Rotten to the core

As I was listening to the NPR coverage on Alberto Gonzales' role in this shameful scandal while driving to this hospital earlier today, the thought that came to me was, “what a miserable partisan hack.”  Then it occurred to me, how often have I thought that about persons throughout the Bush administration?  Lots!  Sure, Gonzales is an embarrassment to the AG's office, but how many embarrassments with no meaningful sense of accountability (“mistakes were made”) has Bush placed throughout the highest level of government.  It is just so clear that Bush has nothing but disdain for a well-functioning bureaucracy and the rule of law and has elevated partisan hackery above all else.  Somebody is choosing all these rotten apples and is therefore rotten himself.  Now that the Democratic Congress is finally able to reveal to the broader public what those of us who hang out in the blogosphere have long known, George Bush will surely go down in history as one of our most damaging (to democracy) and shameful presidents.  

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Hospital blogging

The blog rate is really slow due to the fact that my oldest son is in the hospital with really bad pneumonia (post-surgery, his lungs are draining into the pleur evac 6000 right next to me as I type).  Thanks to morphine (David is dosing away content) and hospital wifi, here I am.  I have to say, it pains me not to have the time to blog about the most recent corruption uncovered in the Bush administration.  If the morphine keeps at it, I'll try and get out one post tonight.

Anyway, this whole experience here has made me especially grateful for our excellent health insurance.  It is enough stress without worrying about what will surely be a bill in the many 10's of thousands when all is said and done.  If this had happened to me as a kid, it would have surely bankrupted my self-employed, uninsured parents (as discussed in the previous post). My choice of occupation really should not determine the fact that this is a serious, but manageable financial hit to us whereas it would be absolutely catastrophic to so many others. 

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