Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Rahm Emanuel's Speech To The Brookings Institute

To show the utter and complete damage BushCo has wrought, Rahm Emanuel takes the corruption, negligence, incompetence, and cronyism of the Bush Administration point by point.

One of the money quotes:
"The person chosen to oversee Iraq’s health care system was the community health director for the former Republican governor of Michigan. The man he replaced was a physician with a master’s degree in public health and post-graduate degrees from Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and UC-Berkeley and taught at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where he specialized in disaster response.

A 24 year-old with a background in commercial real estate was hired by the Authority to reopen and manage the Iraqi stock exchange.

The daughter of a prominent neoconservative was tapped to manage Iraq’s $13 billion annual budget.

Nothing was free from political influence."

Oh, what the heck, here's another money quote:

"There were early signs, not heeded, that this Administration would be driven by partisan politics, not public policy. In Ron Suskind’s book “The Price of Loyalty,” former-Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill complained that he couldn’t interest anyone in policy discussions at the White House, because it was populated with political operatives rather than policy experts."

Politics over policy. It is policy that drives a functioning government. Take out the policy and we are left with, well, with BushCo.

Okay, last one, I swear!

"Everyone knows about Vice President Cheney’s secret energy task force meetings with top executives from Exxon-Mobil, Conoco, Shell Oil and BP America. But science and sound policy have also taken a back seat to political considerations when it comes to the government’s findings on global warming. The New York Times reported that when Philip Cooney served as chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, he removed or adjusted descriptions of scientific research to downplay links between emissions and global warming. Before joining the Bush Administration, Cooney worked for the American Petroleum Institute. After resigning his government post, he went to work for Exxon-Mobil."

If I were a betting man, I would bet that BushCo eats small children for breakfast. You know, if I were a betting man...

I really encourage everyone to read the whole speech.

via TPM Cafe

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