Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Bush's hypocrisy truly unbearable

Bush's hypocrisy truly unbearable
The pols confused law with theology and allowed tabloidism to trump privacy.
Published by on March 29, 2005
As Texas governor, George W. Bush presided over 152 executions, more than took place in the rest of the country combined. In at least a few of these cases, reasonable doubts were raised about the guilt of the condemned. But Bush cut his personal review time for each case from a half hour to a mere 15 minutes (most other governors spend many hours reviewing each capital case to assure themselves no doubt of guilt exists). His explanation was that he trusted the courts to sort through the life-and-death complexities. That's right: the courts.
I bring up that story because it's just one of several ironies that have arisen in connection with the Terri Schiavo saga, in which the president said that the government "ought to err on the side of life." Fine, but whose life? The inmate who might not be guilty? The poor people across the country denied organ transplants (and thus life) because Medicaid — increasingly under the Bush budget knife — won't cover them?
The poor people across the world starving to death because we won't go along with Tony Blair when it comes to addressing global poverty?...