Trying To Rewrite A Lame Duck Legacy

With less than two months to go before one of the most corrupted, criminal presidency in the history of the United States finally comes to an end, President Bush, his friends, numerous felonious former employees and other moronic, unethical cheerleadering sycophants of his administration are busy running a legacy campaign to spread their delusional fantasies and lies — attempting to rewrite history — to change Bush’s lame duck legacy.

In the words of Fire Dog Lake, Bush wants everyone to know how proud he is of his spectacularly successful presidency. Bush and his cronies will spend years trying to cover the fact that his legacy will be nothing but one massively felonious failure after another that Bush has never taken responsibility for. Bush’s blatant disregard for the law, America and the rest of the world has destroyed millions of lives.

Bush wants to be remembered (PDF) as “a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process.” According to Bush, he came to Washington with a set of values and is leaving with the same set of values and he “darn sure” wasn’t going to sacrifice those values.

Due to Bush’s illegal spying, lack of morals, torturing, warmongering and blatant disregard for the Constitution, a lot of loyal Bushies made a fortune at the expense of the rest of the country. The only thing Bush valued was killing innocent people, oil and making sure his rich corporate cronies became richer while blatantly lying to the American public as he morally and financially bankrupted them.

Bush is actually delusional enough to believe that history will see him as a president who liberated millions of Iraqis and Afghans when the truth is Bush illegally invaded and occupied both countries while killing what some estimate as over a million people labeled as “suspected terrorists.” For years the Bush administration used lies and propaganda — which is illegal — to gain support for Bush’s illegal wars. 935 lies were used to justify invading Iraq.

Bush’s presidency has been one constant illegal act after another. We the people have paid a heavy price for Bush’s criminal acts. It’s time he did too. Some expect Bush to issues thousands of pardons. Bush’s only problem with that is that the president cannot pardon a crime he authorizes. Most of the illegal acts before 9/11, the attacks of 9/11 that Bush was complicit in allowing and the illegal acts implemented as a result of Bush’s failure to stop them were authorized by President Bush. Under Bush’s watch, the CIA has been busy terrorizing several countries while blaming it on extremist Islamist groups or al Qaeda.

Cost of Fraudulent Bailout hits $8.5 Trillion

The cost of the fraudulent bailout has reportedly hit $8.5 trillion, and there doesn’t appear to be any end in site. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has lied repeatedly about the bailout — going so far as threatening to institute Marshall Law if Congress didn’t give the money to Paulson — and the White House has lied for nearly a year about the country being in a recession. It’s funny watching Bush trying to place all the blame for the financial meltdown on former President Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush Sr — Bush’s proud daddy.

Despite warnings of ‘epidemic’ mortgage fraud — investigations have reportedly shown fraud incidence of 50% at (once) major subprime lenders like IndyMac and Countrywide — nothing has been done about it and no one has been put in jail. As noted by the New York Times, we found the W.M.D. They were buried in our own backyard — subprime mortgages and all the derivatives attached to them.

U.S. credit default swaps and the bond market are reportedly falling apart. Instead of receiving extremely extravagant bonuses — paid for by Joe the taxpayer — CEOs of the large corporations being bailed out are now receiving “retention pay.” Congressional promises about oversight and the bailout appear to have been nothing  but more blatant lies. There is entirely too much corruption in our Congress. Bush’s government has never seen the need for oversight or regulation.

Billions in Federally Insured Mortgages Exploited

Thousands of subprime mortgage lenders and brokers — many from the same firms that helped created the current financial crisis we face today — reportedly have a new strategy for bilking and bankrupting millions of Americans. Their new strategy is taking advantage of a long-standing federal program designed to encourage homeownership by insuring mortgages for buyers of modest homes.

The companies that have reaped billions from the ‘bailout’ are now trying to profit by exploiting billions in federally insured mortgages. The very lengthy article from Business Week spells out all the angering details. The Federal government keeps throwing bad debt after bad debt.

The Bush administration reportedly backed off proposed crackdowns on no-money-down, interest-only mortgages years before the economy collapsed — buckling to pressure from some of the same banks that have now failed — ignoring remarkably prescient warnings that foretold the financial meltdown. They were bought by aggressive lobbyists and given assurances from banks that the troubled mortgages were okay.

More on the Fed’s role in the crisis can be found from The Washington Post, Yahoo! News, MSN Money Central, Rense, The Denver Post and The Daily Kos. The good news is, some banks are turning down a bailout. Our banking system — as well as our political system — is broken and badly in need of repair. Americans have the power to change things. They just need to use it. The government has been screwing Americans for quite a while.

Legality of Retroactive Telecom Immunity Challenged

The Bush administration will reportedly try to convince a federal judge to let stand a law granting retroactive legal immunity to the nation’s telecoms accused of transmitting Americans’ private communications to the National Security Agency without warrants. There is more than ample evidence that the telecoms helped Bush spy illegally.

The judge presiding over the case wants to discuss 11 questions (PDF), including:

“Is there any precedent for this type of enactment that is analogous in all of these respects: retroactivity; immunity for constitutional violations; and delegation of broad discretion to the executive branch to determine whether to invoke the provision?”

A lot is riding on the outcome of the legality of this legislation.

This “legislation” seeks to circumvent the Constitution’s separation of powers clause, as well as Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. If found legal, it will be possible to extend immunity to other areas of the law. For example, Congress could immunize ExxonMobil for the 1989 Valdez oil spill “for national security reasons” after a jury awarded $500 million in punitive damages.

Congress would be able to go back retroactively — which is forbidden in the U.S. Constitution — and change any law they wanted in the name of “national security,” which the Bush administration has redefined and abused in order to keep their illicit activities covered up and secret. The Bush administration has a long history of using the “national security” BS in attempts to absolve themselves of any crime. Congress has repeatedly done virtually everything in its power to make sure Bush’s crimes stay covered up.

Implementing Disastrous Last Minute Policies

The Bush administration has a bad history of using secrecy, lies, executive privilege and national security to keep their crimes and the truth covered up. Many are waiting with baited breath to see how much more damage Bush will try to instill before leaving office next January. Bush’s legacy is a lot more troubling because of all the death and destruction that has resulted as a result of Bush’s delusional belief of being above the law.

Bush’s Labor Department was reportedly racing to complete a new rule that would make it much harder for the government to regulate toxic substances and hazardous chemicals to which workers are exposed on the job, delaying needed protections for workers, which could result in additional deaths and illnesses.

That’s just one of about 20 highly contentious rules the Bush administration is trying to implement in Bush’s final weeks. Other issues include abortion, auto safety and the environment. A lot more information is available from The New York Times article.

Bush reportedly issued another one of his infamous, illicit executive orders denying collective bargaining rights to about 8,600 federal employees who work in law enforcement, intelligence and other agencies responsible for national security.

As noted by OpEdNews, politics as usual in Washington demonstrates that lying to the voter is okay and will not be punished or even closely scrutinized. More than ample existing evidence is available to charge Bush and many in his administration with treason. Impeachment would prevent a lot of problems but Congress, particularly Congressional leadership, won’t do it because of their involvement in Bush’s crimes. Members of Congress who have aided and abetted Bush along the way should face charges too.

Having friends and former felonious employees of the Bush administration trying to rewrite Bush’s disastrous history will not work. Bush may be stupid enough to believe that he’ll have a great legacy, but the truth will prove him wrong.

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