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State of the Union Madman

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

 

I  apologize for not putting out a "Note from a Madman" yesterday. Madman is one of the most important things in my life behind my family and their health, friends, who some of you are, and my "day-time" job, which is a necessity. By trade, I am a network engineer and at any moment I can be called for an emergency. Such was the case last night. I now return you to Today's "Note from a Madman".


 

The First Amendment - Cancelled by Presidential Order

 

Cindy Sheehan was invited to listen to President Bush in the Capital yesterday. She was the guest of Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) in the gallery. Cindy Sheehan didn't stand up during President Bush's speech (where he spoke for more than an hour without saying anything at all) and scream out "Get our troops home now, you lame duck". Cindy Sheehan didn't stop by the nearest garbage can, take out some rotten tomatoes and throw them at the president. Cindy Sheehan simply wore a shirt with an anti-war slogan.

Sheehan could have faced one year in prison for exercising her constitutional right, as protected by the first amendment of the US Constitution, to speak her mind (even silently):

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. "
-The first of the ten Bill of Rights

Let's see... Sheehan was "speaking freely"; Sheehan was Peacefully assembling"; Sheehan was "petitioning the government with her grievances"; Cindy Sheehan was arrested by Capital Hill police, then released about an hour later. Sounds like the New Bush First Amendment to me.

Similarly, the wife of Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young (R-FL) wore a shirt that said "support out troops". The Bush Gestapo didn't appreciate that either, seeing as he really doesn't support our troops. She was asked to leave, and wasn't arrested (after informing the Bush SS that she was the wife of a very important man).

Mrs. Young was practicing the same rights as Ms. Sheehan.

It appears that there can not only be no dissention on the part of Americans toward "G"lobal "W"arming Bush, there can be no agreement with him either, at least not without consent.

Welcome to Bush's Amerika... now hand over your thoughts and your medical records... volunteer for the army and don't disagree... or agree... you traitors.

-Noah Greenberg



State of the Union Quotes
Followed by Responses


Last Night: Keeping America competitive requires affordable health care. Our government has a responsibility to provide health care for the poor and the elderly, and we are meeting that responsibility. For all Americans -- for all Americans, we must confront the rising cost of care, strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, and help people afford the insurance coverage they need.
Rhetoric. The Bush answer to everything. There is no fixing health care until every American is covered... period. And any "leader" who doesn't see it doesn;t deserve to e our "leader". No one person should have less health care coverage than any congressman, woman or staff member on the Hill.

Last Night: We will choose to act confidently in pursuing the enemies of freedom -- or retreat from our duties in the hope of an easier life.
George W. Bush, from a 1990 Houston Chronicle interview: "I was not prepared to shoot my eardrum out with a shotgun to get a deferment. Nor was I willing to go to Canada."

Last Night: Terrorists like bin Laden are serious about mass murder -- and all of us must take their declared intentions seriously.
From an earlier interview: To be honest, iI don't think about bin Laden too much anymore.

Last Night: The terrorists have chosen the weapon of fear. When they murder children at a school in Beslan, or blow up commuters in London, or behead a bound captive, the terrorists hope these horrors will break our will...
FDR: We have nothing to fear but fear itself
From before the 2004 election: Today's fear color is.... ORANGE!

Last Night: we have benefited from responsible criticism and counsel offered by members of Congress of both parties. In the coming year, I will continue to reach out and seek your good advice. Yet, there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success,
Is that why you called the one true hero in the US Congress, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) a traitor? When someone with the military pedigree of Rep. Murtha (a veteran of both the Korean War as an enlisted man and the Vietnam war as an office) offers "advice" for your "consent", don't you think you ought to listen?

Last Night: Our economy is healthy and vigorous, and growing faster than other major industrialized nations.
In other words, we screwed them up too.

Last Night: We are seeing new competitors, like China and India
And they hold the pursestrings of our "vigorous economy:; and they have the jobs that used to belong to the US middle class.

Last Night: We hear claims that immigrants are somehow bad for the economy -- even though this economy could not function without them.
We also hear that immigrants do the work that American Citizens refuse tto work. Remember those minimum wage jobs that we used to have as kids? They now go to illegal immigrants.

Last Night: We must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty, allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally
The Bush answer is to allow "day" workers the ability to cross the US border, work for the day at reduced wages, then spend their US dollars in another country. Somehow, the president thinks that this will strengthen the US economy. How?

Last Night: I urge the Congress to act responsibly, and make the tax cuts permanent.
Another tax cut during a time of war... a tax cut that benefits the wealthiest Americans. With an expanding war and a loss of good paying jobs to overseas companies, who will make up the tax cut difference? The US middle class, that's who.

Last Night: will cut it (the budget) again, and reduce or eliminate more than 140 programs that are performing poorly or not fulfilling essential priorities.
Say good-bye to any program that benefits the poor or the Average American

Last Night: We will save the American taxpayer another $14 billion next year...
That'll pay for a couple of weeks in Iraq

Last Night: ...and stay on track to cut the deficit in half by 2009.
Isn't that the same deficit that GW created in 2001?

Last Night: pass the line-item veto.
Could you imagine a Bush presidency with a line item veto? There would be nothing but pork left in any bill that crosses his desk. Think back to when President Bill Clinton asked for the line-item veto... then ask yourself who you trust more with that responsibiltity. Besides, the next veto Bush stamps on a bill will be his first.

Last Night: So tonight, I ask you to join me in creating a commission to examine the full impact of baby boom retirements on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
And steal whatever hope the American middle class still has left. Remember that the Social Security administration's overhead is less than two percent. In contrast, privatized medical care in the United states runs at between 23 and in excess of 40 percent for "overhead" (or as we like to call it, "profiteering")

Last Night: One out of every five factory jobs in America is related to global trade
As opposed to China's figures which probably amount to close to five out of five jobs go to items created for the Unoted States market

In short, if one were to look at the "rhetoric" of the last four state of the union addresses by "G"lobal "W"arming Bush, one would hear the same things that one heard this time around. There is no fixing things that need to be fixed. There is no ending of the war. There is no helping Americans get good jobs. There is no affordable health care coverage.

And if we follow the president's lead in his state of the union addresses, soon there will be no American middle class.

-Noah Greenberg



Another Gem from Dumbya in SOTU address

A hopeful society has institutions of science and medicine that do not cut ethical corners, and that recognize the matchless value of every life.
Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research... creating human-animal hybrids...
-GWB, 1/31/06

Yeah, I am really worried about human-animal hybrids. By the way, he said "hopeful society" a couple of times. I guess the "ownership society" is now doing a lot of "hoping". What an awful speech. Dumbya at his dumbest.

-Robert Scardapane

I actually had to look up the transcript just to make sure GW actually said this... Amazing. -NG



CNN LACK OF HOPE

The CNN home site asked How do you think most Americans are facing the future? A total of 26,920 people answered with 76% indicating they were worried and 24% indicating they were hopeful. This seems to be related to the Lou Dobbs poll which reported that 95% of the people polled did not believe that bush would emphasize the importance of the middle class. If you donít think your president values the middle class it is hard to be hopeful for the future. This is surely not good, yet Bush says things are going great. Guess we all forgot to believe him. Why might that be?

-Casey Sweet


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-Noah Greenberg