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Why Oh Why Are We Ruled by These Morons?

The science-free and expertise-free Bush administration.

Matthew Yglesias:

TPMCafe || Stopped Clock : How come the Bush administration never seems to have any good domestic policy ideas? Well, because policymaking has been near-totally outsourced to the business lobby. Sometimes, though, he dreams up a decent initiative like increasing science funding. How does that happen? Turns out "President Bush's proposal to accelerate spending on basic scientific research came after technology industry executives made the case for such a move in a series of meetings with White House officials, executives involved said Wednesday." Probably a good result this time around, but a pretty pathetic approach to running the country.

Kevin Drum:

The Washington Monthly : SWITCHGRASS FOLLOWUP....So where did the president's "switchgrass" reference in Tuesday's State of the Union address come from? David Roberts at Grist writes:You may be interested in what David Bransby, professor of energy crops at Auburn University, said Wednesday on NPR's All Things Considered. He has called and emailed regularly with the office of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). One of the last emails claimed, in Bransby's words, that switchgrass "was a last minute inclusion in the speech, and it was Senator Sessions that helped get it into there." Sessions' spokesflack later confirmed that Sessions had a heart-to-heart with Al Hubbard, the chairman of Bush's National Economic Council, last Friday.There you have it. Apparently the path was Sessions to Hubbard to Bush. Too bad there were no actual scientists involved.

Is there anybody, anybody at all who has worked for the Bush administration and emerged with their reputation intact?

Impeach George W. Bush. Impeach Ricard Cheney. Do it now.