Bush Scandals List

319. Emasculating oversight boards

Emasculating oversight. One way to spike this is to dismantle regulatory boards by either stacking them with members opposed to their mission or failing that to leave them without a quorum of members to make decisions. At the end of February 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (dangerous products from China), the Federal Elections Committee (campaign finance shenanigans, including the dubious McCain loan), the Council of Economic Advisors (the tanking US economy), the National Labor Relations Board (ditto), the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (the Georgia refinery fire), the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (perennial problems in mine safety), and the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (spying on Americans) all lacked sufficient members to function or to function effectively.

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