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Today's Note From a Madman

Wednesday, May 2, 2007



Think about this: President George W. Bush has vetoed two bills during his second term in office and none in his first. Those two vetoes, in order were: (1) A Stem Cell bill which would have provided federal money to be used the research fetal, as well as adult and umbilical cord stem cells and; (B) The Iraq War Accountability Act, which he stamped just yesterday. Both of these bills had something in common: They were designed to save lives in the near future.

Although many of us Americans, more and more every day, to be precise, want the troops to come home today, the Iraq War Accountability Act would have given the President and the Iraqi leadership months to begin meeting certain milestones on the way to bringing our troops home. It was designed to save lives. Likewise, the Stem Cell Research Bill was also designed to save lives by finding practical, real-life uses for all available Stem Cell types by expanding the number of lines available for researchers to use.

Both bills were vetoed by President Bush for his "base": The latter (the veto of the stem cell Research bill) was vetoed for his "base" of the religious Right. In their defense, the "R-R" is truly adamant about these beliefs in when life begins and, whether you agree with them or not, they stand by those beliefs. The former (the veto of the Iraq accountability Act) was vetoed to appease a different "base", and that is George Bush's stated "base" of "haves and have mores". That "base" includes the likes of those who hold un-bid military contracts, such as Halliburton, Bechtel and many others who have made fortunes, and stand to make much, much more the longer this war goes on.

"Today, under George W. Bush, there are two Americas, not one: One America that does the work, another that reaps the reward. One America that pays the taxes, another America that gets the tax breaks. One America - middle-class America - whose needs Washington has long forgotten, another America - narrow-interest America - whose every wish is Washington's command. One America that is struggling to get by, another America that can buy anything it wants, even a Congress and a president."
-2004 Democratic Primary Stump Speech of Senator John Edwards (DEMOCRAT-NC)

The former (Religious Right) have been duped. They were promised by this administration would take on such topics as abortion rights, poverty and prayer in school. The only uses that the administration had for these issues was as a dividing force to throw a wedge between us members of one of the "Two Americas", as presented by former Senator and current Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards. George W. Bush and his band of Neo-Cons have used those issues close to the Religious Right's heart without changing a thing. He has appointed "conservative" Supreme Court Justices who will throw the "R-R" a bone in the form of upholding the legality of banning partial birth abortions and call it their victory. Of course, he won't say that these procedures won't stop a single abortion and that doctors who used this method will simply find another, legal method to use.

Bush will scream about prayer in school but he didn't ask even one Republican Senator or Congressman to propose a bill making it mandatory, or even legal. And as far as poverty is concerned, the Darfur conflict gets only lip-service while our poor here at home sees their ranks climbing. IN fact, the banking bill he signed makes it harder for us regular folk to file for bankruptcy while the large corporate giants can file as they wish, and force their retirees to take less money into their old age and forgo their health care benefits which they paid for over the years.

The "other America", the one occupied by the REAL Bush "base" of "haves and have mores" is making out like bandits. While Bush, Dick Cheney and their minions at Fox News (not to mention those being duped at CNN, NBC and MSNBC CBS and ABC, The New York Times, Washington Post and most of the rest of the main stream media) are forcing their wedge between those of us who should be finding common ground to fight alongside each other, we do nothing to stop them. Many of us on the left, as well as on the right embrace the fight, and that just makes the Bushies all the more belligerent.

Bush will never sign a real Iraq war spending bill because a real bill would address the concerns of the American people. This real bill would talk about timelines and landmarks. A real bill would put the onus on the Iraqi government and make a way for us to have our children back here at home.

There is no sense of urgency in removing our troops in the middle east. They server the President's purpose by staying. "Plan-A" was to keep our children there for at least a generation and, if GW gets his way, that's just how it will stay. George Bush doesn't want to make Iraq the next President's problem, he wants to make it his legacy - a legacy that keeps giving to his true "base" of "haves and have mores". And if he has to keep driving that wedge between us in poorer America - Well - he's willing to do that, too.

Imagine had President Bush been able to pass and abortion act followed by prayer school. His stated base (the "R-R") would have turned their sights onto poverty, world peace an - yes - even Global Warming! Why that would have endangered GW's REAL base.

You might remember them as the "haves" and "have mores".

-Noah Greenberg

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