DO WE WANT A FOX GUARDING OUR HEN HOUSE? THIS ADMINISTRATION CANNOT HANDLE TWO WARS AND A HURRICANE AT THE SAME TIME.
HOW CAN THEY PROTECT US FROM THE FOX?
Or just perhaps, the Bush/Cheney team IS the fox.
Turn on the TV cable news, which is teaming with Bush shills and GOP apologists who tell us it is perfectly fine for the fox to guard our hen house. Tune in for entertainment and a few chuckles at the incredibly bad acting jobs.
For noteworthy news, however, following are several stories found on Raw Story.com over the past two days, concerning the outsourcing our port security to a Bush friendly firm in Dubai.
DUBAI COMPANY TO GUARD OUR PORTS
EVEN FRIST DOESN'T LIKE DUBAI DEAL
FRIST AND MANY GOP DON'T LIKE DUBAI DEAL
NOW BUSH SAYS HE DIDN'T KNOW OF DUBAI DEAL UNTIL RECENTLY YET HE WILL VETO ANY BILL STOPPING IT
BUSH SAYS HE WAS UNAWARE OF PORT DEAL BEFORE ITS APPROVAL
TAMPA APPROVES PORT DEAL
Well, go figure. Jeb and George will probably get richer in some fashion through this deal. After all, their grandfather Prescott Boy had no trouble doing business with the Nazis during WW2.
In Tampa, Ronda Storms, a Hillsborough County commissioner who serves on the port authority board, said that while the UAE is an ally, news organizations have reported that some of the Sept. 11 hijackers used the nation as an operational and financial base. She cast the lone vote against moving forward with the deal.
"What you're being asked to do is pay no attention to the man behind the curtain," she said. "We are being encouraged to ignore possible risks and questions raised by good and diligent people."
But Port of Tampa Director Richard Wainio and most port commissioners said they trusted the review of the deal by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which represents 12 federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security.
TAMPA AOK WITH DUBAI PORT DEAL
ANOTHER SHOCKING REVELATION: BUSH NOMINATES GOOD BUDDY FROM DUBAI PORT COMPANY TO HIGH LEVEL MARITIME POSITION.
Anyone who does not see a pattern here is downright ignorant. Davvy will do a heck of a job no doubt. LS
BUSH BUDDY FROM DUBAI PORT COMPANY NOMINATED FOR MARITIME POST
DAVID SIROTA REVEALS THE MOTIVATION BEHIND BUSH'S BACKING OF THE DUBAI PORT COMPANY
This is a well-researched piece with links to historical data and articles. LS
"THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET BEHIND THE UAE PORT SECURITY FLAP"
Bottom line: Bush sells out on our national security for self and corporate interests. LS
How much does "free" trade have to do with this? How about a lot. The Bush administration is in the middle of a two-year push to ink a corporate-backed "free" trade accord with the UAE. At the end of 2004, in fact, it was Bush Trade Representative Robert Zoellick who proudly boasted of his trip to the UAE to begin negotiating the trade accord. Rejecting this port security deal might have set back that trade pact. Accepting the port security deal - regardless of the security consequences - likely greases the wheels for the pact. That's probably why instead of backing off the deal, President Bush - supposedly Mr. Tough on National Security - took the extraordinary step of threatening to use the first veto of his entire presidency to protect the UAE's interests. Because he knows protecting those interests - regardless of the security implications for America - is integral to the "free" trade agenda all of his corporate supporters are demanding.
The fact that no politicians and almost no media want to even explore this simple fact is telling. Here we have a major U.S. security scandal with the same country we are simultaneously negotiating a free trade pact with, and no one in Washington is saying a thing. The silence tells you all you need to know about a political/media establishment that is so totally owned by Big Money interests they won't even talk about what's potentially at the heart of a burgeoning national security scandal.
DAVID SIROTA BLOG HERE
BUSH SCRAMBLES TO SAVE DUBAI PORT DEAL
Naturally he has to convince Frist and other corrupt GOP that the Dubai deal is a win win for the GOP corporate interests. Bet it won't be a hard sell. LS
RAW STORY PIECE ON BUSH SCRAMBLES TO SAVE DUBAI DEAL
US HAD CALLED OFF STRIKE ON OSAMA BIN LADEN BECAUSE UAE ROYAL FAMILY MEMBERS WERE HIS GUESTS
DEMOCRATIC UNDERGROUND PIECE ON OSAMA AND UAE ROYAL FAMILY HERE
MOVING FROM DUBAI PORT NIGHTMARE BACK TO GOP AND THE LOBBYISTS
Another amazing piece found on Raw Story.com
Democrats put together a scathing report detailing how the GOP's ties to lobbyists have cost Americans millions. Here are a few choice examples of the GOP's cost of corruption. If this doesn't make your blood boil, you should sign up for a heart transplant or an implant, if you don't have a heart at all. LS
*14.2 million American seniors (including millions of our sickest and most vulnerable seniors) are stuck in a complicated, expensive, and inefficient Medicare prescription drug program because the Republican Congress and the Bush Administration allowed lobbyists from the insurance and pharmaceutical industries to design this program.
*60 million American families who heat their homes with natural gas and 8 million families who heat with heating oil are paying higher bills this winter, even though the Republican Congress recently passed their "national energy plan" into law. Although this plan gives the energy industry billions in new tax breaks and subsidies, it doesn't lower prices for consumers or make our country more energy independent.
*The 150,000 U.S. troops currently deployed in Iraq may not have the equipment they need because of waste, fraud and cronyism by the Republican Congress and the Department of Defense. While Halliburton and other companies with Republican connections get their contracts, our soldiers still don't have the body armor and armored vehicles they need to fight the war.
*750,000 households in the Gulf region are still displaced today, more than 5 months after Hurricane Katrina hit that region, at least in part because the political hacks the Bush Administration put in charge of crucial homeland security functions were not adequately prepared to prepare for or respond to this disaster.
*More than 10 million students and their families will have larger student loans to repay because House Republicans, led by new Majority Leader John Boehner working hand-in-hand with his commercial loan industry allies, cut $12 billion from the student loan program in the recent reconciliation bill and shifted the costs on to students and their families.
GOP TIES TO LOBBYISTS: THE COST OF THEIR CORRUPTION
HOW THE GOP STEALS ELECTIONS
Get ready for 2006 and 2008 folks. Ready yourselves for the fight. The GOP will be out in full swing in the dirty tricks department at the voting polls. LS
THE BRAD BLOGS REPORTS ON VOTING MACHINE SCAMS HERE