Thursday, August 27, 2009

Barack Obama/National Ronald Reagan Centennial Commemorative Celebrations

We should be celebrating the feculent of fascist is dead. I'd open his grave just to shit on his face. But Barack ("Gotta Tongue-lave the Proles/Pukes' Prostates") Obama is setting up a national commission to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of this filthy, vile, execrable, feculent, dishonest, disloyal, dishonorable monstrosity. Obama earned my scorn and lost my support when he lionized Raygun while castigating the "excesses" of my generation. Had he forgotten his own (half-black) satchel-ass owed a no little bit to those 'excesses,' too?

It felt then, as it feels now, that he is standing on my shoulders, peeing on my head. Fuck the skeevy shitwhistle...

Just FYI (it's so EASY to forget these things, innit?), here's a brief precis of Raygun's environmental legacy:
‘A look back at Reagan’s environmental record’ Grist, 10 Jun 2004

“The Reagan administration adopted an extraordinarily aggressive policy of issuing leases for oil, gas, and coal development on tens of millions of acres of national lands — more than any other administration in history, including the current one [Bush II],” said the Wilderness Society’s David Alberswerth.

Before delving further into Reagan’s track record, it’s worth recalling his infamous public statement that “trees cause more pollution than automobiles do,” and that if “you’ve seen one tree you’ve seen them all.” This is not, in other words, a president who demonstrated much ecological prowess.

The list of rollbacks attempted by these administrators is as sweeping as those of the current [Bush II] administration. Gorsuch tried to gut the Clean Air Act with proposals to weaken pollution standards “on everything from automobiles to furniture manufacturers — efforts which took Congress two years to defeat,” according to Clapp. Moves to weaken the Clean Water Act were equally aggressive, crescendoing in 1987 when Reagan vetoed a strong reauthorization of the act only to have his veto overwhelmingly overridden by Congress. Assaults on Superfund were so hideous that Rita Lavelle, director of the program, was thrown in jail for lying to Congress under oath about corruption in her agency division.

The gutting of funds for environmental protection was another part of Reagan’s legacy. “EPA budget cuts during Reagan’s first term were worse than they are today,” said Frank O’Donnell, director of Clean Air Trust, who reported on environmental policy for The Washington Monthly during the Reagan era. “The administration tried to cut EPA funding by more than 25 percent in its first budget proposal,” he said. And massive cuts to Carter-era renewable-energy programs “set solar back a decade,” said Clapp.

Topping it all off were efforts to slash the EPA enforcement program: “The enforcement slowdown was staggering,” said a staffer at the House Energy and Commerce Committee who helped investigate the Reagan administration’s enforcement of environmental laws during the early ’80s. “In the first year of the Reagan administration, there was a 79 percent decline in the number of enforcement cases filed from regional offices to EPA headquarters, and a 69 percent decline in the number of cases filed from the EPA to the Department of Justice.”
Reagan's environmental record is second, in its destructiveness, to his economic record and his civil rights records. Ronald Reagan will be judged, historically, as the 2nd or 3rd worst president in history, on his record, if not by popularity indices.

(DOTOF™: Antemedius)

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