Top Ten Reasons to Boot Bush
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by P.M. Tate, author of One
Thousand Reasons: The Appalling Record of the Bush Presidency
Most of us don't have the time to read 1,000 reasons (although it's
a good idea) so this summary of the major categories will give you
Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about his sex life. George Bush
is applauded for overthrowing two governments (three, if you count
Haiti) based on deception. He lied about the threat of Iraq, he
lied about the cost, and he lied about the expected outcome. He
lied about the purpose of his tax cuts, he lied about education,
the environment, energy, and his own past. He lied about the cost
of Medicare. Everything he says is choreographed to achieve political
gain. In Bush's administration, truth takes a back seat to power
History will not be kind to George Bush. In two years he overthrew
two governments, and has his eyes on several others. He has ignored
the UN, the US public, and 90% of the rest of the world, including
millions who protested in the streets. He has violated the US Constitution
and international law by attacking Iraq when it was not a threat
to anyone. In his empire-building march across the Middle East,
he has wasted the lives of thousands. History will wonder why no
one stopped him.
As soon as people saw that Bush might get elected in 2000, the economy
started to fall, helped by Bush's talk of recession. He, of course,
tried to blame Clinton. Since then, the economy has dipped in
and out of recession, over two million jobs have evaporated,
are soaring, and Bush's only response is to cut taxes for the
wealthy. Every few months he promises that jobs are just around
-- if Congress will only approve my tax cuts -- but month
after month job statistics give substance to the lie. Bush
seems bent on destroying the very institution he heads.
Yes, we need to catch terrorists, but we don't need a police state
to do it. Ashcroft has no concern for personal liberties, only
catching the bad guys. Is it really necessary for the government
to know what books you read? Is it necessary to read your e-mail?
Must librarians be gagged? This slide toward Fascism is as scary
as anything else Bush does. And rather than scale back the most
egregious aspects of the act, Bush wants to make it even more intrusive.
No one likes taxes, but we all pay them in hopes that the government
will provide the services we need and want: schools, highways,
bridges, and security. Bush, like Reagan before him, intends to
choke the government down to size. By cutting taxes, primarily
for the wealthy, deficits soar and nothing is left for education,
the environment, social programs (including Social Security) or
necessary regulation of corporations. After spending $800 billion
a year (by independent estimates) on an obscenely bloated military,
there is no money for books, no money for highways, not even money
for the soldiers who must fight his wars. There is no money. But
schools must remain open, roads must be repaired, and the sick
must find treatment; all this is left to the state and local governments,
which are now raising taxes, firing teachers, and cutting services.
One of his first acts as president was to raise the allowable level
of arsenic in drinking water. Since then, we have seen a continuous
assault on the forests, the air, the water, and the land. Global
warming threatens to wreak havoc on our economy, our food supply,
and our social fabric, but Bush only listens to the scientists
on the political right, and they see no reason to panic. Don't
worry, be happy.
When you're the strongest nation by a factor of ten, you don't need
to play nice. You can be a bully, and if other countries don't like
it, too bad. Under Bush, we've seen this arrogant attitude regularly.
He walked away from Kyoto, from the land mine treaty, from the international
women's rights treaty, and the international criminal court. He ignored
the pleas of long-time allies to avoid war, insulting them childishly.
It will be decades before we can regain the respect of the world.
This is the most secret administration in memory. Decisions are clearly
being made by corporations and far-right interest groups, but Bush
refuses to admit it or to say who is behind such important policies
as energy. Government can only be trusted in the sunlight, and
this government hides at undisclosed locations.
We spend more on our military than the rest of the world combined.
While most of us appreciate the sense of security a strong military
brings, we also question the wisdom of such spending when we have
no clear enemy. Iraq was overthrown for about $100 billion. We
spend four times that every year. And now Bush wants to build a
magical missile shield that no one believes will actually work.
Oh, it will cost many billions, and a few select corporations will
get rich, but meanwhile we have other needs, desperate needs, that
are not being met. We don't even have health care for all our children.
We can't even provide breakfast for all our children, or books,
or decent schools. But we can kill bad guys better than anyone.
And if Bush has his way, we will soon be dropping tactical nuclear
bombs on them.
The line between corporations and the government has disappeared
during the Bush administration. Corporations give money to elect
then Bush forms policies and rules that favor those same corporations.
This is nowhere more evident than in the energy industry, which
has sent millions to Bush in the form of campaign contributions,
then received billions in return. Think Bush, Cheney, Bechtel,
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