Thursday, September 28, 2006

Meanwhile, the criminality

in the Bush Administration continues apace:

An investigation by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Inspector General reportedly revealed that HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson instructed staff to award HUD contracts to President Bush’s political allies and withhold them from his political opponents. The HUD IG, however, has refused to make the full 340-page report public.

Not that an oversight committee would ever be allowed to open investigations. Reading an article by Robert Kuttner in this month's American Prospect (sub. required) last night at the gym, I watched my heart rate skyrocket:

Cheney regularly attends Senate Republican caucus meetings, sometimes accompanied by Karl Rove. Just in case Cheney and Rove needed help keeping the caucus in line, the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, was handpicked by the White House to succeed the ousted Trent Lott.

“It’s totally unprecedented,” says Democratic Senator Pat Leahy of Vermont. “The caucus is where you candidly discuss when to back the administration and when to adopt a different position.” This executive-branch capture of the senatorial Republican Party helps explain how the Bush administration, despite plummeting public support and scandal after scandal, avoids one of the most fundamental of checks and balances -- congressional oversight.

In essence, the article describes in infuriating detail how the Bush administration has "sandbagged" the oversight process, which explains why the Democrats are relegated to holding hearings in the basement of the Capitol.

These people know no shame and have no boundaries they aren't willing to cross. The sooner we are rid of them, the sooner we can return the balance of power to its normal equilibrium.