Jalapeno Dips

I keep thinking we’ll find a bottom. Not in the economy — although that will come along eventually — but in the depths to which this administration can drag the government of the United States of America and its citizens.

This administration’s record for soiling all it puts its paws on is breathtakingly consistent. From its failure in Afghanistan and capturing Osama Bin Laden; the strategic, legal, and moral failures of Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, and secret rendition prisons; New Orleans and FEMA; this insane invasion and occupation of a nation that didn’t attack us; ideological intrusion into selecting judges and other high officials; the economy (stupid); dismantling scientific studies in the name of religion and wingnut ideology……..cynical as I am, I’m absolutely stunned. These people are superstars.

And now this, just in time for lunch:

The food industry pressured the Bush administration a few years ago to limit the paperwork that companies would have to keep to help U.S. health investigators quickly trace produce that sickens consumers, according to interviews and government reports reviewed by The Associated Press.

The White House also killed a plan to require the industry to maintain electronic tracking records that could be reviewed easily during a crisis to search for an outbreak’s source. Companies complained that the proposals were too burdensome and costly, and could disrupt the availability of consumers’ favorite foods.

The apparent but unintended consequences of the lobbying success: a paper record-keeping system that has slowed investigators, with estimated business losses of $250 million in the current salmonella outbreak. — Miami Hurled

Wow. Caving in to the industry at the expense of poisoning the population. Not as much money in it for them as the oil fiasco, but the principle is the same. Pure unadulterated contempt for anything good or bad about the need for Federal regulation of anything at all unless it’s (their interpretation of) god’s will.

If there’s one thing I can find to admire in George W. Bush, it’s that he hates the government more than I do.

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13 Responses to Jalapeno Dips

  1. Ms Calabaza says:

    “Caving in to the industry at the expense of poisoning the population. Not as much money in it for them as the oil fiasco, but the principle is the same.” ~ I dislike government intrusion but I agree with you on this completely. . .

  2. Frank of Oregon says:

    Read this a.m. that the deficit this administration will leave the next one is close to $500 Billion, NOT INCLUDING the cost of two wars, or the impact of reduced revenue from the financial and real estate collapse.

    But that’s not a policy failure, quite the opposite. As you note, Bush and his cronies hate the government. Saddling the next White House with a deficit that size almost guarantees inaction and stagnation. They starve the beast in order to control it.

  3. Kent Standit says:

    You’re not complaining are you, Nader voter?

  4. Lazlo Toth says:

    And redstaters wonder why Obama seems to inspire such fervor.

  5. Beardsley` says:

    There’s a long history of this. The construction industry pressuring government to relax OSHA standards. Tobacco lobbyists working to get out from under regulation. Agriculture undoing environmental restrictions on pesticide and water pollution. It’s the way business is conducted. This administration isn’t doing anything especially different, just more expansively. What did it for me was when that crackpot faith-based office wouldn’t release its own study showing how abstinence education actually led to increased sexual activity and teenage pregnancy.

  6. Ms Calabaza says:

    Lazlo Toth: I totally see why Obama inpires the fervor . . . I just don’t believe he will make things better (IMHO). I see us between a rock and a hard place …

  7. Manual Override says:

    Ms Calabaza: I believe he will make things better just by not being who we have in there now. Ditto John McCaine, but less so, because he’s a player among the same interests that have been running the Republican show for the last 25 years.

    Kent Standit: LOL!

  8. Squathole says:

    Yes, Kent, I voted for Nader in 2000, sparing the country from the vice presidency of Joe Lieberman. At the time I had no idea how bad a Bush administration would become, and neither did anybody else (least of all those who even today don’t see it for the mutant descent into imbecilocracy it is). So yes, I am perfectly unembarrassed to express complete disgust with it here and now.

  9. Living Will says:

    Yeah, well maybe you should be embarrassed over the uses of the word “imbecilocracy.”

  10. Piles says:

    And today the tomato growers are in Washington pitching a bitch about the revenue loss created by the government’s salmonella warning, which proved to be a false alarm. This means the same Big Agriculture interests who lobby against regulation howl like roasted wieners when the effects of their own policies bite ’em in the buttocks. Ironic, innit?

  11. Sisyphus says:

    “This administration’s record for soiling all it puts its paws on is breathtakingly consistent. From its failure in Afghanistan and capturing Osama Bin Laden; the strategic, legal, and moral failures of Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, and secret rendition prisons; New Orleans and FEMA; this insane invasion and occupation of a nation that didn’t attack us; ideological intrusion into selecting judges and other high officials; the economy (stupid); dismantling scientific studies in the name of religion and wingnut ideology…”

    What is more breathtaking is your total ignorance of each of these topics.

  12. Living Will says:

    Whoa, snap! Guess Sissyfist sure told you, Squattle! His clear presentation of facts and analysis leave no room for debate whatsoever. Maybe you should shut down your blog.

  13. Squathole says:

    Will: Yeah, imagine my chagrin. I don’t actually know who this is, but yesterday, when I wrote a post (that should have appeared Thursday but should appear tomorrow unless I’m doing something wrong again), I looked for a stereotypically moronic example of what I was talking about, and linked him. Read it Friday and tell me what you think.

    I imagine he’s a harmless if gullible wingnut who guzzles the Kool-Aid he’s fed by the right, truly believes things like Obama is a communist Muslim, and whacks off to photos of Man Coulter. But I could be mistaken. Maybe he wacks off to Mikey Weiner, er, Savage.

    Sissy: Thanks for stopping by. Hope to hear from you soon, maybe even often.

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