You have to at least admire President George W. (for Worst in history) Bush’s chutzpah. Of all his many, many, many faults, we will never be able to say that the guy was lacking for moxie.
The President is once again attacking Congress as a “do nothing body,” and he’s getting away with it. So far this year, the now Democratically-led Congress has not re-funded his immoral and illegal war and occupation of Iraq, so he’s attacking them (too bad for him that the “Surge” thing didn’t kick in sooner, he might have been able to have another “Mission Accomplished” photo opportunity).
Congress has not yet legalized his administration’s Constitutionally suspect, warrantless spying program on American citizens at home, and the public is simply going along with his rhetoric. Talk about the power of the “bully pulpit.”
“The end of 2007 is approaching fast, and the new Congress has little to show for it,” His Nibbs said in the Rose Garden recently. “I call on members to use the time left to support our troops and to protect our citizens, prevent harmful tax increases, and responsibly fund our government.”
Huh? Talk about Orwellian “Double-Speak.”
How do you support the troops, by keeping them in a war zone they created, in the midst of a religious and ethnic and racial civil war among Arabs, Kurds, Persians, Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims? Bush gets away with another lie.
Protection does not come from the use of force of arms. Protection comes from the goodwill of your neighbors in the world community. The U.S. has troops in more than 130 of the earth’s 190-pluss nations. The country cannot afford to attempt to control the world’s non-White population through military means. And who says Americans ought to be the controlling force anyway?
Harmful tax increases? Harmful to whom? The wealthiest 2 percent of the U.S. population who received the bulk of Mr. Bush’s tax-give-back to the poor back when he swept into office on a one-vote 5-4 margin from the Supreme Court?
And yet, this guy stand up in front of everybody and says these things with no shame. It’s as though his mama never taught him any home-training. Well, consider the source. She’s the one who said the victims of Hurricane Katrina would be better off, because they would be going to a “better place” than the dumpy ghetto in which they had been living in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. I guess the fruit really doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Let’s not forget those 200,000 Defense Department employees the President is threatening to furlough, and the 150,000 defense industry workers who will lose their jobs if Congress does not authorize another $2 billion per week for the Iraq fiasco. Those thousands of workers are being paid with money that’s being borrowed from future generations, in other words, with deficit spending.
The cost of the Iraq war is approaching $1.6 trillion (with a “t”), including all the hidden medical costs for injured troops. The U.S. debt is now nearly $8 trillion, an amount which costs hundreds of millions of dollars per day in interest alone, without even reducing the principal.
The irony is that people are suffering so mightily from the weight of the war, that the sub-prime interest mortgage disaster is quietly creeping up, and the White House is too busy dreaming up lies to tell about Congress, that issues like bankruptcies and mortgage defaults, and the slide all the way into the dumpster of the greenback dollar, will not really hit home until the next president is in office, and then, Mr. Bush will be able to point his finger at the Democrats and blame them.
The sad thing is, that too many Democrats are really elephants in donkey’s clothing. I think the expression is “Republicrats.”
It’s gotten so that whenever I see Mr. Bush’s lips moving, I don’t even have to wonder what he’s saying. I know that no matter how noble the cause, no matter how virtuous the message, before the man finishes speaking, he will have told a lie.