Saturday, October 01, 2005

Broken


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It seems like it is finally occuring to almost everyone that our government is tragically and almost comically corrupt.

Maybe it's the Tom Delay indictment, where the bug man finally gets a dose of his poison.

Maybe it's the leader of the Senate who is now being investigated for instructing his blind but not deaf trustee to sell stock before it tanks. Inside information? No way, just because my brother is CEO, and my father founded the deal, that doesn't mean that they would tell me when the family fortune is getting ready to suffer a big stock drop.

Maybe it's the little mouthpiece for the administration for the New York Times who just spent the last 86 days cooling her high heels across the Potomac protecting the Vice President's chief of staff. In case you don't remember, Miller wrote all of those outragous WMD stories early in the Iraq War that proved to be totally false.

Or maybe it's because the POTUS said he would fire any leakers when the story originally broke, and now that we know that it his Chief of Staff and the Veep's chief of staff that did the leaking, they must now be convicted before they would be fired.

Or maybe it's because the top procurement official in the White House has been arrested on corruption charges.

Bush Official Arrested in Corruption Probe
By R. Jeffrey Smith and Susan Schmidt
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Bush administration's top federal procurement official resigned Friday and was arrested yesterday, accused of lying and obstructing a criminal investigation into Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings with the federal government. It was the first criminal complaint filed against a government official in the ongoing corruption probe related to Abramoff's activities in Washington.

The complaint, filed by the FBI, alleges that David H. Safavian, 38, a White House procurement official involved until last week in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, made repeated false statements to government officials and investigators about a golf trip with Abramoff to Scotland in 2002.

It also contends that he concealed his efforts to help Abramoff acquire control of two federally managed properties in the Washington area. Abramoff is the person identified as "Lobbyist A" in a 13-page affidavit unsealed in court, according to sources knowledgeable about the probe.

Until his resignation on the day the criminal complaint against him was signed, Safavian was the top administrator at the federal procurement office in the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he set purchasing policy for the entire government."

Or maybe it's because the administration was officially busted for procurring favorably shaped news for its policies yesterday:

Audit Assails the White House for Public Relations Spending
New York Times
By ROBERT PEAR
Published: September 30, 2005

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 - Federal auditors said today that the Bush administration had violated the law by purchasing favorable news coverage of President Bush's education policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party.

In a blistering report, the investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said the administration had disseminated "covert propaganda" inside the United States, in violation of a longstanding, explicit statutory ban.

The auditors declared: "We see no use for such information except for partisan political purposes. Engaging in a purely political activity such as this is not a proper use of appropriated funds."

Or maybe it's because they rehired, you're doing a heck of a job, Brownie.

This is the most mendacious, most corrupt government in the history of the American Experience.

And according to the polls

Their ratings went up.

Something is very broken.

"each candidate behaved well in the hope of being judged worthy of election. However, this system was disastrous when the city had become corrupt. For then it was not the most virtuous but the most powerful who stood for election, and the weak, even if virtuous, were too frightened to run for office."

Niccolo Machiavelli


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4 Comments:

Blogger head lem said...

Nothing is "broken".

Throughout the course of human history there have always been more-manipulative sets of people within each society who succeed in manipulating the gullible masses.

Why bother working hard yourself if you can use words to manipulate those around you to do the hard hard work and then pass part of the fruit of their sweat over to you?

So from the dawn of civilization you see small groups of the so-called "nobility" convincing the uneducated masses that the nobles have been selected by God to be Kings, Queens and other assorted classes of Lords.

Cindy Sheehan keeps asking GW Bush, "What noble cause did my son die for?"

If GW were honest for one insane fantasy moment, he would look Sheehan straight in the eye and say, "You're looking at it."

Nothing is broken. These are just manifestations of the manipulators gaming the system for their selfish gain.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Help, I've fallen and I can't get up...
USA

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course it's broken ... and perhaps irreversably so this time.

11:16 AM  
Blogger OZ said...

The post was updated around 1:30. I changed a couple of words and fixed the last link.

11:53 AM  

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