Bushwhacked by Molly Ivins

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There was leaseholds, there was momentum. —CANDIDATE GEORGE W. BUSH ON PHILIP UZIELLI’S $1 MILLION BAILOUT OF ARBUSTO One of Bush’s white knights, a friend of the Bush family consigliere* James Baker III, is so interesting that to leave him out is the journalistic equivalent of a breach of fiduciary responsibility. Philip Uzielli’s $1 million cash-for-trash deal in 1982 allowed GeeDubya to keep his company alive long enough to sell it to Spectrum 7, then to sell the again-sinking Spectrum 7 to Harken and then to unload his sinking Harken stock—just before the bad news became public—for a large enough profit to buy 2 percent of the ownership of a baseball franchise that made him $15 million in less than nine years.

Bush too became testy, telling reporters that if they wanted more information they should get the minutes of Harken’s board of directors’ meetings. Harken refused to release the minutes. The story might have stalled there had it not been for the work of Charles Lewis and the Center for Public Integrity. –based public-interest group obtained Harken board minutes and correspondence through a Freedom of Information Act request to the SEC. org). You don’t need an accountant to interpret the Harken documents.

9. Dick, Dubya, and Wyoming Methane 10. Warm in the White House 11. The United States of Enron 12. Army Surplus: Two Veterans at Enron 13. God in the White House 14. Dubya Bush’s Bench 15. Shrub II: The Empire Strikes Back 16. State of the Union 17. What Is to Be Done? Endnotes Sources Acknowledgments About the Authors Other Books by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose Copyright This book is dedicated to the memory of six great and wonderfully nonconformist Texans. They all persisted in the good fight to make our state and our country a better place.

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