Executive Changes at the Last Minute

Monday, December 15, 2008

Joaquin Sapien, reporter with ProPublica, and Veronique De Rugy, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, look at the Bush administration's "midnight regulations."


Veronique De Rugy and Joaquin Sapien

Comments [12]

Jose A Perez from Washington Heights

The biggest problem with our judicial system is especially prominent in theses last minute legislative changes by the Bush White House; It's often very difficult to understand these laws and even harder, to understand the special interests behind them. The $700 Billion Dollar Bailout Plan is a good example, they took the money but we don't know who it's really going to, or what it will be spent on. This is a National problem, not just bush. The Obama Administration is a good beginning, we need to keep a close eye, demand more transparency and become more active in these politics that affect us so directly.

Dec. 15 2008 12:29 PM
mc from Brooklyn

mercedes #10
Who benefits? Unknown. Who pushed it? The NRA.

Dec. 15 2008 11:30 AM
mercedes from cortlandt manor ny

I have to ask, "Why would anyone NEED to carry a concealed weapon into our nationally protected forrests?" Who is behind it politically? What legislation could ensue as a result of this regulation?

Another question, why can't the logging industry (and others) begin to look for other means of wood? "Grow your own," perhaps? Does anyone remember the NPR piece that talked about the sounds of nature before and after logging? There were no sounds of nature (birds especially) after a few years of logging. There is no way to protect our wildlife and wildife areas if any logging is done. Why not think of saving our natural habitats as progress rather than moving in and using it? Why not spend your energy on creating alternatives rather than spending your lobbying dollars and energy on something that takes yet another piece of our earth away from us. It has been proven that wild, ecologically balanced habitats are more healthful to us than any populated area we have. Must we take over inch of this earth?

Dec. 15 2008 11:01 AM
O from Forest Hills

Bilderberg controls all of the Presidents and all the people including Obama and the Clintons (we know who wears the pants in that one). Bilderberg controls the politics and they tell them what to d o.

Dec. 15 2008 10:43 AM
Bob from New York

Why do administrations wait until the last minute? Wouldn't it make sense to do this early in the administration?

Dec. 15 2008 10:42 AM
lucy from brooklyn

...and another dumb decision:

i've heard that whatever bills passed by the president during the lame duck session, CAN be overturned, but takes longer (6 months?) than normal. does that sound right?

Dec. 15 2008 10:40 AM
O from Forest Hills

How about being grateful Obama won and change is on wings of flight to us!

Dec. 15 2008 10:40 AM
michaelw from INWOOD

Sure Obama can undo these Bush last minute regulations however don't hold your breath.

Obama and Bush think more alike than people want to realize.

For example the Bush tax cuts worth billions which Obama doesn't want to repeal.

Dec. 15 2008 10:06 AM

yes -- sam's/3 is the question.

nobody can accuse bush of being hypocritical on what he thinks of transparency in government: on this he is perfectly transparent.

Dec. 15 2008 09:44 AM
Samuel from NYC

Can't the new Obama team undo any mindless deregulation changes the Bush administration makes?

Dec. 15 2008 09:36 AM
mc from Brooklyn

Mind the mountaintop mining, concealed weapons in National Parks and rules easing protections of species when energy companies want to explore and drill.

Dec. 15 2008 09:06 AM from Paterson NJ

Yea I knew bush was going to do something before he left office. Just wait till we see his final pardon list, its going to be bonkers. Corporate criminals left and right.

Dec. 13 2008 05:27 PM

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