Bush Lets Another One Get Away

For all his talk about going after evil-doers, Bush sure can be a wimp when it comes to standing up for the public interest in the face of big campaign contributors. I thought that when he let Bill Gates off with a wrist-slap after Microsoft’s antitrust conviction, and now he’s done it again: Tobacco escapes huge penalty.

After eight months of courtroom argument, Justice Department lawyers abruptly upset a landmark civil racketeering case against the tobacco industry yesterday by asking for less than 8 percent of the expected penalty.

What a wuss.

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