Thank God the Pope Died
Wow, the Bushies -- especially Tom DeLay -- must be thanking their lucky stars for the timing of Pope John Paul II's expiration. With the media giving its undivided attention to the Pope's life, his death, his corpse, his mourners and All Things Papal this week, it's almost enough to get everyone's minds off the neocons' disastrous recent attempt to destroy social security, the transparent political opportunism of the their fake Shiavo grandstanding (which NOBODY bought) and the continued unraveling of majority leader Tom DeLay.
But I'm exaggerating, because the truth is, these things haven't gone unnoticed by Americans. Most of us, even conservatives, saw through Bush's melodramatic, entirely political reaction to the Schiavo situation (which Dubya considered important enough to disrupt his vacation -- and even the Tsunami couldn't do that!). With his popularity waning in the wake of his coldly received Social Security privatization pitch, I'm sure he saw it as an opportunity to rile the right-to-lifers back into his good graces, but alas! -- it backfired.
And then there's DeLay. Trying to keep track of this asshole's scandals makes my head spin. But here are some of the big ones, as identified by MoveOn.org:
*Promised a role in drafting legislation to a corporate donor
*Tried to coerce a Congressman for a vote on Medicare
*Allegedly used corporate money given to his PAC to finance Texas campaigns in violation of state law
*Used Homeland Security resources in a dispute with Democrats in Texas
*Diverted funds from a children's charity for lavish celebrations at the Republican convention
*Threatened retaliation against interest groups that don't support Republicans
*Stacked the House Ethics committee with representatives who have contributed to his legal defense fund
*Accepted trips from corporations and later helped kill legislation they opposed
*Accepted trips from the lobbyist for a foreign government in violation of House rules
*Crippled the effectiveness of the House Ethics Committee by purging members who had rebuked him
*Pushed for a rules change for the House Ethics process that paralyzed the panel
*Sought a rule change that would have no longer "required leaders to step aside temporarily if indicted"
and, this just in:
*Paid family members more than $500,000 out of campaign contributions
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