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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Oh, the Crimes They Commit!

The Bush Administration and its congressional lackeys are a collection of rank lawbreakers of such unparalleled brazenness, they make Tammany Hall look like a Fresno Dinner Theater production of "Glengarry Glen Ross."

Sure, Tom DeLay's monetary machinations with TRMPAC were a half-clever, if altogether transparent, bit of money laundering. Joe Pesci's Leo Getz could've come up with a better plan, but "Lethal Weapon 2" had better writers.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby's impending indictment should tell a pretty colorful tale, what with his leak in the Plame scandal occupying the headlines for more than two years. Judith Miller's sanctimonious pronouncements on the courthouse steps about the sanctity of the press (Bobby Sands didn't show that much self-assuredness in the nobility of his cause) will not save her or the White House from the duly deserved beating they'll take on this one. Of course, if Ollie North and G. Gordon Liddy have taught us nothing else, we know that a little jail time does wonders for one's talkradio career. How long before we get "Scooter & Judy's Morning Rant"?

Right behind him is Bill Frist, waiting for his chance to follow the SEC conviction-cum-Reality TV icon path blazed by Martha Stewart.

Now comes a report from the Government Accountability Office that the Bush Administration's buying good press is (insert "Dragnet" music here) a crime. You'll recall that Bush's Education Department paid right-wing commentator Armstrong Williams to tout the "No Child Left Behind" Act. The Bush people also commissioned a bunch of video news releases (which I can tell you from experience often are aired soup-to-nuts by smaller news outlets) touting the Medicare reform bill and other Orwellian policy schemes.

These practices clearly violate the statutory ban on using government funds to finance covert political propaganda. Following the GAO's report, which must be presented to Congress and the White House (don't hold your breath waiting for punitive action), an Education Department spokeswoman called the propagandizing "stupid, wrong and ill-advised." She left out "criminal."

It's scarcely a mystery why private-prison companies like Corrections Corporation of America are such big contributors to the GOP.


  • Nice reference, Tammany Hall...

    I think this administration would make Boss Tweed blush.

    By Blogger Tina D., at 4:58 PM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:46 PM  

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