Bush White House Embraces A "Middle Finger" Policy

The White House apparently has a new policy of giving the middle finger to Congress.

When asked to testify on the Hill or present information requested by Congressional Committee, the Bush Administration has flat-out refused. What will become of this game of political chicken remains to be seen, but the temperature surrounding the test of political wills isn't cooling off. It's only rising.

Consider these examples. Today, the White House refused to comply with a request from a Republican Senator, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, for information about Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' conflicting testimony on a secret domestic spying program. The Attorney General's leadership style apparently has created an example at Justice.

Last week, the department's Voting Section Chief, John Tanner, also refused to appear at a House Judiciary Committee Committee hearing that was going to explore selective prosecution of election laws.

Also today, Vice-President Dick Cheney is expected to snub a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on how his office has influenced environmental policy.

#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.