Originally Posted by SportBikeMike
Of course, its Bush's fault!
Bush did nothing to rein the excessive spending that the Republican congress passed during his first term. He didn't start looking at any spending until the Republicans got themselves voted out of office. Then he started threatening "veto". Under Bush, congress has continued to have growing deficits which affects the value of the dollar which has been a factor in pushing up oil prices.
As to the Rove issue. As much as I detest the man because I believe he put the Republican party ahead of the country and the Bush administration does not truly believe in the open transparency of a true democratic government, as an adviser to the president, he is probably covered by executive privilege. So the question becomes which is more powerful at this point. The implied power of Executive Privilege or the implied power of Contempt of Congress.