Clueless Conservatism

The President of the United States, George W. Bush, is hereby awarded The Flub-A-Dub Award for January, 2003. May he last in office about as long as his daddy did.

Here is a man who was soundly defeated by half a million votes, only to emerge as undeniably the worst President the United States has ever had to endure. Here are some of his accomplishments, to date:

1.We are on the brink of not one war, but perhaps 2 or 3 or more. This is a guy who has surrounded himself with individuals who have never heard of the words negotiate, arbitrate, or otherwise try to settle our differences without blowing one another into oblivion. Oil runs deep in the veins of this outfit. They want to own the world for their profit. And nothing is likely to stop them, but us.

2.The federal deficit has exploded to $200 billion this year, and is growing by the hour. While Clinton was President, Republicans couldn't bitch enough about balancing the budget. Now not a word. The President is irresponsibly leading us down the road of financial despair.

3.The President has now entered the arena of racism with his buddy, Trent Lott. He doesn't think it is fair that affirmative action should be used to help minorities catch up from centuries of prejudice and unequal opportunity. He challenges the Supreme Court to rule against the affirmative action program at the University of Michigan. As everyone should be well aware, when a Bush talks, the Supreme Court listens. So did Moses, who ended up in the desert for 40 years. The President continues to use the language of divisiveness. And he has the audacity to announce his challenge on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A true diplomat, whose racism oozes out of his mouth at any given moment.

4.Bush wants to limit malpractice awards to $250,000, to help his insurance friends save money. He claims awards from juries have made malpractice insurance unaffordable. He neglected to mention insurance companies are broke, like all of us, because the stock market has tanked, along with the rest of his economic plan. We have a right to a trial by jury, and an award, which clearly, in civil law, is to be made by a jury. But these rich folks don't like that. Judges often now interfere to lower the judgements, a practice that should end. Bush and company want to rewrite civil law and tip the balance against us.

5.The trade deficit has grown to $40.1 billion, another Bush record. The import business is the bottom line in Bushenomics. Unfortunately, Bush doesn't get all the credit here. Clinton gave us NAFTA, in his 1996 bid to get re-elected. It does, however, happen to be one of the only Clinton initiatives that Bush has not bad-mouthed or done away with. (The other being Clinton's welfare to-work program). With NAFTA, our trade deficit will only get worse.

6.Bush's biggest non-accomplishment is the lack of any kind of direction for our health care in this country. Bush's rich buddies don't like talk of any kind of national health care. It would seriously curtail their abilities to make gigantic profits, which of course would hurt their bottom line, which in the end has to do with how much they are willing to give the President to help him get re-elected. Lack of progress in this area defines this administration's overwhelming willingness to help the rich get richer, at the expense of all of us.

As I'm writing this, tens of thousands of people are demonstrating in Washington and around the country against this administration's ineptness and war-mongering ways. France, Germany, Russia, and NATO have condemned an unprovoked attack against Iraq. For my part, I'm packing up this Flub and sending it to the White House as my contribution to the ongoing protest against the craziness of Bush and his merry band of oilmen. Should I disappear in the near future, please write: The Peever, The Bush Detention Camp for Subversives, The End of the Line Road, Executionville, Texas. Thanks.

Uploaded to The Zephyr website January 29, 2003

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