9/13/08

For Republicans, Anything Goes, Apparently.....


As I've pointed out to my friends at Lucianne.com many many times, the ideology of the Republican Party does not predispose it to be of value to any American actually seeking to elect public officials to effectively run the government.
If the Party believes, as it has from the days of Ronald Reagan, that government (you know, the government by-and-for-the-people established by the Liberal American Constitution) IS THE PROBLEM, why would any citizen actually vote for a Republican, who is almost assuredly going to create a self-fulfilling prophecy. The government fails because they want it to fail in order to prove their point.....
Is their incompetence accidental? Or do they really believe that the only function of government is to act as a conduit to move public monies into the profit margins of large corporations.
I say it is the latter. The perception of incompetence stems directly from the fact that Republican ideology does not believe government should be the stewards of the American People, seeing to it that the laws of the land are obeyed, the environment is protected, the people are protected from predatory business practices and that the more intangible qualities associated with the common good, but not necessarily attainable by the profit motive are attended to.

There is plenty evidence of this over the last eight years...... here is merely another example recently editorialized in the New York Times.......
You will notice that the Repubican team of candidates in this Presidential election cycle seldom speak of George W. Bush or his performance in the course of his two terms in office.....
There is very good reason for that..... Think for yourself if you really want to vote for Republicans.

September 12, 2008
New York Times Editorial
Anything Goes, Apparently

It seemed inevitable that bad things would happen when President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney packed the top posts at the Department of the Interior with lobbyists who had spent their careers representing the very industries they were now being asked to regulate. But it was left to Earl Devaney, the department’s inspector general — and the busiest gumshoe inside the federal bureaucracy — to demonstrate just how bad things could be.

In three extraordinary reports delivered to Congress this week, Mr. Devaney found that officials at the Minerals Management Service — the division responsible for granting offshore oil leases and collecting royalties — accepted gifts, steered contracts to favored clients and engaged in drugs and sex with oil company employees as part of what he described as a broader “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity.”

At the center of the scandal is the royalty-in-kind program, under which the service takes delivery of oil and gas in lieu of cash payments from energy companies, then sells it to refiners. The program is vulnerable to manipulation at either end of the transaction, by overvaluing the oil and gas when it is received or undervaluing it when it is sold.

The program obviously needs a complete overhaul. It has already been the subject of multiple investigations — by Mr. Devaney; Dirk Kempthorne, the interior secretary; the Justice Department; and Congress — for mismanagement and conflicts of interest. In an earlier report in 2007, Mr. Devaney found that the agency had failed — through negligence and possible ethical lapses — to collect billions of dollars in royalties from oil companies for leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

His new reports add more shameful details, including allegations that agency employees accepted gratuities and other favors — meals, ski trips, sports tickets and golf outings with industry representatives — “with prodigious frequency.”

Mr. Kempthorne, who has already transferred some employees and almost certainly will fire more, can take some comfort from the fact that nearly all of the misbehavior occurred before he arrived in Washington in 2006 to replace Gale Norton as interior secretary.

The White House can take no comfort at all. The people it brought to Washington to run the department had no interest in policing the oil, mining and agricultural interests they were sworn to regulate and every interest in promoting industry’s (and their own) good fortune. The most notorious of these was J. Steven Griles, a mining industry lobbyist who really ran the agency for four years and who later pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the Jack Abramoff scandal.

The fruit of these terrible appointments was aptly described by Mr. Devaney two years ago when he appeared before a House subcommittee. “Short of a crime,” he said, “anything goes at the Department of the Interior.”

It now appears that crime could be part of the mix.

18 comments:

Daisy said...

I am horrified and disgusted and saddened by so much that has been done by our current presidency and his band of miscreants. There seems to be no end to the wrongs that they have committed. The most basic and everyday needs of the people are ignored and pushed aside to benefit large corporations. Thanks for the thoughtful post, ghost dansing.

Ghost Dansing said...

it is unbelievable that anybody would even consider voting for the Republicans in November.....

thanks for dropping by..

Liquid said...

Okay....so I'll just leave some stones here to let you know I stopped by......

(Oo)

Make it a wonderful day!

Ghost Dansing said...

thanks Liquid.... nice round brook stones in two sizes..... thanks!

Chris Dashiell said...

This is exactly it. The Republican idea of government is simply to stand guard while their rich backers make money. Period.

Ghost Dansing said...

that's it in a nutshell Dashiell. thanks for dropping by.

SaoirseDaily2 said...

The pictures are from a doll maker. I will try and look up her name for you and find her website. I have had the pictures saved for years. Aren't they exquisite? I will try and post some more so you can save them.

Beach Bum said...

About the only sliver lining in all this I can see was the efforts of Mr. Devaney that brought theses abuses out into the light. But the dark clouds close in again when after first hearing this report on the news days ago it was quickly dropped with a far longer report about the latest OJ Simpson antics.

Ghost Dansing said...

Saoirse, the pictures of the dolls are fabulous. i would like to know the origins if you can still find it..... thanks for dropping by.

Beach Bum you make an interesting point. actually, the fact that this Republican administration has so many failures and is so corrupt has almost become a non-news item....

i used to bring all this kind of stuff up on right wing blogs.... for years..... in the last year or so the Bush-defenders have nearly evaporated, and the strategy of the authoritarian rightists that support Republican policies has been reduced to simply not talking about Dubya or his administration, and suggesting that the reasons things have gone awry is because "conservative policies" were in fact betrayed.....

i say, of course, nonsense to the latter. Dubya and this Republican administration represent the 3 decade culmination of movement conservativism.

their house of cards is falling down around their ears..... but that ideology will not go away..... just wait.

SaoirseDaily2 said...

I am still searching. I will find the artist.

Have a fun Friday night. I hope the debate is still on. If not Obama will be there with an audience and microphone. Rock on Obama!

Ghost Dansing said...

thanks Saoirse.... i'll look too...

SaoirseDaily2 said...

I found her. Marilyn Radzat.

Website: http://www.marilynradzat.com/

Ghost Dansing said...

thanks Saoirse..... i went to the website and it has a lot of great and unique doll sculptures... i think they call the art form some kind of collage.... "art of assemblage"..... "three dimensional collage"......

thanks for researching her name....

Liquid said...

(oO)

G-Man said...

Thanks for stopping by so often, AND that Pirate link..
You have a lot of potential here son, keep it up...G

Ghost Dansing said...

hi Liquid.... thanks for the pebbles...

thanks for dropping by G-man..... you have so many visitors to your site i just get lost in the sea wash.... glad you liked the sea chantey, it serves as a word of warning to adventuresome youth like yourself!

thepoetryman said...

Well said, dansing. The article was the perfect dance partner as well.

thepoetryman said...

By the way gd,
Our blogs, methinks, "mean" the same "things"... Thank you for stopping by.