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More last minute shenanigans from Bush

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November 30, 2008

Lame duck President George W. Bush may be going but he’s far from gone.

Bush is papering the federal government with last-minue executive orders putting his stamp on everything he can and paying off debts to those who supported him during his controversial Presidency.

Outgoing Presidents often issue last minute rules that they not only hope will last long after they leave office but that will also not be immediately overturned by the incoming resident of the White House.

But Bush’s last-minute glut of rules goes far beyond what has been done by other departing Presidents and often stretches the boundries of what may or may not be legal.

It’s typical Bush and shows the outgoing President is not going quietly. He will be defiant to the end.

Reports The Washington Post:

In a burst of activity meant to leave a lasting stamp on the federal government, the Bush White House in the past month has approved 61 new regulations on environmental, security, social and commercial matters that by its own estimate will have an economic impact exceeding $1.9 billion annually.

Some of the rules benefit key industries that have long had the administration’s ear, such as oil and gas companies, banks and farms. Others impose counterterrorism security requirements on importers and private aircraft owners.

The rules cover obscure as well as high-profile social and economic issues: spelling out what kinds of records must be kept by sexually explicit performers and publications, exempting hobbyists’ rocket motors from federal explosives controls, expanding the collection of DNA samples from federal prisoners.

In most cases, the new regulations are meant to spell out precisely how federal employees and private citizens must comply with laws passed by Congress. But the language in those laws often had ambiguities — reflecting lawmakers’ uncertainties or disagreements — that gave Bush’s appointees broad discretion to follow their policy preferences. Similar "midnight regulations" were approved by previous presidents.

The New York Times offers good information on Bush’s strategy:

The Labor Department is racing to complete a new rule, strenuously opposed by President-elect Barack Obama, that would make it much harder for the government to regulate toxic substances and hazardous chemicals to which workers are exposed on the job.

The rule, which has strong support from business groups, says that in assessing the risk from a particular substance, federal agencies should gather and analyze “industry-by-industry evidence” of employees’ exposure to it during their working lives. The proposal would, in many cases, add a step to the lengthy process of developing standards to protect workers’ health.

Public health officials and labor unions said the rule would delay needed protections for workers, resulting in additional deaths and illnesses.

With the economy tumbling and American troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Bush has promised to cooperate with Mr. Obama to make the transition “as smooth as possible.” But that has not stopped his administration from trying, in its final days, to cement in place a diverse array of new regulations.

The Labor Department proposal is one of about 20 highly contentious rules the Bush administration is planning to issue in its final weeks. The rules deal with issues as diverse as abortion, auto safety and the environment.

But Obama is not planning to sit back and let Bush get away with this. The Times report continues:

Mr. Obama and his advisers have already signaled their wariness of last-minute efforts by the Bush administration to embed its policies into the Code of Federal Regulations, a collection of rules having the force of law. The advisers have also said that Mr. Obama plans to look at a number of executive orders issued by Mr. Bush.

A new president can unilaterally reverse executive orders issued by his predecessors, as Mr. Bush and President Bill Clinton did in selected cases. But it is much more difficult for a new president to revoke or alter final regulations put in place by a predecessor. A new administration must solicit public comment and supply “a reasoned analysis” for such changes, as if it were issuing a new rule, the Supreme Court has said.

8 Responses to More last minute shenanigans from Bush

  1. woody188

    December 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    LOL, every time Doug & Co. delete one of my posts I swear the stormtroopers are going to come kicking in my door in the middle of the night. I’m living in fear of being locked up and tortured as a traitor for calling a fascist what they are to their faces and the world. Good thing I don’t sleep. I’m just an old Boy Scout wishing for the United States of yesteryear to return.

    Back on topic, we’ve told folks repeatedly to impeach this duckie before it was too late. Should have listened. Now you’ll see how much damage a lame duck can do.

    Likewise, many of us are wondering the legal standing for pardoning your own crimes, like if he were to pardon Libby when the investigation was headed for the White House. What if Nixon had attempted to pardon himself versus Ford doing it?

    It would be interesting to see if Obama would be asked to pardon the Bush gang should they be stopped from pardoning themselves for their own crimes like the wiretaps, the renditions, the torture authorization, etc.

    Interesting few months ahead that is for sure.

  2. gaslaugh

    December 1, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    “Idiotic crap” no your wrong. I know you meant to state “super idiotic crap” and I strongly suspect it is even more severe than super. The “New World Order” soon to come to YOUR neighborhood .

  3. Warren

    November 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    We don’t know what he has ordered. No doubt the orders will be controversial, but I don’t see how we can totally dismiss each and every one until we know what they are. Let’s judge these orders on a case-by-case basis.

    I’m not a Bush supporter, but just because George does it doesn’t make it wrong. (Well, OK, most of the time, but not all of the time.)

  4. gaslaugh

    November 30, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Bush our illustrious President and his gain of evil doers are leaving office and a planet in much worse shape. I an amassed how much blatant criminal actions can be over looked by our Congress. Now Obama (yep that guy with the birth certificate issue before the Supreme Court). Bush is and was enough (evil insanity) who approved the killings of millions of innocent people around the world.

    What amazes me even more are the number of citizens of this nation who are so easily led like a herd of (real dumb)cattle. Now we have a President who is Muslim, cannot or will not produce a legal birth certificate, his past is laced with confusion and lies. I believe we are in even great peril if this illegal alien takes office. This nation will be merged with the New World Order.

    Check out(rense.com) to get the latest information on obama. If you haven’t been to this web site then you are in for many shocks if you decide to look. Truth is becoming water down to that which represents lies and deception.

  5. gazelle1929

    November 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Please post this idiotic crap somewhere else. What you are spouting is nothing but mindless mumbling by morons who cannot make their two brain synapses fire in sequence.

  6. barak

    December 2, 2008 at 3:57 am

    “Mindless mutterings by nattering Nabobs” was, I believe, the expression used by that minor (compared to Bush/Cheney) criminal, Spiro Agnew.

    Fact is we should have impeached both the Pres and Vice Pres a long time ago. Now we allegedly have armed troops patrolling the streets of DC with the possibility of other cities soon to come, our Bill of Rights has been suborned so much that it resembles a highly gaseous Swiss Cheese, the Supreme Court has proven itself to be far less than supreme in any stretch of the imagination, the congress works less, gets paid more, and does less than any congress in history, and our economy is so bad that it is dragging the world economy down the drain with it.

    Thanks George & Dick. Somehow the real assholes you muttered about in that open mike during the first campaign were US, the American People. After all, we let you take that office not once, but twice.

    Now we are about to put a guy who preaches change and practices sames into the office of the Presidency. What’s that expression: “Screw me once, screw you, Screw me twice screw me.”? I’m not afraid of Obama being a muslim–he isn’t. I’m afraid of him being a Chicago Politician with none of the “Leave some for the people” qualities of the Mayors Daley.

    How much was the fee for that trip into space???

  7. barak

    December 2, 2008 at 4:00 am

    …and what happens if suddenly it is learned that Obama was not born in America?

    Do we hold another election? Does Biden become President? Does Arnold the Furher get a shot at the job?

  8. Michela

    December 2, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Hello? Is there any intelligent life our there? Obama is not a Muslim, but what difference should it make if he were? We do not elect our officials according to their religious affiliation. Remember the “no religious test” to run for office, anyone??? Furthermore, it doesn’t matter where he was born. His mother was an American citizen. That makes him an American citizen. That’s the law. I am amazed at how people dwell on such petty untruths. McCain was born in Panama, yet no one questions his citizenship. Why not? Why doesn’t anyone ask for his birth certificate? Maybe because he isn’t Black???