Saturday, August 14, 2004

Congrats to the NY Times -- it's on the improve! Today's paper has an absolute must-read story, as it highlights one of the top-3 reasons Bush/Cheney must be tossed out. It discusses how this administration has insidiously modified and gutted regulations in favor of special interests (read: against you and I), and even more reprehensibly, using the cover of terrorism concern to conduct such changes.

As we have become so obsessed with homeland security, Bush & Co. have worked to maintain and fuel this fear, while they then conduct extensive back-handed revisions to regulations, knowing we're completely preoccupied with anything remotely terrorist related and therefore don't notice. It's like the criminals who blow up a car a few blocks from a bank to create a diversion so they can then slip in and steal every dollar.

Simply revolting.

Just look at this sample:

On the same day, deep within the turgid pages of the Federal Register, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a regulation that would forbid the public release of some data relating to unsafe motor vehicles, saying that publicizing the information would cause "substantial competitive harm" to manufacturers.

As soon as the rule was published, consumer groups yelped in complaint, while the government responded that it was trying to balance the interests of consumers with the competitive needs of business.

Censoring safety info that is to benefit the public for the sake of "competitive needs of business." Yes, that about sums up what this administration stands for. As I said, simply revolting.

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