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Political Nostalgia

In these waning days, weeks, and oh, so few months of the George W. Bush presidency, I thought I might be forgiven for waxing nostalgic for a few moments. It’s been a very interesting eight years, in a rather Orwellian sort fo way, for the United States of America. What with the elections almost upon us, I thought that this would be a good time to look back over the past eight years, and celebrate the accomplishments of our favorite little cowboy, Dubyah. The man has, quite thoughtfully, provided much to examine. I’m drawing heavily on quite a number of other sources for this, but I don’t feel like I’m plagiarizing anything here. All of what I’m going to point out has been writen in scattered places across the web. I’m acting as a sort of
collector here.

Dubyah has, in at least one sense, had a very remarkable presidency. He has doggedly pursued a series of disastrous policies and political objectives, and he has succeeded in attaining his goals. And that is disastrous for the rest of us.

I lived through the Nixon years. As much as I despised Nixon, I find Dubyah to be even worse. He has successfully offended many nations that were once our close allies. He has managed to utterly and completely destroy the reputation of the United States throughout the rest of the world. By surrounding himself with a group of men with similar and even worse philosophies than his own, he has almost completely destroyed the civil rights of the American people. He has given the country the single largest debt figure of any country in the history of the entire world. He has worked tirelessly to shred the environmental efforts of government in favor of those who would exploit and rape the earth. He has created a completely unnecessary and unjustified war in an effort to further his own political agenda.

During the first two-and-a-half years of his administration, Dubyah presided over the loss of something like three million American jobs, the worst such record since the administration of Herbert Hoover.

He has overseen an economy in which the stock market suffered its worst decline in the first two years of any administration since Hoover’s.

In the years following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Dubyah took the unprecedented outpouring of international goodwill towards the United States since the end of World War II, and flushed it down the toilet with his single-minded pursuit of a stupid, blind, unnecessary invasion of Iraq. In so doing, he has managed to transform that support and goodwill into almost universal condemnation from the worldwide community. After gaining the sympathy of nearly the entire world when terrorists attacked Washington and New York, Dubyah has turned this nation into the most hated and reviled country in the world. He accomplished this by violating nearly every international agreement, by stating the the United States has the right to invade any country that we choose to invade, by blatantly manipulating fact in order to justify anything that he decides to do, and by leading the charge into a war which is almost certainly doomed to end in a military, ideological, and political defeat, unless cooler heads can prevail, and get us the hell out of Iraq.

When Dubyah took office, he inherited an annual federal budget surplus of $230 billion. Withinless than three years, he transformed this surplus into a $500+ billion deficit. This negative turnaround is completely without precedent in our history.

Let’s be fair here – Dubyah has also cut taxes. He has cut taxes numerous times, sharply reducing the burden on the rich, and reclassifying money obtained through stock ownership as more deserving than money earned through work. The idea that dividend income should not be taxed — what can really quite accurately be termed the “unearned income tax credit” — can be stated very clearly: “If you had to work for your money, we’ll tax it; if you didn’t have to work for it, well, hell!! You can keep all of it.”
Dubyah has severely curtailed the same American freedoms that our military people are supposed to be fighting to defend. Says one historian, “The Patriot Act is the worst [policy] since the Alien and Sedition Acts under John Adams.”

Following the September 11 attacks, Dubyah had a chance to begin bringing about a change in the consumption oriented values that America seems to live by. At a time when most, if not all Americans were prepared to make real sacrifices for the common good of this country, Dubyah call on American citizens to “sacrice” by going out and buying more.

Dubyah proclaims himself to be a conservative. At the very same time, he has continued to maintain vigorously that government should be given free reign to trample of the Bill of Rights. He continues to maintain that the government must be allowed to keep an enormous number of secrets from the people, but that those very same people cannot, must not, be allowed to have any sort of real privacy from the government. As one person has put it, “This is not a conservative administration; it is a reckless and arrogant one, beholden to a mix of right-wing ideologues, neo-con fanatics, and social Darwinian elitists.”

In the words of Robert S. McElvaine, Professor of history at Millsaps College, and the author of Eve’s Seed: Biology, The Sexes, And The Course Of History:

“My assessment is that George W. Bush’s record on running up debt to burden our children is the worst since Ronald Reagan; his record on government surveillance of citizens is the worst since Richard Nixon; his record on foreign-military policy has gotten us into the worst foreign mess we’ve been in since Lyndon Johnson sank us into Vietnam; his economic record is the worst since Herbert Hoover; his record of tax favoritism for the rich is the worst since Calvin Coolidge; his record of trampling on civil liberties is the worst since Woodrow Wilson. How far back in our history would we need to go to find a presidency as disastrous for this country as that of George W. Bush has been thus far? My own vote went to the administration of James Buchanan, who warmed the president’s chair while the union disintegrated in 1860-61.”

The Dubyah presidency has been the worst disaster in the history of the United States. It is bringing our country to the brink of financial, economic, and social disaster.

In a somewhat more humorous, and certainly more succinct vein, we keep hearing this election year about the various resumes of the candidates. So, why not take a look at Dubyah’s resume? Please note: I take no responsibility for the accuracy of this resume. But then, Dubyah has never been noted for his concern over accuracy…

George W. Bush (Dubya)
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Past Work Experience

* Ran for congress and lost.
* Produced a Hollywood slasher B movie.
* Bought an oil company, but couldn’t find any oil in Texas; company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
* Bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.
* Biggest move: Traded Sammy Sosa to the Chicago White Sox.
* With father’s help (and his name) was elected Governor of Texas.

Accomplishments in Previous Positions

* Changed pollution laws for power and oil companies and made Texas the most polluted state in the Union.
* Replaced Los Angeles with Houston as the most smog-ridden city in America. Cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas government to the tune of billions in borrowed money.
* Set record for most executions by any governor in American history.
* Became president after losing the popular vote by over 500,000 votes, with the help of my father’s appointments to the Supreme Court.

Accomplishments As President

* Attacked and took over two countries.
* Spent the surplus and bankrupted the treasury.
* Shattered record for biggest annual deficit in history.
* Set economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
* Set all-time record for biggest drop in the history of the stock market.
* First president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.
* First president in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.
* First year in office set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in U.S. history.
* After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.
* Set the record for most campaign fundraising trips than any other president in U.S. history.
* In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their job.
* Cut unemployment benefits for more out of work Americans than any president in U.S. history.
* Set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
* Appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in U.S. history.
* Set the record for the least amount of press conferences than any president since the advent of television.
* Signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any president in  U.S. history.
* Presided over the biggest energy crises in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.
* Presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history and refused to use the national reserves as past presidents have.
* Cut healthcare benefits for war veterans.
* Set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.
* Dissolved more international treaties than any president in U.S. history.
* My presidency is the most secretive and unaccountable of any in U.S. history.
* Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history (the poorest’ multimillionaire, Condoleezza Rice, has an Exxon oil tanker named after her).
* First president in U.S. history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously go bankrupt.
* Presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud of any market in any country in the history of the world.
* First president in U.S. history to order a U.S. attack and military occupation of a sovereign nation.
* Created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States.
* Set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any president in U.S. history.
* First president in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the  human rights commission.
* First president in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the elections monitoring board.
* Removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in U.S. history.
* Rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant.
* Withdrew from the World Court of Law.
* Refused to allow inspectors access to U.S. prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.
* First president in U.S. history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 U.S. elections).
* All-time U.S. (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.
* My biggest lifetime campaign contributor presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).
* Spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in U.S. history.
* First president in U.S. history to unilaterally attack a sovereign nation against the will of the United Nations and the world community.
* First president to run and hide when the U.S. came under attack (and then lied saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1)
* First U.S. president to establish a secret shadow government.
* Took the biggest world sympathy for the U.S. after 9/11, and in less than a year made the U.S. the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in U.S. and world history).
* With a policy of ‘disengagement’ created the most hostile Israeli-Palestine relations in at least 30 years.
* First U.S. president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.
* First U.S. president in history to have the people of South Korea more threatened by the U.S. than their immediate neighbor, North Korea.
* Changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
* Set all-time record for number of administration appointees who violated U.S. law by not selling huge investments in corporations bidding for government contracts.
* Failed to fulfill my pledge to get Osama Bin Laden ‘dead or alive.’
* Failed to capture the anthrax killer who tried to murder the leaders of our country at the United States Capital building. After 18 months I have no leads and zero suspects.
* In the 18 months following the 9/11 attacks I have successfully prevented any public investigation into the biggest security failure in the history of the United States.
* Removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in U.S. history.
* In a little over two years created the most divided country in decades, possibly the most divided the U.S. has ever been since the Civil War.
* Entered office with the strongest economy in U.S. history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.

Records and References

* At least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available)
* AWOL from National Guard and deserted the military during a time of war.
* Refuse to take drug test or even answer any questions about drug use.
* All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my father’s library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
* All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
* All minutes of meetings for any public corporation I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
* Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.

NOTE: For personal references please speak to my daddy or uncle James Baker (they can be reached at their offices of the Carlyle Group for war-profiteering.)

Original File Here

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Palin A Good Choice?

I think that anyone who reads this blog knows that I’m an Obama supporter.  Today, I had that position confirmed for me, following a news report on CNN.

Remember the little deal about Palin trying to have her brother-in-law fired during a rather messy divorce?  The Alaska State Legislature has set up an investigative committee to look into charges that Palin fired her Public Safety Commissioner because he refused to fire the brother-in-law.  That would clearly be an abuse of power.

Palin had initially stated with she would cooperate completely with this investigation, as she should be required to do.  But, (surprise, surprise), Palin has now changed her mind. She now states that she will “decline to participate” in the investigation.

Here’s the article:

“FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin is refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

Palin’s office claims Monegan was let go for insubordination. Monegan says it’s because he wouldn’t fire a state trooper named Mike Wooten.

Three years ago that trooper was in the middle of an ugly divorce from Sarah Palin’s sister. Monegan says Palin pressured him to fire Wooten. Palin denies that. Monegan ended up losing his job.

Alaska lawmakers have been looking into this matter since July. It has been a bipartisan investigation and Palin had originally agreed to cooperate. But not anymore.

The Alaska Attorney General, who was appointed by Palin, said yesterday the governor has “declined to participate” in the investigation.

Original Article

“Decline to participate?”  Exactly what is Palin afraid of here?

The government of the United States of America is founded on a system of checks and balances. Every kid who has made it as far as the seventh grade has heard this. The investigation into the firing of Monegan is an example of those checks and balances. When there is suspicion of wrongdoing on the part of an elected official, it is the right and proper action for an investigation to take place, particularly when there is such a blatant appearance of that official allowing her personal life to interfere with her decisions as an elected official.

By refusing to participate in this investigation, Palin has pretty much said, “Cooperate? Are you nuts? I’m not accountable to you or to anyone else.”

Does this type of thinking, this kind of arrogant attitude, remind you of anything?

Palin prides herself on being a “maverick.” Someone who will take on the established workings of a badly functioning federal government. But with this statement, she has revealed her true colors.

Far from being a “maverick,” she has now shown herself to be just another typical, “I do what I want to do, and if you don’t like it, tough,” Republican politician. She is, at heart, a part of the “Old Boys Network” that she is so fond of attacking.

Keep in mind: If McCain is elected, this is the woman who will succeed to the presidency, should something happen to him.

And that is a terrifying thought…

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Going Off Topic

I’m going off topic for a moment here, to announce a new feature that I’ll be adding to my blog here. I have a good friend who is also a very talented composer and graphic artist, and I’m going to begin featuring links to some of her music.  Her name is Lisa LeFou, she is a digital Composer/Musician and Graphic Artist.

I’ve decided to make my first attempt at this addition of music to the blog by using an original piece that Lisa sent me some time ago.  It’s titled, “Lace & Leather Bolero.”  You can use the link below to listen to it.

Lace & Leather Bolero.mp3

If you like this piece, and you would like information on how to contact Lisa to hear more, please visit this link:

for more information.

There will be more music from Lisa coming at regular intervals here. Check back to hear new pieces, and please, if you like her music, support the Artist buy considering the purchase of a CD from her.

Thanks for listening, and enjoy the music!!

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