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BushCo Wanted To Fire ‘Em All

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 12, 2007

First broken via EZ Writer, now up at the WP:

The White House suggested two years ago that the Justice Department fire all 93 U.S. attorneys, a proposal that eventually resulted in the dismissals of eight prosecutors last year, according to e-mails and internal documents that the administration will provide to Congress today.

The dismissals took place after President Bush told Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales that he had received complaints that some prosecutors had not energetically pursued voter-fraud investigations, according to White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.

Gonzales approved the idea of firing a smaller group of U.S. attorneys shortly after taking office in February 2005. The Gonzales aide in charge of the dismissals — his chief of staff, D. Kyle Sampson — resigned yesterday, officials said, after acknowledging that he did not tell Justice officials about the extent of his communications with the White House, leading them to provide incomplete information to Congress.

Well, well, well. 

But wait!  There’s more:

Administration officials have repeatedly portrayed the firings as a routine personnel matter, designed primarily to rid the department of a handful of poor performers.

But the documents and interviews indicate that the idea for the firings originated at least two years ago, when then-White House counsel Harriet E. Miers suggested to Sampson in February 2005 that all prosecutors be dismissed and replaced. Miers resigned this January.

Gonzales immediately rejected that idea as impractical and disruptive, Justice officials said, but over the next 22 months Sampson orchestrated more limited dismissals.

“I recommend that the Department of Justice and the Office of the Counsel to the President work together to seek the replacement of a limited number of U.S. Attorneys,” Sampson wrote to Miers in January 2006. A “limited number of U.S. attorneys could be targeted for removal and replacement, mitigating the shock to the system that would result from an across the board firing.”

I wish I could say that this surprised me.

UPDATE:  The NYT weighs in with a very similar story.  This is busting wide open, folks.

UPDATE part deux:  The Cons are of course using the bogus “But Clinton did it too!” defense.  Except that a) he didn’t, and b) if he did, he’d had to have got his nominees past a hostile Republican Congress.  Bush, thanks to the Patriot Act, can fire US Attorneys and appoint people to replace them indefinitely.

Posted in Alberto Gonzales, anti-truth, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, corruption, GOP bullying, madness of King George | Comments Off on BushCo Wanted To Fire ‘Em All

Walter Reed Scandal Fells Another Miscreant

Posted by MEC on March 12, 2007

Army Surgeon General Kiley has been forced to retire.

When the Walter Reed scandal broke and the hospital’s head, George Weightman, was relieved of command, Kiley was named as Weightman’s temporary replacement.

It didn’t take long at all for the blogosphere to explain why Kiley was a bad choice: He’d ignored complaints of poor conditions when he ran Walter Reed from 2002 to 2004.

So good riddance to him. The bad news here is that he gets to retire instead of being court-martialed for dereliction of duty.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, Walter Reed | 2 Comments »

Gisleson Speaks. You Listen.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 12, 2007

From a recent post over at Norwegianity (emphases mine):

I’ve written about my high school civics class before, and after reading the WaPost’s account of how out of control credit card dunning games have become, I guess I need to write about it again.

We were divided into three groups: circles, triangles and squares. (No, I don’t remember which group I was in.) It was a simple game. Each day a different group was in charge and got to make the rules. My group was in charge the last day, and at my insistence we changed the rules so that no matter what the deal, the other groups had to agree to anything we offered.

You don’t have to be Adam Smith to figure out that my group cleaned up and, thanks to having more “chips” than the others in my group, I was the big winner.

I wasn’t the best trader, deal maker or broker. I just used the rules to cheat on a bigger scale than anyone else did.

And that’s how our economy is being run. Whoever has the most clout, makes the rules, and their friends make all the money. This is a remarkably stupid way to run the economy.

That’s a good link, btw. No matter how on top of things you think you are, the credit card companies are pulling fast ones you probably thought were illegal. That’s because these tricks used to be illegal until the Republicans took over and chose to reward their friends at the expense of the middle class.

This is the subject explored at length in Jacob Hacker’s book The Great Risk Shift — which describes how the rich have shifted the burden of keeping the economy humming down to you and me, even as they reap the rewards therefor.

Posted in corruption, economy, gravy train, Republicans acting badly, stock market | Comments Off on Gisleson Speaks. You Listen.

Here Are The Rules

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 12, 2007

If Mickey Kaus supports something, it must be bad.

If Mickey Kaus disses something, it must be good:

As a follow-up to Jon Chait’s great piece on card-check legislation, I see Mickey Kaus is suggesting that card-check will “cripple American capitalism.” Kevin Drum mocks the argument, and I’d just add that card check isn’t some brand new idea here. The practice was quite common during the late 1930s and 1940s, before Congress passed Taft-Hartley, and the United States did okay for itself. Our neighbors up north, meanwhile, have had card check for a long while–in fact, most provinces still do–and they’ve survived just fine.

But Kaus just seems to instinctively hate anything that truly benefits the little guy or gal, so of course strengthening unions is evil to him.

Posted in mediawhores, unions, WTF? | Comments Off on Here Are The Rules

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