Bush’s parting gift for Obama (and Iraq’s for him)

Seems like George Bush is getting into the swing of things early this Christmas by leaving Obama a few farewell gifts in the US, while receiving one of his own in Iraq.

Bush is currently rushing through last minute legislation using a special “midnight regulations” law which allows laws to be passed into law immediately without consulting Congress. The bigger question here is why such a dubious concept as “midnight regulations” even exists in a democracy. It seems to be solely designed to allow outgoing Presidents to enact legislation that will take the incoming one years to undo. According to The Guardian, the law’s rushed through will:

  • Make it easier for coal companies to dump waste from strip-mining into valleys and streams.
  • Ease the building of coal-fired power stations nearer to national parks.
  • Allow people to carry loaded and concealed weapons in national parks.
  • Open up millions of acres to mining for oil shale.
  • Allow healthcare workers to opt out of giving treatment for religious or moral reasons, thus weakening abortion rights.
  • Hurt road safety by allowing truck drivers to stay at the wheel for 11 consecutive hours.

Meanwhile, an Iraqi also gave Bush an early Christmas present during his farewell tour of Iraq. During a press conference, an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at him. Bush’s response?

That was a size 10 shoe he threw at me you may want to know…These journalists here were very apologetic. They were, you know, they said this doesn’t represent the Iraqi people, but that’s what happens in free societies where people try to draw attention to themselves.

Those Iraqis that see their daily lives as living under the boot of an American occupation will no doubt regard it as the most appropriate of Christmas gifts for President Bush.

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