And To Think Nixon Was An Environmentalist...
One outstanding feature of Bush's domestic policies--and easily so, because his domestic policies are so few beyond "shut up and starve"--is a reckless willingness, eagerness even, to cut anything that might be beneficial to health or environment, even when it would make no difference whatsoever to his corporate sponsors. In fact, several states--who you'd think would benefit from increased corporate investment if their regulations were looser, but not so--have sued the government over this. What motivates Bush's hatred of anything God created?
It seems to be almost an ideological commitment to making this world as polluted and poisonous as possible. Maybe he's trying to make Mars look more attractive. Maybe he does believe Armageddon is coming and believes it's his job to make sure the earth is a toxic pesthole for those not taken up by the Rapture; if, as apocalyptic theology has it, the earth is to be a concentration camp for the unblessed, I guess it follows that some would be vying to be kapos. Maybe he just thinks the environment is bad because Unca Dick told him so. Who knows?
But he may have overstepped his bounds when, in his new budget, he proposes "complete elimination of homeland security building decontamination research."
This came to light, by the way, on the same day ricin was found in the offices of senators Frist and Jeffords.
Funny, isn't it, that every single measure that we know would definitely strengthen "homeland security," like this, is what Bush denies funds. But a war in Iraq? Tax cuts? The ability to lock anyone up, any time, as long as you want for no reason in particular? The power to monitor internet use, buying habits and library records? The power to let in whatever cheap labor corporations want while most of us know our jobs are gone and never returning? All these he's gone for.
It is security he wants. But not ours.