Today's Note from a Madman
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
"We will complete the mission so that their child or their husband or wife
has not died in vain."
I thought the mission had been accomplished, isn't that what he flew to that carrier to tell us?
Media Madman in the Lead
This just in from the Associate Press:
U.S. GDP Rises in 3Q Despite Hurricanes
"WASHINGTON - The nation's economy demonstrated just how sturdy it is, posting its best quarterly showing in more than a year despite the Gulf Coast hurricanes."
-JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer
They just don't get it. The GDP has nothing to do with how we REAL AMERICANS live our lives, unless you believe that trickle down really does work.
Does anyone in the American Middle Class really believe that Ronald Reagan's theory of Trickle Down Economics (what George H.W. Bush termed "Voodoo Economics") is the future for our nation? Does anyone that you know want to put their faith and money into the hands of the ultra-rich supporters of "G"lobal "W"arming Bush and the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party? Do you think that the rich really have the best interests of you at heart?
Man... would I love to ask a group of hard-working, Fox News-watching Bush supporters answer those questions.
Here is the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) formula:
"GDP = Compensation of employees + Gross operating surplus + Gross mixed income + Taxes less subsidies on production and imports "
"-Compensation of employees (COE) measures the total remuneration to employees for work done. It includes wages and salaries, as well as employer contributions to social security and other such programs.
"-Gross operating surplus (GOS) is the surplus due to owners of incorporated businesses. Often called profits, although only a subset of total costs are subtracted from gross output to calculate GOS.
"-Gross mixed income (GMI) is the same measure as GOS, but for unincorporated businesses. This often includes most small businesses."
COE: Since we know that the average American worker is working harder for less money (according the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics), we also know that this statistic is a plus for the GDP and big business while it is a negative for the American worker.
GOS: All we need do is look at the salaries and bonuses of corporate CEO's, the massive layoffs of employees to save money and the record-breaking profits of big businesses like ExxonMobil, we can also term this stat as a plus for "them" while it hurts the rest of "US".
GMI: One wants to know how the unemployed, who had to perform odd-jobs due to a lack of gameful, permanent employment contributes to this stat. As we know, the Bush administration has already included baby-sitters and the boy next door who mows your lawn in this statistic.
Let's say the GDP didn't rise. Would even more workers have been fired by the likes of General Motors or Merck? If GM decided to invest in their future by keeping their employees employed, and did some research and development into new technologies, like the Hydrogen cell car it would have lowered the GDP. Does any Average American believe that this investment wouldn't have been worth it more than the false, rosey picture being presented by the Bush administration? I know about 30,000 people who would agree with me.
I'm not an economist, but I know this: The better the American worker does, the better off we all are. When the American worker earns more, he (or she) spends more. When the American worker has more free time, they tend to spend it with their families. When the American worker has both of these things the economy gets stronger for everybody, not just the privileged few.
The privileged few take. When they get that big tax give-back, they hoard it. The ultra rich friends of "G"lobal "W"arming Bush will buy that yacht or Rolls Royce or an expensive trip whether they get an extra few bucks from the federal government (at the expense of the rest of US) or not.
What has a better chance of revitalizing the economy? A $1.5 million tax give-back to one ultra-rich GOP contributor or $1,500 tax refunds to one-thousand middle class Americans?
The heart and soul of the American economy is the middle class, not the GDP and not the ultra-rich aristocracy that is taking our free time and money away from US. We just can't let numbers be a substitute for what we, the American Middle Class can do.
Harry Reid Responds to President Bush
Just two weeks ago, a bipartisan majority of the United States Senate registered a vote of no confidence in the president's current policy in Iraq. Democrats and Republicans called on the president to change course and release a strategy for success in Iraq with specific benchmarks by which the progress could be measured. Today, President Bush failed to meet this call.
Instead, he recycled his tired rhetoric of `stay the course' and once again missed an opportunity to lay out a real strategy for success in Iraq that will bring our troops safely home.
After nearly 1,000 days of war in Iraq, our troops, their families, and the American people deserve more than just a Bush-Cheney public relations campaign. They deserve a clear strategy with military, economic and political measures to be met in order to successfully complete our mission.
The president's continued refusal to provide that plan does nothing to support our troops or their families. Simply staying the course is no longer an option, we must change the course. We can do better.
-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
And So Does Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Today, President Bush delivered what was billed as a major address on Iraq. Instead, unfortunately, it was just more of the same "stay the course" rhetoric, moving us no closer to a resolution of the conflict.
We've all been waiting for many months for President Bush to come clean with the American people about the war in Iraq. But clearly, the President still fails to see and confront the truth:
President Bush refuses to acknowledge that the Iraq war has nothing to do with the 9/11 attack on our country by al Qaeda, and it has diverted us from our appropriate response to that attack which was to go into Afghanistan and hunt Osama bin Laden.
He refuses to acknowledge the fact that our long term presence in Iraq is fueling the very insurgency that he vows to end.
President Bush refuses to acknowledge that any mistakes were made and that this war was based on false pretenses.
He ignores the tremendous financial burden on our citizens, and he completely ignores the thousands of wounded that need to hear that they will not be forgotten and that they will receive the care they need.
President Bush even refuses to acknowledge that Iraqi government officials believe that we can withdraw within a two-year time frame, while continuing to demean those members of Congress who disagree with him.
Today President Bush squandered yet another opportunity to level with the American people and bring the country together around a unified effort to end the war in Iraq. Instead, the President used this speech to lash out in a very personal way against those who believe the best strategy for success is an accelerated training of Iraqi security forces and a drawdown of American troops, starting with the National Guard. Once we clearly state that we do not intend to stay in Iraq forever, the insurgency will be diminished and our brave men and women can begin to come home.
The President's failure to address the concerns of the American people and the Congress is a devastating blow to everyone who hoped to hear the President articulate a clear mission and a projection of when our troops can return home.
With American confidence in his handling of the war in Iraq at an all-time low, when will President Bush get the message? It's up to us to keep standing up and speaking out until he does.
-as forwarded by Robert Scardapane
Is This THE PLAN We've Been Waiting For?
After two-and-a-half years and 2,110 U.S. fatalities, the Bush administration finally released a "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq" (NSVI). The problem is, it's not a new strategy for success in Iraq, it's a public relations document. The strategy describes what has transpired in Iraq to date as a resounding success and stubbornly refuses to establish any standards for accountability. It dismisses serious problems such as the dramatic increase in bombings as "metrics that the terrorists and insurgents want the world to use." Americans understand it's time for a new course in Iraq. Unfortunately, this document is little more than an extended justification for a President "determined to stay his course."
. . . THE NATIONAL PAT ON THE BACK: The NSVI is less of a strategy and more of a pat on the back. Much of the 35 pages is devoted to describing how well things are going. Oddly, the strategy declares on Page 5 that "Our Strategy Is Working." On the economic front we are told, "Our restore, reform, build, strategy is achieving results." On the political front: "Our Isolate, Engage, and Build strategy is working." On the security front: "Our clear, hold, and build strategy is working."
-The Daily Kos
The keyword is delusional. Bush thinks that if he repeats the same rhetoric it will come true. That didn't work with his social security traveling road show and it won't work with the Iraq War. The time for such nonsense is long past.
In response to, "You all do remember Kenny-Boy Lay's Enron and the rolling blackouts of the US west coast, don't you?", Pat Thompson writes:
Yes, that was the plan, to punish California which voted blue, and then to use the rolling blackouts to get rid of Gov. Gray Davis and get a Republican lackey in, another Reagan/actor-type: the Terminator. And don't forget the total blackout in August of 03, which was used to drum up support for new nuclear power plants, and which also was directed against blue states.
In response to, "Of course, many of the neocons consider themselves to be 'real' Christians doing God's work," Pat Thompson writes:
While the Bible is long and the Old Testament is filled with stories, history, etc. the actual "CHRISTIAN" i.e.. sayings of Jesus Christ are few and simple. "DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO TO YOU." "WHAT YOU DO TO THE LEAST OF MY BRETHREN, YOU DO TO ME". These warmonger chicken hawks are not Christian at all. They are evil men who have come together to destroy our country. It's one of the worst gangs of evil men since Hitler, Eichman, Himmler, et al got together.
Today's Stupid Bush Quote
"Poor people aren't necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn't mean you're willing to kill."
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush
When I first heard this quote I just couldn't believe it. What in the world was this guy thinking? Does he have help with this stuff? Maybe we should just let Karl "The Traitor" Rove off the hook for the revealing the identity of an undercover operative so GW will have his brain back.
Yes, this is an embarrassment, but more important, it is something that GW felt he had to say. It's like the guy who says, "I'm not an anti-Semite... some of my best friends are Jews, or Blacks, or Puerto Ricans (substitute your minority here)." we all know that this guy's lying just like we all know the real feelings of GW. Anyone who heard this knows that our president must really believe that poor people are beneath him.
Just think of the inclusion of the word "necessarily." A stronger statement of support would have been "Poor people aren't killers." Period... end of statement.
There must be only few people that President Bush thinks are as good as him.
And I couldn't agree more.
Today's 20 Years Later Quote
"What can be made of this opportunity to advance the goals of bringing about the eventual overruling of Roe v. Wade..."
-Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito, referring to the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act and his opinion that the administration of Ronald Reagan should fight lower court rulings opposing laws that limit abortion rights and a woman's right to choose
Alito also said that this is preferable to a "frontal assault" on the 1973 Roe Vs. Wade ruling that let women be the ultimate judge of their own bodies.
Make no mistake about it... President Bush does have a litmus test for his latest Supreme Court nominee and Judge Alito has passed that test.
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