A BuzzFlash Reader Commentary
Bush Keeps His Promise: Doing For America What He Did For Texas
March 5, 2002
Every day since the coronation of George W. Bush, a new drop of evil falls from the right wing spigot. Bush’s effort to shift Federal "Superfund" costs away from polluting corporations and onto working Americans ought to burst the levee of our tolerance. I mean, how much can people take?
Then again, we shouldn't be surprised. How many times did Bush pledge to "do for America what [he] did for Texas"? Other than his tax cut for the rich passed last year (with help from corrupt corporate Democrats), that pledge is the only promise Bush has kept.
What did Bush do for Texas? According to a January 20, 2000, report by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER):
Industry insiders, who contributed more than $3 million to Bush's gubernatorial campaign coffers, wrote the legislation he signed into law. The Texas PEER website is filled with more damning evidence of Bush's war on the Texas environment and the people who must live in it (http://www.txpeer.org/Bush/index.html).
And that's what it comes down to: Bush's corporate cronies own the polluting companies, but they don’t live near them. It is the workers and the children of workaday citizens who live near toxic sites. They are the ones who must breathe the poisoned air, walk the toxic ground, and drink the contaminated water. Who is looking out for them? The moneyed elite, ensconced in their lily-white upscale communities, have no concern for the little people. As long as they can subsidize their easy living with our labor and our taxes, what's a little pollution when they are graciously providing us jobs?
You’ve got to feel sorry for Texans, who live in our nation's most polluted state. Texas is dominated by polluting corporations that are coddled by both of the state’s major political parties – Republicans and Republicrats. In the wake of so-called tort reform, limp environmental laws, tax cuts for the wealthy, corporate welfare, and laws that leave unions impotent, the average Texan is a beleaguered and burdened peon at the mercy of powerful and wealthy interests.
Considering the listless resistance to Bush's attack on America, all of us can expect the same fate.
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Contributed by BuzzFlash Reader Mike Kress, Everett, WA
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