Saturday, January 3, 2009

Bush Says No Bare Planes

In another astonishing move, President George W. Bush ordered the Transportation Department to insure airlines. He did so by executive order on December 23rd. The pertinent portion said:

2. Approve provision by the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) of insurance or reinsurance to U.S.-flag air carriers against loss or damage arising out of any risk from the operation of an aircraft in the manner and to the extent provided in chapter 443 of 49 U.S.C.:
(a) Until March 31, 2009;
(b) After March 31, 2009, but no later than August 31, 2009, when the Secretary determines that such insurance or reinsurance cannot be obtained on reasonable terms and conditions from any company authorized to conduct an insurance business in a State of the United States.

Meanwhile, 47.5 million have no health insurance. The number is likely closer to 50 million with our dire economic situation. George served eight years, twiddling his thumbs while the number grew from 40 to nearly 50 million. On that risk, he did nothing.

George W. Bush corporafornicates to the very end. At least with airlines he offered protection.