From John Ashcroft NOT flying on PUBLIC AIRLINERS in July of 2001 because of a "THREAT ASSESMENT" - a "THREAT ASSESMENT" the COWARDLY Democrats were TOO STUPID to ASK QUESTIONS about... (thereby JOINING IN the Bush-Cheney administration leaving American airline passengers and crews EXPOSED to that "threat" - AS BAIT for Mr. Cheney's desire for an excuse to attack Iraq) - to ALLOWING the Bush administration to STONEWALL creation of a 9-11 Commission until some 9-11 widows did the heavy lifting for bringing that commission about - to ALLOWING Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney to waltz into that committee, together and not under oath - to IGNORING the DEAD END of the ANTHRAX ATTACK that TERRORIZED CONGRESS and KILLED American (postal) workers - SELLING AMERICA OUT is the NUMBER ONE BUSINESS of Democrats of the United States Senate.
IN THE LATEST EXAMPLE, the BUSH ADMINISTRATION _REJECTED_ a 4-cent per gallon tax to raise funds FOR BRIDGE AND HIGHWAY REPAIRS.
OF COURSE the COWARDLY Democrats will PRETEND NOT TO NOTICE as the corporate media (media WHORES) downplay, whitewash, and ignore this cold hard fact - which, indeed, is at the HEART & SOUL of the Right-WIng agenda, as in Grover Norquist's relentless campaign to "SHRINK THE GOVERNMENT until it is SMALL ENOUGH TO _DROWN_ IN A BATHTUB."
WHY, these DOZEN YEARS since the Right-Wing has begun ratcheting up their REGRESSIVE, unconstitutional, neo-segregationist (voter DISERNFRANCHISEMENT), neo-con (imperial colonizers) agenda, are the ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC PARTY VOICELESS and POWERLESS to CONNECT THE DOTS - that SLASHING public funding RESULTS IN NEGLECTED ROADS AND HIGHWAYS??!
The two fundamental answers are: #1. The AIPAC Democrats are TORN between two constituencies - between the LIKUD agenda in Israel (which effectively DICTATES _ALL_ AIPAC goals and policies..
#2. Even non-AIPAC senators and congressmen/women are now ENTIRELY DEPENDENT on BIG DONORS, and the fastest way to scare off big donors is to STAND UP to the corporate barons and media moguls and thereby incur NEGATIVE PRESS - which makes Democrats WILT faster than a snowman stuck in the midday Sahara sun.
Bush Administration Killed Increased Highway Repairs In 2004
Friday :: Aug 3, 2007
by Steve Sotohttp://www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/010765.php
The Republicans have no problem rubber-stamping $144 billion a year into a failed war in Iraq and Afghanistan without demanding results. But if we committed that same $12 billion a month out of a $2 trillion federal budget, and paid for it with a gas tax increase, we could address our infrastructure needs by the end of the next president’s first term. And we would create millions of good paying jobs at the same time and do our economy a world of good, especially if we married it to a redirection of oil and gas subsidies and a gas tax increase towards development of a domestic, sustainable energy industry.
But for the sake of four cents a gallon back in 2004, the Bush Administration said no additional money would be provided for roads and bridges. Yet we pour billions of borrowed money into Iraq every month.
When a bipartisan majority in Congress suggested increasing the federal excise tax on gasoline back in 2004 for the first time since 1993 to pay for road and bridge projects, the White House threatened to veto the measure because it contained a tax increase. At the time, the White House said they would not support any increase in federal gas taxes to pay for road improvements, and then said that highway needs must be met solely through the existing, woeful level of funding in the highway fund and not the general fund, a position that by all accounts within Congress and among transportation experts shortchanged our true needs to the tune of several hundred billion dollars.
But the White House says "let's not politicize this", like they did to cover up their negligence after Katrina.