Wednesday, December 17, 2008

George W. Bush's Nightmare Before Christmas

Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films produced the video above about George Bush's "midnight regulations," whose purpose is to do as much damage as possible to health care, labor, the environment and civil liberties–what I've previously called Bush's domestic agenda of destruction

Based on the famous poem " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas," the script uses such lines as “Let’s help all the brokers and jack up their wealth. Let’s cut family planning and slash women’s health"–typical priorities of Bush and his Republican cohorts. The video cites the following sinister regulations–by no means all–that the administration is currently pursuing:

• Emission increases for power plants
• Undermining the endangered species act
• Restricting access to critical care for Medicaid patients
• Limiting access to reproductive health services

Bush is doing an end-run around Congress and issuing these regulations through the executive branch, posing a difficult challenge for Barack Obama to reverse them. These rulings are the concluding chapter of the Bush administration's disastrous legacy.

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