For the last several months, I have struggled to keep up with all the problems coming from this administration and Congress. It has been almost overwhelming, and I think I am suffering from “scandal fatigue.” There is so much going on that I can hardly be surprised or even angry, anymore. Fortunately, I ran across a great summary of the scandals. I have modified it a bit, but I do want to credit “Nitro” from the Huffington Post for the original list. So, if you wonder why I am disgusted by all things political these days, check out my list… in no particular order…

The War on Terror/National Security

  • Pat Tillman cover-up
  • Mission accomplished (100 dead at the time)
  • Last throes comment
  • Stuff happens comment
  • Journalists targeted in Iraq
  • Body armor still not adequate
  • Oil not paying for the war
  • Not being treated as liberators
  • We don’t torture, we send detainees to other countries to not be tortured
  • NO WMD
  • Yellow Cake
  • Soldiers getting Purple Heart collections
  • Home by Christmas
  • Haven’t defined what is/isn’t torture for all to hear
  • Ports left unprotected
  • Definition of a terrorist is ever so vague
  • No water or electricity in Iraq
  • War profiteering
  • Italian reporter shot up
  • Abu Ghraib
  • Gitmo
  • Buying the Iraqi press
  • Wanted to bomb Al-Jazeera
  • Soldiers serving well after their agreed enlistment time
  • The truth about Jessica Lynch’s rescue
  • No war strategy
  • Downing Street Memos
  • Plame Outing
  • $330,000 a month to Chalabi
  • Bush housing Saudis
  • Where’s Usama Bin-Ladin?
  • Flew Bin-Ladin’s family out of the country after he bombed us
  • Price of war way underestimated
  • Pre-war Intel was fixed
  • Patriot Act
  • How many soldiers in an Iraqi Battalion?
  • Iraqi Battalions – how many are there really?
  • 9/11 commission ignored completely
  • Terror alerts subsided after Keith Olbermann finally exposes the coincidences
  • We aren’t safer
  • Blaming Tenet for the “slam dunk” comment and then awarding Medal of Freedom
  • What was the noble cause?
  • Ports deal mishandled with attempts to mislead people
  • Opium export in Afghanistan up 2000%
  • Able Danger
  • FBI spying on Quakers and other Pacifist groups

The Katrina Disaster

  • More than 2,000 missing persons STILL unaccounted for
  • No air drops to Superdome
  • Michael “heckuva job” Brown kept on the payroll
  • Condi shoe shopping and Broadway bound while O
    rleanians died
  • Lack of the use of swift boats in the Katrina Rescue effort
  • How many people affected by Hurricane Katrina
  • Orders to shoot people over a loaf of bread that was taken from a store
  • Refusing domestic and international aid after Katrina
  • Carnival cruise line contract after Katrina
  • Haley Barbour told us FEMA was there on Tuesday
  • Superdome became a Third World country
  • Red Cross not allowed to assist after Katrina
  • Interstates inadequate for mass evacuations
  • Still ignoring NOLA
  • Ready for a Category 6?
  • Jeb doesn’t have FEMA woes
  • FEMA is way too bloated and does nothing that the DHS can’t do
  • No help in NOLA until Bush arrived (then it stopped again when he left)
  • Cheney said he was glued to the TV all week like everyone else

Presidential Shame

  • President won’t hold press conferences
  • President only speaks to cherry-picked audiences
  • Harriet Miers
  • President flipping off the camera
  • Cheney’s 5 deferments to avoid Vietnam
  • Fighter jets sold to Pakistan by W…on a Saturday
  • Scooter Libby
  • Jeff Gannon
  • Spy in Cheney’s office
  • No mistakes come to mind
  • Most secretive president ever
  • Looking under a desk for WMD’s… yeah, very funny…
  • Swift-Boating John Kerry
  • Sexual Orientation added back to “security risk” classifications

Government Malfeasance

  • Bolton recess appointment
  • Medicare reform Bill
  • Class-Action Reform Bill
  • GOP holding votes open
  • Abramoff
  • DeLay
  • Diebold voting machine fraud
  • Senior White House Aide Claude Allen arrested for shoplifting
  • Ethics committee gutted
  • Democrats are muzzled on all legislation
  • Lobbying is well out of control
  • Ohio elections
  • Katherine Harris
  • Karl Rove
  • Closed session of Senate accomplished nothing the GOP said it would
  • Environmental laws absolutely gutted
  • No child left behind is not paid for
  • SEC has become a joke
  • Halliburton in New Orleans and Iraq
  • No border security
  • IRS auditing churches
  • Ethics committee couldn’t get Cunningham 2 years after it was known that his house was sold to a defense contractor for $700,000 over its value as he lived on that contractor’s yacht
  • Teri Schiavo debacl
  • FDA will approve anything (except emergency birth control)
  • Cutting aid to NYPD and FDNY that are affected form the cleanup effort when they were told that the air was safe to breathe
  • Jean Schmidt’s attacks on John Murtha
  • Outsourcing the building of Marine 1 Helicopters
  • No legislation passed that big money hasn’t backed
  • Hedge funds aren’t regulated
  • Redistricting to rig elections
  • Nobody accountable for anything
  • Christian values never reflected in legislation
  • Corruption is the norm
  • Pat Robertson and James Dobson tell their congregation how they should vote
  • GOP votes against EVERY inquiry of wrong-doing
  • Sensenbrenner walked off with the gavel during Patriot Act hearing
  • Every document is classified
  • Nuclear option
  • No scandals given credence
  • Global warming ignored
  • Blatant over-charges in Iraq, Halliburton still paid
  • Saying life begins at conception, but no life insurance for fetuses at conception
  • Ken Lay
  • Rush never busted on possession charges
  • Private prison stockholders
  • Government is largest in over 200 years
  • Non-combative protestors arrested
  • Dems can’t add amendments to legislation
  • Over 60% of elections won by less than 4%
  • Creating immigration laws that take affect in 5 years

The Economy

  • Tax cuts to those that don’t trickle it down
  • 3 Trillion Dollars more in debt
  • Gas prices
  • Health care
  • Diesel fuel is 50 cents higher than gasoline
  • Home heating prices higher than ever in history
  • Outsourcing of jobs
  • Middle class forgotten all-together
  • No accuracy in unemployment rate reporting
  • Medicare not allowed to broker prices for prescription drugs
  • Attack on Social Security
  • Wage stagnation
  • Civil rights eroded/gutted
  • Programs for the neediest gutted
  • Education budged harshly slashed
  • Veterans benefits cut
  • Tax cuts to ship jobs away
  • Every shopping bag at Wal-Mart is made in Singapore
  • No exception for soldiers in the Bankruptcy Reform Bill
  • No timetable for when the debt will be paid
  • DOW was at 11,770 when Bush took office 5 years ago
  • Dollar is losing value
  • Trade agreements are not even close to fair
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