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.