Sunday, December 04, 2005

Bush Failure Lists Becoming Familiar

Just a few days ago, Joel Welty, one of our panelists at the ICDP discussion on Politics and Morality, offered up a list of Bush administration actions that he felt were immoral. Many of the policies, actions and inactions that Joel cited are also in evidence in this article about why Bush could go down in history as America's worst president beating out James Buchanan.

Here is part of the list of Bush transgressions compiled in this op-ed piece from Richard Reeves:

  • He is bankrupting the country with a combination of aggressive military spending and reduced taxation of the rich;


  • He has deliberately and dangerously attacked separation of church and state;


  • He has repeatedly "misled," to use a kind word, the American people on affairs domestic and foreign;


  • He has proved to be incompetent in affairs domestic (New Orleans) and foreign (
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  • He has sacrificed American employment (including the toleration of pension and benefit elimination) to increase overall productivity;


  • He is ignorantly hostile to science and technological progress;


  • He has tolerated or ignored one of the republic's oldest problems, corporate cheating in supplying the military in wartime.

  • One could also cite the Bush Administration's efforts to make Wall Street richer at the expense of people on Social Security or his efforts to raid the public treasury on behalf of oil companies and drug companies. The historians could also cite numerous other transgressions against decency and humanity and hopefully they will all add up to a very strong case for impeachment when we elect a Democratic Congress next year.

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