Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Tree

Former first lady Barbara Bush donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund with specific instructions that the money be spent with an educational software company owned by her son Neil.

Well, that's certainly a mouthful. Babs gets a tax break and little Neil gets the funds.

As Obi-Wan once said: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."

Neil Bush founded Austin-based Ignite Learning, which produces the COW program, in 1999. Information about the effectiveness of the program, through district-generated reports, was not readily available according to an Houston school spokeswoman.

Two years ago, the school district raised eyebrows when it expanded the program by relying heavily on private donations.

The deal raised conflict of interest concerns because Neil Bush and company officials helped solicit the donations for the HISD Foundation, a philanthropic group that raises money.

Last year, Neil Bush reportedly toured former Soviet Union countries promoting Ignite with Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky. According to the Times of London, Berezovsky, a former Kremlin insider now living in Britain, is wanted on criminal charges in Moscow accusing him of seeking to stage a coup against President Vladimir Putin.

The Bush crime family is on a par with the Corleones or the Sopranos except that the Bush crime family lacks any ethical standards at all.

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