Posts Tagged George W. Bush
Rocky will accept the nomination of the Justice Party for U.S. President at the Olpin Theater on the U of U campus today at 1:00pm. (Google Map)
Come see the Justice Party born here in your own back yard. Someday you’ll be able to say you were there.
If you can’t make it (on such short notice), please show some love with small donation.
Olpin Theatre (Google Map)
Oplin Union Building
200 South Central Campus Drive
SLC, Utah 84112
Fox disgusts me. Obama should have walked out. His adept handling of Baier reflected a lifetime of experience dealing with White folks who can’t muster an ounce of respect for a Black man of superior intelligence and authority.
Fox News’ Bret Baier interrupted President Obama so many times during Wednesday’s interview that Newsweek described the encounter as a “interrupt-a-thon.” – Huffington Post
I remember eight long years of listening to Hannity, O’Reilly et. al. tell us how unpatriotic is to show disrespect for the President of the United States.
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Even as Republicans blather on about the evils of a so-called “government takeover of health care,” economic news has provided two new key illustrations that the intellectual foundation of right-wing economic orthodoxy has collapsed.
First, the most recent economic numbers on changes in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment made it increasingly clear that — as The New York Times reported last Saturday — the Obama economic stimulus and the massive government intervention in the financial markets
It turns out that George Bush, determined to the end to do as much damage as possible before leaving office, created a giant loophole for executive compensation for companies receiving bailout funds.
From the Washington Post:
Congress wanted to guarantee that the $700 billion financial bailout would limit the eye-popping pay of Wall Street executives, so lawmakers included a mechanism for reviewing executive compensation and penalizing firms that break the rules.
But at the last minute, the Bush administration insisted on a one-sentence change to the provision, congressional aides said. The change stipulated that the penalty would apply only to firms that received bailout funds by selling troubled assets to the government in an auction, which was the way the Treasury Department had said it planned to use the money.
Now, however, the small change looks more like a giant loophole, according to lawmakers and legal experts. In a reversal, the Bush administration has not used auctions for any of the $335 billion committed so far from the rescue package, nor does it plan to use them in the future. Lawmakers and legal experts say the change has effectively repealed the only enforcement mechanism in the law dealing with lavish pay for top executives.
Pretty slick, huh? The American taxpayers get screwed again. Thanks, George.
Of Ten Republicans Who Need to Go Away“, Ben Cohen saved Bush for last.
I want to thank each and every idiot who voted for this asshole as well as all the assholes who don’t vote but supported him for five seconds. You know who you are.
I’ve saved the best for last. The ‘Decider’ will go down as the worst President in the history of the United States, and as Chris Rock put it “Bush is not just the worst ever president of the USA, he’s the worst ever president, period. Of anything.” It’s hard to top the hyperbole commentators have used in describing just how bad Bush really was, because there aren’t really words to do it justice. Bush has presided over monumental fuck up after monumental fuck up, groping his way through the president with the finesse of a 800lb gorilla. I tried to come up with a list of accomplishments he has achieved, and came up with the following:
1. He has increased financial support to Africa to alleviate AIDs and poverty.
Uh, that’s it.
He has presided over two disastrous wars, an increase in poverty at home, an increase in wealth inequality, an increase in the number of people without health care, a crisis in public education, the break down of national infrastructure, the literal drowning of a city, the use of torture as official policy, the biggest financial crisis in 80 years, and the irreversible decline of America’s prestige abroad. Here is something to think about. Every ex President (aside from Ronald Reagan who had alzheimers) has a role to play in public life after office. They give advice, do lecture tours, write books, sit on boards of huge companies and head non-profit organizations. How many people do you think will be itching to receive advice from W? How many companies would have him on their board? Who would buy his autobiography? Who would pay to hear him speak? No one. And that pretty much sums it up.
The great spinners of the Bush administration, Karen Hughes and Karl Rove, are back in the White House with a team working on the Bush Legacy Project to put a positive spin on the last eight years. I.e., rewriting history. Rachel Maddow is keeping them honest (video below).
Bush in an interview blames faulty intelligence for leading us into the war. And Karl Rove says in a speech this week, “Absent the [Weapons of Mass Destruction] I suspect the administration’s course would have been to work to find more creative ways to constrain [Saddam Hussein], I don’t think there would have been an invasion.”
Huh? Is that how you remember it? (Note Karl’s subtle suggestion that there were, in fact, WMDs.)
However, as Rachel points out, the problem with rewriting history is that “history has a way of finding its way onto the Google machine” on the Internets where we can find all kinds of words that have been said in the past.
Rachel then quotes Bush from a Brit Hume Interview in 2005 in which he says that even without WMD, it was the right thing to invade Iraq.
Nice try, Karl. Even sans the Internets, we haven’t forgotten the fear mongering, the visions of mushroom clouds. There’s a reason why this president has the lowest approval rating in history. Haven’t you learned that lying to us doesn’t work?
George you have done enough, don’t do any anything else. Don’t even water a plant. It’s like this country was a brand new BMW, George smashes it into a tree, and then tosses the keys to Barack Obama and says, “Enjoy! It’s all yours.”
Funny. But it brings to mind serious questions; like, who is running the country?
Our current president makes few and brief public statements with a limp, hangdog look about him that inspires pity and lack of confidence. Bush is AWOL in the financial crisis and Hank Paulsen is left to call all the shots. Taxpayers have no way of knowing how smart the decisions are. Billions have already been spent and we just don’t have any idea if it is helping. But Bush ensures us that he will keep president-elect Obama ‘informed’.
The person who is willing to take action and who communicates best with America is not yet in office. Obama’s speech from Chicago today totally overshadowed Bush’s statement and illustrated that our president-elect is ready to tackle the difficult challenges facing his presidency, that he has rolled up his sleeves and gotten right to work, even though he has no real power yet. He has announced a massive financial plan. He is getting his cabinet and staff in place and has instructed them to get to work, too. He’ll hit the ground running upon taking office.
Too bad the guy with a plan has to sit on the sidelines marking time for two more months. Couldn’t we just move up the inauguration? Like my dad used to say, “Let’s get this show on the road!”
This is what you call major violation of the public trust. It is so outrageous, there are no words for it. The Bush administration has managed to achieve one more major disaster before leaving office–give away BILLIONS of taxpayers dollars with NO OVERSIGHT. That’s right. We were told how absolutely necessary this bailout is, and we trusted they would spend our money wisely and carefully. HAH!
And now they want to bail out GM to the tune of more BILLIONS in order to save millions of jobs. And we all want to save those millions of jobs, don’t we? But who can be believed any more? Not George W. Bush. Not anyone in his administration.
In the six weeks since lawmakers approved the Treasury’s massive bailout of financial firms, the government has poured money into the country’s largest banks, recruited smaller banks into the program and repeatedly widened its scope to cover yet other types of businesses, from insurers to consumer lenders.
Along the way, the Bush administration has committed $290 billion of the $700 billion rescue package.
Yet for all this activity, no formal action has been taken to fill the independent oversight posts established by Congress when it approved the bailout to prevent corruption and government waste. Nor has the first monitoring report required by lawmakers been completed, though the initial deadline has passed.
Six weeks! What have they been doing? When the hell are they going to get around to this? Is it not a priority? Shouldn’t they be on it 24/7?! I mean really!
I apologize for the shouting. This just pisses me off!
If you’ve been wondering, as I have, on what authority U.S. forces are conducting military operations in Pakistan and Syria. Well, we should not be surprised, there was a secret order allowing them to do so.
WASHINGTON — The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, according to senior American officials.
These military raids, typically carried out by Special Operations forces, were authorized by a classified order that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed in the spring of 2004 with the approval of President Bush, the officials said. The secret order gave the military new authority to attack the Qaeda terrorist network anywhere in the world, and a more sweeping mandate to conduct operations in countries not at war with the United States. (snip)
Some of the military missions have been conducted in close coordination with the C.I.A., according to senior American officials, who said that in others, like the Special Operations raid in Syria on Oct. 26 of this year, the military commandos acted in support of C.I.A.-directed operations. (snip)
Apart from the 2006 raid into Pakistan, the American officials refused to describe in detail what they said had been nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks, except to say they had been carried out in Syria, Pakistan and other countries. They made clear that there had been no raids into Iran using that authority, but they suggested that American forces had carried out reconnaissance missions in Iran using other classified directives.
According to a senior administration official, the new authority was spelled out in a classified document called “Al Qaeda Network Exord,” or execute order, that streamlined the approval process for the military to act outside officially declared war zones. Where in the past the Pentagon needed to get approval for missions on a case-by-case basis, which could take days when there were only hours to act, the new order specified a way for Pentagon planners to get the green light for a mission far more quickly, the official said. (snip)
The 2004 order was a step in the evolution of how the American government sought to kill or capture Qaeda terrorists around the world. It was issued after the Bush administration had already granted America’s intelligence agencies sweeping power to secretly detain and interrogate terrorism suspects in overseas prisons and to conduct warrantless eavesdropping on telephone and electronic communications.
Shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. Bush issued a classified order authorizing the C.I.A. to kill or capture Qaeda militants around the globe. By 2003, American intelligence agencies and the military had developed a much deeper understanding of Al Qaeda’s extensive global network, and Mr. Rumsfeld pressed hard to unleash the military’s vast firepower against militants outside the combat zones of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 2004 order identifies 15 to 20 countries, including Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and several other Persian Gulf states, where Qaeda militants were believed to be operating or to have sought sanctuary, a senior administration official said. (all emphasis mine).
And if this order has been kept secret for four years, why exactly is this information being released at this particular point in time?