Bush Administration Ignores The Will Of The People

How anyone can still praise this joke of a president with a straight face is beyond my comprehension. This administration has done nothing but show it’s complete and utter disdain for the “people” and for our Constitution….bush himself called it “just a goddamned piece of paper“; one of his puppets, alberto gonzalez called it “outdated“.

Not convinced yet? Here’s a good example of the total disregard of the people’s wishes AND of Congress itself:

FIRE MARY PETERS

By Tom DeWeese
May 11, 2008
NewsWithViews.com

The Bush Administration has directly defied, not only the will and intent of Congress, but it is now openly ignoring legislation that the President himself signed into law. As a result a Constitutional crisis is rapidly developing over a project to let Mexican trucks on U.S. roads. As a result, many are now calling for the firing of U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters.

In September 2007, the Bush Administration began a pilot project to allow Mexican trucks to drive on U.S. highways. The project is, frankly, necessary if goals for the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) are to be achieved. The SPP openly calls for “harmonizing” the borders between the U.S. Mexico and Canada. In fact, the Bush Administration sites the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as its authority to push the project.

Congress was not happy with the program. Several members immediately sighted problems with safety of the Mexican trucks, including the inability of Mexican drivers to read English road signs in the US. Within weeks of the beginning of the project, both houses of congress began to draft legislation to put a stop to it.

Quickly, Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) introduced an amendment to the Department of Transportation (DOT) appropriations bill to remove funding for the project. The amendment was passed by a bi-partisan majority of 74-24 and subsequently became part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed into law by President Bush on December 26, 2007.

To make it perfectly clear that the legislation was a demand for the Administration to stop the Mexican truck project, Senator Dorgan received a letter from the Senate Legislative Council to confirm the law’s intent. The letter said, “No funds made available under the Consolidation Appropriations Act, 2008, were to be used in fiscal year 2008 to establish or implement a cross-border motor carrier demonstration program to allow Mexican-domiciled motor carriers to operate beyond the commercial zones along the international border between the United States and Mexico.”

Can it be more clear? Further, it is the Constitutional duty of the Congress to fund or not to fund programs. Yet, in defiance of this clear intention of Congress, Secretary Peters continues to move forward, spending funds for the truck project unabated and against federal law.

Melissa Delaney, spokeswoman for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA), indicated the administration will simply ignore the congressional funding issue. In an all-too-familiar display of contempt for the concerns of the American people and in defiance of Congress, Delaney said, “We are committed to incremental steps in demonstrating the safety of the cross-border program, but there is no requirement to have a demonstration project.”

~snip~

Another major concern about the safety of the Mexican trucks crossing our border is the ability of the drivers to read and understand highway signs. The Bush Administration has falsely assured that the drivers are required to be proficient in English before crossing the border. A brochure aimed at Mexican drivers on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website says, “Did you know? You MUST be able to read and speak English to drive truck in the United States.”

Yet, under heavy questioning during a Senate hearing in March, 2008, Transportation Secretary Peters and DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel reluctantly admitted that Mexican drivers were being approved at the border as “proficient in English” even though they could only explain U.S. traffic signs in Spanish.

Here is the verbatim exchange between Senator Dorgan, Peters and Scovel. Dorgan asked, “Does the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration test for English proficiency at the border include questions about U.S. highway signs?”

“Do you show a driver an octagonal STOP sign at the border and qualify him if he explains the sign means ‘ALTO,” Dorgan asked with obvious agitation, “ALTO is the Spanish Word for STOP,” he said.

“Yes,” Scovel answered, hesitatingly. “If the stop sign is identified as ‘alto’ the driver is considered English proficient.”

“In other words,” said Dorgan, “the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is allowing Mexican drivers in the demonstration project to prove their proficiency in English by responding to the examiner’s questions in Spanish?”

Mary Peters responded, “U.S. highway signs comply with international standards. I drive frequently in Mexico and I always recognize the octagonal ‘ALTO’ signs as ‘STOP’ signs.”

“Excuse me, Madame Secretary,” said Dorgan, “the question is not whether you understand Mexican highway signs when driving in Mexico but whether Mexican drivers entering the U.S. in your demonstration project can pass an English proficiency test by answering the questions totally in Spanish.”

Answered Peters, “But answering in Spanish, the drivers explain they understand the English-language highway signs.” Countered Dorgan, “If you answer in Spanish, you’re not English proficient.”

Continued Dorgan, “My main concern is safety. We’ve established (in the Senate hearing) that there are no equivalencies between Mexican trucks and U.S. trucks. There are no equivalent safety standards. Mexico has no reliable database for vehicle inspections, no accident reports or driver’s records. Now you tell us Mexican drivers can pass their English proficiency tests in Spanish. The Department of Transportation is telling Congress – ‘We’re doing this and we don’t care’–” Senator Dorgan concluded.

~snip~

As Senator Dorgan said, the Bush Administration doesn’t care what Americans think about these policies. Mary Peters should be fired as a way to send a very strong message to the Bush Administration that the American people are fed up with its arrogance. Her firing would be a major blow to efforts to impose the North American Union, which of course President Bush denies exists. Fire Mary Peters first, and we’ll get the rest of the gang later.

© 2008 Tom DeWeese – All Rights Reserved

Read the FULL STORY here.

What’s worse is that bush’s cronies are no longer being subtle in their disregard for the Constitution of the United States, and/or the will of “We The People”. They are now blatantly and openly doing as they damned well please, constitution and people be damned!

How much longer are we going to tolerate this? How much longer are we going to allow the rich elite to dictate to us? How long is it going to take for the majority to wake up and start taking back this country?

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2 Responses to “Bush Administration Ignores The Will Of The People”

  1. Hopefully after we get a new president there will be some real investigations into the crimes of the Bush administration.

  2. I’m not holding my breath, UNLESS by some miracle Ron Paul wins. All of the front runners are the ones the power elite find acceptable……which means they are nothing more than more of the same. The people do NOT elect the leaders anymore, the power elite do, and they manipulate us into thinking the peoples’ votes actually count.

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