While you were out...
With all the attention we devoted to the race to rid of us George Bush, Ol' 43 managed to slither around and do those things he does that makes us count down the days:
Had enough yet?
- The CIA admitted that it water boarded, i.e., tortured, three al Qaeda captives. While CIA boss Gen. Michael Hayden says it may no longer be legal, Attorney General Michael Mukasey says he won't investigate actions the rest of the world long considered torture (with pre-Bush America among them). And of course, Bill O'Reilly says surrender monkeys are threatening our safety.
- We're still no closer to ferreting out an apparent obstruction of evidence in destroying the tapes documenting that torture or to protecting our rights against illegal search and seizure through warrantless wiretaps;
- Or to figuring out what happened to missing email;
- Bush continues to defy Congress and the Constitution with signing statements that in effect say "nyah, nyah, you can't make me"on topics ranging with Iraq and Darfur (not to mention torture);
- Domestically, the president who inherited a surplus offered a budget with a deficit conservatively estimated $407 billion and as high as $738 billion. And while the budget contains funds to help soldiers get their high school degrees (as opposed to urban children), it continues to underfund that very war (if for no other reason than to hide the true costs);
- Meanwhile, Senate Republicans stonewalled efforts to add "luxuries" like unemployment benefits and heating assistance to an economic stimulus bill. Noticeable by his absence on the cloture vote was putative GOP presidential nominee John McCain, not wishing to be recorded on a tough vote.
Had enough yet?