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Friday, October 31, 2008

Bush Refuses to Investigate Global Meltdown

If you're a drug user or any sort of protester, or if you know somebody whose second cousin's roommate's brother-in-law once visited the Middle East -- the government is probably watching your every move.

Then again, if you're involved in a huge pyramid scheme to rob billions of dollars from American taxpayers, George Johnny Walker Bush doesn't give a flying fuck. He has Other Priorities.

The FBI has been pleading for more agents to investigate the crimes that triggered the global financial meltdown. Dumbya says no. A retired FBI official said:

"They are bogged down big-time or there would be some indictments by now." He said this is totally different from the FBI's response to previous financial crises. "There are three comparable things ... the S&L crisis, corporate fraud like Enron and health care fraud. There was a clear, well-delineated effort there. I don't see it here. They are bogged down because they are even more under-resourced than when I was there. They are a year and a half into this, and I don't get the sense that any significant indictments are imminent. I just don't think there's a lot of traction."

What kind of sickfuck twisted priorities does this administration have??? We're facing the worst financial crisis since the early 1980s (possibly since the early 1930s) and Dumbfuck doesn't think it's important to investigate the causes? What the fuck is he doing instead, getting both of his books packed up in time for Moving Day next January?

Or maybe he doesn't want these corporate crimes investigated. Hmmm...any suspicious motives here?

cross-posted at Bring It On!


Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

I've got one theory on "what kind of sickfuck twisted priorities" the Bush administration has.

The No. 2 reason why Bush, Cheney and the rest of the cabal don't want a large, well-funded FBI tackling a lot of criminal investigations now is because the administration's biggest big contributors and supporters have been financial industry types. Goldman Sachs topped the list in 2000.

But the No. 1 reason is closer to home. Come a Democratic Congress with bulletproof majorities in both houses, hearings, investigations and subpoenas are likely to start coming thick and fast. Everything from malfeasance and misfeasance to missing money, torture, cover-ups, strong-arming bureaucrats, under-the-table dealing with foreign leaders and factions, misuse of intelligence, corrupting the Justice Department, lying to Congress — the list goes on.

So, I think the White House gang is scared, with George W. among the most scared. They want to do anything they can to prevent, slow and hobble investigations.

Glad to see you back posting, Tom. Hope your PC is cleaned out and buttoned up tight.

October 31, 2008 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

No surprise here. Bush fought tooth and nail against any investigation into 9/11, finally appointing a commission and limiting the scope and time of the investigation. Someday all the truths about this regime will come out, but it will be too late to charge any one with the crimes they have committed.

October 31, 2008 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: Thanks. My PC seems to be back to normal as of now. I'll be ready to switch to a laptop with Linux if this happens again.

I think you've got it dialed, the reasons Bush doesn't want the FBI investigating this mess. I'm sure looking forward to the upcoming hearings and investigations into all these scandals. It's time to "drain the swamp" as Nancy Pelosi put it.

Lew: Bush also fought tooth and nail against any and all regulations that would have prevented this financial meltdown. You're probably right that there won't be any prosecutions, but hopefully these neocon gangs will be forced back into the shadows for the next few decades.

October 31, 2008 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Boy, between this and the gobs of fresh deregulation they're trying to push through these last few months, one could be forgiven for thinking that these Americans aren't nice folks.

I've extremely curious to see just how much swamp draining will be going on post-Inauguration. I have my doubts.

November 1, 2008 at 6:42 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Chimpy will be handing out pardons like McKeating tells lies in another month or so, and then he'll be off to Paraguay. Until then, he has to slow things down as much as he can.

November 1, 2008 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: I hope there'll be a massive swamp draining starting in January. Pelosi coined that phrase but so far a phrase is all it's been.

JR: No doubt, he'll be handing out pardons like candy on Halloween. Unfortunately the candy probably won't have any razor blades in it.

November 1, 2008 at 12:02 PM  
Anonymous robert said...

do not expect any effort to punish bush after he leaves office. remember all the talk about impeaching bush before the democrats dominated congress?? pelosi's comment after she became speaker of the house about impeachment was "it is off the table". the Democratically controlled congress gave bush more money for the war than he asked for.

November 1, 2008 at 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Kvatch said...

...getting both of his books packed up in time for Moving Day next January?

Paraguay is looking awfully nice. ;-)

November 1, 2008 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Robert: I keep hoping that if there are enough Democrats in Congress they'll have the balls to do what they have to do. But I was all hopeful after the 2006 election, and that was all for nothing; so we'll see.

Kvatch: Don't forget, Paraguay recently elected a leftist government; one of those wealthspreading commies just like Obama. We'll see if Paraguay remains a safe haven for the Bush Crime Family and their huge estate there.

November 1, 2008 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Mile High Pixie said...

"Both of his books." Baahaha!

Lew makes a good point. This happened on his watch, and he's going to have to make sure he leaves office with a shred of dignity intact. This will make it easy for him to have the Dumbya Prezidenshul Li-barry built, in order to house 50,00 volumes, all colored in.

Bush may not want to investigate the financial meltdown, but I hope to God a firmly blue Congress does. If impeachment is okay for a blow job, then it has GOT to be more than okay for the past eight years of wiping boogers on the Constitution.

November 1, 2008 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

MHP: If Bush can slink off to Crawford or Paraguay or wherever without getting impeached or jailed, he'll be one lucky SOB. Let's hope Congress will drain the swamp and do whatever they have to do to fix 8 years worth of problems created by Bush.

November 1, 2008 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

Bush might have to investigate himself.

November 1, 2008 at 8:35 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

robert, as soul satisfying as a Bush impeachment might be, there were practical reasons why it wasn't worth pursuing.

First, impeachments originate in the House. Dems have a real working majority there, although they would surely need some Republicans to go along — IOW, you can forget that. But if successful in the House, the whole thing would be torpedoed in the Senate, with Sen. "GOP" Joe Lieberman only too happy to join in putting a quick end to it.

Second, too much of a case against Bush would depend on eliciting truthful damning testimony from administration aides and officials. Would they lie under oath? Ahem.

Third, Pelosi probably thinks this country shouldn't establish a tradition of impeaching one president after another. If I'm right about that, I tend to agree. That's a big first step on the path to destabilizing our system. Stability has been one of our greatest national strengths. We should be vary careful about risking loss of it for the short-term satisfaction of giving a horrible president what he richly deserves.

November 1, 2008 at 11:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is this an Issue?

As Rampant as it is Corporate White Collar crime is rarely investigated, rarely prosecuted and if so they spend relatively little time at a Club fed style prison where the biggest torture is settling for a common white wine for dinner.

Bottom Line:


November 2, 2008 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

S.W. Anderson is probably right about the impeachment thing. It's bad enough we're afraid the voting doesn't count in this country anymore, without destabilizing the government and impeaching the president whenever a new majority party takes over. It would be a bit like a banana republi after awhile. And it's kind of like the old idea of "turning the other cheek." Just because the GOP did it to Clinton doesn't mean we should do it to them. Never mind the fact that THIS administration actually did commit impeachable crimes. It would just be spun by the spinmeisters as "partisanship" by the Dems and wouldn't be a good way to stay popular with the public.

November 2, 2008 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Enemy: Bush has spent the last 8 years investigating himself. And he exonerates himself every time.

Erik: True, it shouldn't be surprising any more when this happens. But this is so blatant -- the biggest corporate robbery in our history, and Bush just wants to look the other way.

SW, Mauigirl: It's true, we have to find the right balance. We need to make sure politicians and VIPs are accountable for their actions. But if there's too much investigating and prosecuting, it gives the appearance (with a little help from the rightwing spin machine) that Congress and the White House are too vengeful and are looking backward instead of forward.

November 2, 2008 at 5:52 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Anonymous tells us in no uncertain terms that white-collar criminals don't go to real prisons, just Club Fed-type resorts.

That has become the generally accepted notion in recent years. I've sarcastically fed into it and played off of it myself. But for the record, it's an exaggeration.

Don't think so? Check out the "60 Minutes" piece on ex-Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski. Here's a sample:

"60 Minutes caught up with Dennis Kozlowski at Mid-State Correctional Facility in upstate New York. 'Guests' at the facility include murderers, drug dealers and pedophiles, and the odd multi-millionaire."

November 2, 2008 at 11:01 PM  

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