There is no slouching toward Bethlehem for Bush. Whatever he may say publicly about "co-operating" with the Obama transition team, the NYT's Robert Pear reports that privately Bush is rushing to put regulations in place for his corporate buddies that he knows Obama doesn't want. In particular the new rule that will make it easier for corporations to legally expose their workers to illegal amounts of toxic chemicals/waste.
The Labor Department is racing to complete a new rule, strenuously opposed by President-elect Barack Obama, that would make it much harder for the government to regulate toxic substances and hazardous chemicals to which workers are exposed on the job.
The rule, which has strong support from business groups, says that in assessing the risk from a particular substance, federal agencies should gather and analyze “industry-by-industry evidence” of employees’ exposure to it during their working lives. The proposal would, in many cases, add a step to the lengthy process of developing standards to protect workers’ health.
Public health officials and labor unions said the rule would delay needed protections for workers, resulting in additional deaths and illnesses.
With the economy tumbling and American troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Bush has promised to cooperate with Mr. Obama to make the transition “as smooth as possible.” But that has not stopped his administration from trying, in its final days, to cement in place a diverse array of new regulations.
And so one is forced by his actions to consider Bush, once again, a sneaky liar and hypocrite, saying one thing while doing another (whenever he thinks you're not looking). He lost the election, his party got creamed because nobody can stand him, and his neocon policies were overwhelmingly rejected, but all it means to him is that he has to do the rest of his stealing faster and push harder to do more of the stuff that we just told him we didn't want him to do any more.
Does he think we'll thank him later, or something? Or is he just delivering the last of the orders from his corporate Masters before he's thrown out on his keister?
That's just sooooo...tacky.