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Political Muse For Monday

The reason Bush and buddies are so clueless is that they are eaten up with corporate arrogance and avarice. They possess a stunning sense of entitlement, leading them to treat our government as their private plaything. What they need is to have a good kindergarten teacher assigned to refresh each of them on the basics of playground ethics. – Jim Hightower

This morning as I went through my email I noted Robert Novak’s column. Rushed as I was I felt what he had to say was important, so I left myself a note to get back to it. Here’s what Novak had to say…

Bush plans to veto the homeland security appropriations bill nearing final passage, followed by vetoes of eight more money bills sent him by the Democratic-controlled Congress.

That constitutes a veto onslaught of historic proportions from a president who did not reject a single bill during his first term. Of the 12 appropriations bills for fiscal 2008, only three will be signed by the president in the form shaped by the House. What’s more, Bush correctly claimed that he has the House votes needed to sustain these vetoes. The unpopular president is taking the offensive on fiscal responsibility. After bowing to Republican demands on earmarks, Democratic leaders face a battle of the budget.

Source: Robert D. Novak – Bush’s Veto Strategy – washingtonpost.com

My thoughts on this are that here we have Republican’s shutting down the government again. When will they learn, to quote G.W. Bush…”Elections matter”. We had one, it mattered. We are going to have another here shortly. Who thinks that America is going to believe that George Bush went this long and didn’t have a veto only to now start vetoing spending bills. What do they think in the White House? That if they manage to not fund the government we’ll call of the next election for lack of funds…Yea, right. George your done, stick a fork in it. America is headed for a change in direction and every time you try a stunt like this you make the majority of the voters sure that turning you and your party out is the only smart thing to do…

(Rep. Jeb) Hensarling collected signatures last week of 147 House Republicans, one more than needed, pledging to sustain money-bill vetoes, and the number is growing.

Shall we watch and see how many of them come back after their next election? Veto a bill because it raises pay! Come on…And he wanted to veto the funding for Veterans because Congress felt like they deserved more help after they served their country…

(Hensarling) advised the White House against a veto because it would be overridden thanks to support for veterans — setting a bad example for the future.

I really hate to break it to the President, but, no matter what his Budget Director may think, it wasn’t the lack of fiscal responsibility that cost them their majority. Vetoing spending bills is not going to get it back…But, hey, go for it. The Democrats need all the help they can get to elect an even greater majority for the next session of Congress.

Washington Scandals

There is a firestorm brewing in Washington DC. It is a storm fueled by scandal…Scandals based on the perception of dishonesty. At this moment, it is only the perception of dishonesty that is fueling this firestorm of scandals. But each days news cycle brings more reports of lost documents, lost memories, lost morality…Since nobody can or will step up and answer for these loses, the scandals continue to spin out of control.

For six years this administration was able to step up to the microphone of public discourse and tell their story and go unquestioned. After a week or two someone would step up to the mic and say “This is old news, lets get on with the country’s business.” With a Republican Congress that would stop the story. The stories no longer stop. By the very duplicity of their answers, or lack of answers, this administration is fueling the fires that will bring about its own downfall.

The incompetence of this administration at any part of actually running a government is mainly caused by their very disbelief in the system of government they were trying to run. If anything, this CEO President has proved that you don’t take a CEO who has run his own companies into the ground and expect anything better of him when he is put in charge of the largest organization on the planet…For some reason all of the great business tycoons in the Republican Party didn’t apply the same due diligence to the “hiring” of their Party’s Presidential Candidate in 2000 that they apply to the hiring of a mail room clerk…So why are we surprised at the level of competence we acquired?

It takes a person of great moral character to allow themselves to be surrounded by intellects of greater stature than their own. That is what is required of a President of the United States. In order to debate the great issues of the day in that office you must first understand the issues, then you must be surrounded by people who not only understand the issue but understand the opposing issue as well. This President appears to have neither quality, not the great intellect nor the moral character to surround himself with great intellects. As a matter of observation, he appears to try to pull everyone in a room with him down to his level rather than trying to rise to a higher level of discourse. The denigrating nicknames applied to all who interact with him on a regular basis, they’re just cute, right?

The scandal of this administration began with it’s very inception at the hands of the Supreme Court. The scandals continued with every appointment of an industry crony as a watchdog of that very same industry. The scandal escalates today as this administration appoints political hacks to offices in every department of the government whose sole loyalty is not to this nation and our constitution but to the Republican Party, and does so in such a way as to bypass the constitutional consent of the Congress.

At some point these scandals have to come to justice. The American People will demand it. The President’s approval rating should speak volumes about where the American People stand on the scandalous nature of his Presidency. The only real saving grace is that once he’s out of office, he’ll be happy to stay on the ranch and chop brush…

Lies and the Media

“Journalists by nature shy from pinning the “liar” label on any political leader, but President Bush’s acknowledgments that he had not been forthcoming about his plans to dump Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld have kicked up a fuss at the White House and sparked a debate about the limits of presidential evasion.”

Howard Kurtz – President’s Evasion Raises Truth Issues – washingtonpost.com.

I take exception to the use of the word any in the above quote. Reporters have no problem going after business leaders, religious leaders, or even run of the mill politicians. They didn’t seem to have much trouble implying (pointedly) that Clinton wasn’t being honest. But, for some reason they seem to cut George a lot of slack in the veracity department. You know, I have to wonder about the reason for this. Maybe if the media as a whole held the President to the same standard they would hold any one of us, and were held to that same standard themselves, there would be less partisan bickering in this country.

Think back over the past few election cycles, how much of the political debate has been based on outright lies? The political operatives continually us unsubstantiated innuendo to paint their opponents which is then picked up by the partisan media before being pushed into the mainstream without the benefit of actual fact checking. Hell fact checking used to be what news reporters did. But then again, news reporters used to be what main stream media hired.

Maybe what we need is a code like you find on restaurant reviews. Instead of the cost we should see a number of checkmarks indicating the actual number of confirmed facts in the story. That way we could weigh the conclusions reached with some degree of confidence we aren’t being fed a load of BS by “fair and balanced” reporting.

The Culture Wars

Eugene Robinson makes a good point today.

‘Values’ Choice for The GOP – washingtonpost.com: “The culture war is supposed to be about morality, but really it’s a crusade to compel Americans to follow certain norms of private behavior that some social and religious conservatives believe are mandated by sociology, nature or God. Republican officeholders have paid lip service to this crusade, all the while knowing that the human family is diverse and fallible. They know that the gravest threat to marriage is the heterosexual divorce rate. They know that Republicans drink, swear, carouse and have affairs, just like Democrats. They know that homosexuals aren’t devils.

Most Americans know all of this, too, by the way. Main Street hasn’t been Hicksville for a long time.

But Republicans positioned themselves as our national Church Lady and were rewarded with the support of the staunchest religious conservatives, who now feel betrayed. Faced with the spreading Foley scandal, the party has a choice.”

This whole argument is the very reason I find myself totally opposed to the Republican Party’s policies. It is the tongue in cheek, wink and a nod, we all know what’s really important attitude they project trying to cover both sides of the conservative coin that leaves me totally turned off to their duplicity.

How can it be morally right to side with big business as opposed to workers? How does the “death tax” repeal help educate the children in America? How can tax cuts for the don’t need its affect the nutrition of the don’t have its?

When the only thing the President and his political machine can say is that all of us non-Republicans are traitorous, terrorist loving, cut and runner’s you really have to wonder where they think this country is really headed. The longer this group of thugs runs this country the closer we get to the return of the “Gilded Age” and the Robber Barons.

You know it only took America a little over 200 years to return to King George and his royal court…