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February 06, 2004

BUSH THE PROTECTOR
Irony alert.
Story link here. I've got a little theory going that Bush's men are setting him up for a ginat pratfall to save Congress for Republicans. They have put so much shit in his budget that we all know Bush doesn't have a clue about (and quite likely most presidents don't know all that's in their budget proposals) that he looks like a complete idiot while the Republicans in Congress finally get to look good by opposing such wasteful idiocy.

Anyway on to "Do you Feel Safer? Friday:

Bush asks to cut decontamination research
Friday, February 6, 2004 Posted: 12:30 AM EST (0530 GMT)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- On the same day a poison-laced letter shuttered Senate offices, President Bush asked Congress to eliminate an $8.2 million research program on how to decontaminate buildings attacked by toxins.

Buried in documents justifying Bush's 2005 budget proposal released Monday is an Environmental Protection Agency acknowledgment that his proposed cut "represents complete elimination of homeland security building decontamination research."

The agency said in the documents that Bush's proposal will "force it to disband the technical and engineering expertise that will be needed to address known and emerging biological and chemical threats in the future."

The toxin ricin was discovered in Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's office Monday. Intensive testing of the Tennessee Republican's office mailroom in the Dirksen Senate Office Building has so far failed to locate the deadly poison's origin. ...