The BuzzFlash Mailbag
January 30, 2002
What struck me most about the State of the Union Speech was Bush's proposals for several new spending programs along with huge increases in defense spending and more tax cuts. Bush provides NO LEADERSHIP in how to pay for his programs. That he leaves up to Congress. Oh, if Congress doesn't spend too much, the budget will be fine he assures us.
It is one thing to be for programs. It is another step altogether to provide leadership that will get them done and accept the consequences. Mr. Bush proclaims the easy part. The hard part he "leaves up to Congress." Unfortunately, that won't work without a budget summit which the White House wants to avoid. Congress needs to take an aggressive approach to holding the line on spending. Congress could start with missile defense and the rest of the pork in the defense budget. Congress could also block any further long term tax cuts. However, it is an election year and every Congressman will be lining up to bring home the bacon.
Balancing the budget was hard work that required a lot of compromises and sacrifices. Mr. Bush does not seem to get it. His hand waving is not enough to address the fundamental budget problems.
During his State of the Union message, Bush said, "We have known freedom's price. We have shown freedom's power. And in this great conflict, my fellow Americans, we will see freedom's victory."
Bush was also quoted recently as saying, "I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war."
Hypocritical statements like these coming from someone like Bush irritate me no end. I would like him explain to me and other Americans how he knows what "freedom's price" is, because I doubt he's ever even contemplated it, let alone paid it. I am particularly interested to know what "war" he's "been to."
As everyone knows, in the '60s and early '70s, there was a great deal of social conflict in this country because of the war in Vietnam. Many people served in the military during that period, and more than 58,000 were killed. Others, because they found the war morally objectionable, chose not to serve, and took various measures to avoid military service. Although I was personally against to the war then, I could at least respect both points of view. Regardless of their positions, it was impossible to deny, regardless of my own standpoint, that all these people wanted what they thought was best for this country, even though their views were diametrically opposed. Many people my age were genuinely conflicted by what was happening.
makes Bush's remarks particularly galling is that he created and chose
a third side: his own. He managed, most likely through his father's connections,
to get himself admitted to the Texas National Guard ahead of thousands
of other candidates, but then evidently found himself too privileged even
for that, and went AWOL for a year and a half. He certainly didn't avoid
going to Vietnam because of principles!! And he certainly didn't choose
to join the Texas National Guard and support the war effort because of
principles either! His sole overriding principle apparently seems to have
been: "I'm privileged!" If he had gone AWOL because he came
to the personal conclusion that the war was wrong, it would have least
been a principled and defensible
Mr. Bush wants to use phrases like "I've been to war," and,
"We have known freedom's price," then he needs to state his
principles and let the public judge his sincerity against the backdrop
of his own past. Many young people during the Vietnam era paid "freedom's
price" with their lives. These people are rightly honored at the
Vietnam war memorial in Washington. Others paid the price when they were
wounded and traumatized by combat, and yet others did it by essentially
living in exile in other countries or going "underground." Regardless
of anyone's opinion of the Vietnam war, all these people could be said
to have acted on personal principles, whether one agrees with them or
not. Their actions all involved some degree of personal sacrifice. The
That's my two cent's worth, on 1/30/02.
Robert J. DeLeys
just sent this off to the DNC via the contact form on their web page found
are my sanity..You, Joe Conason and Gene Lyons..Equally. So long as all
of you are in the
Carlyle Venture Partners website that I visited in August, 2001, there
was the following statement contained in their "Fund Overview"
description: "As an example of the power of the Carlyle network,
Carlyle partners serve on the Boards of Directors of Nextel, Nortel Networks,
and Global Crossing." But they didn't say which partner(s). It appears
it was and maybe still is
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Thanks for your help in keeping us informed of the truth.
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Dick Cheney not an obstructionist for refusing to release the files of
the meetings he had with Enron? Does this not affect every American? How
is it that Tom Daschle has picked up the label for merely standing up
for the rights of the American people, and this arrogant asshole continues
to refuse to hand over information that is clearly the right of the American
people to know: to know how our energy policy was formulated, who had
input, who had undue influence. Where's the
Carolyn Fisk Ohio
these polls actually say that most Americans don't know what's going on,
or does it mean that the polls are skewed? How could anyone get 84% approval
ratings when the state of the nation reflects the list above? Uh, oh,
I smell that dead carp again!
asked about the GAO's demand for Enron related documents yesterday, Bush
replied: "It's an encroachment on the executive branch's ability
to conduct business." When I first heard him say this, I thought,
what an ironic choice of words. After all, it is precisely because the
Consitution & Secrecy
Buzzflash has told us, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer has compared
Vice-President Cheney's secret meetings with the Constitutional Convention.
That is, the delegates met in secret during the hot summer of 1787 in
Philadelphia. The decision was the first vote taken by the delegates who
knew that to meet in public would prevent a frank discussion of the modifications
necessary to right the federal government in light of the tax revolt known
as Shay's Rebellion, credit & currency problems in general, and the
simmering dispute between Virginia and Maryland over navigational rights
of a common river.
Wow! Sandra Day O'Conner a cold-hearted semi-litterate... who bashes FDR for interfering with FREE MARKET... two paragraphs after she details that her father's ranch was saved by selling dying cattle to the government!
Great Article, helps define the psychology of those who claim to hate government, while using it to wield ever greater power and unrestricted authority....
O'Connor's most breathtaking political audacity, though, comes early on,
when she describes how her father would have lost the ranch during a 1934
drought had the government not agreed to buy his dying cattle. Yet just
two paragraphs later, O'Connor reports without comment that her father
and the other ranchers in the area "strongly opposed . . . an expanded
role for the federal government. They believed in private initiative to
solve all problems." Franklin Roosevelt takes his licks in several
places, despite his programs that rescued, electrified and provided low-cost
the Chicago Tribune
fact that someone has a heart arrhythmia is not necessarily why President
Bush passed out on January 13, 2002. Sinus Bradycardia is a definition
that the rhythm of the heart is sinus (which is normally what it should
be) and bradycardia (under 60 beats a minute). If Mr. Bush works out
If Mr. Bush passed out from abnormal slow heart rate confirmed by Holter heart monitoring, then they would have given him a pacemaker to prevent it from happening again. That is why they gave Mr. Cheney a pacemaker, his heart had problems with beating correctly.
It is unusual for an individual to faint from a sitting position. He then would have slouched down or slid to the floor. If he were choking on a pretzel and he passed out with no one to perform a Heimlich maneuver, he would have died from an airway obstruction. That was not the case, he came to with no one but the dogs in the room. He said that the dogs hadn't moved in their positions and I doubt they were trained in basic life support.
The fact that is face shows he did a 'face plant' hard enough to cut his eyebrow, abrade his nose and cheek seems hard to do going by the White House explanation.
My best guess as a board certified Emergency Physician is that Mr. Bush had too much beer with his pretzels which caused him to indeed pass out. Most men watch sports events with their buddies. It seems odd that he would be by himself watching sports unless all his friends were busy working or as a recovering alcoholic he didn't want them to see him drinking again.
I have asked many of my esteemed colleagues who specialize in Cardiology and Neurology about their opinions. Oddly the press doesn't report their conclusions which match my own.
Dr. A in LA
A couple of recent articles below reveal the type of pressure the White House puts on Democrats to obtain conformity, or, possibly, cover up wrong doings that investigations may reveal. Why do so if they do not have something to hide? Aren't there legal terms for issuing such "warnings"?
Is this why Democrats were so quiet in spite of the outrageous discovery of election 2000 serious systemic problems, disproportionately discounting the votes of Black Americans and lower economic groups, mostly women? Does this explain why Democrats have recently taken to obligatory fawning over Bush's "leadership," which is not only sickening, but also worrisome?
Democrats need our encouragement to do what is right, making up for lost ground, investigating to get to the bottom of what's happening in our country with regard to Enron and 9/11, and most importantly, protecting American citizens from those who may have little regard for human life.
Wasn't it Jeb's other son who was caught in flagrante delicto in a K-Mart parking lot during the pres campaign?
[BuzzFlash Note: Yep. Ah, There's Nothing Like GOP Family Values!]
You appeared at a student event where you stated that Democracy appears the only legitimate form of government and appears the most durable.
sir, have destroyed democracy on Dec 12, 2000 when you and 4 other justices
I'm admire your site, and I thought you might appreciate the irony of this news:
[BuzzFlash Note: Oh, we do, we most certainly do. As they say on the Web, ROTFLOL.]
I don't know if you watched today's American Morning Show, but I saw something
that angered me.
time for somebody in the administration, somebody in the executive branch,
to stop the slide, where presidential authority, constitutionally vested,
has been yielded to the Congress, since
SO, Ari, is it the Occupant's goal to take us back to those good old days?
truly surprised that Ashcroft didn't have the semi-nude statues completely
removed from his sacred hall of justice and replaced with some biblical
references, hmm, perhaps the ten commandments? In this respect, with this
covering and therefore censorship of art and history
To bad American citizens are not afforded the same rights to privacy as the Bushes seem to think belong to them. Substance abuse is a terrible thing--any parent whose child has taken them down this road can attest to that. Be it alcohol, street drugs, perscription drugs or sex, they all qualify for parental heart-ache. I don't believe though that most parents can say mind your own business and have it happen. Strange there has been these problems ongoing in the Bush family and always they say respect our privacy--perhaps if there were some publicity it would help to overcome the abuse. From GW, to Neil, to the twins, the son and now the daughter, I'd say there is a problem and someone should start to pay attention.
Lay's wife says, they're broke. BOO HOOO. Ya....now but it's waiting in
off shore banks after things cool down. He sold his two of houses in Aspen.
Like I would believe that one? She's down to her last billion.
Can you imagine what the "liberal press" would be doing if this would be Chelsea? They would be all over it like fleas on a dog for days on end. So much for the Bush "family values." The apples don't fall far from the tree, do they?
In response to the MSNBC story linked from BuzzFlash about a pleading/threatening call from Cheney to Daschle http://www.msnbc.com/news/694812.asp to lay off on the open-door questioning of the intelligence community's failure to detect and stop the 911 attacks. I think, in Bush the Lesser's terms, the Dems have "hit the trifecta" in having ammo against this "obstructionist" administration.
1. Bush signs an Executive Order concerning the release of presidential papers. What was formerly a automatic 12-year wait has been suspended indefinitely under the whim of the sitting president. What is in those Reagan papers that could hurt his administration? Iran Contra? Decisions in the 80's that may have caused 911?
2. Cheney's refusal to release the documents from the energy task force. (If his name was Hillary, he would already be in a right-wing oven for this, re: health care reform supposedly being done behind closed doors in '93). What skeletons are in those taskforce documents? Enron? Haliburton?
3. This threat that Daschle would hurt the US mission is the most pathetic attempt to hide things. The issues which caused the intelligence failure need to be fully laid out so that we can stop or minimize another 911-style mass-attack. Hold some closed door meetings if necessary, but give the public the most information possible so that they can learn about our national security state first hand. Again, would open investigations lead to some Bush administration shenanigans?
This is not the time for Democrats, independents, and those few honest, honorable Republicans to sit idly by while one branch of our government decides to censor or hide information from another. These are the three incidents that come to mind, but there are probably more.
So who's playing the "obstructionist" more? Oh wait, a new definition has been formed: Obstructionism is only when you will not go blindly along with their unsafe policies, obstructionism is not hiding documents and information from the public and Congress.
I hear the bones rattling in the closet, so let it all fall out for the world to see,
I’ve been digesting the news of the last few days and I wish to comment upon a few things.
Why isn’t Bush being lambasted in the press for the terrible joke about preferring war to raising twins? Isn’t he supposed to be promoting family values? Not to mention the obvious error in his statement, since he, personally, never went to war. I’m sure there are a few war vets who would give anything to raise twins instead of fighting in battle. The callousness of that statement from Bush is just incredible….and yet it’s not getting reported by any mainstream media.
Why isn’t more being made of Bush’s father’s comment about John Walker Lindh being a Marin hot-tubber? What do hot tubs have to do with spoiled brats (whatever their parents’ party affiliation) who travel halfway across the globe to join a group of religious extremists who promote subservience of women and violence against Westerners? I bet the hot tub manufacturers of America would love to sue, unless such a statement might actually help their business. Watch out….John Ashcroft will probably want to detain all hot tub owners because they are potential terrorists.
And speaking of Ashcroft..…Does anyone else see the similarity between his order to drape partially clothed statues (aka works of art) because they are offensive to his staff and/or to his religion…….and the Taliban blowing up Buddhist statues because they are offensive to Islam?
Suicidal Coincidences (the link you had never worked for me). Not only J. Cliff Baxter (former Enron exec) from last week and James Daniel Watkins (Arthur Andersen consultant) from December, but also the author of Fortunate Son (J.H. Hatfield) a few months back.
By the way, I agree that the location of Baxter’s car is suspicious (turn lane between two medians near his house). But I think the fact that the car was locked is irrelevant. Don’t most new cars, especially luxury cars, have that gizmo that locks and unlocks a car from the outside that you hang on your keychain? And wouldn’t you get an extra gizmo just like you always get an extra key?
Methinks the Lays and the Bushes are trying a little to hard to distance themselves from one another. (see http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20020129_295.html)
Can you believe Chris Matthews made reference to a sexual position in his discussion with Howard Fineman about Enron and White House stonewalling? Ugh, what a creep!
And why is it that our “War on Terrorism,” which has been going on for about 3 months, is now “only beginning”?
I could go on…but I’ll spare you!
Andersen, Enron facilitator and GOP partisan(2000-2002 Soft money donations=
95% Republican, 5% Democrats - http://www.opensecrets.org/parties/asp/softcomp1.asp?txtName=andersen),
Yes, most major U.S. news outlet covered the bankruptcy announcement.
No, U.S. news outlets did not see fit to mention Andersen's role as auditor and consultant in this latest client failure.
As it did with Enron, Andersen, according to the Independent piece below, provided both consulting($12 million in 2000) and audit($2.3 million in 2000) services to Global Crossing.
Unlike Enron, there is no apparent suggestion of duplicity by Global Crossing or complicity by Andersen.
However, there is at least the underlying perception of possible "malpractice" by a consultant paid millions for presumably sound management "advice.
Now that Shrub's niece, not his frisky twins, is in the news for prescription fraud, maybe he will finally do something about the price of prescription drugs! If that po'r child can't get her medication any other way than to forge a prescription, formulating an affordable prescription drug plan should be number one on Uncle George's "to do" list!!!
Land sake's - what has this country come to when even the affluent have to resort to such machinations!
"I am shocked, shocked "
Watching CNN's Talk Back Live today, Joe Conason was making total sense, a caller from Florida called in to say he was not one of the 84% who approve of the selected president, and a woman in the Atlanta audience said there was little the S.P. could say in his SOU that would convince her he was on the right side of any issue. And guess what happened--they cut to a "breaking story" about a bank hostage situation in Alhambra, CA. When Wolf B. was finally finished doing his thing on it, the segment about the SOU and public reaction was over and Talk Back Live was on to another subject.
Imagine, several citizens dared to criticize the commander in thief on national television! Thank you CNN for being so vigilant.
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