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Things over which I have no control, but which still make me nuts
by Sebastian Wren

July 4, 2006

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president (Clinton) to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
        ~ George W. Bush (1999)

"I think it's also important for the president (Clinton) to lay out a timetable as to how long (U.S. troops) will be involved and when they will be withdrawn."
        ~ George W. Bush (1999)

"If we don't stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem coming down the road."
        ~ George W. Bush (2000)

"I'm worried about an opponent (Clinton) who uses nation-building and the military in the same sentence. See, our view of the military is for our military to be properly prepared to fight and win war and, therefore, prevent war from happening in the first place."
        ~ George W. Bush (2000)

"We cannot accept that there can be free democratic elections in a country under foreign military occupation"
        ~ George W. Bush

"Evil men obsessed with ambition and unburdened by conscience must be taken very seriously, and we must stop them before their crimes can multiply."
        ~ George W. Bush (2005)

"By promoting liberty abroad, we will build a safer world. By encouraging liberty at home, we will build a more hopeful America."
        ~ George W. Bush (2004)

"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him."
        ~ George W. Bush (2001)

"I want justice...There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,'"
        ~ George W. Bush (2001)

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority."
        ~ George W. Bush (2002)

"I am truly not that concerned about him."
        ~ George W. Bush (2002)

"One of the interesting things people ask me, now that we're asking questions, is, can you ever win the war on terror? Of course, you can."
        ~ George W. Bush (2004)

"I don't think you can win [the war on terror]."
        ~ George W. Bush (2004)

"Make no mistake about it, we are winning and we will win [the war on terror]."
        ~ George W. Bush (2004)

"Our new enemy teaches that innocent individuals can be sacrificed to serve a political vision. And this explains their cold-blooded contempt for human life."
        ~ George W. Bush (2005)

"The United States is committed to the worldwide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example."
        ~ George W. Bush (2003)

"Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other.  Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction."
        ~ George W. Bush (2003)

"No President has ever done more for human rights than I have."
        ~ George W. Bush (2004)

"Tax relief is central to my plan to encourage economic growth, and we can proceed with tax relief without fear of budget deficits, even if the economy softens,"
        ~ George W. Bush (2001)

"Our budget will run a deficit that will be small and short-term."
        ~ George W. Bush (2002)

"States should have the right to enact reasonable laws and restrictions particularly to end the inhuman practice of ending a life that otherwise could live."
        ~ George W. Bush (2000)

 "We need an energy bill that encourages consumption."
        ~ George W. Bush (2002)

"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees."
        ~ George W. Bush (2005)

"Our mission is clear in Iraq. Should we have to go in, our mission is very clear:  disarmament."
        ~ George W. Bush (2003)

"Our mission in Iraq is clear. We are hunting down the terrorists. We are helping Iraqis build a free nation that is an ally in the war on terror. We are advancing freedom in the broader Middle East."
        ~ George W. Bush (2005)

"I think we agree, the past is over."
        ~ George W. Bush

Amen to that brother...


Hurray!  The republicans want to buy us off for 60 pieces of sil.. no...wait...
not that much... $100!!!


According to the New York Times, republicans want to help lighten the burden on Americans created by high gas prices by giving most taxpayers a check for 100 bucks.

One hundred lousy bucks.  With higher gas prices, the cost of everything is going up.  It costs 50% more to fill your car with gas -- that's obvious -- but it also costs more to ship groceries and goods to your neighborhood store.  It costs more to ship packages to your house.  Everything is getting more expensive.

The higher cost of fuel is costing Americans a lot more than $8.00 per month. That's just insulting.

Bush promised years ago that if oil companies got some tax breaks and incentives, they would invest all of that extra money into alternative fuel research.  He said that if oil companies and car companies had a few billion dollars extra, they would work together to invest that money in the future of our country -- hybrid technology, fuel cells, alternate forms of combustible fuels, alternative forms of transportation.

So they got their tax breaks and their financial incentives, and now they have BILLIONS of dollars in profits.  So where is my hydrogen-powered car?

Not that fuel cells are all that feasible, but ... you get my point.  Of COURSE they're not investing all of their crazy profits into alternative fuel and alternative transportation research.  Why should they?  They are stinking, stinking rich, and they are hoarding their profits like squirrels hoarding nuts for the winter.  Because, believe me... winter is coming.

And now, the republicans are proposing taking 20 billion dollars in public money and giving it to Americans as a rebate to help them pay their fuel bills this summer.  That works out to 100 clams each.  Good grief.  What a short-sighted, simple-minded solution.  What a drop in the freaking bucket.

Could our government take that $20 billion and invest it in alternative fuel research and alternative transportation?  Is that too much to ask?  Instead of giving tax-payers a paltry $100 each, they should be giving our largest 20
cities 1 billion dollars each to improve their public transit system.  Or they should be supporting university research into alternative fuels and transportation.  Or they should be providing incentives to corporations to find ways to use less energy.

When I got my $300 rebate check a few years ago, I immediately sent $300 to John Kerry's election campaign.  If they give me another $100 this summer, I'm just going to give it to some democrat in a tight race for the House.

You see, I don't really need $100 -- I need a responsible government that pays down our national debt, restores the respect other nations have for the United States, and takes real steps to decrease our dependence on oil -- especially foreign oil.

In other words, I need a government run by democrats.


A friend of mine just sent me this link about the deceptions of the Bush administration.  One of the things that I find most offensive about this administration is the way they describe their actions and policies with deceptive, but very simple, easy-to-swallow sound-bites.

Gutting environmental policies is described as the "Clear Skies Act." An under-funded education initiative is called "No Child Left Behind." Violating our constitutionally protected rights is called the "Patriot Act."  It seems like lying to me.  But what is most troubling is that the American public swallows it.

If Bush CLAIMS that he is protecting our freedom, then it must be true (Ignore the phone taps and the monitoring of electronic communication.  Pay no attention to the people being detained or deported without just cause.  Pay no attention the monitoring of the books you check out at the public library...).

If Bush CLAIMS to be improving medical benefits, then it must be true (Pay no attention to the little old lady collecting aluminum cans to pay for basic needs like food and medicine...).

If Bush CLAIMS to be supporting the military, then he MUST be (Pay no attention to reservists who have been away from home for over a year who must pay their own way home to visit their families.  Pay no attention to soldiers wounded in battle who are denied health-care benefits.  Pay no attention to the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who have not received any combat pay in the past six months because Mission was Accomplished back in May.)

If Bush CLAIMS to love living in a country that supports free speech, then it must be true (Ignore the old lady who was arrested for holding an anti-Bush sign on the side of the street near his motorcade.  Ignore the fact that media coverage of dead soldiers returning home has been banned.)

If Bush CLAIMS to defend the constitution and American freedom, then it MUST be TRUE (Ignore the illegal wiretaps and surveillance of e-mail communication of U.N. delegations.  Forget the categorical denial of government funding to any organization that supports women's reproductive rights.  Forget the tort reform laws that would deny an American citizen the right to recoup losses and damages caused by negligence.)

If Bush CLAIMS that his tax cuts will benefit all Americans, then by golly, it must be true (Forget the millions of people who do not receive one single penny in tax relief. Forget that 90% of the cuts go to 2% of the people. Forget that an estimated 70% of the tax savings will not be invested in our economy but will instead be either put in savings or invested overseas.)

And if Bush CLAIMS to be fiscally responsible, then by George, he MUST be (Ignore the loss of millions of jobs.  Ignore an economy in ruins.  Ignore a massive increase in government spending coupled with massive tax cuts.  And please, please, PLEASE ignore the biggest deficit in the entire history of our country following RIGHT ON THE DAMN HEELS of the biggest SURPLUS in our country's history.)

What he says in his little 2-second sound bites is what the typical voter hears.  What he DOES is often overlooked.  Raising emissions limits and allowing more heavy metals in our drinking water is too complicated for the average American to understand.

"Clear Skies Act" is so much easier.

Hastily sending our military into a quagmire conflict with no exit strategy, no clear goals and no long-term plans while simultaneously slashing benefits for military personnel, denying pay, and even denying our country's right to publicly mourn and grieve the loss of a soldier is too complicated.

A little sign that says "I Support Our Troops" is so much easier to comprehend.

The man lies as a matter of course, and we don't ever call him on it. And he lies about every goddamn thing.  He lies about the big things like the "eminent threat" to America posed by Iraq and their weapons programs and Saddam's support of terrorist organizations like Al-Queda.  He lies about the LITTLE things like the stupid fake turkey he carried around for an hour and a half on Thanksgiving Day and the British airliner that supposedly spotted Air Force One flying into Iraq.  Lying and deception is just what comes naturally to this administration.  The Bush administration didn't hang the "Mission
Accomplished" banner behind the president on the deck of the aircraft carrier -- it must have been some over-enthusiastic soldiers who did that.... Yeah right... blame the soldiers... I'm sure it was easy for a couple of seamen on duty out in the middle of the ocean to get ahold of a 50 foot banner with the same graphics and font that the Bush administration always uses for their banners, and I'm sure the Bush Public Relations Team was too busy making sure that all of the uniforms on the deck of the carrier were color coordinated to notice the 50 foot banner hanging right behind the President while he was making his speech... I'm sure that's the way it happened...

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, George Bush Jr. has been shamelessly trying to convince us that he is a "uniter, not a divider."  That he is a "compassionate conservative."  That he supports "family values."  That's all just a load of bull...  Cute little sound bites that sound good and reassuring, but have no bearing on reality at all.

Of course, like I said, it doesn't bother me that politicians lie... What I just don't get is that American voters either do not understand the lies, deceit, and dirty tricks, or worse, they just don't care.

Can you imagine what the voters would have done to Nixon if he had been caught wiretapping the private homes and offices of United Nations diplomats!?  Can you imagine what would have happened to Clinton if he had been caught revealing the identities of under-cover CIA agents!??  Holy crap, the number of things that this country just doesn't seem to care about any more is really kind of frightening.  If you ask me, any implication that the number one producer of electronic voting machines is fixing elections for the republican party and the current administration should be vigorously investigated by an independent prosecutor -- but American's just don't seem to mind.

Everybody knows that George Bush is a smug, lying hypocrite who snorted mountains of cocaine, drove around drunk, and then supported the prosecution and imprisonment Tommy Chong for selling water pipes (not drugs) on the internet. He's a philandering playboy turned born-again Christian who publicly mocks the pleas of death-row inmates who also claim to have found God.  He is a sniveling coward who shirked his tour in Vietnam and went AWOL from his Texas National Guard base and then became the first president in our country's history to launch an unprovoked attack against another country, killing hundreds of American soldiers and thousands of innocent civilians.

He is a paranoid elitist who demanded so much security and protection during his recent state visit to England that the trip was almost cancelled due to overwhelming expense and inconvenience. Everybody knows these things... But the magic of George Bush Jr. is that he has figured out that American's really just don't give a damn any more.  He can do anything he wants to, as long as he does not have sex with interns and as long as he gives the voters nice little sound-bites to make them think that everything is okay...

The Bush administration can rape the environment, help their rich friends get a whole lot richer, fix elections, thumb their noses at other countries, exploit disadvantaged people both here and abroad, tear down the walls separating church and state, violate the civil rights of millions of Americans, totally ignore the civil rights of "enemy combatants," and roll back the reproductive rights of women -- as long as they do it in a complicated way that doesn't really affect the lives of people who would rather be watching ugly people get extreme make-overs on the tube.

Nothing would make me happier than watching the American voters wipe that smug, self-righteous smirk off of his face this November. Sadly, I'm probably in for some disappointment there -- It's a whole lot easier to just vote for the devil you know, and I am fairly convinced that American voters will take the path of least resistance.

If you think this president was bad in his first term in office, imagine what he'll be like when he doesn't have to worry about getting re-elected....

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