The Bush regime seems to be falling apart.
Its war in Iraq is a catastrophic failure. The I.C.E. raids are its biggest recent success, but deporting a large sector of the immigrant labor force is leaving the produce of U.S. agribusiness rotting in the fields. The scandal of the broken private health insurance system â€“ even as Bush threatens to veto a minimal measure to extend Medicare to children in desperate need â€“ encapsulates millions of Americansâ€™ profound economic insecurity and growing fears for their familiesâ€™ future.
The real condition of the richest country in the history of the planet is highlighted by events like the collapse of the bridge in Minneapolis, the product of decades of neglect of a decaying American infrastructure; the entombment of miners and rescuers in a Utah mountain mine that no halfway decent regulatory system would ever have allowed to open; the completely broken promises to the people of New Orleans. The housing bubble, prolonged and inflated by the predatory â€œsubprimeâ€ mortgage industry, is now rupturing and spreading through the international financial markets with consequences still unknown.
When Karl Rove deserts the ship, you know itâ€™s going down -- and he was joined today by Alberto Gonzales, just in time to avoid impeachment.
We then turn to the deportation of Elvira Arrellano and talk to Dan LaBotz about what the ICE raids are doing to labor and agriculture in the absence of a sane and humane immigration policy.
And finally we talk to John Nichols about the top news story of the day, the resignation of discredited Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez.
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