Bush And His Barrels Full Of Bull
There is much to be disgusted with in Bush’s Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal today, but I’ll just pick out a few of the nuggets that pissed me off the most. I won’t even bother with the fact that no one should listen to this man or his opinions considering he’s been wrong about everything, big and small, since taking office six years ago. And since he virtually ignored his quagmire in Iraq, except to conflate Iraq with 9/11, I guess I will too, at least for today.
One of my favorite quotes in this op-ed comes with his justification for cutting government programs in order to give more tax cuts (to the already wealthy of course). Bush explains, “I believe government plays an important role in helping those who can't help themselves. Yet we must always remember that when people are hurting, they need a caring person, not a government bureaucracy.”
When Man of American Dissent and I were new parents, adjusting to living on one income, it wasn’t a caring person that helped pay our electric bill, it was a government “bureaucracy” instituted by a caring government that did that. It wasn’t a caring person that provided milk, cereal and dried beans to feed our child, it was WIC, a government “bureaucracy” that did that. And it wasn’t a caring person that provided me with money to finish my college education so that I help provide a better future for my family, it was federal grants and federal student loans that made that possible.
It’s great to have caring people around us to help out when we need emotional support, but it is critical that we organize our government in a way that allows those who need it most, to access it easily. Government programs work, especially if you have caring people supporting them. If George Bush cared a little more about our government, and by extension the people our government serves, perhaps so many Americans wouldn’t be struggling to make ends meet and constantly fearing the possibility that the programs that are essential to our personal survival will be slashed or worse, done away with altogether.
This op-ed is just one more example of how out of touch our president is with the American people and with reality. We want to know when he’s going to give up on his dilusion of “winning” in Iraq. We want to know when the healthcare crisis is going to be addressed! We want to know what is going to be done about the hemorrhaging of family wage jobs flowing away from our shores. And there is no way in hell we trust this president with a line item veto! It would just be one more power for him to abuse.
Perhaps the most disgusting part of this piece is the audacity of this president’s continuing effort to push the mythical connection between Iraq and 9/11. It’s infuriating to have our president constantly lying to us, but it’s insulting when he tells the same debunked lie over, and over again. What’s next, a press conference showing the video of Saddam hanging with a caption that reads “Final Justice For Osama bin Laden”? He may be just that stupid, but the number of us that are willfully ignorant of this president’s failures, is shrinking. By playing the same, sad hand, Bush will only accelerate his race to the bottom. I still can’t believe it’s taken him this long to get there.