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Americas Safety vs. Incompetent Cronies

The president has redefined the executive office. He has abused his power and the lack of oversight by a neutered and do nothing House of Representatives. Kanye West said “Bush doesn’t care about black people.” I have to disagree.

He doesn't care about any Americans unless they're friends of his or super rich.
The use of signing statements by the Bush administration has been used to expand executive powers and helped this administration to all but ignore any semblance of "checks and balances and defy the will of the people." Now he is using signing statements to place Americans in harms way again, and this is after already witnessing the devastation of having an incompetent crony running FEMA.
If the Bush apologists and loyal GOP sheep can put a positive spin on this latest example of arrogent, incompetent and dangerously stupid policy by all means I'd like to hear it.


From the Washington Post:

"President Bush reserved the right to ignore key changes in Congress's overhaul of the Federal Emergency Management Agency -- including a requirement to appoint someone with experience handling disasters as the agency's head -- in setting aside dozens of provisions contained in a major homeland security spending bill this week.

Besides objecting to Congress's list of qualifications for FEMA's director, the White House also claimed the right to edit or withhold reports to Congress by a watchdog agency within the Department of Homeland Security that is responsible for protecting Americans' personal privacy.

standards for the FEMA director were inspired by criticism of former FEMA chief Michael D. Brown's performance after Hurricane Katrina last year. Brown, a lawyer and judge of Arabian horses, had no experience in disaster response before joining FEMA.

Bush's moves came in a controversial assertion of executive authority known as a "signing statement," which the White House issued late Wednesday, the same day the president signed the $34.8 billion measure. Congress has assailed the unprecedented extent of Bush's use of signing statements to reinterpret or repudiate measures approved by lawmakers instead of exercising a formal veto."

Lawmakers in both parties -- Democrats more harshly than Republicans -- said Bush was ignoring precedent and neglecting lessons of the bungled response to Katrina.

"Amazingly, President Bush continues to show more interest in expanding his executive power than in running the government in a fair, effective and competent manner," said Rep. Martin O. Sabo (Minn.), ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security.

A spokesman for Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), who chaired a House Katrina investigation, said the White House is slighting Congress and ignoring the political toll of Brown's incompetence and ties to GOP cronies."

Posted by Andre M. Hernandez at October 10, 2006 10:11 AM
Comments
Comment #187381

No wonder the veto stamp is so unused. Bush doesn’t need it, he just signs the law and rewrites it for his own purposes.

Signing statements should be illegal.

Posted by: womanmarine at October 10, 2006 10:52 AM
Comment #187385

Dealing with the Democrats on Important issues is like dealing with snotty nosed pre-teens you have to give them what they think they want.So in order to get things done you tell little white lies to keep them happy.They know you are telling them little white lies but never the less they think they are getting thier way.Just think if we did’nt have to pacify these pre-teen minded Dems. we could solve a lot of serious problems and things like N. Korea and Iraq would be problems solved!

Posted by: PETRO at October 10, 2006 11:13 AM
Comment #187390

Why wouldn’t he use that power? He’s justified in doing so because he’s the ONLY one who’s right about all of these issues. The results of his decisions speak for themselves. No?

Posted by: Zebster at October 10, 2006 11:22 AM
Comment #187403

“Americas Safety vs. Incompetent Cronies”

Hoepefully the democrats will be voted out and our safety will be assured……….

Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Foley bad Studds good. Say that over and over until November. Wake up America, these parties are not the answer. They don’t even realize who the enemy IS anymore.

Posted by: Curmudgeon-at-large at October 10, 2006 12:34 PM
Comment #187410

Womanmarine,

I couldn’t agree more.

Petro,

“Dealing with the Democrats on Important issues is like dealing with snotty nosed pre-teens you have to give them what they think they want.”
I’ve never really thought of myself as a snotty nosed pre-teen until you showed me the light.

“So in order to get things done you tell little white lies to keep them happy.They know you are telling them little white lies but never the less they think they are getting thier way.”
Wow, I didn’t have a clue this was going on in my snotty nosed pre-teen little world. I’m not even mature enough to understand what the hell you’re talking about.

“Just think if we did’nt have to pacify these pre-teen minded Dems. we could solve a lot of serious problems and things like N. Korea and Iraq would be problems solved!”
I’d like to apologize for all of my snotty nosed pre-teen friends for interfering in Americas success.

Pure genius my man.
Your responses were not only helpful to the discussion but filled with wit and clever insights that have truly enlightened me as a person and you have inspired me to become a better American.
Thanks fellow Patriot.

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at October 10, 2006 12:56 PM
Comment #187412

“Dealing with the Democrats on Important issues is like dealing with snotty nosed pre-teens you have to give them what they think they want.”

Go to a dictionary.
Look up the word “democracy”.
Think about it for a while.
Get back to us.

Posted by: Observer at October 10, 2006 1:05 PM
Comment #187418

My point is when you as a party have nothing to add to the solution of great problems sometimes you just want to be reconized even if your oppinion is counter productive to the problem its self.Good example Ronald Reagans Missle Defence System remember you guys thought it was a joke and made Reagan out to be a nut. Well his Idea may save our bacon.If the U.S.A. had waited for the Dems. to solve the problem we would still be waiting.Democracy only works when all sides are working together which has’nt happened during these trying times.Its hard to take some folks serious when they have no problem solving skills.

Posted by: PETRO at October 10, 2006 1:33 PM
Comment #187420

womanmarine: The signing statements as used by GWB are unconstitutional. They raise the very same separation of powers issues addressed by SCOTUS in Clinton v City of New York in 1998. To put it simply: the Congress passes the legislation and the president has only two choices: to accept it in full or to reject it in full. Once the legislation is signed by the president, he/she has no choice but to comply with it in full until the Courts say otherwise. It is the separation of powers that is the foundation of our government.

There are no fewer than 3 cases now heading to the Courts on this issue. Also, there has been discussion in the Congress about legislation that would stream-line and simply questions of standing in challenges to such signing statements.

Posted by: Dr. Poshek at October 10, 2006 1:47 PM
Comment #187422

simply=simplify

Posted by: Dr. Poshek at October 10, 2006 1:48 PM
Comment #187427

Petro,

Maybe it’s the fact that all of the GOP solutions has been 1)lie 2) attack 3) spin 4) cover-up 5)corrupt 6) spin 7) abuse (power and Pages) 8) cover up 9) spin etc.

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at October 10, 2006 2:12 PM
Comment #187433

Andre you used spin thrice!Hopefully next time you can make it to ten.

Posted by: PETRO at October 10, 2006 2:44 PM
Comment #187436

I would love to hear what people think of the CONTENT of this posting, as opposed to vacuous, desparate attempts to distract from it.

I guess you have your answer how Bush supporters will defend him: bring up Gary Studds. You can’t reason with someone who likens the process of government to a Sunday football game. They just keep reciting the same stupid cheers no matter what the score. “We’re losing 47-0 because of first string incompetence…let’s blame the guys on the bench…GO TEAM!”

Posted by: Jacob in SC at October 10, 2006 3:04 PM
Comment #187447

Jacob: Well said.

Posted by: Dr. Poshek at October 10, 2006 3:42 PM
Comment #187450

PETRO at October 10, 2006 11:13 AM

If you haven’t noticed the house and the senate are “con”trolled by the Repubicans. How can the democratic sniveling teenagers actions interfer with the Republican agenda?

Posted by: Natasha at October 10, 2006 3:50 PM
Comment #187462
Its hard to take some folks serious when they have no problem solving skills.

Posted by: PETRO at October 10, 2006 01:33 PM>/blockquote>

We wouldn’t have any of the problems now if Bush didn’t steal both elections.

Gee the GOP/RNC has you guys working overtime on this blog.

Posted by: Pat at October 10, 2006 4:16 PM
Comment #187464

Natasha With the Help of the Liberal Media And The Enemy.

Posted by: PETRO at October 10, 2006 4:21 PM
Comment #187467

Republicans: If only we got all the power, we could win.

This Democrat: You got all the power. You did everything you could to get into the messes you’re in now. These were your political victories, your demonstration of what great leaders you were.

You are in the trouble you’re in now, because you and your politicians principly listen to what benefits the Republican party or the politician in question on a superficial level.

You look at things on this level because the Republican party has made a business out of micromanaging its image at all times. Because you don’t give yourselves much time or incentive to analyze in depth, over a long period of time, you end up missing some of the deeper, truer relationships within events.

The problem, at the root, is that the Republican party is so confident of its ability to persuade people to its message, that they have grown a preferences for talking and waiting away their problems rather than dealing with the underlying issues.

Dealing with the real world means you will sometimes be wrong, sometimes cross the line, sometimes have to make sacrifices for the greater good. If you’re just looking out for how you look to the media, you will end up divorcing yourself from reality.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at October 10, 2006 4:27 PM
Comment #187484

Don’t feed the trolls. I know it’s tempting, but it really only encourages them.

Posted by: tony at October 10, 2006 5:21 PM
Comment #187485

Petro,

You are the epitome of neo-con thinking. Who are your problem solvers? Bush, Cheney, and company? They are the problem “creators”, as everyone now knows. This nation has finally woken up. The emperor has no clothes, and America, a bit behind the world in knowing this, has finally caught up with reality. Why now? Because Americans are mostly good and trusting people (and I hate to say it, very ignorant of world affairs and politics in general), so most people trusted Bush and his words in 2004. At that time Americans could not believe that a president could look at the American people in the eye and lie like a demented 5 year-old boy - or make stories up day after day (remember Baghdad Bob?)- so most Americans believed him, and I am sure most believed Cheney’s every word. But now, after Katrina, people realize that the Bush adminstration is basically a propaganda machine, a PR machine, and nothing more. They realize that they will do and say anything (“mission accomplished”!!!) to hold on to power, to protect their asses, regardless of the truth. Katrina showed the world that an administration that can botch such basic responsibility in protecting their citizens cannot be trusted to run their nation - they were actually telling the world that everything was going great (“great job Brownie”!!!) even though the whole world could see the truth on TV, right in their living rooms. If we had a parliamentary system of governmnet as in most of Europe, congress would had gotten rid of Bush after Katrina due to “no confidence”. Also, Bush won in ‘04 because the media was too late in challenging the adminstration on their agenda (Social Security, Iraq, etc), and now that they are, the neo-con cronies and their wives cry like babies and call them “the liberal media”. Thanks to the liberal media (a.k.a. the truth tellers), we’ll soon have a Democratic congress and a Democratic president. Thank God for democracy and a free-speech, something Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hanity, and all the right-wing fascists hate!!! If it was up to them, we would have 1 tv station and 1 radio station, and it would be named FOX!!!

Posted by: George at October 10, 2006 5:21 PM
Comment #187494

George

With regards to Katrina. Do you honestly believe the Federal Government should be the 1st responder? Did you miss the picture of all those buses under water, I suppose that was Bush”s fault. That the problem with you libs you think the world owes you a living. Both Nagen and Blonco are the 1st and second responders then comes the Federal Government. Mississipi and Texas run by Republican had no problem with Katrina.

Posted by: Thomas at October 10, 2006 5:46 PM
Comment #187500

Thomas-
Libs.
Libs!
LIIIIIIIIIIIIBS!!!!!
Now that we’ve got that disrespect out of the way, let me tell you about the flaws in your assessment.

In one word, it’s contingency. In short, even the best laid and managed local plans may be overwhelmed by the storm.

In another, its life. People should not die for the lack of a plan or the means to reach and rescue them. Though, realistically, there are limits on what mere mortals can do, even with our advance society, a casualty level like that of Katrina is simply unacceptable.

Bush is responsible for having no effective plans drawn up of what to do if the states needed help. He is responsible for the ongoing slog that this disaster recovery effort has become. He was asked to get things in gear before the Hurricane made landfall.

Responsibility on the part of locals for some elements of the disaster is not absolution for Bush’s failure to respond promptly to the disaster.

As for Mississippi and Texas? Hundred mile traffic jams do not strike me as well run evacuations, nor do the recovery efforts since then in Mississippi. I’ve heard some pretty bad things about what’s going on there. Unfortunately, they don’t have quite the airplay that New Orleans does.

I distinctly remember even Republicans and right-wingers becoming outraged with the response time. It’s only later, as the noise machine recovered from such a collosal screw-up that they began to kick around talking points like yours.

You want this to be a problem of liberals wanting too much from government. The real issue here is Republicans not asking their government for what governments historically have provided, even as far back as the 1906 Earthquake in San Francisco. I really wonder just how passive you’re willing to become before you realize that the Federal government is good for some things. This is the United States for a very good reason.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at October 10, 2006 6:18 PM
Comment #187512

Absolute power corrupts absolutely! Never before have these words been so true. Republicans control everything and yet there is no oversight on the executive. I thought congress makes laws not the President?

The middle class has been outsourced. Illegal’s are doing all non white-collar jobs, Oops I meant jobs Americans won’t do.

We Americans need to rise up and take our country back. The best of times were with a DEMOCRAT in the white house and a REPUBLICAN controlled congress! Now that there is a republican in the white house we need congress to be controlled by democrats.

And if in 2007 we get a democrat in the whitehouse, we will need to have a republican controlled congress.

Where are the check and balances?

Posted by: gb at October 10, 2006 7:23 PM
Comment #187522

Stephan D

You honestly believe the Federal government should be the 1st responder. Then maybe we should save the tax payers a lot of money by doing away with local and state government.

Posted by: Thomasa at October 10, 2006 7:47 PM
Comment #187536

Thomas-
Ah, so your your mutant power is telepathy. Mine is psychokinesis.

I believe that the Federal Government should be able to act as a first responder when necessary. But of course, you’ve got a inaccurate stereotype of Democrats to uphold, so you’re just going to claim I want to dump everything on the feds.

Truth is, I’m just telling you that the Federal Government has to be prepared to deal with emergencies when state and local governments become incapacitated or overwhelmed. That’s the whole point. Maybe it’s highly inconvenient and unfair for Bush to have to pick up the pieces from poor local response. If he feels imposed upon, he should, by all means, suggest that people do better next time. That said, while events are still unfolding, and lives are still in the balance, neither I nor many Americans want to hear it. We want to hear of people rescuted and situations brought under control.

The point is not who’s to blame at any point, during these emergencies. That’s typically a question for later. The point is results. The point is efforts made when the need is there. The point is the efforts that can be made.

You cannot get worse than a Category Five hurricane. Both atmospheric physics and the apocalyptic destructive force of such a hurricane make it unnecessary and pointless to define damage and conditions any higher. You should expect that some if not most communities caught in the path of such a storm will be rendered incapable of an independent response. You should be prepared for such an eventuality.

But Bush wasn’t. It wasn’t that dealing with a devasting multi-state disaster was impractical. FEMA, during Clinton’s administration handled a number of such disasters, practically wrote the book on doing so.

Federal disaster relief has rarely, in my experience, been a subject of Republican downsizing, until now. Why? Because it’s naturally inefficient? No, quite the opposite. uncoordinated local efforts can get in each other’s way. Federalism can be inefficient when the Feds fail to take advantage of the knowledge, manpower and resources of the local, but locals can be inefficient when there isn’t somebody managing efforts so that resources are properly directed and confusion is minimized. There’s a reason we went to a federal system, rather than loose confederacy or a rigid unitary government.

There’s a reason to want an effective federal response, rather than an approach that is just centralized or just localized. Ours is a hybrid system, not a confederacy with a federal veneer.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at October 10, 2006 9:34 PM
Comment #187549

fema was it’s own entity until when? perhaps thomas or petro can answer this for me. though finding this out may make your head spin, or even blow up.

Posted by: mar at October 10, 2006 10:45 PM
Comment #187558

I am not even sure why we argue with these guys, they are so blind!!! Didn’t you (neo-cons) watch the president from his Texas ranch (always on vacation) being updated on Katrina before the hurricane hit, and promising to do everything in his power to help with the evacuation efforts. It is not even that they left it to the local governments (what kind of crap is that???), it is just that they can’t get any job done right, not any, not one. They promised, but they couldn’t deliver. How about the speech in front of that beautiful building in New Orleans (or was it mississippi) a week after the hurricane? Didn’t the president tell us all that night that New Orlewans was going to be rebuilt into a more beautiful and prosperous city. More than a year later, private companies and public support have accomplished more in New Orleans than Bush & team. Over and over, this administration reaks of incompetence. Google the word “failure” and you will see the most popular response to that search right up there at the top…”George W Bush”. Don’t be so blind!!! There have been many great Republican presidents, but you’ve got to admit, this one is way over his head!!!

Posted by: George at October 11, 2006 12:49 AM
Comment #187561

mar-
FEMA was a cabinet level organization at the White House until Bush stuck it in the Department of Homeland Security, along with an Alphabet Soup of different agencies.

One of the big problems is that FEMA once had a direct line to the president, which sped up and clarified things going up and down from the Oval Office. After the move to DHS, FEMA was buried under three or four layers of bureaucracy.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at October 11, 2006 1:22 AM
Comment #187573

Typical Republican shit talkers. Instead of dealing with an issue, attack the Democrats.

Posted by: trublu at October 11, 2006 4:47 AM
Comment #187589

PETRO,

You find out that the President disregarded Congrees, to hire only competent peole to run FEMA, so that situation in Miss. and La. does not happen again and you want to talk about pre-teens? I could see it if you were a Republican Congressman from Florida.
What do you think about the actual subject of the post?

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at October 11, 2006 8:44 AM
Comment #187592

“Typical Republican shit talkers. Instead of dealing with an issue, attack the Democrats.”


(LOL) You mean republicans would use the same tactics as democrats? I thought they were so much more creative. Democrats tell us on a daily basis Republicans lie, steal, cheat, Nazis, support pedophiles and more. The same old crap for the lsat 6 years. Are we suppose to take all this garbage seriously? However, when the democratic record is pointed out, they yell foul. What a bunch of hypocrites.

I actually heard a democrtic strategist speak and I already admire her outlook. She stated “I found George Bush to be a wonderful, caring and very patriotic leader. We need to separate our personal views from our political views. If the DNC listens to her they may have a chance. The DNC is full of personal attacks and violent as witnessed at Columbia U.

These parties do not understand that a great number of folks do not vote FOR their party, they are voting against the other. If a third party becomes legitimate, Red and Blue are in for a great awakening. I vote Indepedent whenever possible ad choose the lesser to eveils when backed into a corner.

Posted by: Curmudgeon-at-large at October 11, 2006 9:00 AM
Comment #187594

“FEMA was a cabinet level organization at the White House until Bush stuck it in the Department of Homeland Security”

Stephen,

More misinformation? This was a reccomendation by the 9/11 Commission, you know bipartisan? I know that was just an oversight on your part. Right? Another reason not to trust anything that comes our of a democrat’s mouth. And, I even agree that it was a bad move…..

Posted by: Curmudgeon-at-large at October 11, 2006 9:03 AM
Comment #187624

c@l - that is not misinformation, that is the truth. it was it’s own entity. no spin, no misinformation. does your head hurt yet?

now, please defend brownies appointment to head fema.

Posted by: mar at October 11, 2006 1:21 PM
Comment #187666

Andre if George Bush is defying current law in this political charged time in our life like you say he is Thats another reason to re-elect the republican party.Knowing that the liberal media and the liberal democrats are just waiting for a reason to turn him over to another country for war crimes or impeach him for wire tapping those who wish to kill us To me makes him one of the bravest men on the face of this earth.John Kerry said over the week end that he could have went to the White House and Killed the Major bird with one stone.Ted Turner said over the week end he could not make up his mind which side he was on.Its realy pretty simple The dems. want the American people to beleive that George Bush is the True enemy.They want you to beleive G.W. was responcible for 9-11.So the people who want to kill us get a free pass for the death and destuction they are causing all over the world.From the leaders in the Democrat party you hear its G.Ws fault.Mr. North Korea Tests a Nuke its G.W.s fault.Lets put the Blame where it belongs The Blame is on those that Plan and carry out attacks on the American people.The Blame is on those who for what ever reason side with the enemy against George Bush Who was elected to protect this Country.Not one nice word for this President has been spoken by the Democrat partyfor over five years.Nicer things has been said about the enemy by the Dems.One Question Do you think the Democrat party would fight for George Bush’s rights.Have they fought for his right to fight a war as past presidents?This is and History will prove a Black time for the Democrat party.A party that has fought America with all the gusto of the enemy its self.

Posted by: PETRO at October 11, 2006 3:21 PM
Comment #187675

the president had a very nice tie on today.

now, come up with a real viable plan to get out of iraq. i’m not second guessing, i am requesting that my president tell me something more substansive than “stay the course”. discuss exit strategy. i deserve it as an american. it is my right to know what is going on. IF i truly do not understand, explain it to me. truthfully. no spin, just the truth.

the way i see it truthfully, our young men and women are in deep trouble over there, and they deserve a plan (an exit plan).

Posted by: mar at October 11, 2006 3:34 PM
Comment #187684

Our young men and women do understand the mission thats why most continue to re-up.If you care so much about our troops why are these liberal media hot dogs not going to the front and asking our troops how they feel?Answer The troops do not want to even look at a liberal news media or a liberal Democrat.Dont you think its odd that major leaders in the democrat party stay away from our troops?Whens the last time that you seen Kerry with Soldier or Reid Or Polosi or Kennedy or Murtha Or clarke? No such footage is out there These people HATE our military.Hillery Clinton went to Iraq Does a single picture exist?How about Bill Clinton Wheres the Pictures of him with the Troops.Wake up America The troops do not trust The Liberal Democrats nor the liberal Media.There is a reason for that.Ask your self What is the reason?

Posted by: PETRO at October 11, 2006 4:01 PM
Comment #187690

petro, the difference between democrats and republicans: democrats do not view spending time w/the troops as a photo opportunity.

as for kerry, murtha, and clarke - show me a republican with as many military honors. do not go there, you will be destroyed.

as like alot of people, a call to arms is an honorable thing. please on behalf of our soldiers do not make it political. many join the service to make life a better place for themselves, their families, and hopefully the world. please, do not tell the troops americans hate them. that is disrespectful to them, hurtful, and once again a lie. you have no shame. you should feel great regret by your last posting. it is a disgrace to all americans. those who have served, and are serving now.

i pray that you will realize the crime you just made against america. that petro is a war crime.

Posted by: mar at October 11, 2006 4:20 PM
Comment #187699

mar Because of men like Kerry,Murtha and Clarke we Cut and Ran with our Tail between our legs from Viet-Nam.The Big Black Eye for this Country.

Posted by: PETRO at October 11, 2006 4:52 PM
Comment #187719

Who knew red herrings smell so badly?

Now, on to FEMA…

Posted by: Jacob in SC at October 11, 2006 8:37 PM
Comment #187725


I don’t think people should be so condemning of Bush over this FEMA thing. Especially the qualifications for director. Where on Earth could he find a republican with expertise in managing a natural disaster. It is contrary to their philosophy of every man for himself or dog eat dog.

Posted by: jlw at October 11, 2006 10:29 PM
Comment #187745

Andre,

The world must be so easy to understand in your world of black and white.

Bush doesn’t care about Americans unless they are super rich? Wow, what trash Andre. I can name program after program signed onto by Bush or even put forward by Bush that help the poor, the sick, and the averge person. From education to health care.

Your staements are so patently false, it’s as if your goal was simply to smear Bush and any old crap you made up would do. This is not a great pices of literature here you came up with.

Polorization, hate, smears, division, this is not the discourse to solve our nations problems. But you seem to feel its the way for you to go, to “blog” your way to “I hate Bush” fame?

Posted by: Stephen at October 12, 2006 4:55 AM
Comment #187794

Stephen a Tornado touched down in a suberb of Columbus Ohio last night.I want to know why George Bush did nothing to stop that Tornado.Roofs were torn off Siding blew every where.It is the Presidents Job to confront that Tornado and he Failed.Thats why Today I am starting a petition to impeach The President.If you would like to sign my petition please go to www.George Bush is God and he Did’nt stop that Tornado.Com

Posted by: PETRO at October 12, 2006 1:33 PM
Comment #187807

PETRO,

Congress made law. Bush made signing statement to ignore the law.(Simple)
This is O.K.?
Not wanting someone competent at a post that may be involved in saving lives? American lives?
Democrats and Republicans are not happy about this.
It’s not a divisive issue, it’s a safety, accountability and most of all an abuse of executive power isuue that both sides recognize.
Read the post.
Try to remember back when Congress was not a partisan,neutered and useless bunch of hacks.
Executive power is not total.
He is not a dictator.
If Congress makes law the president can veto or pass. Ignore is not an option.Disregard is not an option.
Don’t attack me for pointing out that this is the law. Attack G.W. for ignoring it.
Signing statements suck and “womanmarine” put it best, “they should be outlawed.”
I’ll be on my pre-teen way now, besides my snotty nose is dripping on my keyboard.

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at October 12, 2006 2:35 PM
Comment #187832

Nice piece, Andre.

There is another Bush Crony in the news today. As usual, this highlights a case where our tax dollars have been wasted and where a Bush appointee was acting unethically.

Quote from the article:

The former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives authorized hundreds of thousands of dollars of questionable expenditures on a new ATF headquarters, personal security and other items, and he violated ethics rules by ordering 20 employees to help his nephew prepare a high school video project, according to an exhaustive report released Wednesday.

Carl Truscott, who previously served as head of President Bush’s security detail at the Secret Service, also took several questionable trips with excessive numbers of accompanying ATF agents, including a $37,000 journey to London in September 2005 accompanied by eight other ATF employees, according to the report.

I suppose that I too, must now be classified as a snotty-nosed pre-teen liberal to point this news out to all the fine folks in the liberal column.

Posted by: Adrienne at October 12, 2006 4:26 PM
Comment #187837

Drip Drip Drip

Posted by: PETRO at October 12, 2006 4:48 PM
Comment #187841

absolutely love the comment from the holier than thou about having to give those pre-teen dems what they think they want har har har.the woman marine takes the cake those retreads of whom you speak so highly hate you or any other woman or any non white being a marine/any position with authority/responsibility your only travels are supposed to b from the bed to the stove and back.i just wish you and i were talking face to face so i could hear for myself that inbred drawl as you tell me who gawwd voted for in the last election.you f@#$%n rednecks scott

Posted by: scott at October 12, 2006 4:51 PM
Comment #187845

Drip Drip Drip

Posted by: PETRO at October 12, 2006 04:48 PM


Oh, are we playing ‘Jeopardy’? Okay, I’ve got the question.
What is the sound of American tax dollars being drained away by Bush’s Incompetent Cronies.

Posted by: Adrienne at October 12, 2006 5:54 PM
Comment #187873

Andre you forgot one what the republicans seem to do, blame it on Clinton and the Democrat’s

Posted by: KT at October 12, 2006 8:59 PM
Comment #187949

Adrienne Its Clintons Fault

Posted by: PETRO at October 13, 2006 11:46 AM
Comment #188593

Petro,

Are the Republicans who dislike this particular use of “Signing Staments” pre-teen snotty nosed folks also?
Your comments show little respect or understanding for the Democratic process.You seem more of a WWF let’s kick some butt and be tough guys, false bravado that alot of the pro-Bush, we don’t want to hear anything bad about Bush or you’re a gay loving, terrorist supporter who hates our troops kinda guy.
Playing tough guy has not worked for the Bush administration. It has got the WWF crowd and the super wealthy excited but that’s about it.
If you would answer questions with thought out responses instead of “drip drip” it would be easier to have a debate about the issue.
If “drip drip” is a well thought out response for you then I apologize for making assumptions.
What is your opinion of the Republicans who are upset about this issue?

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at October 17, 2006 2:46 PM
Comment #188603

Andre My opinion is that the War we are fighting is much more important than any other issue.If we lose this war life as we know it will be a thing of the past.If we take the course of Apeasment in this day and age we will be condemned by the History Books as a Nation that was not prepared to put it all on the line for not only our Freedom but the freedom of those around the world.The American people are Unique and throughout history have risen to every challange and will continue to do so.With G.W. at the Helm Iam Confident we will overcome not only the Liberal Democrats but also overcome those who sell Wolfe tickets on a daily basis.

Posted by: PETRO at October 17, 2006 3:04 PM
Comment #190737

My first instinct is to retalliate aagainst republican dogma of the type perpetrated by rupert and his gang, but, I’m going to restrain my penchant for vituperate and be truthful: We’re not going to secure democracy throughout the world by invading Iraq and killing women and children, and we’re not going to make our children safer by promoting this syndrome of “war for the sake of democracy”—we don’t have democracy in the United States, and we don’t have freedom, except for the very rich, who are the only ones powerful enough to entertain a notion of freedom. The rest of us keep our nose to the grindstone and try to survive in a war economy that depletes jobs and incomes on a daily basis, taxes the poor and the middle class into oblivion, inundates us with neo-conservative, fascist, propaganda hype that Hitler would have been proud of and uses the word “liberal” as if there really was such a thing. Boo. Republicn.

Posted by: OSCAR BUSH at October 27, 2006 10:48 AM
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