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 Post subject: REPORT: Bush’s Backward Sprint To The Finish
PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:14 pm 
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REPORT: Bush’s Backward Sprint To The Finish

In its “sprint to the finish,” the Bush administration is working tirelessly to enact or alter a wide array of federal regulations that would weaken government rules protecting consumers, workers, and the environment.

As Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, told the Wall Street Journal, “This administration will stop at nothing to jam through as many reckless proposals as they can before the clock runs out.”

The Wonk Room and ThinkProgress are keeping a close eye on Bush’s Backward Sprint to the Finish, and have compiled a document to keep tabs on both the proposed and already enacted changes. Here are some examples:

Cutting back Medicaid: New rules “narrowed the scope of services that can be provided to poor people under Medicaid’s outpatient hospital benefit.”

Allowing mining near the Grand Canyon: A proposed rule by the Bureau of Land Management would prevent Congress from ordering emergency withdrawal of federal land from mining claims. The House Natural Resources Committee “issued such a withdrawal order in June for about 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon.”

Allowing more emissions from power plants:: The Environmental Protection Agency is “finalizing new air-quality rules that would make it easier to build coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other major polluters near national parks and wilderness areas” by weakening the Clean Air Act.

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Look at it this way, historians will have little to argue when debating the worst presidency ever.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:54 am 
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Bush and his wife gave up entertaining in the White House because of the war in Iraq (thought he gave up golf!) but they "had a lot of fun!"

Bush: Laura and I gave up entertaining because of the Iraq war.

During an interview yesterday with NBC News’s John Yang, President Bush offered his reason as to why he and his wife Laura haven’t been “big entertainers” at the White House over the years:

BUSH: We’ve had a lot of fun in this experience. We haven’t been a real social first couple. A lot of it had to do with the war. There were periods of the presidency where it was just inappropriate to be big entertainers But we had a lot of friends and family here in the White House and its been really a lot of fun.


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Of course he gave up entertaining because of the Iraq war. :lol:

He probably got tired of the questions and comments:

"When in the hell are we getting out of there?"

"Boy, George, you sure messed that one up there, buddy."

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