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President Bush Still Rules After Jan. 20?

He may be a lame-duck president, but George W. Bush is determined to keep quacking away federal regulations before his time is up. Since many of Bush's plans contradict Barack Obama's agenda, why would he waste time issuing rules if they would soon be undone? The answer? It could take years for Obama to rescind some of these rules.

Nonprofit ProPublica has compiled a list of the Bush administration's last-minute rules and regulations. According to the list, some of the proposed changes would let federally funded institutions turn down abortions for moral or religious reasons; give greater surveillance authority to law enforcement; lease public lands for oil; allow construction projects with less concern for protected species; and subject HIV/AIDS prevention groups to new qualifying rules.

Obama's transition team has a close eye on these midnight regulations, but protracted efforts and court battles aimed to undo the rules surely lie ahead.

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snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
i disagree with bush on almost everything but the abortion thing. he is awful for the environment~! if i was a doctor, saving lives, saddened by the ones i couldn't save, i wouldn't want to have to physically be responsible for taking life away from a fetus, on the request of the mother, and suspect that she might regret it. doctors do enough for us! let them decide. i know 'pro-choice' sounds nice, but that should not be a choice thats an inherent right for us just because we are women, the sex which suffers injustices around the world. its become widely seen as a reasonable decision that a woman can make on her own (in the west, china &japan, at least) but i cannot come to terms with it morally. (& i'm certainly not religious) it is good to see that i am not alone. this is the only thing that i agree with republicans on, and wish obama would stand up for what is right~
stephley stephley 8 years
Still interpretations: I doubt they drive or circled Subarus either. You cannot simply declare something a fact based on your read of the situation. The Democrats did not force any bank or mortgage company to give a mortgage to an unqualified poor person.
kranky kranky 8 years
(Subaru does make wagons you know, so that is a pretty big concession on my part.)
kranky kranky 8 years
steph- I'll admit when I am wrong. I said that the financial meltdown was not Bush fault. I should have written, 'The financial meltdown was not ENTIRELY Bush's fault.' I'm sorry, those statements are not interpretations - they did in fact happen. Except for the wagons part... would you feel better about it if I change wagons to Subarus? ;)
stephley stephley 8 years
You have said Bush wasn't responsible - you're only qualifying the statement now. Neither of these is a fact: "They pushed policies which demanded that banks give loans to poor people - that is a fact. They also circled their wagons around Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae - that is also a fact." They are interpretations. To begin with, the Dems don't have wagons.
kranky kranky 8 years
NYF- Well I posted this earlier, but my stuff keeps getting lost in the Sugar-sphere. Thanks for providing an insiders view of things (to the extent that you could). I had no idea about what you learned at the SEC conference - was it in the papers? WOW.
kranky kranky 8 years
steph- At no time did I ever write that Bush and the Republicans were not in any way responsible for the financial metldown, so sorry... you will hear about it from me again. In my post that got flagged last night, I stated that you can not minimize the influence that the Dems had on the financial meltdown either. They pushed policies which demanded that banks give loans to poor people - that is a fact. They also circled their wagons around Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae - that is also a fact. I am more than happy to concede that Bush and the Republican party did not do enough to get oversight over those institutions and pushed for really, really bad deregulation but they did not create the current situation alone. It is the fault of BOTH parties.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
"RULES" :ROTFL: I got two images.. Georgie-Porgy in his crown, and Georgie-Porgy doing the "heavy metal satanic" handgestures and headbanging. He's just GOTTA get the last gasp of twisted legislation out the door before he goes. George, why don't you keep your damn oil companies off public lands? NO PRIVATE ENTERPRISES should profit from public property. EVER. Especially those that will inevitably DO HARM to these places, many of which were set aside to be protected for a REASON. That land belongs to the people. And just curious, George M'boy, why do FEDERAL/GOVERNMENT institutions get to make moral and religious judgements? Taxpayer money pays for that, Georgie-boy. Taxpayers that do not all follow one god, one lifestyle, one list of moral dictums. Churches can decide their own rules, but I am damn sick and tired of seeing separation of church-and-state treated on an "as we feel like it" basis. ARGH!!! Oooggghghgh, I have to stop, I will just get mad...sooo mad. My dislike for that pack of rats runs so deep....
outofhere outofhere 8 years
Well, whatever. When Obama leaves office he'll do the same thing, nothing new here. In politics its always the other guys fault. The constant Bush bashing is getting tiring, let the man go out in a way that feels right to him, his values and what he feels is right for the country that he has served for 8 years. Lets just move along and deal with what we have to deal with when Obama gets in office.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
roarman- I reposted the sources for those numbers as you requested, sorry if they show up twice
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
"In 2000, cases of rape or incest accounted for 1% of abortions" http: //en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Abortion_in_the_United_States a * 1% of the total, said a physician had positively informed them of a fetal defect or abnormality * 7% of the women had a health* problem * 1% were victims of rape or incest http: //www.bfl.org /IssuesAndAnswers/FAQs/HardCaseAbortions.aspx
stephley stephley 8 years
It is astounding that you could want to claim that your party held the presidency for 8 years and dominated congress for most of that time but had little or no impact on the economy. At this point though, I'm happy to agree with you: if you agree that because of this economic impotence from which the republicans appear to suffer, you just won't say anything from now on.
NYFashionista NYFashionista 8 years
Kranky- I guess I consider corrupt to be the same as illegal. I'm sure alot of this will be under investigation in the coming years, but as someone who works in the industry there was a LOT of hush hush in terms of these mortgage-backed securities that were being thrown at investors. I am unfortunately not entitled to say too much (especially since I'm writing from my work computer!!) but one thing I will mention, which really shocked me: Recently, I attended an SEC conference where the Chairman of the SEC admitted that Issuers (of the Notes) were paying off the rating agencies to give them higher ratings knowing very well they were complete trash, all so that investors would invest mass amounts of money in these securities.
kranky kranky 8 years
argh! Community Reinvestment Act (sorry). Made banks give moeny to subprime lenders so that the poor could get into real estate.
kranky kranky 8 years
Jill - I wrote a response, and it was flagged. I'm imagining because it had a wiki link to the Community Revitalization Act. I certainly didn't say anything mean or off-tpoic. Hopefully it will show up because I have to sign off for the evening. If my post does not show up, I encourage you to look into that Act. Night everyone!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
and don't forget the shady corporations that strong armed banks into giving loans to risky people???? I love how a lot of democrats try and sweep that one under the rug...
Jillness Jillness 8 years
10? Are you sure it wasn't 8?? "The CDS market, this market for credit default swaps that was created in 2000 by Phil Gramm's Commodities Future Modernization Act, this is now a $62 trillion market, up from $900 billion in 2000. That's like five times the size of the holdings in the NYSE. And it's all speculation by Wall Street traders. It's a classic bubble/Ponzi scheme."
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"First, it took a heck of a lot longer than 2 years to get into this mess, " You're right, it took about 10. Who was in power 10 years ago? Dem President, Dem Congress, Dem Senate.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"last time I checked, the Democratic Congress has been steering the ship for the past two years" First, it took a heck of a lot longer than 2 years to get into this mess, and the 6 years before that were total Republican control. 2nd, the Dems only had a 1 person slim majority that was far from veto proof, so the Republicans still held the reigns. I don't blame everything on the Republicans of course, but they did do a LOT of damage. The democrats did have a hand in it, but a small fraction. And the housing debacle wasn't just a result of bad loans, rather it was bad loans that were kept off the books as a result of legislation that Phil Gramm pushed through. If your company takes a big risk and everyone knows about it, your stock gets treated as such. If you take a big risk and keep it off the books, then people treat your stock as if nothing is wrong with it even though your company is loaded with toxic risk. And the Glass-Steagall Act was gutted by the The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in 1999. He also lobbied for the Responsible Lending Act while working at UBS.
kranky kranky 8 years
Thanks for the additional info, Jill. We'll see how long those EPA ones stick around with Waxman in the seat. Do you have more info on this one: Sex trafficing victims could lose aid funds?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
When the GOP tried to stop this in 2004, they were told Fannie and Freddie were just fine, and to mind their own business. Guess who told them that? The Democratic chairman. Less than 2 years later, Fannie and Freddie were in serious trouble. Investors got scared, and pulled their money out, and they failed.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Jillness - What do you think got us to this situation? The war? The housing market bubble burst? The financial market meltdown? Of these, the war is the only one that isn't a dominoe, caused by the ordering of loans be provided to people who might not be able to pay back said loan by the President and his administration. Interestingly enough, the Pesident who said that has about 50% of his cabinet back in power beginning Jan 20th, 2009.
kranky kranky 8 years
NYF- "when it comes to the military (and hey, so many other jobs) many "illegal" things are done that cannot be accounted for or reported by the "subordinates". Another reason why we're in this economic crisis." 'splain, please? I have no idea what you are talking about, but am interested to hear.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
More of the "rules': *EPA won't regulate a contaminant in drinking water *Fisheries rule calls for less public imput *EPA lowers air quality rules for lead *EPA lets factory farms decide if they need a permit to discharge animal waste into waterways *Rules on dumping mine waste eased *Sex trafficing victims could lose aid funds Thanks, Bush! :(
kranky kranky 8 years
tiabia, Then for a practical argument: you would be pushing talent out of an already sinking ship that is federally-funded medicine. To be clear: Bush is not saying that federally-funded institutions are not allowed to perform abortions, he is saying that they can opt not to.
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