January 26, 2004
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Subj: To Peter Jennings on Deserter charge
I appreciate reporters asking tough questions, but there was a bitter irony about how you phrased your question to Wesley Clark about Michael Moore calling GW Bush a deserter. As a reporter, it's your job to do research, which would have led you to discover that the charge is at least plausible and has been reported in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Toronto Star. Senators who ARE actual veterans asked for answers on this and never got a response. What has been established is there is no evidence of him showing up for Air National Guard duty for over a year. I would hate to think what Rumsfeld would do to a working class reservist who did the same today. One of your assistants could have discovered this in about 30 seconds if they plugged "bush" and "awol" or "deserter" into yahoo.
I know you guys can't spend a lot of money on fact checkers because you spend it all on salaries and hair spray, but when you don't know what they hell you are talking about, could you just admit it instead of cribbing talking points from Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove?
You might take a look at www.bushawol.com if you can't find the news stories that verify Michael Moore's charge. That's what reporters used to do.
Subj: An opportunity missed
The Democrats missed another golden opportunity on Thursday. With much of the nation's attention focused on the New Hampshire primary debate, General Wesley Clark received a hanging curveball from Peter Jennings. Clark bunted when he could have gone for the fences.
Jennings asked about comments Michael Moore made at a recent event for Clark. Moore referred to George Bush as a "deserter." After -- wrongly -- suggesting that this accusation was not true, Jennings asked Clark how he could have let Moore say such a thing.
Clark lamely offered that Moore had the right to his opinion and that Moore was not the only one making the accusation against Bush. Clark then went on to say that Bush's military history was not "relevant" to Clark's campaign.
What a missed opportunity!! Clark should have responded that he did not correct Moore because what Moore said was true! (As any regular reader of BuzzFlash would know!) But he didn't have the balls to do it.
Think about the reaction if he had taken Jennings' set up and shoved it right up his GOP-kissing Canadian ass. What would the headlines have been if the general -- of all people! -- had simply said, "Peter, you're wrong. The evidence has been available for three years that George Bush skipped out on at least a year of his military obligation, a position in the Texas Air National Guard to which he was appointed only after string-pulling by his father got him bumped ahead of 1,000 other young men. Mr. Bush not only pulled strings to avoid the risk of Vietnam, he then deserted his position."
The statement would have received ALL the headlines, and pushed the Howard Dean "screech in Iowa" off the radar. It would also have forced the White House to make some sort of response. How could it ignore or brush off as "politics" an accusation by a four star general that Bush -- currently pretending to be commander-in-chief -- had bailed on his military obligations? And if the White House did ignore the accusation, wouldn't Clark's statement have forced SOMEONE in the mainstream media to look into the issue once again?
And think of the tie-in with criticisms of Iraq. "Why should we trust our military to a military deserter?" And that coming from a general with a successful track record! The success in the Balkans could hardly stand in sharper relief to the continuing failure in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But even if Clark didn't have the balls to say what needed to be said, where were Kucinich and Sharpton? These two guys are in the race to bring issues to the debate. Unlike Clark, they have zero chance of winning, and they don't have to worry about appearing "moderate" or "presidential." They had a free shot to grab more attention in one night than they have during the entire debate. Sharpton in particular has been happy to answer whatever question he wanted to answer during these debates. So why didn't he or Kucinich say, "I want to go back to a point raised by Mr. Jennings"?
Moreover, they would have served their party. Somebody needs to make these accusations so that the American people finally realize that George Bush is NOT a good man or a decent, God-fearing Christian. He is a drug-snorting thief, a liar and a military deserter. Those points should be made every day by someone of substance on the left from now until the election.
How about: "He deserted the military in time of war, and now he's deserting our veterans. Tell George Bush he can't cut veterans health benefits!"
Or: "George Bush lied about his military service during the Vietnam war. He lied about his reasons for war in Iraq. Should we really trust a liar with another four years in the White House?"
Or: "We used to shoot people who deserted their military posts in time of war. So why should we want a deserter in the White House today?"
Or: "George Bush went AWOL during Vietnam. He also went AWOL in the days leading to 9-11, when he ignored the warnings about an attack and relaxed at his Texas ranch. Aren't two desertions enough for one man?"
The concept can be used in other contexts, as well. "George Bush snorted cocaine to have a 'good time.' Now he and John Ashcroft are jailing cancer victims who need marijuana for medical reasons. Don't Bush and Ashcroft have better things to do with the FBI?"
"George Bush failed in every business he ran as a private citizen. Why do we want to let him fail with the federal budget?"
"George Bush broke the law by engaging in insider stock trading, just like Ken Lay at Enron. Why do we want George Bush protecting our stocks and pensions?"
The Democrats had a golden opportunity to change the entire focus of the debate. If they are going to win in November they need to convince the undecideds -- the twenty percent of the country not already polarized beyond repair -- that there are good guys and bad guys in this campaign. Make the bad guys explain themselves. Put the microscope on THEM for a change.
Opportunities like the one last night don't appear every day. The Democrats need to grab the ones that do present themselves. Guys who bunt don't make it to the Hall of Fame. And politicians who won't be bold and aggressive are never going to beat the Texas Turd.
Subj: AWOL BUSH
We must focus on the personal failures of Bush...it is the only way to get the amazing 85% of Republicans to think twice about this unimaginable fraud.
Keep up the work.
The question to Clark about Moore's statement that Bush was a deserter was an ideal opportunity to skewer both Bush and the whores like Jennings. Unfortunately, Clark blew it off. He should have asked Jennings why he doesn't ASK BUSH if the report of being AWOL was true. There were limited reports 4 years ago in the mainstream press about his missing 10 months of military service during war time... is the fact the Commander-in chief sends our troops to war and then seeks the moral high ground as a determined warrior not incompatible with his criminal role as a deserter???? Every candidate should hammer the media for not at least asking the President to give his explanation about the missing duty in the national guard.
These two stories appeared in this weeks Tribune..... I found them rather interesting. Haven't seen anything about the trial on any website yet however. I see the stories one of two ways, either the U.S. Govt planted this guy as an excuse to go after Iran.... or it's just one more proof positive that Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Scalia and Recusal: the relevant canon
The Supreme Court enforces and creates its own ethics. However the Scalia and Cheney duck hunting would probably fall under what generally is listed as the second canon in most states' Judicial Ethics rules-the second canon is generally worded like this:"judicial officers shall avoid activities that would give the appearance of impropriety."
Judges are held to strict standards but NOT required to remove themselves, hermit-like, from all human society. It is recognized that judges will have networks of friends, business interests, club-memberships, and so on. These are not forbidden the judge. What is forbidden is, that in the interest of maintaining society's esteem and respect for the legal system, the judge shall "AVOID GIVING THE APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY" This would explicitly entail avoiding social outings with individuals soon to appear in cases before one's bench. Scalia is blatantly disregarding this.
He should recuse himself.
Subj: Military is the Real Reason for Bush to get immigrants documented
What’s most important about the State of the Union speech is what President Bush has yet to tell us. Namely disclosing what his administration’s Project for the New American Century holds for our future. In other words, what is the rest of the “Axis of Evil”plan?
There seems to be a draft on the horizon and it’s a horizon of more war and the birth of a police state in America. I doubt President Bush will be quoting David Frum and Richard Perle’s book ‘An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror’in this election year S.O.U. speech. I bet most people who read this book aren’t taking it seriously enough. Why is American foreign policy being driven by these two men? I understand they are Jewish and obviously pro-Israel and anti-Arab. That in itself would make us a target for Muslim extremists. Why do they hate France? Is it because France may indict Dick Cheney regarding Halliburton and accusations of bribing Nigerian officials for oil contracts?
In order to meet the Bush administration’s ever-growing need for more troops, the administration may avoid a draft, for the time being, by targeting millions immigrants. The real reason behind President Bush’s desire to get illegal immigrants documented is not to “reward”them with temporary legal status for their hard work nor is it to fight terror. Since when does any country reward illegal aliens? It is to encourage them (with the promise of citizenship) to enlist in the armed services. Every male 18 to 26 years of age is required by law to register with the Selective Service. When the immigrants become documented they then can be forced to comply with the law and be more easily targeted by recruiters.
Will we hear the real plans for the future or instead only “optimistic”elect-able talk?
Subj: The big lie the media told....
I went to Iowa last week as a volunteer for the Dean campaign. Now that I'm back and have seen all the press this week, I want to share with you what I saw. Please feel free to forward this to folks on your e-mail lists.
First, about canvassing and Iowans. The Iowans were warm, friendly, and courteous. Here's a few highlights of my canvassing experiences. One women I canvassed gave me a pair of gloves warm right out of the dryer. Then when I came back down the other side of her block, she was waiting for me with a homemade hand warmer straight out of the microwave. I knocked on probably 500 doors, and only 3 people closed the door on me. Even then they apologized when they did this. I met a great-grandmother in her 80s, whose great grandson was just returning from Iraq. She was pounding her fist on the table complaining about President Bush and the lies he told to get us into this war. I met a really funny 87 year old man who said he would not participate in the caucus, but would vote for ABB. I asked him what candidate that was and he said "anybody but Bush." Then he made the sign of the cross.
Why we didn't win Iowa. You ever fail a test? Not get a job or promotion? Losing Iowa gave me the same kind of feelings but worse. After meeting these folks and then seeing the way they voted was really disheartening. I didn't get it. So many I talked to really supported Dean. So many said he was the only real alternative to Bush. Three reasons in my opinion we didn't win Iowa. The relentless negative attacks, lies told by other campaigns and caucus tricks.
About the speech. After a heart felt speech given by Harkin, Dean came out. Full of energy. It was contagious. He gave a great speech. He really wanted to make us feel better and more than anything that came through. I remember standing there thinking how could he get this energy after all those days of campaigning and then these results? How could I stay so bummed out if he can pull this off? He started laying out the strategy for the next primaries. Volunteers in the crowd started shouting back the names of the states they came from or were heading towards. He was responding back to us. Have you ever had a conversation with 3500 people? That's what it was like. In no way was he "out of control," as so many in the media keep repeating over and over.
I was there and now I am more behind Dean than ever. I will never be the same after seeing and feeling the dishonesty and power of the American media. But it has not frightened me, only strengthened my resolve. Howard Dean is GENUINE! I agree with his position on many issues such as social security, social spending, education and especially media reform. Out of this whole field, who will work harder to deliver true health care reform than a medical doctor with genuine empathy for the uninsured? Who else can match his fund raising and organizational abilities and his ability to connect with voters as a down to earth person on a personal level? Besides, I don't understand how the other senators in this race can beat Bush criticizing him for his agenda and record when they voted for most of it. Does that make any sense?
It's going to be hard -- as Dean said last night in Keene, "maybe one of the reasons Washington is giving us such a hard time is that we're not beholden to them. The only thing I'm beholden to is the American people."
Dean is it. His time is now. We can make history this year. You and I and everyone else reading this have the power to take our country back. Don't let the media spin you outside of the circle. Join hands with your neighboring Dean supporters and let's make this happen!
Subj: Prediction: "Discovery" of WMD Fall 2004
I know this is paranoid and conspiracy-minded, but when Dick Cheney says the jury's still out in finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, you can't help but to get that sick sinking feeling that somehow, someway, there's going to be a "discovery" of WMD timed for just the right moment when Bush needs it most. Hopefully, people will see through this charade and won't be suckered for a second time.
Keep up the good fight BuzzFlash.
Subj: Very telling
Ah. The contradictions of the GHP. Two simultaneously posted headlines on the drudgereport web site on Jan 24, 2004 at 1:50 p.m. tell it all:
Typical, GHP doublespeak from one of the GHP mouthpieces.
Subj: Howard Dean
If I see the newsclip of Dr. Dean's speech after the Iowa primary one more time I'm going to get sick. The media is blowing his speech way out of proportion. Dr. Dean is not a angry liberal nut case as the media would like you to think--his animated speech showed that he is passionate, energetic and enthusiastic. If he were bland, he would not have made it as far as he has.
Give 'em hell, Howard!
Great idea to educate Peter Jennings on Bush's National Guard Record.
(Jennings is barely a high school grad, by the way)
How about including a way to reach him along with the excellent reader commentary?
Snail Mail is better! If Jennings got 20,000 letters it would make a stack as high as a two-storey building.
Subj: Canadian Drugs
I get the drug Rhinocort which I have to take every day from Canada. The Wall Mart Farmacy charged me $64 for 32 mg. From Canada I pay $36 for 108 mg. You do the math. I am a senior and I am really mad at the Republicans. I will do everything I can to defeat every Republican and especially Bush. For the first time in my life I will give hundreds of dollars to whoever the Democrats run. The Republicans don't care about us...they only are concerned about retaining power.
Sean Stehura, Keaau Hawaii
After watching Fox News or was it Comedy Central launch attack after attack against General Wesley Clark for not denouncing Michael Moore for his comments about wanting to see a debate between the General and the Deserter it occurred to me that I was watching the neo-cons fall into a trap of their own making.
Why would General Clark not distance himself from an endorsement that he must knew would enrage his opponents?
Could it be that Clark was welcoming the attacks?
Could it be that a man who has lived his life formulating strategies was at the top of his game opening a trap that his enemies would rush into unthinkingly?
Could it be that the Democratic party has finally found a man who is unafraid of the bogeyman and now armed with the facts and figures is ready to take down the empty fly suit who has bullied his way to the top?
This morning I can see these scenarios and wonder why they were not immediately evident to me Thursday night. Perhaps America has after a very long time found a hero we can vote for.
We can only hope.
Subj: Call them "Bush Addicts"
Hi guys. Thanks for your website. Since the GOP is hot on calling everyone who is against Bush "Bush Haters", I have started calling those who give their unquestioned support to this guy "Bush Addicts". Like addicts, the engage in self-destructive actions and have no ability to change themselves. Bush Addicts will do anything to keep their man in office including the total destruction of their conservative principles.
We hear about "tax-and-spend" liberals/Democrats. At least that's a responsible approach. Very different than the "spend-and-borrow" approach of the conservatives/Republicans.
Feel free to use the phrase without credits.
Subj: Grover Norquist is no hypocrite
No, your commentary on Ed Gillespie, and more specifically, Grover Norquist, is wrong. Norquist is not a hypocrite. Rather, George II is literally the Manchurian Candidate, and Grover Norquist is committing literal treason, as defined by the Constitution.
He said, to the media last year, that he wanted to strangle the government monetarily to the point that he could "drag it into the bathroom and drown it." That is a statement of intent to overthrow the legitimate government of the United States by subversion.
Bush's tax cuts, and unconstrained spending, are explicitly the effort to strangle the government of the United States. Every elected official in the country swears to "uphold and defend" the Constitution, and at least the military swear not to advocate the overthrow of the United States by force or subversion. Why, then, has Mr. Norquist not been arrested for treason?
I cannot, at this point in time, travel to Washington, D.C. Is no one else willing to go to Mr. Norquist's famous Thursday morning strategy sessions - the one that Ralph Nader was invited to for a while - and slap handcuffs on Mr. Norquist and themselves, and thus make a citizen's arrest for treason?
Subj: The Dr. Deans
I have had high hopes that Howard Dean would come back in New Hampshire however after seeing the interview of the two Dr. Deans on Diane Sawyer I have my doubts. I saw two very authentic people on that interview.
Judy Dean is obviously down to earth, knows what real family values looks like, doesn't understand why people would judge a presidency by her hair or if she could wear a fluffy, "hot pink" or "red salmon" dress like the one Diane Sawyer showed her worn by Laura Bush.
Diane was even able to uncover a shocking revelation about Judy Dean, she doesn't have an interest in "things." Judy...Dean...doesn't...care...about...things. Oh my God. Soon after 9/11 George Bush told us that the best thing we could do for the country was to shop, and this country of people thought that was a normal thing to say. If Dr. Judy Dean doesn't care about "stuff" how can we count on her to shop till she drops in the American Patriotic fashion.
By all accounts she is a brilliant doctor, looking at her and listening to her you just know your life would be in the best possible hands when she was around, but she is not going to be able to carry off the fluffy, fru fru clothes. The other First Ladies who had problems with "fluff" was Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman and Hillary Clinton. Authenticity is "pillared" in this country, particularly if it comes from a woman.
Women have to be well manicured, well coiffed, and able to play dress up at a moments notice. Above all, they must appear to have no other opinions outside of their husband and if they do they must apologize immediately, while intelligence is tolerated, brilliance is not. Poor Diane seemed at a loss for words when she found out Judy Dean didn't watch TV and didn't have cable in her home. You could see Diane trying to figure out what they could possible do all day and night without television. And Diane was trying to be kind, Maureen Dowd absolutely crucified the authenticity of Judy Dean.
Until the Maureen Dowd article about the Deans and Diane Sawyer's interview I've been confused about what has happened to the United States, but they have shown me clearly the problem. We have become vapid, with no respect or value for what or whom is honest and real. We have a longer way to go than I thought.
I would like to add that I clapped for Dr. Judy Dean and my estimation of the kind of person Howard Dean is went up about a thousand fold after I saw their honesty in that Diane Sawyer interview. I wish it had for everyone. That these "real" people have the courage to be ready to serve America, makes me wince when I think we are not ready for them.
Sally A. McDonald
Subj: Bush AWOL
In bringing up Bush's AWOL from the National Guard, it is important to mention the other half of the story. He deserted when he was a young irresponsible booze and drug hound. But more recently, as governor of Texas, he sent his staffers, including his current press chief Dan Bartlett, to scrub his disgraceful record as best they could. This COVERUP, which included the illegal destruction of as many government documents as they could find, was done in preparation for his run for the White House. It was witnessed and reported by a career National Guardsman, Bill Burkett--a very brave man. Yet despite this crude attempt to COVERUP the truth, others have found enough documentation to show that Bush was grounded as a pilot for not taking his medical exam and that he failed to show up for duty for more than a year.
He went AWOL and he tried to COVER it up. Tell that to Disney's ABC media whore Peter Jennings.
RA in LA
Now that even Bush's man Kay has admitted there was no WMD threat from Iraq, I think it's time to take one of our favorite pin head blabbermouths to task, Bill O' Really! He said:
BuzzFlash should launch an immediate GOP style letter writing campaign to remind him of his promise to the American people.
I've already written mine to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subj: John Kerry President/Bickering
I want to urge BuzzFlash and all the other leftwing websites to overlook John Kerry's vote on Iraq. If you say stop bickering then you must stop picking on one vote of Senator Kerry's.
Senator Kerry has spent an entire lifetime of fighting for what is right for this country! The left must get over this 1 vote. He's been tortured over it.
You often have Chickenhawks links on your website. How many of your readers will know about Senator Kerry's military background? If Senator Kerry does win the nomination then won't it be great to have battling Tom Delay and Trent Lott. I am supporting Senator Kerry and I've supported BuzzFlash. I urge the left to over look this 1 vote. God know the Republicans will pound away at any and everything in the record of any Democrat.
Subj: HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT TO BE PLAYED IN COLLEGES
Yes. I live in a republican town. There isn't a single Democrat office set up in my entire county.
I had to go to NYC to see Moore's movie because it wasn't played anywhere locally..
When it finally appeared on the shelves of the local Blockbuster I was surprised to see every single copy had been rented (at least 20)!
I've also noticed more Letters to the Editor speaking out against the policies of the Bush Administration. People have asking questions!
One bit of news out of the Sundance Film Festival is that Bill and Hillary Clinton's old Hollywood buddy, TV producer Harry Thomason, has directed a documentary based on the book "The Hunting of the President," about the "vast right-wing conspiracy" to get the Clintons. Notable for us: The film will tour college campuses before the November elections, with Boston and Madison first up. ...
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Gas Prices are Going Up Again
You BuzzFlashers keep me well informed and I really appreciate it! Just wanted to make sure somebody is keeping track of the recent surge in gas prices at the pump. Just a few weeks ago in North Carolina, I paid $1.37 for regular unleaded with 89 and 93 octane about 5 and 10 cents higher. Today that same gallon of unleaded is $1.57 and the others, $1.67 and $1.77.
Funny, I remember this same thing happening during the 2000 election year. And, prices fell after Bush was appointed President. I think we need to monitor and compare gas prices and White House activity. I bet any time Dick Cheney blows his top, we end up paying more at the pump.
Anybody have the software expertise to do this?
Subj: Defense Contracts: Campaign Contributions Source: Vol. XXXII No. 5The Defense Monitor
Have you seen this? So, when do they start designing the graphics??
Thank you for including your Old South Lingers in a Legal Lynching 1/23 link on your page. I love your page for providing a necessary gateway for all of the information concerning the right wing agenda. This article, however, transcends partisan politics and is precisely the story that is buried by coverage of the same. Thank you for bringing it to our attention as it is a reminder of the human consequences of law and politics.
I haven't noticed any positive commentary on Kerry from the links provided…and I saw something that appeared to be negative today…Podvin on makethemaccountable.com….. Come on folks, with the political climate in America today, you won't get a far left winger…this guy has a real chance! Please support him. He is a war veteran with all the pedigree…he can carry the upper east coast, and very likely Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota…possibly the west coast, too…if Edwards were to be his VP, he could possibly take a southern state or two…think about it! Give the guy some positive pub. Dean nor Edwards could do it, imo. The alternative is much worse :-(
Subj: Are Cheney's lies and misrepresentations of fact really signs of failing health and deteriorating mental faculties?
Dear BuzzFlash Mailbag,
Headlines across the world today read "Cheney claims al-Qaeda link to Hussein. He also says regime had program for prohibited weapons." I am beginning to worry that his medical problems may be compromising his ability to function effectively as Vice-President. Individuals with certain heart and circulatory ailments eventually exhibit memory and reasoning difficulties. Perhaps what we have thought were strategic lies and purposeful misrepresentations of reality are really signs of failing health and deteriorating mental faculties. With every other member of the Bush White House (and even David Kay) publicly acknowledging that no proven link exists between al-Qaeda and Hussein and that there are not (and likely were not) WMD, the only logical conclusion for Cheney's continued assertions may be health-related.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Rare Feathers, Weighty Woes
Re: Peter Jennings and his question to Wesley Clark in N.H. Debate. (Michael Moore denouncing Bush as a deserter, etc.)
The media seems almost bound and gagged by a powerful force out there not to report the truth about George Bush. Perhaps Peter Jennings deliberately and carefully chose his words in framing his question to Gen. Clark.
By characterizing Michael Moore's claims of Bush, the deserter, as "... a reckless charge not supported by the facts," Mr. Jennings has, in fact, provoked, a long-needed discussion of the hard evidence surrounding George Bush's Military Record.
I find it incredulous that Peter Jennings is not aware of the plethora of information available regarding George Bush's military career.
Day after day I sit up here in Canada, and watch the Bush administration get away with the most outrageous atrocities. Good people come forward with legitimate issues that may not be in step with existing administration policies or secret agenda’s. These people are attacked and their character is dragged through the mud, or worse their lives are put in jeopardy.
In the Bush White House, there is an obvious use of bullying tactics that the American public seems to let this administration get away with. It’s in all agencies, if you’re a critic and speak up against the underhanded and shady way this government runs foreign or domestic issues, your either unpatriotic or a national security risk. (your With us or Against us)
Look what happened when U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson came forward and exposed the administration's obvious misuse of the CIA, creating intelligence (Niger) to justify the invasion of Iraq. Then recklessly endangering the life of his wife and countless other CIA operatives by leaking her name to an unscrupulous conservative columnist.
The CIA itself has retired officials and very brave active operatives contending the Bush administration has coerced intelligence agencies all over the world, to doctor “real intelligence”to suit the aims of the real powers that be, (BIG OIL) to justify the immediate removal of Saddam’s regime. This blatant recklessness puts the integrity of intelligence gathering and national security at grave risk. Thousands of American, Coalition, and Iraqi people are dead (think about it “DEAD”) because of the inherent greed of this cartel. Look at the “deer in the headlights”look of Paul O’Neil (fired bush treasury secretary) now, after he dared to speak out about Bush’s real timetable for invading Iraq. The sudden backpedaling. I wonder what the administration said to him to frighten him so bad. Still the American public looks the other way.
What about Ashcroft in the Justice Department, Illegally wiretapping the office of Democrat Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street. Do you think it might be a covert effort by Bush to affect the outcome of the mayoral election in order to help him win Pennsylvania in the 2004 election? Ashcroft also knowingly sent a Canadian citizen to Seria to be interrogated and tortured on the chance he might have had ties to Al-Qaida. If the patriot act is allowed to be renewed, the next Canadian might not have to be sent there at all.
It boggles my mind the way Bush is able to get away with anything he does. Evading taxes in his tenure at Harken energy. Evading his duties and whereabouts in the last two years of guard duties Air National guard during the Vietnam war. His and Cheney’s ties to the big Energy Giants like Enron…….and still this man has 50% of the voting population behind him. Amazing!
But I think the one thing that the American people wont stand for in the end, is the blatant obstruction of justice in the September 11 inquiry. The 9-11 families, arguably the most powerful latent political force in America should make sure this man and his thugs are not in power ever again.
Subj: Sad Conclusion
I have come to the sad conclusion that the total destruction of our beloved country by Bush is simply an act of vengeance for not being elected by the majority of the people.
A loyal reader
Subj: Talking Points
I'm sure that I'm not the only one picking up on this, but has anyone else noted how "on message" the Republicans are staying with respect to any reference that they make to the Democratic Presidential candidates? Every single Republican operative says the same thing: "They're all going to raise your taxes". Democrats need to ready themselves with a quick riposte to this, because we know it's coming. Bush never lowered any working person's taxes, he only lowered them for those in the top ten percent of the wage earners in this country. Marginal tax rates for the vast majority of Americans were never touched. Perhaps Democrats could ask the American people: "Do you feel any richer because of Bush and the Republicans putting any actual tax money back in your pocket? Of course not, because you never received any tax relief. Six hundred bucks won't even pay one month's health insurance premiums." In point of fact, the really big bucks flowing from the high-end tax cuts went to Bush's country club buddies. Nobody, except the super-rich, feels like they have gotten ahead economically under the Bush administration. We should not accept the premise that anyone ever actually received a real tax cut under Bush, because the average wage earner certainly did not. The tax code is out there for anyone to analyze -- the wage earner making fifty thousand dollars a year received no tax cut, believe me when I say this. You can do the math yourself, I did. Here's another talking point for our side: With the huge deficits Bush is running up, perhaps we should impose a war profits tax on Halliburton and Bechtel and other war profiteers. Also, in light of the 200 million bucks being poured into Bush's re-election coffers by the super-rich who have benefited from his so-called "tax cuts", it is evident that the super-wealthy Bush contributors are paying him back for the special tax cuts he gave to them. We need tax reform for the middle class in this country. Let's bring back the progressive tax system, so that those earning the most pay more, while the vast middle class finally receives some real tax relief.
Donald Russo, Bethlehem, PA.
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