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292 Scandals

For those of you who have lost track, someone is keeping a list of all of Bush's scandals and currently lists 292 separate items, including the greatest hits as well as some less-well-known blunders. Sure we can all complain about Iraq, but about some of the other ones we have lost track of:

  • Walter Reed
  • The Firing of the US Attorneys
  • Plamegate
  • The Abandonment of Afghanistan
  • The Failure to Capture Osama Bin Laden
  • Outlaw Contractors in Iraq
  • The Military Commissions Act and the abandonment of habeas corpus
  • The Hurricane Katrina/FEMA Disaster
  • The Warrantless Wiretapping
  • Black sites and the authorization of torture
  • The Homeland Security Department
  • The Abramoff Scandal
  • Collusion with Big Oil on writing the new Energy Policy
  • Tax Cuts for the Wealthy
  • Denial of Global Warming and refusal to participate in the Kyoto Accords
  • Increasing the deficit by 35% ($3 trillion) in just six years
  • The 2000 election scandals
  • Undermining the 9/11 Commission
  • Failure to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission
  • Destruction of America's Reputation Abroad
  • The shift towards "self-policing" for the FDA
  • The Harriet Miers nomination
  • The Dubai Ports deal
  • The War on Science
  • Lying about the decision to fire Rumsfeld
  • Focus on absitenence-only sex education
  • The use of Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch as political tools
  • Abu Ghraib
  • No action on Darfur
  • Sweetheart deals for Haliburton, etc.
  • The defamation of John Kerry
  • No Child Left Behind
  • The Medal of Freedom for the Chief Engineer of the Iraq Debacle, Paul Bremer
  • The silently-passed Real ID Act of 2005
  • The Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives
The list goes on and on. I'm glad someone is keeping score.

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