Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Today in BushCorp hackery

Well, actually it was yesterday.

But regardless.

One of the many Bush appointees whose "qualifications" seem limited to either their corporate or Christian cred, and whose behavior is now subject to congressional supervision has just resigned.

An Interior Department official accused of pressuring government scientists to make their research fit her policy goals has resigned.

Julie MacDonald, deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, submitted her resignation letter to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

MacDonald resigned a week before a House congressional oversight committee was to hold a hearing on accusations that she violated the Endangered Species Act, censored science and mistreated staff of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Your ever vigilant CaliBlogger has noted Ms. MacDonald's pro-corporate leanings in an earlier post, Fox, henhouse. Henhouse, fox:

One of the really cool things about government is that, although Congress passes laws, it's up to the executive branch (read BushCorp™) to implement those laws.

The various agencies do this by implementing regulations which are not subject to Congressional approval, unless Congress is paying attention, which, you may have noticed, hasn't happened for the last six years.

So it is with the Interior Department which is revamping its rules regarding endangered species. You'll not be hugely surprised that the proposed regulations now being floated are cleverly designed to make it harder to classify new species as endangered, and to be generally more friendly to a variety of business interests.

Blogging over at The Moderate Voice, Shaun Mullen notes that Ms. MacDonald is the 33rd Bushie to to be "convicted, copped pleas, indicted or otherwise brought down by scandal".

A remarkable number for a president who promised to "restore honor and dignity to the White House".

On the other hand, at least none of these scandals involved a blow job, at least as far as we know, though I must ask re: Randall Tobias, do hand jobs count as "sex"?

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