Nasty Letters To Crooked Politicians

As we enter a new era of politics, we hope to see that Obama has the courage to fight the policies that Progressives hate. Will he have the fortitude to turn the economic future of America to help the working man? Or will he turn out to be just a pawn of big money, as he seems to be right now.

Friday, August 08, 2003

Bush_Junta: Dirty Tricks and How They Screw You...The Art of Lying, or How They Pat Your Back with One Hand & Pick Your Pocket with the Other Hand. - Under The Radar

2. Friday Night Massacres. The White House releases many of its biggest nasties on Friday evenings, well after the diligent press corps has departed for various bars, beaches, and other amusements. So the press doesn’t learn about the regulatory massacre until Monday morn, and by then it’s “old news” and is either tossed or gets a one-paragraph slug buried in Tuesday’s paper. Likewise, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are favorite times to drop an ugly release -- again, no reporters, no news. The final arsenic-in-your-water reg, for example, was dropped on Halloween (what a bunch of tricksters! Surely someone got a raise for that). Also, the EPA snuck out a package of rules to exempt some 17,000 dirty power plants from Clean Air restrictions on the afternoon before Thanksgiving and on New Year’s Eve.

3. Newspeak. The actions are never couched in straight-forward language like: "In another move to shaft the little guy, Bush today…" No, no. Instead, every change in the game is expressed in such positive, even soothing phrases as:

To streamline the process...
To replace an archaic... (they often substitute Depression-era for archaic)
To provide greater flexibility...
To bring balance back...

4. Lies. From Bush on down, this bunch is shameless about looking you in the eye and telling you that sour is sweet. Example: Late last year the EPA announced new pollution standards for massively stinky hog factories (think overloaded port-a-potty on a 100 degree day, then up the P.U. level of that by a hundredfold) that have already polluted 35,000 miles of our rivers. EPA’s Christie Whitman said of the new rules: “This is a major step forward to protect our nation’s waters.” Solid. Except she was lying through her teeth, eyes, nose, pores and other orifices. Her “standards” weren’t even mandatory. They’re simply goals to be wished for. Each hog factory is to develop its own voluntary plan for controlling its pollution, which could be: “The hog fairy will come here every night, wave her magic wand, and turn our pool of fecal slurry into sweet wine.”

We’ll never even know what any of the plans are, since EPA’s new “standards” allow each factory to keep its plan secret.



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