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One of our favorite Web sites here at News Hits is tompaine.com, a self-described journal of opinion inspired by the great patriot Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense and The Rights of Man. The site “seeks to enrich the national debate on controversial public issues by featuring the ideas, opinions, and analyses too often overlooked by the mainstream media.”

We bring this up now because of a recent posting regarding George W. Bush’s chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr.

According to the article by Brenda R. Mayrack and Nathaniel Heller, both of whom work for the highly respected watchdog group Center for Public Integrity, Card’s previous incarnation before joining the Bush team was as the leader of a $25 million lobbying campaign paid for by the Big Three automakers. Prior to that, he served a one-year stint as Papa Bush’s secretary of transportation.

Card’s focus was environmental and energy issues. For five years he fought tirelessly against increased air pollution and fuel efficiency requirements.

“Its another one for the oil and auto industry and still zero for the American public,” said John Passacantando, executive director of Greenpeace USA. “The former General Motors chief Washington lobbyist has shown his true colors in working to undermine laws that would stop global warming, make our cars and trucks more fuel efficient and keep our air cleaner.”

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