How to Overthrow the Government
by Arianna Huffington
W. Bush and Enron CEO Kenneth Lay are great pals. Not a crime in and of
itself, but when you lie down with the dogs, you wake up with fleas.
Notice the two can't even agree on how their relationship started.|
Since Bush has publicly stated his version, and Lay has also publicly stated his version, whose will be the truest version when questioned under oath? Potential for perjury, keep your eyes open. If Bush's story changes to match Lay's, show me the honor and integrity Bush touts like a badge. If Lay's story changes to match Bush's, you have to question Bush's judgement or definition of "moral character."
The Bush Administration is lined with former Enron employees, consultants, attorneys and/or lobbyists. Not a crime in and of itself, but after such a massive failure of a corporation structured on one of capitalism's ideal business models, "former Enron executive" doesn't exactly look so good on a resume these days. Yet there they sit creating policy that not only affects us as US taxpayers, but affects the entire global economy. Did Enron's campaign contributions actually buy seats for Enron's interest in this administration?
It gets better. Bush refuses to release documents on the Cheney-Enron energy policy meetings. 10 federal agencies have launched their own investigations into this financial/political catastrophe, starting in October 2001. But they allowed the evidence to remain in the hands of the accused, even two weeks beyond the first whisper of document shredding in this case. Would they be so lenient if your company was thought to be committing crimes? Is three months enough time for you to destroy the incriminating evidence? Sure enough, they shredded.
White House staff say Bush was never briefed on Enron's situation. Period. Bush himself confirms that. His chief economic advisor never told him. Nor the Commerce Secretary, nor treasury officials, even though they knew what was going on. Mysteriously.. or perhaps magically, Bush's economic stimulus package was created without him having a clue about the largest impending corporate bankruptcy in US history. Amazing he can address issues in our economy without a clue of the economic climate. Do you hope they are all lying to protect Bush, so that at least Bush wasn't naive to the economy around him? Or do you trust them all to be telling the truth and still find the courage to put your faith in a stimulus package that was created with blinders on?
If you really care about restoring ethics and integrity and honor into our model of government, you'll expose yourself to the events as they unraveled in this case - from the beginning, and you'll exert your voice in your districts to do what must be done.
This scandal is the mother of all scandals, and has the potential to knock us all to our knees and question our own values as we recover from its fallout looking for the right thing to do. The Houston Chronicle is on top of it, with probably the most thorough coverage of this scandal. Other reputable mainstream media offering full coverage include The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Watch the hearings on C-Span and track Bush's movements in the media at BushWatch. You can also track the Bush Family history at hereinreality.com.
Attitude: The New Subversive Political Cartoonists
edited by Ted Rall
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex- Conservative
by David Brock
Stupid White Men ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!
by Michael Moore
Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for President
by Ralph Nader
|This list was compiled by David A. SprintzenProfessor of Philosophy, Co-Director, Institute forSustainable Development C.W. Post College, Long Island:|
Whether you agree with them or not, you should know what your government is doing in your name, with your tax dollars:
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth about Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters
by Greg Palast
The Accidental President: How 413 Lawyers, 9 Supreme Court Justices, and 5,963,110 Floridians (Give or Take a Few) Landed George W. Bush in the White House
by David A. Kaplan
Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace
by Gore Vidal
by Noam Chomsky
The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder
by Mark Crispin Miller
Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American
by Michael Moore
The Future of Success : Working and Living in the New Economy
by Robert B. Reich
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich