Friday, April 02, 2004

It looks as though GOP members of the House are blocking Democratic efforts to investigate claims that the Bush Administration suppressed the true cost of the Medicare prescription drug program. "Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee had sought to question the officials to learn whether the Bush administration intentionally withheld higher estimates of the bill's cost, fearing that the larger figure would sink the Medicare overhaul....In party-line votes, the committee defeated proposals to subpoena Doug Badger, an economic adviser to President Bush, and Thomas A. Scully, who until December headed the federal agency that runs the Medicare program." Oh, sure, they were willing to spend billions of dollars investigating Clinton's private sex life, but when Bush suppresses the true cost of one of his pet projects, they do nothing.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in the Valerie Plame case are expanding their investigation to see if "White House officials lied to investigators or mishandled classified information related to the case, lawyers involved in the case and government officials say." Stay tuned...

Finally, according to one of former President Clinton's lawyers, the White House may have failed to turn over Clinton Administration documents to the 9/11 commission. "Bruce R. Lindsey, who represents the former president on records issues, said yesterday that the Bush administration has turned over about 25 percent of the nearly 11,000 pages of Clinton records that document custodians had determined should be released to the commission investigating the terrorist attacks. Lindsey said that, as a result, the commission may not have a full picture of the Clinton administration's anti-terrorism efforts." Considering BushCo's record with the commission so far, can anyone really be surprised by this? It's just business as usual in the Bush Administration!