obama already taking command of the financial crisis, it's tempting to think that regime change in America is a done deal. But if George Bush has his way, the country will be ruled by his slash-and-burn ideology for a long time to come.

In its final days, the administration is rushing to implement a sweeping array of "midnight regulations" — de facto laws issued by the executive branch — designed to lock in Bush's legacy. Under the last- minute rules, which can be extremely difficult to overturn, loaded firearms would be allowed in national parks, uranium mining would be permitted near the Grand Canyon and many injured consumers would no longer be able to sue negligent manufacturers in state courts. Other rules would gut the Endangered Species Act, open millions of acres of wild lands to mining, restrict access to birth control and put local cops to work spying for the federal government.

"It's what we've seen for Bush's whole tenure, only accelerated," says Gary Bass, executive director of the nonpartisan group OMB Watch. "They're using regulation to cement their deregulatory mind-set, which puts corporate interests above public interests."

While every modern president has implemented last-minute regulations, Bush is rolling them out at a record pace — nearly twice as many as Clinton, and five times more than Reagan. "The administration is handing out final favors to its friends," says Véronique de Rugy, a scholar at George Mason University who has tracked six decades of midnight regulations. "They couldn't do it earlier — there would have been too many political repercussions. But with the Republicans having lost seats in Congress and the presidency changing parties, Bush has nothing left to lose."

The most jaw-dropping of Bush's rule changes is his effort to eviscerate the Endangered Species Act. Under a rule submitted in November, federal agencies would no longer be required to have government scientists assess the impact on imperiled species before giving the go-ahead to logging, mining, drilling, highway building or other development. The rule would also prohibit federal agencies from taking climate change into account in weighing the impact of projects that increase greenhouse emissions — effectively dooming polar bears to death-by-global-warming. According to Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, "They've taken the single biggest threat to wildlife and said, 'We're going to pretend it doesn't exist, for regulatory purposes.'"

Bush is also implementing other environmental rules that will cater to the interests of many of his biggest benefactors:

BIG COAL In early December, the administration finalized a rule that allows the industry to dump waste from mountaintop mining into neighboring streams and valleys, a practice opposed by the governors of both Tennessee and Kentucky. "This makes it legal to use the most harmful coal-mining technology available," says Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. A separate rule also relaxes air-pollution standards near national parks, allowing Big Coal to build plants next to some of America's most spectacular vistas — even though nine of 10 EPA regional administrators dissented from the rule or criticized it in writing. "They're willing to sacrifice the laws that protect our national parks in order to build as many new coal plants as possible," says Mark Wenzler, director of clean-air programs for the National Parks Conservation Association. "This is the last gasp of Bush and Cheney's disastrous policy, and they've proven there's no line they won't cross."

BIG OIL In a rule that becomes effective just three days before Obama takes office, the administration has opened up nearly 2 million acres of mountainous lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming for the mining of oil shale — an energy-intensive process that also drains precious water resources. "The administration has admitted that it has no idea how much of Colorado's water supply would be required to develop oil shale, no idea where the power would come from and no idea whether the technology is even viable," says Sen. Ken Salazar of Colorado. What's more, Bush is slashing the royalties that Big Oil pays for oil-shale mining from 12.5 percent to five percent. "A pittance," says Salazar. please read on it gets worse

I am already livid knowing he and his team is working overtime to complete he legacy of destruction and screw average Americans and our America as much as possible making it as permanent as possible!

At the same time Obama's team already has a list of 200 "laws "enacted by Bush they will overturn immediately and found a law allowing them to go back 6 months. That too I am sure Bush's team is now looking to override. I know I have said it numerous times but I will reiterate though it should be obvious by now but Bush has until 1/20 to complete his damage and though he has done more damage than every President in History combined he is not done yet and the worst is yet to come!


betmo said...

i am telling you that 'cmas' is coming in january this year. no lie. i think there will be more celebrations on january 20 than december 25. i know i will be.

Dave Dubya said...

It's G. Dubya Bush, The Anti-Santa. He makes the Grinch look like Ghandi.

He's robbing the public trust and giving it away to his corporate cronies. This is the Reich's last big chance to plunder what little remains.

Even after everything they have already taken, they want it all. And they leave only the gutted and ruined remnants of the US government and the American dream.

Snave said...

Wouldn't surprise me at all... the turd still has about five weeks left. If he can't get us into some kind of war before Inauguration Day, he can find plenty of other ways to wreak havoc.

He's certainly no conservative... he represents a handful of weatlhy white corporate types who have no agenda other than that of running everything to their specifications... which creates and increases their power and wealth without regard for the best interests of the country.

Conservatives should be just as much up in a arms as the lefties are when it comes to Dumbya. It's such a rotten shame that the dickhead has been in office for eight years. EIGHT YEARS... plenty of time for FOX "News" and other rightwing mouthpieces to drill the Bush-Cheney propaganda home. It isn't like they weren't already doing that during the Clinton administration, but in this case... Bush is so definitely not a conservative that the result of all the rightwing's repeated media blabber is nothing short of devastating. Conservatives have been fooled ever more into believing that the crap Bush and Cheney spout actually does represent the best interests of our country.

How many years will it take to undo THAT kind of damage? To get people to realize that the neocon way of doing things is flat-out detrimental to the United States, but the force-feeding of that doctrine to Americans by the likes of Rush, Hannity, FOX, etc. has helped the neocon philosophy become part of collective conservative wisdom? And those malevolent corporatocracy types will continue to push the Bush agenda long after Dumbya is gone.

And don't get me started about the Bush legacy when it comes to the Supreme Court... ugh. The only way to repair that will be if the Dems get to keep the White House plus enough of Congress long enough to get sane nominees approved. What would that take, about four consecutive terms? (shudder)

And yes, all the environmental stuff is disgusting. It appears to be little more than Bush rewarding the supporters of his agenda for being steadfast throught he last eight years... regardless of how bad it is for the earth. Hey, who cares about that if you are rich beyond anyone's wildest dreams!

Good post, AAP. And Dave Dubya is right. Only when they have thoroughly trashed everything Americans hold dear will they be satisfied.

Edward Porter Alexander said...

It is deplorable to see the level of disregard for public interest in favor of corporate ones. I disagree with so many of this bullshit last minute regulations. Except the one to carry a gun in a national park. But only if of course you have a permit to carry or a license to carry a concealed weapon.