This is What Democracy Looks Like
Friday-Sunday, February 10-12, 2006
Quotes in the Lead
Cheney Shoots Friend
"This is something that happens from time to time. You now, I've been peppered pretty well myself,"
-Katharine Armstrong, the owner of the property where Cheney shot fellow hunter Harry Whittington, 78 years old
According to the published report, Attorney Whittington came up upon Cheney and another hunter in the party without identifying himself. The three men were hunting quail.
Just what did Mr. Whittington need to say? "Hey schmuck!, I'm not a bird!"
I guess the Bushies really mean it when they say "Shoot first and ask questions later."
In an unrelated story, Cheney has invited US Supreme Court Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg on his next hunting trip.
A New Orleans Quote
"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."
-Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA), after Hurricane Katrina
It never ceases to amaze me at how the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party will abuse God's name. One wonders if others in the GOP feel the same way. So I ask the following question:
Just how does one make a city in George W. Bush's image?
Well first, you find a great city which could be devastated by a natural disaster. Take New Orleans, for example. By now, we all know that the Army Corp of Engineers wanted to strengthen the levees, but they weren't allowed to. We know that the response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans was atrocious, but the real story is that it keeps on being atrocious. It's the disaster that keeps on giving. Next you make sure that the public schools in the poorer areas don't reopen. That'll keep out the riff-raff. You can wait out those who want to move back until their homes (what's left of them) are taken over by the banks for failure to pay their mortgages. Then the city can be bull-dozed and rebuilt as the jewel in the Bush Crown.
"...there is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again.,"
-GW, from a safe area near New Orleans
It just fits in with the GOP plan for America: Get rid of anyone who can't survive on their own; steal their land and their homes; destroy their meager possessions. It's the "thinning out the heard" mentality that these "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople partisans had all along... them and the "G"reedy "O"ld "P"atrons.
The State of the Union - Looking Back
So, like I promised, I thought it might be interesting to see what President Bush said at the State of the Union address as compared to his past addresses, starting with 2002. The following are quotes and realities from those speeches:
"Good jobs begin with good schools." -2002
"we achieved historic education reform "-2003
"I propose larger Pell grants for students who prepare for college with demanding courses in high school," -2004
"And we'll make it easier for Americans to afford a college education, by increasing the size of Pell Grants," -2005
There was no mention of Pell grants or colleges in the 2006 State of the Union address. Not only would no one believe the Bush rhetoric regarding education this year, but, I believe that they would all see right through it. The 2007 budget proposed by President Bush, like all of his last budgets, will not increase Pell (the program too help underprivileged students go to school).
"The $63 billion budget eliminates 42 programs -- including parent-resource centers, vocational programs and drug-free schools."
-The Washington Post
So much for "No Child Left Behind".
Jobs and the Economy - 2002
" My budget… we will revive our economy,"
"The final great priority of my budget is economic security for the American people,"
"The way out of this recession, the way to create jobs, is to grow the economy by encouraging investment in factories and equipment,"
"When America works, America prospers, so my economic security plan can be summed up in one word: jobs,"
"Good jobs begin with good schools,"
"Good jobs depend on expanded trade"
"Good jobs depend on sound tax policy,"
"The goal is to reduce dependency on government and offer every American the dignity of a job,"
"We must have an economy that grows fast enough to employ every man and woman who seeks a job,"
"Our economy is recovering -- yet it's not growing fast enough, or strongly enough,"
"With unemployment rising, our nation needs more small businesses to open, more companies to invest and expand, more employers to put up the sign that says, 'Help Wanted,'"
"Jobs are created when the economy grows; the economy grows when Americans have more money to spend and invest; and the best and fairest way to make sure Americans have that money is not to tax it away in the first place,"
" I propose a series of measures called Jobs for the 21st Century. This program will provide extra help to middle and high school students who fall behind in reading and math, expand advanced placement programs in low-income schools, invite math and science professionals from the private sector to teach part-time in our high schools."
"We must prepare a rising generation to fill the jobs of the 21st century. - We will help an additional 200,000 workers to get training for a better career, by reforming our job training system and strengthening America's community colleges. - All these proposals are essential to expand this economy and add new jobs"
"Tonight I will set out a better path: an agenda for a nation that competes with confidence; an agenda that will raise standards of living and generate new jobs. Americans should not fear our economic future, because we intend to shape it. "
The promises of the 2002 State of the Union were empty. Sure, we all knew that, but I figured seeing it in GW's own words, chronologically, would show just what the hypocrite he really is. Although the promise of training and education has been there from day one, the actions have never been there and, more than likely, the desire was never there as well.
"Funding for the Employment and Training Administration would decrease by $648 million,"
-The Washington Post
According to GW the economy is growing and the economy is strong. If this is the case, then why is it necessary to "shape it" now in 2006?
The promise of new jobs, or good jobs, or better training for the new jobs
of this new century will never come about as long as "G"lobal "W"arming Bush
stays in office and the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party are the majority party.
"Jobs" are just another buzz word to the GOP.
Temporary (Day) Workers
"I propose a new temporary worker program to match willing foreign workers with willing employers when no Americans can be found to fill the job. This reform will be good for our economy because employers will find needed workers in an honest and orderly system. A temporary worker program will help protect our homeland, allowing Border Patrol and law enforcement to focus on true threats to our national security. - My temporary worker program will preserve the citizenship path for those who respect the law, while bringing millions of hardworking men and women out from the shadows of American life." -2004
"It is time for an immigration policy that permits temporary guest workers to fill jobs Americans will not take," -2005
"And we must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty, allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally, and reduces smuggling and crime at the border.," -2006
It appears that the only jobs that GW cares about are the jobs for day workers to steal from the American worker. At least these jobs, the ones with no benefits, no medical coverage and no hope can be given to people who will take the money out of the United States and spend it in Mexico. Sure, it'll revive the economy... the Mexican economy.
I get it now: The training and education programs that don't exist will allow the American worker to get that great job that doesn't exist so that they won't have to work at the menial jobs which they used to have that paid the bills. I remember a time when a high school student would work as bus boys and stock boys and other jobs that GW seems to think that no American would work at. I remember a time when a family man or woman would take any job to feed their children. Oh... That was yesterday.
Just how does GW know what job an unemployed man or woman would take? In his world, being the son of privilege is the only job one ever should have.
(More on the State of the Union Speeches tomorrow.)
More Republicans Linked to Abramoff and Safavian
David Safavian, a former GSA chief of staff, was an active adviser to Abramoff. He gave the lobbyists tips on how to use members of Congress to navigate the agency's bureaucracy. Papers filed in the US District Court linked three Republican representatives to nefarious activities - Steven LaTourette, (R-OH), Don Young, (R-AK), Shelly Moore Capito, (R-WV)
LaTourette and Young wrote the GSA urging the agency to give preferential treatment to groups such as Indian tribes when evaluating development proposals. Capito's name appears in e-mails that suggest she was trying to help Abramoff secure a GSA lease for land in Silver Spring for a religious school.
Well, well, well ... Republicans keep falling down the well. This Abramoff/Safavian scandal may be the worst in American history.
America On The Chopping Block
The Bush-Leaguer has a new "I-Dear". He wants to sell 1 billion dollars worth of public land over the next decade - 85000 acres of National Forest property in California alone. Isn't that peachy? What's next? Mount Rushmore, public Museums in the Capital. Heck, why not just sell the White House! The Bush-itas can pay rent.
Congress must approve this fire sale. The public will have 30 days to comment after maps of the acreage proposed for sale are published. You think any of us will ever see those maps? We will probably get one day to comment.
This administration is a disgrace. They should be all outsourced (don't matter by who).
Adios "Decente y Equilibrio"
News Corp, the owner of Fox News Channel and Disney, the owners of ABC's Family Channel who allow Pat Robertson a venue to say things like it was God's wrath gave Israeli Prime Minister Sharon a stroke or say that Hurricane Katrina was god's response to homosexuality are the front-runners to but Univision, the largest foreign-language television network in the nation. After poisoning the minds of the Americans in English, it is now time to spew lies in Spanish.
Don't you miss the days when an individual or organization could own only two television stations and five radio stations nationwide?
Overtaxed in Arizona?
Currently in Arizona, governor Janet Napolitano, Democrat, and the state legislation, Republican, wrangle over the details of a bill to support English language learners.
Because they have continued to disagree about the bill, past a deadline set by federal courts., the state of Arizona is being fined $500,000.00 per day.
Overtaxed in Arizona? The state of Arizona found itself with a $4M surplus this year, and the governor has ridden high on the political goodwill of the people, as everyone casts opinions about what to do with it.
Through the English language learner bill, Governor Napolitano intends to fund the education of every illegal border crosser and their kids, illegally in the state, and has been accused of using state tax money to take care of illegal welfare, rather than building the state infrastructure.
The accusers may be right. In a time when health concerns rise, nationally, there is not a single public access rec center in the state, while states with much less money have them in every town. Wyoming is one. Idaho is one.
Huge schools are built in the state of Arizona but due to low wage scale for teachers, education staff is not the best. Most of the teachers, teach memorization of the 'no child left behind' test, so the students will pass the test, and they are sure to qualify for federal funding and continued operation.
The state legislature is trying to keep items in the bill that would allow tax breaks to businesses who fund education. They are trying to keep items in the bill that would give tax breaks to people who take their kids out of our beautiful and very inept school system, and do home school, or charter schools for real educations.
Inept means that kids in Arizona do not even see a science book till junior high school, unless their parents provide it. The Constitution? Forget about it. Not at any grade level.
Exposure to classic literature, music and the arts, the real arts, not macaroni/glue projects is non-existent. Of course there is plenty of funding for nurseries for babies of students in high schools and sports programs for the few elite, male students who get the girls knocked up between games.
Yet, half a million dollars is gone every day that the governor and the state legislature refuse to strike compromises. This is how government runs public education and a great reason why they probably shouldn't.
This is another of the growing problems of illegals. How many government entities will become deadlocked while citizens state tax money is grafted by the feds, through the judiciary?
Many feel very sorry for the poor illegals who are just looking for work. Many hate the illegals who are trying to take jobs, take territory, take back the southwest, for Mexico with organizations like Brown Power; take welfare and take whatever else they can.
Governor Napolitano gutted proposition 200, passed by a 2/3 majority in Arizona, to cut off all funding, jobs, health care and everything else to illegals. She does however, favor the oversight of businesses to make sure there is no hiring of illegals and will fund that. The bill for the necessary imprisonment of criminal illegals is high, and the feds refuse to compensate the state.
Wheeeeeee. This is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends, a crack here, a crack there. How fast and how far we do fall in these days.
Thank you Janet. Thank you legislation, for pissing away the state of AZ budget surplus, (which had been accumulated partly from education programs to begin with). Thank you for the closed rest stops, that total absence of rec centers, the roads that continue to degrade, and the lowest paid employees of any state in the union, including Mississippi.
Schools aside, increasing armed incursions are being made over the border by the Mexican military, to protect drug runners and coyotes (people who get people into the US without due process, of all nationalities including Islamic extremists) from the INS and border patrol.
What was that you said President Bush about your 'war' on terror? You say you don't worry about the security of the borders of the US? What? What? War with unsecured borders?
No? Oh. Global war, without secure borders. Got it.
(I warned you I would make this nationally public Janet, when I called. Oh, wait, that's right. No one in the state legislature will take calls from the tax paying citizens who try to contact them)
In response to "Cartoons", Rhian writes:
When I was looking for the infamous cartoon on Google, I only found three of them, and they seemed pretty innocuous. What I also found, (surprised me), was about a dozen for every one of them, of really nasty depictions of Israelis, scripted in Arab of course, so I couldn't tell what they said, but obviously truly insulting drawings.
There were several that were insulting to American images also, including Uncle Sam. So, it's okay for Islam to publish insulting cartoons in the name of humor but not for anyone else?
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