February 7, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Bush's privatize plan is one ugly 401k
Subject: Dems not won since '60s
The reality is the Democrats have won the presidency in at
least three of the last four elections. There are many excellent
scientific studies that say Kerry won the last one, but of course
CNN censors these. (CNN will tell us that exit polls prove the
Ukrainian Opposition won the election.) The studies say the
odds are 1,000,000 to one against the discrepancies between
the US exit polls and official results being due to chance.
Subject: Bush - Divide and conquer on Social Security
Subject: david corn
I agree with Mark Crispin Miller. Corn is milquetoast - If we win an election, yet we are not allowed to take power, what hope is there for America? Anyone serious about change in our country cannot ignore what happened in November 2004. Exit polls don't lie - our media and government do. Kerry won, decisively - we won, our work paid off. Yet, we are told - oh no, it's that "moral majority" that fooled us. People like David Corn and Al Franken do us no favors in dismissing serious concerns about what happened in Ohio and elsewhere. Thank you, Mark Crispin Miller, for telling the truth and not letting the right wing get away with another stolen election without speaking out. What hope do we have for next time - more and more republican "wins" while America and all of us go down the tubes? What is the truth on 9/11? David Corn and Al Franken are just like all the other mainstream media in dismissing all questions as "conspiracy theories." Well, conspiracies do happen and what does anyone think these right wingers wouldn't do to further their aims? They feel they're sent from god and can do no wrong - lying, cheating, stealing, killing. So, for me, I can do without David Corn and the Nation, as well as Al Franken and AirAmericaRadio. Read "1984" again - we can all be duped by fake liberals who steer us away from what is really important. Corn's article on Bush's State of the Union address does sound like "Newsweek" - Miller is so right on.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: How does Pakistan fit into Bush foreign policy?
Subject: Don't Do As They Say . . . Do As They Do!
Aside from the criminal tactics that Republicans use to get
their way . . . Democrats would be better served if they did
what Republicans do to get their way. The Republicans in Washington
didn't like the recount and the winner of that recount was the
Democratic Candidate and now Governor Christine Gregoire. So,
they sue to try and get their way.
Subject: *Bush's BIRTH TAX*
Here are some "cold-shower" facts you might wish to know.
When Bush came to office, the national debt was $5.7 trillion. The debt now, after four years of Bush, is $7.6 trillion. That is an increase of $1.9 TRILLION in just FOUR years, although it took 42 previous presidents a total of more than 200 years to accumulate the first $5.7 trillion in debt.
Now, if Bush adds another $4.5 trillion over the next three decades JUST to fund the transition to PRIVATE Social Security accounts, that would represent a Bush INCREASE to our national debt of $6.4 TRILLION -- more than all the presidents in history accumulated in debt.
BUT WAIT, I'm not done yet, Bush is also adding approximately a TRILLION dollars in debt every two years of his presidency, so we would have to ADD another $2 TRILLION (for his second term) to the national debt due to Bush's policies -- for a Grand Total in NEW Bush indebtedness of $8.4 TRILLION.
When Bush gets finished rolling up NEW debt for us, the national debt will be $14.1 TRILLION. And, remember when Bush came to power, the debt was only $5.7 trillion.
And Bush talks about what we need to do to protect out children from having to pay our bills!
Bush will have left our children, who currently owe the government $25,735 at birth, a per person indebtedness of $47,732 -- that's their BIRTH TAX.
[NOTE: Please don't bash me if these numbers are not exact to the penny; I have rounded off to save time and energy. But the numbers are close enough.]
Actually I have UNDERSTATED the costs of transitioning to Bush's "PRIVATE" Social Security accounts; as Paul Krugman noted:
I have added in ONLY $4.5 trillion for the transitioning costs;
so if you would like, you can factor in the additional $10.5
trillion Krugman says it will cost to transition, and you will
come up with an even higher BIRTH TAX for every child born in
[BuzzFlash Note: We can't vouch for the numbers...just encouraging more analysis.]
Subject: I do not feel obliged
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The Bush Coalition
In his state of the Union address or in one of his Social Security pep rallies (by invitation to Republicans only) the president stated there were 40 countries with troops on the ground in Iraq as part of his coalition. A Washington Post list in the July 15, 2004 issue shows 32 countries with 4 planning to withdraw troops. Five countries including the UK with 75600 and Italy with 3120 had a total of 14420. The remaining 27 had a total of 7554 with 800 from Romania varying to a minimum of 12 from Moldova. I have not seen a recent list but it must be less than 32 and certainly not the 40 the president bragged about.
The numbers are not as important as the fact that they do not provide significant support to the 150000 US troops but they do provide an excuse for the president to state that this is an international force.
[BuzzFlash Note: This Reuters story provides insights: White House Scraps 'Coalition of the Willing' List. Maybe they quit counting so Bush could say anything he wants without people contradicting him.]
Subject: Gaul was divided in three parts: Iraq should be too
NOTHING Iraqis could do to each other can possibly be worse than what George Bush is doing to them now. In the past two years, Bush's Operation Iraqi Freedom has all but destroyed the infrastructure of Iraq -- their electricity, sewage, schools, roads and public safety systems are all (literally) shot to hell. Plus Bush indiscriminately uses depleted uranium, collective punishment of civilians, torture, destruction of whole cities and even napalm.
ANYONE could do better at governing Iraq. Even Iraqis. Duh.
As Howard Zinn stated, "We must not underestimate the capacity of the Iraqis, once free of both Saddam Hussein and the U.S. occupying army, to forge their own future." And as even George W. himself said the other day, "Ordinary Iraqis are anxious to shoulder all the security burdens of our country as quickly as possible." How can we argue with that?
Before it got bombed to smithereens, Iraq was not a stone-age country. Even now, many of the citizens there -- among the ones that Bush hasn't managed to maim or kill -- actually have college degrees. They are perfectly capable of making decisions for themselves.
But let's pretend for a moment that I, me, Jane -- not that spoiled brat in the White House -- am Caesar. Here is my decree: "Let the Sunnis have what is left of Fallujah and the Sunni Triangle." "Let the Shi'is have Baghdad." Bush doesn't want it anyway. It is covered with DU. It glows in the dark! "Let the Kurds get the north." And let everyone (except poor sorry George Bush who will probably sulk about this for decades) split the oil profits.
If the Iraqis divide themselves up this way -- and perhaps form a federation like the U.S. federation of states -- everyone will be happy. Everyone will get a piece of the pie.
"But what will America get out of this?" you might ask. American parents won't have to send thousands more sons and daughters into a hopeless quagmire, we taxpayers will save hundreds of billions of dollars -- and America will get to take its marbles home INSTEAD OF LOSING THEM! End of problem.
Caesar did it. We can too.
Subject : A FOOL HAS ONE GREAT ADVANTAGE!
One arrogant Emperor could be giving advice to another when Napoleon said, "The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense- he is always satisfied with himself!" Not only is George Bush a man that is satisfied with himself, but he is a man of many faces and some of us wondering if he or anyone knows which one is the true face! Those of us who are indifferent or refuse to acknowledge what is in front of our noses, who observe, but do not see, might also be called foolish!
Since Mr. Bush has been in office there have always been more questions than answers, less substance, more excuses, less truth, more unjustified actions, and more misrepresentations! George Bush's lack of budgetary command includes misrepresented facts from government agencies, budgets that do not contain war expenses and other costs, high deficits, surplus that turned into loss, a huge trade deficit, tax cuts that benefit the rich and corporations, all of which are just a few, out of many, that highlight his ineptness in handling our economy.
How can we possibly not question Bush's veracity or his ability, when he talks about Social Security? His record, without false embellishment, is a very sorry one! Every single day of his term news is reported, articles are written, and people speak out about the justified discrepancies in the Bush appointments and the policies of George Bush and his Administration! Though history has shown this is to be expected, there has NEVER been more reason to doubt as there has been since George Bush took office! Too many times the truth has been called shadow or conspiracy, and either laughed at to sidetrack the American people, or covered-up by the press and those who collaborate with the Bush Administration. Documents showing the truth have either been hidden or gone missing!
Take an interest and draw your own conclusions about how our
government is being run, our future and the future of your children
and grandchildren depends on an active response from all Americans!
It will and does affect your family! It is our right and duty
to disagree when we feel our government is wrong. To those with
a different viewpoint, you are entitled to it. To those who
agree with this viewpoint, we can understand the words of Thomas
Fuller, a great sage and author, when he said, "He that
makes an Ass of himself must not take it ill if Men ride him!"
Subject: Fox News, brought to you by pay per view porn....
I've always had mixed feelings about Rupert Murdoch and Fox News. The bad things? It is the most slanted and least accurate of all major news networks. Their bias helped push America into a war based on falsehoods, and helped the administration weasel out of responsibility for what should be the biggest crime in America, sending soldiers to die unnecessarily.
It also bothered me that many people in America were being told what it means to be a US Patriot by an Australian. Why doesn't Rupert worry about what it means to be an Australian patriot and let our country decide for itself what is, or is not, patriotic? Rupertís Dad was Sir Keith Murdoch, a family background that really lends itself to understanding America, eh? No wonder the Red States trust him to tell them what they should think.
But, there actually is one redeeming feature for Fox. That is "The Simpsons," probably the best show on TV today. "The Simpsons" will make fun of Bush, "The Simpsons" will make fun of the Fox News Network (a recent episode featured a Fox News remote truck showing up with a gigantic Bush/Cheney sign covering the side of the truck, a hilarious spoof on fair and balanced coverage). How can the Simpsons get away with it?
Well, like most high Republican Supporters, values are one thing, but money is the REALLY important thing. "The Simpsons" is a cash cow for Rupert and the best show on his network by far, he can't afford to sacrifice for mere family values. Now, I have to add that the values of the Simpsons are in general just fine, child abandonment or other errors from under-regulation, such as nuclear disasters, are always resolved within 30 minutes. But the point is that "The Simpsons" would not be the poster family for the Christian Right, but it IS the poster family for the Fox TV Network.
But I hadn't considered the fact that Fox also owns many cable TV companies and what that implies in terms of selling pay per view porn...until I read a very interesting article. Here is a quote:
Well, good to know that Rupert Murdoch is simultaneously working to save America's values and help support the wide range of diversity in America's sexual proclivities...
A BuzzFlash Reader and Big Time Patriot
Watched "Capital Gang" on the dish today. What a hoot. Loved
seeing Novak and the other two Republicans getting their knickers
in a twist over the probable election of Dean to the DNC. They
have dire predictions of the demise of the Democratic Party.
Why should they care? Me thinks they doth "protest too much."
Two more troops died yesterday. If only Lt. Gen. Mattis would
keep his mouth shut about the joy of killing "ragheads,"
maybe the "ragheads" would be less willing to kill
off occupying forces.
Pentagon aims to reduce stigma for troops seeking mental health care (Stars and Stripes)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: My new song, "Armageddon on the Train"
Subject: give bush the legacy he deserves
since the name bush is becoming synonymous with lying let's use it in daily conversation on a regular basis. for example, how can you tell bush is bushing? his lips are moving. or I saw the president on tv and he was bushing again. just imagine, if it became a common enough term it could even end up in the dictionary. that's how he should be remembered.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: the facts needs to be told to all Americans
Subject: Red State Mom Shows the way
I recently had the following email exchange with my progressive Mother in the 'heartland.' Awash in Republican Red, she has some great insights into how to fight the fanatical right with their own words and world views.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush Cuts Law Enforcement
Bush is cutting law enforcement so that he can make up for the funds he spent to give huge tax breaks to the rich. This on the heals of his proposal to destroy social security. The term "privatize" is a code word that really means give the money to rich private individuals instead of the public. We need to quit gutting society and go back to taxing the rich. I'm tired of rich people paying a lower tax rate than the middle class. We are a nation in decline and going down fast. Terrorists don't need to attack us. They can just sit back and watch as we destroy ourselves.
I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message!
San Francisco, CA
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