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Can humans and fish co-exist peacefully? Not in this Administration.

Posted by Charles II on June 20, 2007

“I know the human being and the fish can co-exist peacefully” —George W. Bush

Well… not so much.

From Jason Leopold in t/o.

This is what you saw: 

In March 2002, in a sudden reversal of a long standing policy, then Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton and Senator Smith held a joint press conference in Klamath Falls and opened up the irrigation system releasing thousands of gallons of water to 220,000 acres of farmland. The policy shift left the Klamath River basin with unusually low river flows that summer and ended up killing more than 30,000 endangered Coho salmon – the largest fish kill in the history of the West. But the move, as orchestrated by Rove, ended up getting Smith reelected that November.

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Republican Ethics

Posted by MEC on March 31, 2007

The hearing into Juanita Doan’s actions at the GSA continued with testimony from the GSA’s Inspector General, Brian Miller. John Mica (R-FL) began the interrogation by asking Mr. Miller whether his investigation of the no-bid contract that Ms. Doan awarded to a close friend cost more than the contract would have, clearly implying that allegations of wrongdoing should only be investigated if it’s not going to cost the taxpayers anything. Don’t we all wish the “Honorable” Mr. Mica had told Ken Starr that?

Or maybe Mr. Mica means that it’s okay for government officials to break the law if their lawbreaking costs the taxpayers less than holding them accountable would cost. That’s certainly a very interesting standard for right and wrong.

I suspect that Republicans John Mica and Tom Davis aren’t really interested in getting information. They asked questions that implied inappropriate behavior by Mr. Miller, and then interrupted him with another question when he tried to answer.

 [edited to add] Darrell Issa [R-CA] also said, in effect, that whether something is wrong depends on whether it costs more than doing the right thing.

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Why Are Republicans Defending Lurita Doan?

Posted by MEC on March 31, 2007

Knight in Shining Armor

GSA chief Lurita Doan was called before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Wednesday to answer questions about, among other things, a January 26 meeting that appears to be a violation of the Hatch Act and a no-bid contract awarded to Ms. Doan’s personal friend

Two Republican House members in particular rode to Ms. Doan’s defense. Tom Davis (R-VA) fell all over himself proclaiming Ms. Doan’s uprightness and innocence, going so far as to read an email that accused the Democrats of projection. John Mica (R-FL) went beyond dismissing all allegations that Ms. Doan behaved improperly, accusing the Democrats of being a pack of racists for “targeting” Ms. Doan. (Mica also threw a full-metal temper tantrum at being cut off by Commitee chair Henry Waxman when Mica spoke out of turn, so maybe he’s just naturally intemperate.)

I would expect a kneejerk defense of any of Bush’s appointees, since no loyal Republican would question a decision by their Dear Leader. But Davis’ and Mica’s outrage seems to go beyond kneejerk partisan reaction. So … are these Honorable men taking it personally?

Does anybody know of a connection between Lurita Doan and Tom Davis or John Mica? (Minds out of the gutter, people, I’m thinking of Deep Throat’s advice to “follow the money”.) Kos diarist achamblee mentions a possible reason: Tom Davis is on the list of at-risk politicians for whom White House operative Scott Jennings was soliciting GSA staffers’ help.

Posted in abuse of power, BushCo malfeasance, Congressional hearings, GOP bullying, government malfeasance, GSA scandal, hearings, Lurita Doan, Republicans acting badly, Tom Davis | 14 Comments »

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