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Sunday, April 04, 2004

The Politicization of...Everything 

60 Minutes tonight had a great story on, well, the corruption inside the Department of Labor's National Mine Health and Safety Academy. Fascinating stuff, and really a microcosm of the problems of the Bush Administration. Here's the lede of the story:
Who is Jack Spadaro? He's a man who's devoted his life to the safety of miners and the safety of people who live near mines. He's an engineer, who until recently was head of the National Mine Health and Safety Academy (MSHA), a branch of the Department of Labor, which trains mining inspectors.

But he lost that job last year, after he blew the whistle on what he called a whitewash by the Bush administration of an investigation into a major environmental disaster.
That little excerpt doesn't really give it justice. If you didn't see the show, read the print version--it seems pretty thorough. Anyway, this story seems to have all of the Bush Administration Greatest Hits:

1) Slime and Defend
2) Politicization of science and investigations
3) Regulatory Capture
4) No-bid contracts to contributors/cronies
5) Lies, lies, lies

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