Thursday, April 26, 2007

They Politicized Everything

Apparently every government agency has been used by the Bushies as an extension of the political arm of the Republican National Committee:

White House officials conducted 20 private briefings on Republican electoral prospects in the last midterm election for senior officials in at least 15 government agencies covered by federal restrictions on partisan political activity, a White House spokesman and other administration officials said yesterday.

The previously undisclosed briefings were part of what now appears to be a regular effort in which the White House sent senior political officials to brief top appointees in government agencies on which seats Republican candidates might win or lose, and how the election outcomes could affect the success of administration policies, the officials said.

Here is a list of the departments where political briefings were held:

General Services Administration
Commerce Department
Treasury Department
Transportation Department
Veteran's Affairs
Environmental Protection Agency
Health and Human Services
Interior Department
Housing and Urban Development
Education Department
Agriculture Department
Energy Department
Office of Science and Technology
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Small Business Administration
U.S. Agency for International Development

And guess who was the guy who made most of these political presentations to exhort the federal employees to help elect and re-elect Republican candidates and defeat Democrats all across the country?

You got it - Karl Rove.

BTW, political manipulation of federal workers is illegal - it's a violation of the Hatch Act. If Rove or any other members of the administration were using federal facilities or federal resources to discuss how to help elect/re-elect GOPers and defeat Dems, they were breaking the law.

If this administration governed as much as it played politics, the country would be in fine shape.

Instead, 66% of the country think the nation is heading in the wrong direction (and have thought so for a long, long time.)

No wonder - nothing gets done by these guys except for politics.

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