Update: Gregg withdraws name from Commerce Secretary consideration. Senator Greggs statement is in the comments section.
It is at least amusing to watch the Hopium addled and other forms of Barack Obama enablers demand an investigation into the calamity which was George W. Bush.
The last thing Obama wants is an investigation into anything. After all, Obama does not want any investigation that could start walking up to his doorway. There is also the fact that Obama essentially agrees with what George W. Bush has done. Obama after all is the Third Bush Term.
It would be productive to investigate what George W. Bush knew and when he knew it, what George W. Bush did and when he did it. But Barack Obama does not want any investigation into anything that would eventually lead to questions about Barack Obama. Obama does not want to be vetted, let alone vetted by prosecutors.
The Hopium addled and other Obama enablers think their calls for investigations or “Truth Commissions” will seriously be considered by Barack Obama. These fools take comfort in the latest Gallup poll which suggests that there is some support for investigations into what George W. Bush did or did not do.
Sam Stein of the Obama fanzine Huff n’ Puff asked Obama at the past Monday night circus “Are you willing to rule out — right here and now — any prosecution of Bush administration officials?” Obama effortlessly dodged the point of the questions and uttered some nonsense about “moving forward”. That is always the “general orientation” of a flim-flam man – avoid investigations and keep on moving as fast from the crime scene as the speeding car will allow.
What the Sam Stein’s and other Obama enablers/Hopium addicts refuse to realize is that
Obama who styles himself, without evidence, as a constitutional authority, thinks Bush has not done anything impeachable.
“I think you reserve impeachment for grave, grave breaches, and intentional breaches of the president’s authority,” he said.
Get it guys? – Obama does not think Bush made an intentional breach of authority. Which means of course that Obama thinks he can do exactly the same as George W. Bush did.
Hillary Clinton, always sensible, has a solution to the Obama/Bush abuses of executive power. Glenn Greenwald:
Earlier this week, I wrote about the State Secrets Protection Act of 2008, which was co-sponsored by numerous key Senators [including Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton, as well as the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Chair (Pat Leahy) and ranking member (Arlen Specter)], and which was approved by the Judiciary Committee last year with all Democrats voting in favor. That bill, in essence, sought to ban the exact abuse of the State Secrets privilege which the Bush administration repeatedly invoked and which, now, the Obama administration has embraced: namely, as a weapon to conceal and immunize government lawbreaking (by compelling the dismissal of entire lawsuits in advance) rather than a limited, document-by-document evidentiary privilege.
That was so last year of course. Dimocrats will now not do anything to block the Third Bush Term.
We welcome a Truth Commission. So, we extend our Pink gloved hands to the Hopium addled and join them in calling for a Bush Truth Commission – we (and Obama) know it would soon become an Obama/Bush Truth Commission. That’s why Obama will never allow an investigation to be held.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation better watch out. News of investigations will not be welcome at the Obama
Whore White House.
Recall predatory loans? Before the Financial Services lobby did their makeover of the terms “predatory loans” and “predatory lenders a.k.a. ‘loansharks” the name adequately described the business. But the Financial Services lobby did not like the word “predatory” – it was to the point. The Financial Services lobby renamed the “predatory” to “sub-prime“.
“Sub-prime” was a better word. “Sub-prime” did not reveal the predatory intent of the loans and the lenders to the unsuspecting or the desperate.
“Sub-prime” lenders was a much more gentle word that “loan shark“. Obama had lots of “loan shark” pals.
White House hopeful Barack Obama talks a lot on the campaign trail about how failing banks have used subprime loans to victimize customers.
“Part of the reason we got a current mortgage crisis has to do with the fact that people got suckered in to loans that they could not pay,” he told a crowd in Reading, Pa., last week. “There were a lot of predatory loans that were given out, a lot of teaser rates. Banks and financial institutions making these loans were making money hand over fist.”
One of the banks that went under after making a lot of subprime loans — leaving 1,400 of its customers without part of their savings — was Chicago’s Superior Bank.
At the helm of Superior Bank at least some of the time was Obama’s national finance chairwoman, Penny Pritzker, an heiress to the Pritzker fortune.
Let’s have a Truth Commission. Let’s have an investigation.
Let’s find out all we can. Let’s find out about bank runs and trillions in “toxic assets”. Let’s uncover the loan sharks and the predatory lenders and their predatory loans. Let’s find out about who got pay-off loans and assistance with the purchase of their homes from predatory banks and predatory friends.
Big Pink will elegantly march alongside the scruffy Hopium addled to demand a Truth Commission. We will assist the Hopium addled along the march from walking into walls.
Big Pink supports a Truth Commission – but no holes barred.
Let’s have a Truth Commission – Obama’s great fear.