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Friday, April 08, 2005
 
Small World, Part 2
As you will no doubt recall, our former Attorney General had to recuse himself from the Enron case. Now it turns out that our current AG is also recusing himself from the case.

Now, I think recusal is a good idea when it turns out that a high ranking law enforcement official may have a conflict of interest in a case, which is certainly what we're dealing with here. But in BushWorld, recusal also sends a clear message to underlings: these guys are my buddies.

It also shows what pervasive influence Enron had among the people that make up the current administration, including the President and Vice President. Why do you think Cheney has refused to release his energy task force records in spite of multiple court rulings directing him to do so? This is a scandal that could have and probably should have, brought this Presidency down.

As Texas Governor, Bush was closely associated with the principals of what has turned out to be a sophisticated shell game. Enron made huge contributions to Bush's political career. He used an Enron corporate jet during his 2000 campaign. Of course, after the scandal broke, Bush couldn't seem to recall any of that.

Many of his political cronies initiated and passed legislation that specifically allowed Enron to run the scams that ruined thousands of peoples' finances, all while accepting very large "campaign contribution" from these crooks. The Clintons were hounded throughout the 1990's over Whitewater. Unlike that sordid exercise in witch hunting, Enron shows clear evidence of political corruption up to and perhaps including outright bribery. And there are a lot of politicians with dirty hands in this matter.

Which is most likely why it will never be investigated. However, you'll be comforted to know that the investigation into Henry Cisneros' payments to his mistress is still under way and eating tax dollars. Of course, he pled guilty to the offense and the court case was closed nearly six years ago. But then, he was a democrat.
 
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