Monday, July 23, 2012

Bush's Eight Years of "AWESOME"

            In an interview with Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution, Dub’ya proclaimed the eight years of his (Cheney’s) presidency was “awesome”. One has to wonder what was so “awesome” about eight years of the Bush years.
            In the first four years of the Bush administration, there was the theft of the 2000 presidential election, the recount halted illegally by the state of Florida and the Republican-led Supreme Court, the refusal of the intelligence reports of an impending terrorist attack and the eventual 9/11 attack of the twin towers world trade center, no-bid contracts that led to corporate war profiteering (Halliburton and Kellogg Brown and Root, also known as KBR), the dismantling of many business and environmental regulations that led to a mass exodus of jobs and large businesses to export overseas, the switch from a technology-based industry to a service industry, massive layoffs and firings of hourly and salaried professional workers, the Bush tax cuts for the rich and large businesses, No Child Left Behind that was quite the contrary, the Iraq War and the lie that led to it, two unpaid wars, secret White House meetings with oil executives and Cheney, the “Patriot Act”, the restriction of many rights, internal spying of U.S. citizens, and the reduction of the middle-class and the influx of the new poor. How “AWESOME” was that for the first four years!?

            Although there is more to list, one has to leave it up to you, the reader, to think about it and remember what else happened that changed our lives and the perception of the world we live in today.

            The second term was no better than the first. However, most people still remember both inaugurations: the pelting of eggs on the first inaugural ride on the president’s motorcade to the White House, and the “private” motorcade during the second inauguration due to the many protesters.

            Still, the next four years of Bush’s Corporate States of America (CSA) included murder-suicides of families reeling from the reality of losing everything and becoming poor, hate-mongering paranoia that led to everyone being suspect for questioning or criticizing Bush’s actions, motives, and excuses rather than reasons in any way, shape, or form, “Homeland Security” and the handling of hurricane Katrina, the extension and expansion of the Bush tax cuts, record home foreclosures, the failure of Wall Street, the collapsing of the U.S. auto industry, and the near collapse of the U.S. economy.

            On the eve of The Great Recession of 2007 under George W. Bush, the top 10% received 49.7% of total income, thus paying only 19% in tax filings while the middle-class continued to pay the “Bush Tax Cuts” 35% on top of paying 20% more into social security and another 20% into state taxes (if applied) or 1.1 and 6.7 times as mush into state and sales taxes.


             Again, what was so "awesome" of eight years of Dub'ya, and who really benefited from his administration? If people continue to vote against their best interest, just think what a Romney presidency would bring.

             As the country continues to recover slowly despite the all out obstruction of Republicans and a Boehner-controlled House of "Representatives", it seems we are headed back to those "awesome" times again on steroids if Tea Party influenced Republicans regain control of the White House.

             Think about it.