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Bill Scher: Crippling Our Civil Service

January 31, 2007

This is too awful to not be noted, even though I’ve seen many posts about it, Bill Scher has been following the suppression of truth by political appointees. The BadAstronomer has posted about it.

The Blog | Bill Scher: Crippling Our Civil Service | The Huffington Post
Today’s NY Times reports that Bush issued a new executive order intended to undermine our civil service:

…each [government] agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee, to supervise the development of rules and documents providing guidance to regulated industries. The White House will thus have a gatekeeper in each agency to analyze the costs and the benefits of new rules and to make sure the agencies carry out the president’s priorities.

This strengthens the hand of the White House in shaping rules that have, in the past, often been generated by civil servants and scientific experts. It suggests that the administration still has ways to exert its power after the takeover of Congress by the Democrats.

The Bushies sought to spin this power grab as just “a classic good-government measure that will make federal agencies more open and accountable.”

Hilarious. Especially on the same day that Dem Rep. Henry Waxman and GOP Rep. Tom Davis hold a public hearing on how Bush’s political appointees pressured our civil servant scientists to downplay climate change … and the White House refuses both of their requests to release relevant documents. (HuffPo’s Lane Hudson flagged this earlier.)

[Go read the rest, its superb and gives hope because there’s video of Waxman actually fulfilling the oversight responsibility of Congress.]
The Blog | Bill Scher: Crippling Our Civil Service | The Huffington Post

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