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November 12, 2008
First, Do No Harm
Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath before they actually become doctors. It says, in short, "Do no harm." the "Do no harm" pledge that those who heal the sick should also be taken by politicians before they ever take office.
And it should be an impeachable offense when they break it.
President Bush and those who would, and have, follow him blindly - a.k.a. the former GOP majorities in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate - have either forgotten that they are merely stewards of our nation and that it, and us, the people of the United States - or never cared about that responsibility.
There are no outsiders in US politics, only those on the outsiders wishing they were insiders. They'll do anything to get inside - Sarah Palin proved that.
And when we had a true outsider as our President in the form of Jimmy Carter, it wasn't good either.
Now we have a lame-duck Congress and a lame-duck President. Although the Congress, for the most part, still has a vested interest in doing the right thing (a.k.a. "No harm") due to their overall lack of turnover, the sitting president does not.
In the next seventy or so days that President Bush has left in office, one wonders what executive orders he will use to get something done for the good of the few at the expense of the many. Surely his is o longer the bully-pulpit but there is still strength in his pen. And even though his position appears to have been diminished, what sort of things could be in the mind of one Vice President Dick Cheney?
Surely President-Elect Barack Obama's bully-pulpit is much stronger than President Bush's is today; and he's going to need it to make sure Bush, Cheney and Company don't get away with the kind of things they'll probably try to get away with.
Obama is saying all the right things when he states that there can be only one president at a time and George W. Bush is it. But the trust we put in him was placed there because we need him now, not only after January 20, 2009.
Members of the House and Senate will also need to be DC hall monitors for the balance of President Bush's term. Trust-time is gone - oversight is the name of the game now, and it's about time.
When Bush took office, I decided that we should all give him a chance. After all, he had a reputation as someone who would cross the aisle in the spirit of bipartisanship while he was Governor of Texas. I figured that if we were able to survive twelve years of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, certainly we could survive "Junior".
Man was I wrong.
George W. Bush was left a budget surplus that he not only let lapse, but gave away. George W. Bush was given the good will of our nation and the world, and he threw it away. George W. Bush was given a second term in office, and he threw us away.
What will he throw away in the next two-plus months?
And who will end up paying for it?
In response to the economy's true makeup, Denise writes:
To have a healthy economy you must have producers (workers) in order to have consumers. For far too long this has been overlooked and is still being overlooked by the big bailout receivers. The bailout is not working because their was no oversight included in the package. An economic stimulus would be nice but with the makeup of Congress in this 110th session I don't offer it much hope. Also, Obama said no more shipping jobs offshore and the Columbian Trade Agreement would not help the working class in Columbia or the United States. It would only help these corporations that have already shipped jobs to other countries and the governing class of the country and abusing the people that live in them as well as the Americans that live here seeking jobs. Hopefully an economic stimulus package could pass that would put at least a little money in consumers pockets but I don't think the Republicans have, even as of today. seen the writing on t he wall from the last election. I just hope I am wrong.
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