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Romney Puts Bush Back in the White House Saddle

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | 9/26/2012, 12:33 p.m.

Bush’s policy fumbles occurred in nearly every area that Romney would charge former Bush officials with running. The financial collapse, the economic meltdown, the disastrous accelerated deregulation of the financial industry, the soaring budget deficit spurred in large part by the colossal tax cut giveaways to the rich, two costly wars and a housing collapse were overseen by the former Bush officials that Romney wants. They fell asleep at the wheel while the house crumbled.

There’s an irony in the public disclosure of the candidates that Romney proposes to head agencies and cabinet posts in his administration. The law that virtually mandates that presidential contenders plan for their administration immediately after they secure their party’s nomination was signed into law by Obama.

Romney, then, didn’t jump the gun, and isn’t being presumptuous about a White House win. He was the GOP presidential nominee in all but official name back in May, and the GOP convention simply made it official. Under the law he was compelled to make known his transition team and candidates for administration posts.

The good thing is that Romney’s move gives the public the horrifying glimpse of those who will hold prominent places in a Romney administration, and even more frightening, those who would carry out his policy, advise him on policy and potentially set policy.

The even better, and likely, hope is that Romney’s transition team is just a paper exercise and will never see the light of the White House; that is another disastrous Bush White House.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.