- Pervasive nature of Bush's assault on environmental laws
- Eroding church/state seperation
- Doubling the amount of lobbysts in Washington
- Crony capitalism
- Manipulation of science
- Pervasive lying
- Assault on the 4th estate
- Government secrecy
- Questions regarding 2000 election
- Questions regarding 2004 election
And here's the latest case of Bush putting crony capitalism ahead of people's lives.
In its drive to foster a more cooperative relationship with mining companies, the Bush administration has decreased major fines for safety violations since 2001, and in nearly half the cases, it has not collected the fines, according to a data analysis by The New York Times.
Federal records also show that in the last two years the federal mine safety agency has failed to hand over any delinquent cases to the Treasury Department for further collection efforts, as is supposed to occur after 180 days.
With the deaths of 24 miners in accidents in 2006, the enforcement record of the Mine Safety and Health Administration has come under sharp scrutiny, and the agency is likely to face tough questions about its performance at a Senate oversight hearing on Thursday.
"The Bush administration ushered in this desire to develop cooperative ties between regulators and the mining industry," said Tony Oppegard, a top official at the agency in the Clinton administration. "Safety has certainly suffered as a result."