Wednesday, January 03, 2007

MEET THE NEW BOSS, SAME AS THE . . . DAMN, IT IS THE SAME BOSS

Clearly satisfied with home-cooked Crawford vittles (prepared by one of Kennebunkport's finest chefs, I'm sure), Georgie has decided to return from the holidays to open the hole in his face once more, this time through an op-ed piece he supposedly authored for the Wall Street Journal.

We'd assume that after losing both houses of Congress, losing his war, and losing his mind, Georgie would decide to play nice with the incoming Congress, show the American people he heard them, right?

Wrong! Instead he discusses his never-ending plans like a mantra: continuing the War in Iraq; calls to "reform" Social Security; more and more tax cuts; and a program to sell the bottom 18% of the American socioeconomic scale to a Romanian meat processor for $45/lb in an effort to balance the budget. But . . . this being a new year and all, Georgie has decided to add something new to the wish-list.

(See that soopah-slick & subtle use of "decide" there? Not bad, huh? Betcha didn't even notice it the first time through. New & improved, baby. New & improved.)

So what is this fresh 2007 something that Georgie's calling for: an appeal for bipartisanship. Can I get a "What the fuck?" from the gallery? Thank you. Amazingly, this unchastened, unbelievably arrogant prick wrote:
If the Congress chooses to pass bills that are simply political statements, they will have chosen stalemate. If a different approach is taken, the next two years can be fruitful ones for our nation. We can show the American people that Republicans and Democrats can come together to find ways to help make America a more secure, prosperous and hopeful society.
Uhhhhh, no George, you've had that chance for six years, and you've screwed it up at a Guinness Book of Records level. Check out the 2007 edition, under "Worst President Ever," "Most Executive Fuck-ups in one term (still pending)," "Greatest number of lives wasted," and "Greatest amount of money wasted." (Hitler still holds the record for "Most Political Capital & Goodwill wasted" for the period following his "Time Man of the Year" victory until he died in ignominy in the bunker. But Bush is second and closing.) In the WSJ piece, he Karl Rove continued, stating:
We now have the opportunity to build a bipartisan consensus to fight and win the war.
Uhhhh, sorry again, Georgie. Nobody wants that war anymore. That's why you & your boys lost in November. And the new Congress -- if it follows its mandate -- won't help you there.
Together, we have a chance to serve the American people by solving the complex problems that many don't expect us to tackle, let alone solve, in the partisan environment of today's Washington.
I don't even have a joke here.
To do that, however, we can't play politics as usual. Democrats will control the House and Senate, and therefore we share the responsibility for what we achieve.
Here, there's a joke. And I hope we never get the punchline. The joke: The Democratic Party for the last quarter century. Step up to the plate, guys. You control the purse strings. You can impeach. You can attempt to redirect the country based on what the voters said in November.

Otherwise, Georgie's actually right about something: you'll share the responsibility.

20 Comments:

Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

You ask, and you receive -

What the Fuck?

I just love how this man tries to sway opinion. Of course, the repub's will stand and cheer and buy into this bullshit. Where was the promised bipartisanship the past 6 years?

I want this Congress to put through meaningful stuff. A minimum wage hike would be great. I do not want to see tax hikes, I want spending cuts (lets make like we keep kosher and cut the prok shall we?).

As for impeachment, Mike, I goota disagree with you here. We can hope for it, but there is little in the way of hard proof that he knowingly lied. Did the CIA give bad info on WMD's? Yeppers. But shit, you and I rely on bad data from time to time ourselves, he can't be totally blamed. Besides, what good would it do? Cheney is VP, so he would become President. What are we gonna do, impeach him too? We would look like a bunch of fucking idiots (moreso than we do now) if we did that. What, we want to turn into Italy, where they have new elections ever couple of months, or Israel, or England, or any number of other countries that have systems like that? I think not.

By having a Democratic Party controlled Congress, we have a check in place to lessen the chance for further damage.

I hope.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

As for impeachment, Mike, I goota disagree with you here. We can hope for it, but there is little in the way of hard proof that he knowingly lied. Did the CIA give bad info on WMD's?

No "proof" required. It's not a trial. It's a political act.

Not to mention, Georgie's not a big fan of quaint notions like "Due Process," so why not railroad him too?

you and I rely on bad data from time to time ourselves, he can't be totally blamed.

Actually, Ed, I'm never wrong. (Unless I do so intentionally, for fun or excitement.)

Not to mention, small distinction: while I'm an incredible person, known, loved & respected world-wide, I am NOT the President. So the standards of judging us are different.

Not to mention, Georgie's hated & disrespected world-wide, so that's a big distinction.

Besides, what good would it do? Cheney is VP, so he would become President. What are we gonna do, impeach him too?

Absolutely! If the Dems chicken out and decide to let Bush shit all over the Constitution and the nation for 2 more years, maybe they'll impeach Cheney as a message.

And that's the "what good will it do "part: Demonstrate to Bush and others like him, that they can't get away with whatever they want.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

Hey, as long as Senator Joementum goes along with Dubya, it's bipartisan. And so far, Senator Joementum's going along with him.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

Not to mention, Georgie's not a big fan of quaint notions like "Due Process," so why not railroad him too?

Because we should be better than him/them. They went this route with Clinton, and what did it accomplish - bubkis.

I think the man is a poor president. He led us on a fools errand, leaving the correct job (Osama, remember him George, bearded guy, had 20 people hijack planes and fly them into buildings?) undone. He fucked up royally. However, an impeachment trial would be another fools errand, making us look WORSE in the eyes of the world (yes, it is possible).
So lets say we get George, and Cheney too. Do you really want Pelosi as President? I certainly don't.

Use the power the Dems to effect change by statute. Higher minimum wage. Better tax cuts for the poor. Higher taxes for the rich (and I mean RICH, not upper middle class). Cut the pork, increase healthcare funding. Look at the FCC, SEC, IRS and the rest of the alphabet. Improve US Security (sorry, I hate using "Homeland", little too German for me) by giving money to actual potential targets like NY, CHI, LA, not to cities in the middle of fucking North Dakota with 100 people living in them, where a terrorist would stand out like a sore thumb, hence, they would never go there.

Wasting time on impeachment would bring everything else to a standstill.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Do you really want Pelosi as President?

Instead of what we've got right now?

Absolutely!

This isn't a game. This guy and his henchmen are menaces. Criminals. We need to get rid of the them for everyone's good.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

I'd gladly take Nancy and her SF values over Dubya and his so-called family values.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Dubya and his so-called family values.

The BUSH family values: cronyism, incompetence, dishonesty, shirking of responsibility, and outright theft.

Am I missing something?

12:58 PM  
Blogger Otto Man said...

The BUSH family values: cronyism, incompetence, dishonesty, shirking of responsibility, and outright theft.

Am I missing something?


Yep. Solicitation of prostitution, if we believe the divorce proceedings of Neil and Sharon Bush.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous waitingforthealiens said...

What the fuck and Happy New Year.

Hope I didn’t miss anything really nasty last week. I went to visit my mother in L.A. (lower Alabama.) We birded every morning—robin, tit mouse, chickadee, cardinal, yellow rump warbler, pine warbler, gold finch, house finch, Carolina wren, eastern phoebe, yellow-bellied sapsucker, red-bellied woodpecker, pileated woodpecker, northern flicker, downy woodpecker, white-throated sparrow, chipping sparrow, great blue heron, cattle egret, red-shoulder hawk, gold crowned kinglet, eastern towhee, mocking bird, blue bird, blue jay, American crow and turkey vulture. We picked up the litter from the roadside for ¼ mile in each direction (folks are drinking and driving as much as ever.) And one of us played golf on the fabulous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail a couple of times—although the quality of the second round almost necessitated putting him on suicide watch.

Does Dubya deserve impeachment? In my opinion he and most of the people doing his thinking deserve indictment. (Did anyone else hear Nina Totenberg’s report on the handling of the so-called enemy combatant, Jose Padilla? Our spooks and lawyers are some pretty pathetic fucks.) Do we have bigger fish to fry in trying to stabilize the current-event trajectory after six years of foreign policy directed by a bunch of drunken Delta Chi’s? Absolutely. The Middle East is truly uck-fayed-up-yea—worse that I have every seen. Everything this administration has done has made Hezbollah, Hammas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Iranian clerics and Osama Bin Laden stronger.

At this point partition is about as much as you could hope for in Iraq. The Saudis are not going to share an 800 mile border with an Iranian client state. And partition would probably result in some very bloody ethnic cleansing and a flood of refugees into Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Did I remember to say Happy New Year?

2:24 PM  
Blogger Toast said...

Am I the only person who found it preposterous that a man who is so famously uninterested in reading newspapers would write an op-ed?

2:26 PM  
Blogger DED said...

Well, Spiro Agnew was forced to resign before he could be impeached. Nixon then appointed Ford as VP. You know the rest. So, Dems should go after Cheney first, and hope that he nominates someone passable as VP to take over after W is impeached.

I'm no Pelosi fan (I don't dislike her either), but she'd be a massive improvement over Bush-Cheney.

If only that pretzel had succeeded in its mission... The world would be so much better off.

I wonder why no one's tried to assasinate W. Did crank jobs give up on the presidential zero factor after Reagan survived Hinckley?

2:35 PM  
Blogger Toast said...

We can hope for it, but there is little in the way of hard proof that he knowingly lied. Did the CIA give bad info on WMD's?

You're falling prey to the famous "There's Only One Thing We Can Impeach Bush For" fallacy.

His NSA wiretapping program was a clear violation of the law. Open and shut case for impeachment.

Authorizing torture? Hey, let's look into that, shall we, Dems?

Gitmo? "Special renditions"? Come on. We're just getting started.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

Toast - my point is that the hearings would bring the country to an utter standstill. Nothing would get done. If we think the partisanship is bad now, you ain't seen nothin yet. This country would be torn apart.

Let's use the Congress to make sure nothing from the past 6 years is repeated, and to try to fix things that need to be fixed.

I was a wee lad when Ford pardoned Nixon, but from what I've read in the past (and of course, over the past week) he did it to save the country from being torn apart. Now, I'm not saying Bush needs to be pardoned, what I'm saying is that an impeachment would tear the country apart.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

Yes, by pardoning Nixon and sweeping the whole thing under the rug, we did avoid a politcal revolution. Out of that we got Cheney and Rumsfield. Numerous political traitors remained in power and continued to undermine our Democracy.

To argue against impeachment is in effect to argue that we welcome Presidents to commit long series of crimes against the United States and the US Constitution.

We have multiple reasons to impeach and many reasons to indict and try him as a traitor. Previous generations would've had him swining by a rope already. But our generation doesn't have enough respect for the US Consititution and the Principles of Democracy.

He's done enough to warrant hanging, for crimes he's committed against American Citizens. There are plenty more that he's committed that are War Crimes.

Would the world had been better off if Nuremburg (as problematic as it was), had never occurred and everyone pardoned?

Bush did lie about WMDs and he knew he was. We have his own flip flopping statements as evidence. We have congressional testimony given by Rice and Cheney to prove they flip flopped. We have documents that prove that Dick Cheney ordered the CIA to fabricate reports that supported his decision to invade Iraq.

If we don't take down Bush and Cheney, we have no hope of taking out their enablers in the Washington, K Street, and the Defense Industry that support and nurture these criminal acts.

This is a repeat of events that we keep seeing over and over. We don't fix them, we engage in healing, sweeping everything under the rug. then we do it again in some other country or with some other excuse. Bush has recognized that the American People will let him engage in any crimes he sees fit. And he's right in believing that there is no crime he can't justify.

There is nothing to stop him from committing more crimes and acts of treason over the next two years.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

I do get a bit emotional about this. I have a wonderful nephew that may well become a Bush Sacrifice.

If he dies to keep Halliburton in Iraq, in the interest of healing, I will not understand.

When Bush gets us in so deep that we have to bring back the draft, will you be willing to toss dirt on the coffins of loved ones, in the interest of healing?

Which of your loved ones would you sacrifice to help Bush to keep expanding his War Presidency in the interest of healing?

4:14 PM  
Anonymous waitingforthealiens said...

Toast,
Good point. Someone would have had to explain what an op-ed piece is. the Journal probably just had an intern write it.

Ed is right. Impeachment will serve no other good than revenge. I think the election made clear that if the next two years are like the last two, another 1/3 of the senate seats will go to the the Democrats (or at least will be lost by the Republicans.)

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Om - Asian sex romps! And I wasn't invited? Those Bush bastards. Add another label: selfish.

WFTA - Are any avian creatures still alive in LA?

Toast - Am I the only person who found it preposterous that a man who is so famously uninterested in reading newspapers would write an op-ed?

I could've sworn I mentioned that inmy post. But clearly I did not. Must've been in a comment somewhere.

Anyhow, as if we needed further evidence of his dishonesty, here's more.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Does Dubya deserve impeachment?

Both Ed/WFTA's view and Toast/Weaseldog's view make sense. If you value an active federal government, then impeachment hearings and a (failed, by mathematical certainty) conviction effort will derail any chances of action.

If, on the other hand, if you value moral lessons, demonstrations to this & future adminstrations, that The Shit Won't Wash, then you have to go ahead and impeach.

As I implied in the post, and as DED mentioned, going after Cheney -- I mean REALLY going after him -- finds a middle road between pragmatism/politics and integrity.

I can't help but think the rank-and-file senator might vote for conviction of a VP, knowing it might be the last step. And . . . it serves as a shot across the bow to the man who sits one seat above him that he could be next.

Yet, no "Constititional Crisis" comes into play, no "European Parlimentary" issues arise.

Just food for thought.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous waitingforthealiens said...

Mike,

We just look at and listen to the birds. We don't shoot them.

I did hope to shoot a squirrel that was stealing pecans from a bucket on the porch, but rural squirrels as I should have remembered, are considerably more wary than their city cousins.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

WFTA - Oh, good. I thought you'd pulled a Cheney and shot every living thing that came near you.

Like the squirrels that dig up out garden, I'm a city fella. I thought "birding" meant shooting the poor critters.

10:36 AM  

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