“And they were singing…Bye, bye Bush-America, bye.
Drove Dick Cheney to the levy, threw Dick Cheney in dry.
Those good-old boys were drinking Lone Star and Rye
…Saying this’ll be the day that we die.”
And speaking of “American Pie” –
One day at Boot Camp…
After 8 years of cowboy diplomacy, the Bush/Cheney Regime is in its final day.
Here is a list of what will be George W. Bush’s Remembered Accomplishments.
These are in no particular order of importance or chronology.
* Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000. The Reagan Supreme Court awarded the Presidency to Bush.
* al Qaeda attacked New York and Washington DC. George Bush went into hiding for six hours.
* America invaded Iraq to stop Saddam Hussein from threatening the US and the World with Weapons of Mass Destruction. No WMDs were found. Even though Iraq had no WMDs, the War of Occupation in Iraq continued.
* Bush warned, in October 2007, a ‘nucular’ Iran will cause World War III. The December 2007 National Intelligence Estimate concluded “with high confidence” that Iran had suspended it’s nuclear weapons program in 2003.
* Plame-Gate — CIA operative, Valerie Plame Wilson was outed by White House officials, as punishment for her husband’s anti-war editorial.
* Plame-Gate (Part Two) – Bush promised to fire any person found to have participated in outing Valerie Plame. Richard Armitage was allowed to retired. Karl Rove received no punishment. “Scooter” Libby’s felony sentence was commuted.
* Attorney-Gate — 8 US Attorneys were fired for political reasons…being that they didn’t follow White House instructions on who to file charges against, or when to file those charges.
* Gonzo-Gate – Alberto Gonzales and the overall politicization of the US Justice Department.
* Overseers — Officials, answerable to the White House alone, were placed into all government agencies to assure said agencies would follow only those policies specified by the White House. Agency reports that might have been critical of the Bush/Cheney policies were rewritten to conform with party propaganda.
* The Military Commisions Act — The indefinite confinement of suspects without filed charges, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
* Secret Prisons — Clandestine detention centers were established in Asia and Eastern Europe. Terrorist suspects were transferred to these centers to be tortured.
* Torture-Gate — The Bush/Cheney Regime redefined the word torture, to allow terror suspects to be tortured. Bush’s first AG, John Ashcroft approved the torture. Gonzales, Bush’s second AG, approved the continuation of torture. Judge Mukasey, Bush AG #3, refused to comment on torture.
* Warrantless Wiretaps — The collusion of US Telephone and Internet companies in domestic spying against US citizens within the confines of the US. Bush fought for giving these companies retroactive immunity against private law-suits, although he said they did nothing wrong.
* The Death of Habeas Corpus — Incarcerated prisoners being refused the opportunity of viewing evidence presented against them…and, being refused the opportunity of disputing said evidence in a court of law.
* Mis-Information — With overwhelming evidence to the contrary, 60% of Republicans believed Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11.
* Healthcare — The War of Occupation in Iraq was infinitely more important than the health of America’s children.
* The Patriot Act — A law was written to dismantle the Bill of Rights. It passed.
* The Doctrine of Fear — The Bush/Cheney Regime kept Americans so afraid of what MIGHT happen abroad, that the public turned a blind eye to what WAS happening in America.
* Katrina-Gate — Instead of spending $2.1 Billion to reinforce the levies surrounding New Orleans, it will now cost over $200 Billion to repair the damage.
At last count, there are 489,000 law suits against the Bush Administration resulting from Katrina, totaling more than $3 Quadrillion…to be precise $3,014,170,389,176,410 and no cents.
Of course, both the repair bill and any law-suit damages awarded will fall on the next administration to write the checks.
* Big Oil — Oil hit $100 per barrel in January 2008. Exxon-Mobil earned a record $40.6 Billion in profits for 2007. They beat the old record of $36.5 Billion, set by…Exxon-Mobil in 2006. Gasoline prices quadrupled.
Pre-Bush: Oil was $31 per barrel. Gasoline was 99 cents per gallon.
All that Bush said: ”I am concerned about the state of the economy.”
In July 2008, oil topped $147 per barrel…gasoline was $4.53 per gallon…diesel was $5.15 per gallon.
* The Politicalization of the Military — Every time there was a need for a diplomat…whether speaking before Congress, or the United Nations, or with Heads of State…the Bush Administration sent a top ranking military person, a General or a Deputy Member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. America’s Founding Fathers had warned against mixing the military and the government, saying this would be the first step in establishing a dictatorship.
* Fiscal Mis-Management — George Bush came into office with a $261 billion surplus. He leaves office with a $2.1 trillion deficit.
His first year in office saw America slide into recession. His last year in office saw America slide into recession
* Homeland Security — After spending billions of dollars, our borders are no more secure than they were on September 10, 2001. The Department of Homeland Security is awash in inefficiency and mis-management.
High Tech devices designed to sniff out nuclear materials at our ports are not in place, and cargo containers are not being fully screened. After six years, airport security consists of longer lines, toothpaste being limited to 3 ounces…in a plastic bag, and the requirement that shoes be removed when entering passenger areas.
* Immigration — The ‘Virtual Fence’ along our Southern border hasn’t worked. Passports were now needed to cross the Mexican and Canadian borders. Passport fees were increased to $100.
* Climate Change — The Bush/Cheney Regime dragged their feet in response to the overwhelming evidence that Climate Change was, at least in part, caused by man…specifically the burning of fossil fuels. They resisted efforts to increase CAFE standards. Their EPA defied Supreme Court rulings requiring them to look into CO2 emissions as a harmful pollutant.
Bush’s solution was to leave the problem to his successor.
* The Politicization of Laura — On May 5, 2008, in response to the devastating cyclone that hit Myanmar (Burma), First Lady Laura Bush held a news conference to announce sanctions against the government of Myanmar. The speech began with brief offers of US aid to the Burmese people. It quickly morphed into condemnation of their Government by the Bush Administration, through the words of Laura.
This news conference should have been conducted by Director of National Security Stephen Hadley, Secretary of State Rice, or President Bush, himself.
* The Wall Street Crash — In the fourth quarter of 2008, as the Mortgage Crisis loomed heavily over America, Wall Street went south. The Bush/Cheney Regime allowed Bear Stearns to die…prevented Merrill Lynch from failing…watched as Lehman Brothers ceased to exist…bolstered AIG with taxpayer dollars…and, helped Bank of America to become THE bank of America. 700 billion taxpayer dollars to Wall Street CEOs, with no oversight on how these CEOs would spend the money…including a luxury getaway complete with private massages.
CitiGroup got billions, and was allowed to spend $400 million to rename a baseball park in their own honor. They spent millions to rename the Rose Bowl college football game in their own honor.
Tomorrow, George W. Bush rides into the sunset. He’ll be gone. But, unfortunately, he cannot be forgotten.
In time, our wounds will heal…no thanks to Bush.