The ability for a chief executive to simply author dicta which are to affect the lives of millions is not democracy; it is a form of totalitarian control. Recently a certain president of a Western hemisphere nation was heavily criticized outside his country; his most recent actions have been described as
a radical lurch toward authoritarianism by a leader with unchecked power.
This isn’t Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; this time It’s Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan president.
Chavez is more or less getting himself carte blanche from his congress, allowing him to essentially wave any law into existence that he might want to have. This is, of course, disturbing — yet you won’t hear many right-wing apologists for Il Duce decrying his ability to behave more or less as Chavez. (Or, for that matter, the Iranina president.)
After all, Bush is the one who’s requiring hand-picked overseers to approve of all Federal actions in the US government, a de facto fifth column that makes it impossible for any department to function without his direct approval. This isn’t simply micromanagement gone mad; it’s an almost breathtaking level of control being exerted over an allegedly free and self-determining government.
Where are the anti-dictator protesters when you need them most? Oh yeah — they’re squealing about Chavez.
Meanwhile, in his continuing efforts to preserve his shitty legacy, the Textard is now suggesting in a recent speech that CEOs are overpaid.
“Government should not decide compensation for America’s corporate executives,” the White House said in a report ahead of Bush’s speech. “But the salaries and bonuses of CEOs should be based on their success at improving their companies and building value for their shareholders.”
Based on that metric, I’d say Bush owes each of us something on the order of (cue Dr. Evil gesture) one billion dollars.
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