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  1. Iraq is a catastrophe, Katrina a calamity, Afganistan is a tragedy, but public education is W’s biggest delusion of all. If you think the gutting of the Clinton surplus is the worst of sins, there’s yet another misguided set of deceits that is worse: No Child Left Behind is as devastating to America’s future as GWBush’s failures in the economy and the Middle East.It will take decades to undo the damage wrought on American public education. Gone are inspiration, innovation, creativity, and the joy of learning. In their place are teaching how to take tests, conformity, and the prosaic memorization of facts with little real world application. Furthermore, 8 years of neglect entailed denying schools the necessary funding for this travesty, leaving schools across the country in desperate financial condition. Even if W’s true education agenda turns out to have been the strengthening of parochial and private education by handcuffing public schools, NCLB has eroded our the foundational infrastructure of our democracy. Just add this to the list of egregious mistakes and malevolent disgraces of George W. Bush? No, put it at the top.

    Comment by Gajo Jampa — Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 6:29 pm

  2. “Bush’s lawyers have succeeded not by proving the constitutionality of the policies but by using procedural barriers to prevent lawsuits from going forward.”

    Professor Taylor: “That last sentence is key. On the one hand it shows how the system has failed to provide proper oversight. On the other, I suppose it does leave a glimmer of hope that at some point in the future adequate review could take place. Nevertheless, it is all part of a maddening process to date in which the administration has never actually had to fully defend its actions:”

    OTOH, preventing the lawsuits from going forward is highly repeatable, unless the Federalist Society scum are ever purged from the judiciary.

    One lesson that I’ve taken from this administration is that the Executive Branch has rather successfully used ‘checks and balances’ to check the other branches. And since the Executive Branch has the primary power of acting, every check that they do on the other two branches is very useful to them, and dangerous to us.

    Comment by Barry — Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 10:09 am

  3. All I can say is thank you for this.

    I appreciate. Truly.

    The president has been bad for the Constitution.

    Comment by mbailey — Saturday, January 3, 2009 @ 5:31 am

  4. [...] = ‘More+Tales+from+the+Drug+War%3A++Khat’; addthis_pub = ”; Sphere: Related ContentSee this post for the broader implications of the notion. [↩]A good article on this subject is Michael M. [...]

    Pingback by PoliBlog: A Rough Draft of my Thoughts » More Tales from the Drug War: Khat — Saturday, January 3, 2009 @ 11:32 am

  5. the administration can use “it’s a state secret” only for so long….espeecially if bush pardons alot of his administration….americans will be intrigued…i believe that the people will back at the very least a truth commision so to speak….. because american people want heads to roll and they want to point fingers…..i’m telling you,this time it is different….BECAUSE ALOT OF AMERICAN LIVES AND TREASURE HAVE BEEN LOST ……and people are looking for THE TRUTH

    Comment by jlover — Wednesday, January 7, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

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