Monday, August 18

Another Great Bush Idea He Never Had

Media Whores Online did their homework and uncovered even more massaging of the truth by President Flightsuit - which as usual will go unnoticed by the major news conduits because they're SO out of practice in thinking for themselves:

"Of course, we'll have time to look at it and determine whether or not our grid needs to be modernized," Bush said in reply to a reporter's question. "I happen to think it does, and have said so all along."

"Said so all along"?

Since Bush stole his way into the White House, responsible scientists and engineers have pleaded with his Administration to pay more attention to power grid modernization. The problem became especially urgent in the wake of the Enron-spawned California energy crisis and the September 11, 2001 attacks.

And the White House response? Both Bush and his Republican allies and henchmen ignored the advice -- and actually killed modernization proposals.

The most egregious obstructionism occurred in 2001, when Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) tried to offer an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have channeled $350 million in federal loans and loan guarantees to public and private-sector firms toward electric power grid improvements. Not grants, not subsidies, but badly needed loans and guarantees.

But the Bush Administration lobbied heavily against the measure and the Republicans voted it down on three separate occasions -- on a straight party-line vote in the House Appropriations Committee, on a straight party-line vote in the House Rules Committee, and on a party line vote in the full House of Representatives.

Since 1996, two-thirds of all reported electric utility corporation campaign contributions (totaling, in all, more than $60 million) have gone to Republicans.

And in 2000, George W. Bush received 86% of all reported electric utility corporation presidential capaign contributions, compared to the 14% that went to Al Gore.

The mind boggles at what's worse -- the fanaticism or the gross corruption?

It boggles even more at the news media's virtual complete silence over this one.

Because this one is plain as day -- but the Media Whores are completely in the dark.