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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:13 PM
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Reversing Bush's Imposed Legacy in the Next Administration

WHEN, and if, Bush leaves office it will take an internal revolution by the next administration to reverse and undo the damage he's done to our democracy at home and to our influence and relationship with other countries around the world. Assuming that a Democrat will assume the presidency, he or she will be challenged to dig through the layers of anti-democratic initiatives and autocratic appointments which the Bushites have imposed on America without any significant interference or control on them from those legislators charged with exercising the checks and balances proscribed by the constitution they're pledged to uphold and defend.

When Bill Clinton left office, he issued a record number of executive orders on the environment and other issues which he'd been unable to legislate through the republican-controlled Congress. During his two terms, Clinton had averaged about one executive order per week (over 30,000 pages of new regulations in the last 90 days); including issues like banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in federal hiring, bans on permanent striker replacements, an order to allow poor nations manufacture generic versions of expensive AIDS medicines, and a host of environmental orders which reserved hundreds of acres of federal land as refuges for wildlife and national monuments.

When Bush came into office, he promptly set out to reverse those Clinton orders by issuing his own contradictory ones and advancing legislation which ignored or overturned them. Many were allowed to stand, but others were challenged in court and in Congress. For instance, when Bush took office rescinded Clinton's EO establishing labor management groups for federal govt. workers who were in unions with his own EO reversing Clinton requirements that federal contractors follow union standards. Bush also brought back an order which Clinton had struck down which required unions to inform workers of their right to refunds for dues used for politics.

An EO issued by Clinton to ensure environmental justice for minority and low-income populations was 'reinterpreted' by the administration and broadened to include 'everyone' as a dodge on their specific responsibility to the disadvantaged populations who suffer greater exposure to environmental hazards than others. The Clinton orders on the environment were bypassed in legislation like Bush's plan to allow coal-fired power plants to buy credits from cleaner plants instead of reducing their own emissions, ignoring the impact of those who still had to live with the offending plants and their hazardous emissions. On Oct. 1, 2001, Bush's Fish and Wildlife Service reversed a Clinton order to increase Missouri River flow to protect species. Jun. 9, 2003, Bush's USDA reversed Clinton ban on logging and road building on 58.5 million acres of federal forest land.

Bush has had his own executive order revolution in his two terms and we should brace for many more. This power-grabbing administration will do more than pilfer a few typewriter keys and abscond with WH furniture and silverware. In November, Bush signaled that he intended to bypass any opposition which the new Democratic majority might pose to his autocratic ambitions, by ordering agency staff to produce a myriad of executive orders for his consideration.

In January of this year, Bush issued an EO which directed that each government agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee, to supervise the development of rules and documents providing guidance to regulated industries. In July, Bush issued a presidential order giving him the authority to confiscate the assets of whoever opposes his Iraq occupation under the pretext of protecting his U.S. sponsored Iraqi regime. The same month, Bush issued an order broadening the law which had restricted the interrogation methods which can be used on terrorism suspects, absolving and allowing the CIA to resume their activities which were suspended after criticism which accompanied their revelation.


Everything from Bush's career appointments in Justice, Defense, Intelligence, the Courts, and the myriads of other government institutions he has dominion over, will stand in place and operation until the next administration moves to upend and dissolve them.

At the Justice Dept., there were reports that under the leadership of Bush crony, Gonzales, the WH had scrapped the civil service process which normally guided the selection of judges and other appointees in favor of a political process which focused on how much loyalty to the administration nominees demonstrated instead of considerations of merit and expertise. That political abuse of the hiring process was capped by the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys based on their dissent from administration orthodoxy. Most of those appointees will have to be carefully and systematically evaluated by the next administration as they seek to return our system of Justice to its expected role as an impartial, apolitical arbiter.

At Defense, there is the obvious influence of Bush's appointments which led us into Iraq and have kept us bogged down there. Many of the Pentagon's Bush cabal will be able to shrink back into the military fold when the next administration team takes charge. A great deal of the transformation of Bush military expansionism will be directed from the Pentagon where there is an institutional support ingrained into a career military which is almost never shy about their eagerness to demonstrate the strength of their forces. A strong leader will be needed to actually transform their mission instead of merely acquiescing to them because if some inexperience in foreign affairs, or a lack of expertise or influence in managing the military management structure.

In almost all of the agencies which Bush has so thoroughly infected with the influence of his craven political ambitions, there are already effects of the traditional flight of loyalists from lame-duck administrations poised for a reversal of party control. The NYT has reported on the large number of interim appointments which now exist in many Cabinet positions which would require congressional approval. The Bush administration has decided, in their interest or because of the opposition of the new Democratic majority in Congress, to leave these positions in the hands of the deputies-in-charge instead of pressing for replacements. Many of these seconds are appointees which have even more political and operational baggage than their predecessors. Although there will be a certain flight of these figures from an ascending Democratic Executive, there will still be a need to systematically dismantle the webs of assumed authority Bush has encouraged and allowed.

Who knows just how many of Bush's political prisoners are still detained in the CIA's secret prisons around the world? Who can actually quantify all of the agents dispatched around the globe who are infected with Bush's imperious mission to meddle and obstruct in the internal affairs of sovereign nations?

Like Israel's use of cluster bombs in their recent assault and invasion of Southern Lebanon, making the previously settled territory uninhabitable because of the deliberate minefield-effect of the residual bomblets left littered everywhere, the Bush administration will leave a legacy and infrastructure at home and around the world which will pose dangerous and pernicious obstacles to any efforts to reform or reverse the effects of Bush's autocratic constructions.

As we look to the future without Bush and his anti-democratic minions in power and assumed authority, we will still need to remain focused on the malignant and infectious consequences of his unilateral meddling. One thing is certain; if we don't persist in removing these incendiary traces of his legacy that he's deliberately deposited at home and abroad, the Bush regime will have effectively institutionalized the tyranny they've so obviously craved and attempted throughout their term.



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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:32 PM
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1. no recs? no responses? WTF? THIS is what it's all about: Bush's malign legacy.
It's going to take DECADES to reverse all the damage they've done, if it's not already too late

thanks for this thread. I hope it gets the attention it deserves, especially the DEM CANDIDATES.

THIS is what they should be running on
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 02:09 PM
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3. thanks for reading, Gabi
promises have been made by the candidates, but it will be an effort to make certain they follow through and aren't obstructed in those efforts
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 04:23 PM
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9. just now saw it. REC
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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:36 PM
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2. Think about it: EVERY democrat elected since Wilson (with the possible exception of JFK/LBJ)
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 01:37 PM by Gabi Hayes
has been left with almost insurmountable problems, a bottomless cesspool, and been forced to clean up the mess (or been destroyed in the attempt), only to have the likes of Nixon, Reagan, and Bush get back in and start the destruction process all over again

this time, I think the damage done purposefully on all fronts may be too advanced for the patient to survive

I hope I'm wrong

we'll see
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:49 PM
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16. i'm pretty sure that's what's keeping Gore out of the race...
and i don't think that you're wrong...in fact, they've done SO MUCH damage- they'll be lucky to limp the country along to jan.21, 2009.
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 02:11 PM
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4. I think it's a pretty well accepted thought
that whoever gets in is going to literally, clean sweep all the b*shites out of their offices and start dismantling all the horrible, deplorable, and dangerous policies his people put together under his nose. We all know he's too ignorant to understand how the country runs, but one thing we know he loves is warfare, it makes him feel manly and as if God is talking to him.
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 02:15 PM
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5. Very thought provoking
K & R

:kick:

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Buns_of_Fire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 02:29 PM
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6. The upcoming Democratic administration is going to have to have a loooooooooooooooooong list.
First, an outright purge of all appointments. Good, bad, and indifferent, they've all been tainted by their proximity to the Out House (formerly, the White House).

Then, a thorough review of all of 's executive orders to see if ANY of them should not be reversed (or perhaps it would be easier to just issue one blanket EO rescinding every EO issued between January 2001 and January 2009).

Then, on the second day...

A slash-and-burn approach may be drastic, but it might be the most effective (and quickest) way to begin to return some balance to the universe.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 04:40 PM
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10. Perfect. Better than "*" and better than "W" ... that icon epitomizes the Fecal Fuhrer
<--- the livery of Chimperor Disgustsus
<--- stinking pile of shit

IndiStinkWishable
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Buns_of_Fire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 05:20 PM
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14. Thank you. I finally decided that "Putrid Pile of Rancid Monkey Nuts" takes too long to type.
And when I insert "", everybody knows exactly who I'm talking about anyway. :-)
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Cerridwen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 02:30 PM
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7. K & R
My SO has pretty much convinced me that our next president, regardless of party affiliation, will be a one-term president. There's just too much shit to muck out and there are too many boobie-traps in place to be addressed in a 4 year period (less the horrific amount of time now devoted to campaigning).

A lot of crap may be hitting the proverbial fan and the new president will be blamed for it.

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jaysunb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 02:35 PM
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8. Good post !
This is one of the many reasons the next president must be dedicated to changing the course of the country...from within and without.
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JohnnyLib2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 04:50 PM
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11. Recommended, with thanks for the detailed analysis.

I've been thinking that some of our candidates could address this by hinting at or naming potential cabinet members or at least by speaking to the need for fresh faces in top "management" positions.
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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 04:53 PM
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12. Great post. n/t
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liberalla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 05:11 PM
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13. You're so right.
As far as damage done and the ruining of America, bush stands out from the other guys. He has finally found something he's really good at - death, destruction, devastation. Oh, and crime. I mean CRIME. Crime on a level we've never seen before. What else will happen before he's gone? What else has yet to come to light?

The blatant and the insidious deeds, totally corrupting the system. It reeks. You're right about the decades required to fix her. America will be different from how we remember.

I really look forward to the day we've stopped the assault on the constitution, and control has been returned to The People.

I'd rather be working on the repair of America than on the rescue.


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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 05:25 PM
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15. Spitzer for head of the DOJ?
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:47 PM
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17. Five years ago this 'rant' would have been relegated to the CT and tinfoil pile....
But we know now that the worst things we could imagine are reality with this maladministration.

It's going to take a strong executive and an even stronger Congress to clean up the mess.

Can you hear us NOW?
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NoGodsNoMasters Donating Member (257 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:26 PM
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18. An excellent point...
My only hope is under a democrat executive we will be in a better position tofix the wrongs and maybe even act on some issues where action is desperately needed. EX: The Environment, using diplomacy in foreign relations instead of threats and violence, some kind of new deal-esque fix for the poor and middle class, healthcare, etc. The biggest problem right now is that the executive branch is the enforcer of the law, and this administration clearly has no desire or intention to police itself. It's gonna take a long time, i'm afraid...
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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:36 PM
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19. Thank you for posting this.
It's something that is constantly nagging at me. There are many ways in which his stain on this country will remain, long after he's gone.

One of the biggest lasting smudges will be our financial status.

I'm glad I caught this just before calling it a day. I appreciate knowing there are citizens like you and the rest here who see this. We have our hands full, impeachment or not.
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 12:04 AM
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20. Outstanding post
My fear is that even with massive reversals, there will be many hidden that will only be 'found' by the next Republican administration. David Addington is smart and devious, as is his boss, Cheney. I fear the Republicans will lie in wait, only to pounce out the loopholes when they are back in office.

You know, the twist in wording. A twist that they will interpret in their own way to benefit their own agendas. They do not believe in acting in good faith, unless of course, it serves them.

I can only hope that each and every letter and numeral on each and every document be scrutinized and be re-re-re-scrutinized by only trusted Constitutional scholars, Civil Rights attorneys, and others who understand the stake this has on our future as a free nation.

Thank you for posting this thoughtful and well thought-out essay. It is a keeper.
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Auntie Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 12:20 AM
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21. Great post. Now I'd like to know why the hell the press and the Dems
didn't inform us that that is what Bush was doing. He's such a bastard!
He just does everything he can to make a dangerous ass of himself.

How in the world did this man get elected? I know, I know he stole both elections...what else is new? I say, "Shame on America" that his approval ratings are in the upper 20ies. They should be about .o5% with just his family and administrations approval...and I bet half of them don't approve but hold their nose in order to keep their jobs. I can't imagine ANYONE ever writing a positive thing about his Presidency. He sure is the worst President EVER! I'll bet even Barney hates him.
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caseycoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 05:41 AM
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22. I'm not at all sure that
all the Dem candidates WANT to change all of that. Some of it, but maybe not all. The Presidency is all about power. Right now it has a great deal of power which the next President, Dem or Repuke just might like the idea of having. I think we had better be very careful who we support.
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cornermouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 12:41 PM
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23. Bush and Cancer have a lot in common.
They're both terminal.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 01:01 PM
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24. Clinton knew damn well Bush would reverse it - he was just setting his own table for
Hillary's 2008 run.

Bill was HARDLY interested in open government when he took office - though we were led to believe that all that corruption would finally get cleared.

Instead, Bill closed the books and Poppy Bush and his cronies CONTINUED their illegal operations around the globe without the scrutiny of congress.

That is how they became stronger and came back with Bush2.

http://consortiumnews.com/2006/111106.html

Thanks alot, Bill. You knew damn well what you were doing.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:08 PM
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25. I always thought the way he folded had everything to do with his relationship
Edited on Sun Nov-18-07 03:13 PM by bigtree
with that bank under investigation . . . you know the one . . . CIA flights out of Arkansas loaded with cocaine
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:20 PM
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26. One thing is certain - Jackson Stephens (bankrolled WalMart) needed BCCI to go away
and so did Poppy Bush and his operatives - like Marc Rich.

Bushies expected he would be impeached after BCCI report came out - scheduled for Dec 1992. Stephens oddly switched his support from his longtime friend Poppy to Bill Clinton. Poppy ran the worst campaign ever for a sitting president. BCCI report is handed to incoming administration in Dec 1992. All the outstanding matters that needed further investigation as per that report were swept under the rug.

And gee - who can remember what happened to another named figure in both IranContra and BCCI, Marc Rich?
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:24 PM
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27. Here's what struck me:
In January of this year, Bush issued an EO which directed that each government agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee, to supervise the development of rules and documents providing guidance to regulated industries.

That's how things worked in China when I was there in 1990. Each major government functionary had a Communist Party shadow to keep him from deviating from the party line.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 05:00 PM
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28. Excellent Analysis, bigtree!
That's why we need a real leader who is interested in dynamic change for our country and not cementing the status quo with covering up the bushits crimes against humanity and their war criminal actions.

It's going to take so much work to undo what the vampires have done to our government. But, we can do it..it's the people they've killed who can't be brought back that is the worst of all.
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 07:14 PM
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29. You don't really think that Hillary is going to have a revolution to reverse and undo the damage...
that Bush has done, do you? I am not sure that any of our candidates would do this. Gravel would and maybe Kucinich but I doubt that any of the others would and... I am entitled to have my own opinion on this so back off all you who like to insult and put down others so as to make yourselves seem to be above everyone else. My ignore list is full of your kind.
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rAVES Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 06:35 AM
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30. or "Why Hillary shouldnt be president"
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