The wheels are in motion to replace Big Government with Big Guns, Big
Business, and Big Religion.
- 40 million is raised for the Inauguration party from companies with
issues pending before the federal government that include reducing standards and
regulations on fuel economy, emissions, nicotine, and energy.
- The dark reign
begins with a dark rain falling upon the inauguration ceremony like the tears of 40% of Americans who believe the new President to be illegitimate.
- The "Uniter not a
Divider" proposes to unite
church and state by allocating public funds to religious charities and promises
to divide students between public and private schools via
- The Independent media continues to document missing votes in Florida while Republicans document missing
"W's from White House keyboards.
- Bush claims his tax
cut would allow the average family "to purchase a DirecTV satellite, with
all the premium packages." Many will continue to go without health care,
however, under Bush's plan more will be able to tune into the health channel.
- While many Americans struggle
with gas and heating bills, Bush promises billions in
tax cuts to his buddies in the oil industry despite them having record profits.
He also seeks to weaken the Patient's Bill of Rights in order to protect his
pals in the health industry who had record revenues of more than one
- It took less than 1 month for
Jr. to play with his new toys -- sending 24 planes to bomb his dad's
arch-enemy, Saddam Hussein. Iraq vows to retaliate. Heaven help us all!
- To the delight of major credit
card companies (Bush's largest campaign contributors), Bush backs bankruptcy laws
to prevent the consumers they screwed from screwing them back.
- Based on a study of the over-votes, the Palm Beach Post reports that
in their county Gore would have earned 10 times more votes than he needed to
overcome Bush and win the Presidency. Even
if they are only 11% correct -- Gore would have won!
- It's official. The corporations
got their political paybacks and shortly the voter's will get theirs. All those
who sold their souls for a tax cut will get a $300 rebate.
- As many warned, the U.S. budget
surplus is less than expected (43% less) and it looks like Jr. will
get caught with his hands in the Social Security cookie jar to make up for his
tax cuts for the rich. Of course, if Florida hadn't screwed up, Al Gore would
have used a "lock box" instead of a "cookie jar".
Bush's contributions to one of the worst years in American history:
- Bush inherits a plan from the Clinton administration
to take out the Al
Queda network but does not act on it. It conflicts with his interest in an oil pipeline in the region. He receives a variety
of warnings regarding upcoming terrorist plans, including the use of commercial
airliners as weapons, but is not concerned -- he and his family
fly Air Force One. Instead of beefing up homeland security, he focuses on the
multi-billion dollar Star Wars missile defense system for "a galaxy far far
- Bush receives word that a hijacker has crashed a
commercial airliner into the WTC but continues to read children's stories to a
bunch of elementary school students for another 25 minutes, probably because he
was just getting to the good part.
- Bush delivers a good speech after the attack (entirely
written by other people except for "God Bless America") and
for the rest of the year he does little more than repeat cowboy phrases like
"gonna smoke em out" and "he can run but he can't hide"
while reducing the complex social/political/economic/religious issues in the
Middle East to a comic book theme of "Freedom" versus the "Axis of Evil." In July
he refers to an Arizona wildfire as "Evil" as he continues to apply
the term to anything he doesn't like or understand.
- Regarding getting Bin Laden, Bush quips "I'm not
gonna fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel
in the butt." True to Bush's claim, there have been no reports of camel
casualties in Afghan this year, however, it is estimated, that his bombing
campaign has resulted in the deaths of more civilians than on
- Bush's tobacco industry buddies successfully lobby to
remove matches and lighters from the list of banned airline carry-on items. A
terrorist tries to light a shoe-bomb during a flight.
- Bush receives excellent poll ratings for his 9/11
performance despite the fact that were it not for him bombing Iraq in his first
month in office, kissing-up to Israel, snubbing the U.N. and the world, and
generally being an arrogant, unilateral, super-power monger, 9/11 may just have been another day on the calendar. If
Gore or Nader were President, perhaps Al-Queda would not have pulled the trigger on
their desperate plan and the terrorist trained pilots may have ended up flying commuter
planes for Palestinian Airlines instead of buying a one way ticket to the WTC.
- Fueled by his favorable "war-time" ratings and
his hatred for the man who once tried to have his father assasinated, Jr. made up his mind to destroy
Saddam Hussein at
all costs. "All costs" include the lives of thousands of civilians, a
death blow to the U.S. economy, strained relationships with U.S. allies,
risking further destability in the Middle East, disregarding the
Constitution which calls for a declaration of War, and creating many
more little America haters that will grow up to be terrorists. Though Colin
Powell plays along like a good soldier, many in Bush's own party oppose an Iraq
war. And mysteriously, Bush's long time first mate Karen Hughes abandons ship
just before "Ahab" sets out for his "white wale" (you know the Moby Dick story -- one man and a
big fish, both corrupted, both bent on vengeance, that ends with the captain
beckoning all to their doom. In a strange irony, on the last page of chapter one,
the author, Herman Melville writes, "Grand Contested Election for the Presidency of the
United States ... BLOODY BATTLE IN AFGHANISTAN.")
- It takes the U.S. CEO little over a year and a half to
oversee the transformation of a healthy economy and multi-trillion dollar national surplus to an
economic recession, massive deficit and crashing stock market.
Traders on Wall Street coin the phrase "fading the President" which
means to short the market whenever he makes a speech on the
economy. A double dip recession in the shape of a "W" looms ahead.
- a BBC investigation estimates that Gore was robbed of
about 22,000 votes when Kat Harris and Jeb Bush paid a
company $4 million dollars to compile the names of 57,000 National felons (half
of whom were Black) and then had any voter with the same name removed from the
Florida voting registrar even though they were told the list was 97% invalid. Example, if there were 300 Tom Coopers in Florida they were all nixed. Now, 2 years later the voters have yet to be reinstated and voting machines
are still not working right in Black communities.
- It turns out there was a propaganda alliance between
"W's" dad and Kuwait to fabricate Iraq atrocity stories to sell the
first Iraq war to the public and Congress, including a tearful testimony
from a Kuwaiti diplomat's daughter who said she witnessed Iraqi troops pull
babies from incubators and leave them on the floor to die. As a result the Gulf
War initiative squeaked by in Congress by a few votes.
- The White House withholds the information that N. Korea
has atomic weapons until after the Congress votes on Iraq because they know that
the only difference between Iraq and N. Korea is that N. Korea has NUKES and
Iraq has OIL.
- Bush mounts an
opposition to a college's affirmative action even though his own college
admission was based on preferential treatment.
- After France received a standing
ovation at the U.N. by speaking out against military action, our Congress
retaliated by voting to change French Fries to Freedom Fries on the
congressional dining room menu.
- So it begins -- with an assassination attempt on Iraq's leaders hours
before Bush's 48 hour deadline to surrender:
missiles delivered by the misguided, inspiring new terrorists in the name of
Dictating a countries new government in order to
remove a dictator.
- Using weapons of mass destruction to prevent weapons of mass
destruction from being used (our generals like to boast that their shiny new
million dollar bombs are so precise that they can put them through any window
they choose, however, they don't mention that regardless which window you put
one through, the whole building blows up like a twin tower. Multiply that by
thousands of bombs in a city of 5 million people).
For almost a year Bush preoccupied the nation with Iraq even though the
country never threatened the US nor has the nuclear capability to do so (both of
which N. Korea are guilty of). He spent months training US citizens to make an
imaginary mental connection between 9/11 terrorism and Iraq even though the
terrorists were from Saudi Arabia. Months
of feigning an interest in diplomacy at the UN despite the fact that any level
of Iraqi capitulation would not prevent us from striking while the weather was
nice for an invasion. But even a share in the spoils
of war (or I should say, the oils of war) could not entice more than 3 nations
to take an active role in the bloodshed.
The one thing the world's citizens agree on now is that Saddam Hussein is
not as dangerous as George W. Bush --A man who believes he is doing God's
work while ignoring the Pope's plea for peace, and who believes he must finish
his father's battle even though his father expressed his own reservations about
using military force without UN approval. The ultimate irony is that we will win the battle, but lose
the war on terrorism. Sure, we secured the oil fields and will replace the
government of one country. But G.W. Bush bullied the U.N. and trashed the good
will of the US in the process. The right US leader would strengthen the UN and
make it a real force in dealing
with the world's many corrupt dictators and human rights violators, instead of
taking his place among them.
- Guess which company won the lucrative contract to put out Iraq oil fires,
without any bidding? Halliburton, of course. Cheney's old company, from which he
is still receiving checks.
to be continued. . .