Three stories in two days make clear that Republican control of the House, the Senate and the White House is not about governing. It's about making government an instrument of politics.
Story #1: The second redistricting of Texas (made possible through the use of illegal corporate campaign contributes in 2002 statewide elections) violated the Voting Rights Act, according to the staff of the U.S. Justice Department. Those opinions were overridden by the political appointees in the department, including Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Story #2: The Congressional Research Office says the Bush Administration's Environmental Protection Agency 'fixed' the analysis of the impact of the Orwellian-sounding "Clear Skies" air quality regulations to make them appear more effective than they actually are. (Fixing the analysis seems to be the hallmark of the political operatives of this administration; see, "War in Iraq" for details.)
Story#3: The so-called "Plan for Victory" in Iraq is not a military strategy. Turns out its a poll-driven effort to raise flagging public support for this foolish war.
This administration is not interested in solving any problems; only, gaining political advantage. That certainly explains to reliance on cronyism to fill government slots at places like FEMA.