Monday :: Jan 30, 2006

To Heil With The King

by pessimist

King George rules through fear, and the people are lapping it up:

According to the latest ABC-Washington Post Poll, 42 percent of Americans approve of Bush's nightmarish work as President. More than half the nation disapproves of Bush's handling on eight out of nine issues polled. Fear -- terrorism-- of course, being the only thing the President has on his side.
Sadly, it will require another 911 -- let us hope it never happens -- before the people realize too, that on that ninth issue, Bush is no more competent than on the other eight.

But the pending new 911 terrorist act that the above post alludes to isn't going to come from Al Qaeda:

Bush Budget Calls for Renewal of Tax Cuts, and yet Hizz Hindni$$ Him$elf admits that the deficits will continue to grow:

Bush predicts the deficit for the current year will top $400 billion; last year's deficit registered $319 billion. "I think the president will send us a budget with triple-digit deficits for the rest of his presidency — can't avoid it — and without any credible plan to balance the budget," said Rep. John Spratt, Jr. of South Carolina, top Democrat on the House Budget Committee.

If Republicans really cared about this country,they would act to defend the nation and the economy in the face of this evidence:

Republicans are anxious about spending, in part due to the enormous price tag of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan — $8 billion to $9 billion per month — and the Hurricane Katrina relief and rebuilding effort, whose tab is up to $99 billion over five years, including appropriations, tax incentives and flood insurance borrowing authority.

But instead, he's going to make the deficit problem worse by expanding tax breaks for health savings accounts, computerizing medical records and allowing national pooling of health insurance even though his Medicare prescription drug benefit "is beset by glitches, angering seniors rather than winning their votes as Republicans had planned, adding $30 billion to the budget deficit this year and exceeding even the entire shortfall in Social Security in the future."

Why should anyone let that worry their beautiful minds? After all, Corporate Wealth Share Rises for Top-Income Americans, such as Halliburton CEO David Lesar. Are we all not just like him?

Lesar is realizing a total of $25,230,000.00 380,981 shares of stock he's selling at an average of $66.22 per share now that Halliburton has shown the best profits it ever has in it's 86 year history.

Those no-bid contracts - courtesy of Unka Dickie - wouldn't have helped a bit, now would they?

For the rest of us, deeply ensconced in reality, the economy growth was the weakest in three years, with spending for durable goods like new cars down by 17.5 percent -- the steepest since a 23.2 percent fall in the first quarter of 1987. GM and Ford are closing plants and slashing jobs.

The autoworkers shouldn't feel lonely. It was announced tonight that Kraft Foods is joining that club, 8,000 more jobs, or about 8 percent of its work force, and close up to 20 production plants after an earlier cutback last year of 19 production facilities and the elimination of 5,500 jobs.

But that's OK, because Kraft shares had risen 71 cents, or 2.4 percent, to close at $30 on the New York Stock Exchange. The shares rose another 75 cents, or 2.5 percent, in after-hours trading.

But who cares about them? King George's constituency isn't the former autoworker who seeks to be hired on part-time at Walmart:

For every group below the top 1 percent, shares of corporate wealth have declined since 1991. These declines ranged from 12.7 percent for those on the 96th to 99th rungs on the income ladder to 57 percent for the poorest fifth of Americans, who made less than $16,300 and together owned 0.6 percent of corporate wealth in 2003, down from 1.4 percent in 1991.

In 2003 the top 1 percent of households owned 57.5 percent of corporate wealth, up from 53.4 percent the year before, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the latest income tax data. The top group's share of corporate wealth has grown by half since 1991, when it was 38.7 percent.

The White House said it did not believe that the 2003 tax cuts had much influence on wealth shares.

I guess everyone also dines on Angel Food in the New Bu$hco World Order!

St. Petersburg Times Editor of Editorials Philip Gailey remarks on the reality disconnect:

Bad news has no place in Bush's world. Neither does reality. To hear the president tell it, everything in Iraq - the war and the reconstruction - is going just fine. The government is doing everything it can for the victims of Katrina. There is nothing wrong with the economy that more tax cuts can't cure. His Medicare drug plan is just what the doctor ordered, even if people are being turned away by their pharmacies because of computer glitches, poor planning by the insurance companies and bureaucratic bungling.
So much executive power, so little competence.
What's the public to make of it all?

Bush, who is acting more like a monarch than an unpopular president, might as well wear a crown to go with the powers he has claimed. Even after signing antitorture legislation, Bush made it clear in a "signing statement" that he intends to interpret the new law, which he resisted mightily, to suit his purposes.

In other words, Congress can write laws but Bush will decide what they mean.

With all the major talking points demonstrating King George's negatives, the best the Democrats can do to respond to the openly partisan blather that will spew forth through the network image orthicon descendants tomorrow night is more of the same 'go along to get along' crap:

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, tapped to deliver the State of the Union response for Democrats, has sharp words for both parties in Washington: Stop being so partisan, negative and irrelevant.

"I think we have to be much more about an optimistic and positive message," Kaine said of his fellow Democrats, an assessment that will not be part of Tuesday night's speech. "I think sometimes we perfect the criticism without a positive, forward-looking message."

"I want to contrast what I consider to be an administration that is super partisan and not really able to deliver results with a different model, a better way, which is what we've been doing in Virginia and other states," Kaine said, previewing his Tuesday night speech in an interview with The Associated Press.

"Results matter. Planning matters. Management matters, and you can make much more progress if you do it in a bipartisan way," he said.

In order to have a bipartisan Congress, you have to have two parties. We have GOP and GOP-lite. America deserves better - and it is only going to get what it has coming to it.

So tomorrow night, each time the GOP rises to applaud Hizz Hindni$$, you might as well join them. That way, you get used to shouting Heil when prompted like the good little neo-conman-wannabe you should soon become - if you expect to have any kind of a decent life, that is.

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