Apparently many of the background folks in the Bush administration are now coming out and saying in essence what a lousy president Bush has been.
I found this part to be particularly enlightening, knowing what I know about the Rovian strategy employed to get Bush elected not once, but twice.
On other topics, David Kuo, who served as deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, disputed the idea that the Bush White House was dominated by religious conservatives and catered to the needs of a religious right voting bloc.
“The reality in the White House is — if you look at the most senior staff — you’re seeing people who aren’t personally religious and have no particular affection for people who are religious-right leaders,” Kuo said.
“In the political affairs shop in particular, you saw a lot of people who just rolled their eyes at … basically every religious-right leader that was out there, because they just found them annoying and insufferable. These guys were pains in the butt who had to be accommodated.”
Yes, the had to be accommodated in order to get their votes. Kuo asks that we read between the lines on this one. I can’t wait until the Vanity Fair article gets out in the wild. It should be an interesting read.
But it just reinforces what I’ve known for a very long time. Bush is nothing more than a puppet. In that he’s been wildly successful. Cheney himself must be jiggling with glee at the fact that they have collectively succeeded in looting the coffers of the federal government and more importantly the American people.
The Bush presidency was a great big “Fuck You” from the business world. Need I remind people of Enron, of Tyco, or how about National Grid and their 27% increase in electric rates.
Then there is the shadow bank implosion. That was a spectacular flame out. The shadow banks fly under the regulatory watch. And unmitigated greed always ends in disaster. The thing that was really interesting though is how the big commercial banks bought up those derivative debt packages like they were gold. That showed the flaws in the Federal Reserve system.
If anyone has studied the histor of the Federal Reserve you’ll find that it was conceived by bankers and tycoons as a way of controlling the money supply. It was legislation that stunk so badly that they snuck it through on a holiday vote. Technically speaking the amendment creating the bank was never truly ratified by the majority.
One of the promises of the Federal Reserve was to smooth out financial crisis and panic. Their first big failure was in the late 1920’s. Since then we’ve seen numerous recessions and I think we’re sliding headfirst into yet another depression right now.
Another interesting factor is Bush packing the federal judiciary with 300 Republican Ideologues. That ought to screw up justice for a very long time.
In all his presidential legacy has been one of draft and corruption from the outset. Did anyone really believe that a guy who drove a baseball team, and oil company and other ventures into the ground would be a good president?