January 04, 2006

 

Another Heckuva Job




President Chuckles embracing rescued coal miner John Unger, Aug. 5, 2002


Digby reminds us how much George W. Bush and his cronies love our American miners:
in light of the deaths of 12 coal miners, a timely reminder that Mr. Alito is on the record as deciding that the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act should protect miners less than it does.

It's also worth remembering that since reaching office, Our Fearless Leader cut MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) funds in real dollars, fired a whistleblower, put a mining company executive in charge, reduced staff by 170, tried to slash funding even more, and exempted the MSHA from the Freedom of Information Act.

He did, however, arrange a photo op with the last group of high-profile miners trapped in the ground, and said this for the cameras:
"It was their determination to stick together and to comfort each other that really defines kind of a new spirit that's prevalent in our country, that when one of us suffer, all of us suffers."
I believe we have all suffered enough, Mr. Bush. Time to step down. No, really. We can't take anymore. I'm serious. Resign. Today. We're waiting...


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