Monday, April 08, 2013

Halliburton Spinoff KBR Made $39.5 Billion from the Iraq War

Cheney and Rumsfeld, Image via NPR 
When Dick Cheney and his henchman moved into the White House in 2001, they ignored warnings of Bin Laden determined to attack inside the US. They told terrorist experts to shut up. Cheney was supposed to have meetings on the subject, but didn't. John Ashcroft told agents investigating the possible attacks to get out of his office and not come back with such stuff.

Instead, almost from day one, they were focused on Iraq. The PNAC had famously said they would need a "Pearl Harbor" type event to intervene and rebuild the Middle East into a Freshwater "Free" Market Utopia. And just hours after they got their "event," Donald Rumsfeld was ordering his aides to come up with a plan to attack Iraq.
"Go massive," the notes quote him as saying. "Sweep it all up. Things related and not."
The twin towers were steaming piles of rubble and body parts. The Pentagon was still smoldering. Rumsfeld knew of intel pointing to Al Qaeda. And what did he do? He ordered plans for an attack on Iraq.

I've spent far too many hours of my life thinking about the reasons that Rummy and Cheney were so obsessed with Iraq. They had grudges. They truly believed their own BS. They wanted to finish what they thought was unfinished business. But after years of contemplating, and thinking that all these reasons played a part, one old standard for political reasoning still stands out: follow the money.

Dick Cheney's Halliburton spinoff, KBR received more money from the Iraq war than any other contractor.
The company was given $39.5 billion in Iraq-related contracts over the past decade, with many of the deals given without any bidding from competing firms, such as a $568-million contract renewal in 2010 to provide housing, meals, water and bathroom services to soldiers, a deal that led to a Justice Department lawsuit over alleged kickbacks, as reported by Bloomberg.
 That $39.5 billion to KBR was almost triple what the number two and three highest paid Iraq War contractors got. KBR received over 28% of the $138 billion in taxpayer funds spent on the war. And corruption and profit sucked as much as 60% right into the pockets of the war profiteers.
According to the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the level of corruption by defense contractors may be as high as $60 billion.
Cheney calls Iraq War a success. Image via Crooks and Liars.
Cheney's stock options and deferred salary from Halliburton amounted to direct payments to the warmonger for moving from private business into a government position from which he could send no-bid contracts to the his former company. This gigantic payoff for starting the war might be one of the biggest cons ever conducted on the American taxpayer.

Despite his obvious corruption, disregard for truth, law, and basic human dignity, people still listen to what he says--his opinion is still treated as worthy of attention by a frighteningly large segment of the American public, many of whom also profited from the war.

Taken together, the Iraq war and the housing crash are ample proof that the neo-con and supply side hucksters have figured out that the key to getting away with the largest crimes in human history is to go massive.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Iraq Boondoggle, Ten Years After


Photo by Faleh Kheiber/Reuters
Ten years is a long time, but apparently not long enough for some wingnuts to apologize for the largest foreign policy disaster in the history of America. Dick Cheney is still out there pushing the same bullshit that got us into his massive quagmire. GW Bush occasionally pops his head up to remind us that he still thinks so highly of himself that he paints himself wash himself, maybe some psychological attempt to get the blood of millions off his hands. Other assorted neo-con adventurers managed to sign on with Willard Romney's failed bid to become President and lie us into another multi-trillion dollar war.

So, if you haven't apologized for supporting that war, and calling people who opposed it, like me, a traitor, then here's your chance for a little soul searching. Since most of you warmongers also happen to be deficit hawks, except for Dick Cheney who famously said deficits don't matter, maybe you'll take a look at the new report from Costs of War.
Total US federal spending associated with the Iraq war has been $1.7 trillion through FY2013. In addition, future health and disability payments for veterans will total $590 billion and interest accrued to pay for the war will add up to $3.9 trillion.
Add it up, warmongers, if your math skills will let you. That's a total of $6.2 Trillion for the boondoggle you helped lie us into. And you assholes have the balls to bitch that Obama, who has lowered the deficit every year since he got in office, and almost halved it now, is a profligate spender? Wow. Just wow.

See, at this point, if you still want to defend the Iraq War, then I have two things I can think of to say to you. One, please, keep talking, wingnuts. And two? Fuck you. Just fuck you and the Supreme Court you and the traitors Bush and Cheney rode in on.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

On Accordingly Conducting A Presidency, or George Bush on How His Giant Crap Sandwich Doesn't Stink

George W. Bush gave a speech in Wichita, in which he said that he "conducted [his] Presidency accordingly."

Indeed.


Congress agreed to attack Iraq because they were lied to by Bush and Dick "deficits don't matter" Cheney. The UN voted on that resolution to use force because they were lied to by Colon Powell, who at least had the good sense to apologize.

Anyone willing to defend the Iraq war (which will cost us trillions once we've paid for all the wounded soldier's health care) at this point is an ass. George W. Bush will die believing his own bullshit.

Of course, the Iraq war is just a symptom of the Imperial Bush Presidency and it's massive expansion of unitary executive power, which, of course, no president wants to give up once it's been grabbed. So blaming Obama for using tools that Bush left behind completely ignores the fact that it was Bush who expanded the powers. Or, more realistically, Cheney.

Also, as an Obama voter who will vote strategically for him again, if only to stop people like Bush and Cheney from doing more damage, I'm most upset by the fact that there have been no prosecutions of the Bush Cabal for their admitted ordering of torture in violation of US and International law.

Bush and Cheney had a unique way of ignoring anything awful that might happen, especially if there was some way for their side (the plutocrats) to profit from it. They ignored warnings about Bin Laden before 9-11, and their friends and donors got rich building up the Industrial Military/Intelligence/Security Complex that, of course, can't be cut  by a Democrat lest they look weak on defense. So, talk about your extortion.

They ignored the housing bubble (after complaining bitterly about the busted tech bubble Clinton left them with), and in fact fed it steroids by staffing regulatory and enforcement agencies with vampires in charge of the blood banks, and then they bailed all their buddies out with TARP and huge, practically no-interest loans from the Fed.

Bush ignored Katrina. He ignored the environment. He ignored or exacerbated problems in the economy, education, the environment, infrastructure, and just about everything else.

In short, Bush was a disaster. Which, of course works great for the disaster capitalist class that cleans up by taking something that works perfectly well, screwing it up, and selling off the pieces, then tapping pension funds to finance their own golden parachutes. The fact that Bush can speak anywhere without occupy protesters showing up just proves how Republicans taking a big crap on the National Mall and then blaming Obama for it has played out just fine in Wichita.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Bush was a Bigger Spender and Borrower than Obama

Republicans hate facts. That's why they ignore things like this.

Federal spending ('outlays' in budget jargon) is expected to equal 24.1 percent of the nation's gross domestic product in the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. The figure was 25 percent in fiscal year 2009, highest since 1945.
The U.S. is borrowing about 36 cents of every dollar spent so far this year. It borrowed 37 cents on the dollar last year, and 40 cents in fiscal 2009.

Fiscal 2009, in case you're factually challenged, was George W. Bush's budget.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

George W. Bush Has a Rich History of Symbolic Gestures

I can't think of a better metaphor (for their unwavering feeling of self-satisfaction despite 8 years of disaster capitalism that Cheney, Inc., unleashed on America) than George W Bush, along with thousands of his fellow Texans, setting the world record for most people wearing sunglasses at night.

Every senior member of the warmongering, economy wrecking, environment poisoning "administration" that ran amok after Cheney's coronation--by the five crooked conservative justices of the Supreme Court--should be arrested and sitting in the Hague for war crimes. That their deranged, vicious mascot can sit in the dark and surround himself with more dark is testament to his will to spend every last day of his life not feeling guilty for this shit.

Anyone who has not yet apologized for their support of George W. Bush should be ashamed of themselves.  I'm sure you'll trip over something (WMD?) in that self-imposed darkness soon enough.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Reasoning in Public

Ret'd. CIA Official Alleges Bush White House Used Agency to "Get" Cole:

"After the Valerie Plame affair, it seemed clear that there was nothing those people wouldn’t stoop to. You wonder how many critics were effectively “destroyed.” It is sad that a politics of personal destruction was the response by the Bush White House to an attempt of a citizen to reason in public about a matter of great public interest."

Reasoning in public is the one thing the Republicans are most scared of.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Monday, May 09, 2011

9-11 Happened Because George W Bush Let It

Daily Kos: A tale of two presidents: Bush, Obama and Osama bin Laden

I'm going to copy and paste a huge chunk of that post from Daily Kos. Any Republican who ever says Bush and Cheney were tough on terror should be held down and forced to listen to these points, although being forced to listen to the truth about their hero president might constitute torture, which I am against. The bottom line: Bush could have prevented 9-11, but didn't. The Bush administration's laziness and incompetence allowed the attack to happen.

  • Just a month before the 9/11 attacks, while on a month long vacation, Bush was personally handed a presidential daily briefing entitled:
    Bin Laden determined to strike in US.

    With characteristic intelligence and class, Bush responded with the words:

    All right. You've covered your ass, now.

    And went fishing.

  • But Bush wasn't the only member of his administration to blow off warnings, and ignore the threat of terrorism. Indeed, his Attorney General, John Ashcroft, revealed his own lack of concern just a day before the attacks:
    In his final budget request for the fiscal year 2003 submitted on Sept. 10 to the budget director, Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., the attorney general called for spending increases in 68 programs, none of which directly involved counterterrorism. Upgrading the F.B.I.'s computer system, one of the areas in which he sought an increase, is relevant to combating terrorism, though Mr. Ashcroft did not defend it on that ground.

    But in his Sept. 10 submission to the budget office, Mr. Ashcroft did not endorse F.B.I. requests for $58 million for 149 new counterterrorism field agents, 200 intelligence analysts and 54 additional translators.

    Mr. Ashcroft proposed cuts in 14 programs. One proposed $65 million cut was for a program that gives state and local counterterrorism grants for equipment, including radios and decontamination suits and training to localities for counterterrorism preparedness.

  • And Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reacted similarly, less than a week before that:
    When Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who was then chairman of the Armed Services Committee, sought to transfer money to counterterrorism from the missile defense program, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld sent a letter on Sept. 6, 2001, saying he would urge Mr. Bush to veto the measure. Mr. Levin nonetheless pushed the measure through the next day on a party-line vote.
  • And former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke had this to say about National Security AdviserCondoleezza Rice:
    ...I believe it was, George Tenet called me and said, "I don't think we're getting the message through. These people aren't acting the way the Clinton people did under similar circumstances." And I suggested to Tenet that he come down and personally brief Condi Rice, that he bring his terrorism team with him. And we sat in the national security adviser's office. And I've used the phrase in the book to describe George Tenet's warnings as "He had his hair on fire." He was about as excited as I'd ever seen him. And he said, "Something is going to happen."

    Now, when he said that in December 1999 to the national security adviser, at the time Sandy Berger, Sandy Berger then held daily meetings throughout December 1999 in the White House Situation Room, with the FBI director, the attorney general, the head of the CIA, the head of the Defense Department, and they shook out of their bureaucracies every last piece of information to prevent the attacks. And we did prevent the attacks in December 1999. Dr. Rice chose not to do that.

  • Indeed:
    We know, for example, that then National Security Adviser Rice was warned repeatedly in 2001 about an imminent al-Qaeda attack against the U.S., but, along with Cheney and Rumsfeld, she simply didn't believe that a cave dweller like Osama bin Laden could be that much of a threat. She was warned by the outgoing Clintonite Sandy Berger, in January 2001. She was warned by the White House counterterrorism scold Richard Clarke. And now, with Bob Woodward's new book, State of Denial, and subsequent Washington Post reports, we've been reminded that cia Director George Tenet warned Rice on July 10, 2001, that "the system was blinking red," meaning that there could be "multiple, simultaneous" al-Qaeda attacks on U.S. interests in the coming weeks or months.
  • The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and even Bush himself later made it clear:
    The former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Hugh Shelton, said the Bush administration pushed terrorism "farther to the back burner". And in a sympathetic portrait of the young administration, Bush at War, the president himself told the author, Bob Woodward, that he "didn't feel that sense of urgency" about going after Osama bin Laden.
  • It was clear just a month into the Bush Presidency:
    But when it comes to fighting terrorism, administration officials say the United States has no new initiatives to offer. Top antiterrorism officials in the U.S. government tell NEWSWEEK that Bush and his lieutenants have yet to put forth a counterterrorism plan. So far at least, the Bush team has kept on Clinton's counterterrorism czar, Richard Clarke.
  • There had been explicit warnings even during the transition:
    One such meeting took place in the White House situation room during the first week of January 2001. The session was part of a program designed by Bill Clinton's National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger, who wanted the transition between the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations to run as smoothly as possible. With some bitterness, Berger remembered how little he and his colleagues had been helped by the first Bush Administration in 1992-93. Eager to avoid a repeat of that experience, he had set up a series of 10 briefings by his team for his successor, Condoleezza Rice, and her deputy, Stephen Hadley.

    Berger attended only one of the briefings—the session that dealt with the threat posed to the U.S. by international terrorism, and especially by al-Qaeda. "I'm coming to this briefing," he says he told Rice, "to underscore how important I think this subject is." Later, alone in his office with Rice, Berger says he told her, "I believe that the Bush Administration will spend more time on terrorism generally, and on al-Qaeda specifically, than any other subject."

  • But the Bush team was so obliviously sanguine that:
    Though Predator drones spotted Osama bin Laden as many as three times in late 2000, the Bush administration did not fly the unmanned planes over Afghanistan during its first eight months and was still refining a plan to use one armed with missiles to kill the al-Qaida leader when Sept. 11 unfolded, current and former U.S. officials say.
  • And as for Cheney himself:
    Bush administration officials told former Sens. Gary Hart, D-Colo., and Warren Rudman, R-N.H., that they preferred instead to put aside the recommendations issued in the January report by the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century. Instead, the White House announced in May that it would have Vice President Dick Cheney study the potential problem of domestic terrorism -- which the bipartisan group had already spent two and a half years studying -- while assigning responsibility for dealing with the issue to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, headed by former Bush campaign manager Joe Allbaugh.

    The Hart-Rudman Commission had specifically recommended that the issue of terrorism was such a threat it needed far more than FEMA's attention.

    Before the White House decided to go in its own direction, Congress seemed to be taking the commission's suggestions seriously, according to Hart and Rudman. "Frankly, the White House shut it down," Hart says. "The president said 'Please wait, we're going to turn this over to the vice president. We believe FEMA is competent to coordinate this effort.' And so Congress moved on to other things, like tax cuts and the issue of the day."

    "We predicted it," Hart says of Tuesday's horrific events. "We said Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers -- that's a quote (from the commission's Phase One Report) from the fall of 1999."

    Let's highlight that:

    Instead, the White House announced in May that it would have Vice President Dick Cheney study the potential problem of domestic terrorism -- which the bipartisan group had already spent two and a half years studying -- while assigning responsibility for dealing with the issue to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, headed by former Bush campaign manager Joe Allbaugh.

    The Hart-Rudman Commission had specifically recommended that the issue of terrorism was such a threat it needed far more than FEMA's attention.

    Not only did the entire Bush Administration ignore multiple screaming warnings, but Cheney himself was tasked with studying the risk of domestic terrorism! And even though Bush himself said he'd periodically review the issue:

    Neither Cheney's review nor Bush's took place.
  • Bush and Cheney. Both. Both given specific warnings. Both claiming they would study the risks. Neither doing so. Their entire administration failing in every possible way, despite numerous specific and personal warnings. Despite numerous specific and personal warnings that kept coming, right up until the days before the September 11 attacks. And after the attacks we had this:

    The Bush administration has concluded that Osama bin Laden was present during the battle for Tora Bora late last year and that failure to commit U.S. ground troops to hunt him was its gravest error in the war against al Qaeda, according to civilian and military officials with first-hand knowledge.
  • And as Meteor Blades pointed out, last week, just half a year later, we had Bush saying this:
    And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.

  • Saturday, May 07, 2011

    Playing the Asshole Card

    Andrew Card is, of course, a Republican. Which means he's an asshole and a hypocrite. To suggest that Obama has "pounded his chest a little too much" when, in fact, Obama has been cool as a cucumber through this whole thing, is just preposterous. Strapping on a cod piece and a flight suit, landing on an aircraft carrier, and strutting around in front of a "mission accomplished" banner is what I would call chest thumping extraordinaire.

    Going to ground zero to lay a wreath (note the lack of bullhorn or even a speech), meeting with first responders, and going to thank the troops that did the mission: all restrained and fitting things for a commander in chief to do. Not chest pounding.

    Claiming that you're going to get bin Laden "dead or alive" and then giving up on him to the point of shutting down the CIA unit that was chasing him, well, that's the kind of strutting hypocrisy that only George W. Bush and his sycophants could manage.

    in reference to:

    "SPIEGEL: But now President Obama is the big winner… Card: I think he has pounded his chest a little too much. He can take pride in it, but he does not need to show it so much."
    - Interview with Former Bush Adviser Andrew Card: 'Obama Has Pounded His Chest a Little Too Much' - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International (view on Google Sidewiki)

    Deflating the Manichean Paranoia Egos

    This right wing egotistical tough-guy fetish applies to more than just torture. From unilateral invasions to massive tax cuts for the rich, the Bushies were all about being the tough guys who could do what needed to be done, while liberals were cowering wimps who just wanted to let gay people marry.

    This all fits into the whole Manichean Paranoia that afflicts the right. Their John Wayne mentality infects their every thought process, and leads to some really awful results, which they then, of course, deny had anything to do with them.

    You're either with us, or against us, and laws and facts don't matter. In fact, laws and facts are for sissies.

    Nobody lays out the truth of this right wing mentality better than Steven Colbert. Without him I would have lost the ability to pay attention to their giant, destructive egos years ago.

    And nobody proves that pragmatism and nuance is the better methodology for a country than Obama. He proves that the world is not just black or white in a way that deflates their egos and, frankly, that makes them crazy with Obama Derangement Syndrome.

    in reference to:

    "From day one of the War on Terror (TM), it was clear that the Bush people reveled in the notion that they were tough guys, willing to Do What Needs to be Done. They were all wannabe Kiefer Sutherlands. Far from showing qualms about suspending the rule of law and using torture to extract information, they obviously enjoyed the idea that they were willing to go all the way, unlike those wimpy liberals."
    - Shadow of the Torturers - NYTimes.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

    Wednesday, May 04, 2011

    The Bush Administration Let bin Laden Get Away on Purpose

    Now here's a great article full of facts that, of course, won't matter to Republicans. Not only did senior level Bush Administration officials like Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Cheney ignore warnings that could have prevented 9-11, they actually allowed bin Laden to get out of Afghanistan. They had no plan for cutting off his escape routes, Bush himself turned down offers from the Taliban for having bin Laden turned over to us, and the Bushies just let bin Laden walk away from Tora Bora.

    Why? Because from the moment Bush was appointed by the Supreme Court, all the Bushies cared about was attacking Iraq.

    Facts didn't matter to the Bushies then, and they still don't now. And to hear all these Republicans today claiming that Bush deserves credit for bin Laden's killing is sickening. The exact opposite is true. Bush deserves the blame for not stopping 9-11 in the first place, and for letting bin Laden get away afterwards. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

    Facts matter.

    in reference to:

    "Rumsfeld and the second-ranking official at the Pentagon, Paul Wolfowitz, had dismissed CIA warnings of an al Qaeda terrorist attack against the United States in the summer of 2001, and even after 9/11 had continued to question the CIA's conclusion that bin Laden and al Qaeda were behind the attacks. Cheney and Rumsfeld were determined not to allow a focus on bin Laden to interfere with their plan for a U.S. invasion of Iraq to overthrow the Saddam Hussein regime."
    - U.S. Refusal of 2001 Taliban Offer Gave bin Laden a Free Pass - IPS ipsnews.net (view on Google Sidewiki)

    Monday, May 02, 2011

    GWB on UBL: "I am truly not that concerned about him."—3/13/02

    George Bush let UBL get away at Tora Bora. He failed to find him for the rest of his Presidency. John McCain said he would not unilaterally attack in Pakistan. Obama said he would. Credit here goes to Obama, and Republican liars can suck on that.

    The Washington Times is a bullshit organization that lies for Republicans. They are, of course, going to try to credit George Bush for getting Usama Bin Laden. The facts, which Republicans don't care about, are that GW Bush blew the chance to get Usama, and then just blew it off for the rest of his presidency. Here are some quotes from Bush himself on the matter:

    "The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." — 9/13/01

    "I want justice...There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,'" —9/17/01

    "...Secondly, he is not escaping us. This is a guy, who, three months ago, was in control of a county [sic]. Now he's maybe in control of a cave. He's on the run. Listen, a while ago I said to the American people, our objective is more than bin Laden. But one of the things for certain is we're going to get him running and keep him running, and bring him to justice. And that's what's happening. He's on the run, if he's running at all. So we don't know whether he's in cave with the door shut, or a cave with the door open -- we just don't know...."—Crawford TX, 12/28/01

    "I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority."—3/13/02

    "I am truly not that concerned about him."—3/13/02

    "I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him."—3/13/02

    "Uhh—Gosh, I —don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those, uhh, exaggerations." — Tempe, AZ, 10/13/2004

    So, yeah. George W. Bush did not make "getting Bin Laden a top priority." The Washington Times, as usual, is full of shit.

    in reference to:

    "Former President George W. Bush, who made getting bin Laden a top priority of his U.S.-led war on terrorism said in a statement: “The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”"
    - Getting bin Laden was top U.S. goal since 9/11 - Washington Times (view on Google Sidewiki)

    Sunday, May 01, 2011

    Mostly Bush's Debt

    Furthermore, Obama's share of the debt wouldn't exist if Bush hadn't ruined the economy.

    in reference to:

    "All told, Obama-era choices account for about $1.7 trillion in new debt, according to a separate Washington Post analysis of CBO data over the past decade. Bush-era policies, meanwhile, account for more than $7 trillion and are a major contributor to the trillion-dollar annual budget deficits that are dominating the political debate."
    - Running in the red: How the U.S., on the road to surplus, detoured to massive debt - The Washington Post (view on Google Sidewiki)

    Thursday, April 21, 2011

    Karl Rove is a Traitor and a Hypocrite

    He outed an undercover CIA officer and never had to pay a price for that crime. But these days, Karl is busy spreading his bullshit in another area where he is a blatant hypocrite: government debt.

    In his article today in Murdoch's WSJ, Rove advocates encumbering a debt ceiling increase with "tough spending and deficit caps." Of course, when his hero GW Bush, who blew the surplus and created most of the debt we have today, needed to have the debt ceiling increased, there were no such encumberences. In fact, the GOP voted to raise the debt ceiling 19 times under Bush.

    Why didn't they encumber those debt ceiling raises with spending and deficit caps? Because Karl Rove is a hypocrite. And a traitor.

    in reference to:

    "For this fight, President Barack Obama's strategy is three-fold. First, warn of catastrophic consequences if the debt ceiling isn't raised by early July when the Treasury Department runs out of fiscal tricks to keep from breaching the limit. Second, demand a "clean" debt ceiling increase, unencumbered by the tough spending and deficit caps that some congressional Republicans want to strap on the measure. Finally, blame the GOP for holding our economy hostage as often as possible."
    - Karl Rove: How Republicans Can Win the Debt Limit Fight - WSJ.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Bush discusses economy at Dallas conference - BusinessWeek

    The real reason for the deficit: George BushBush discusses economy at Dallas conference - BusinessWeek: "The George W. Bush Institute has cited reaching 4 percent as one of its top goals. The U.S. economy has grown an average of about 3.5 percent a year since the 1950s."

    US average GDP during Bush's presidency was 2.5%. Now he's talking about how the magic of tax cuts for the rich can get us to 4% growth! He left the economy in shambles. Job creation under Bush was dismal. The deficit exploded.

    The U.S. national debt grew significantly from 2001 to 2008, both in dollars terms and relative to the size of the economy (GDP),[1] due to a combination of tax cuts and wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Anyone who would attend a conference to listen to GW Bush talk about the economy is an idiot. Tax cuts! Magic Ponies! Bust unions! Trickle down!

    The only thing that trickles down from these Galtian overlords is the piss they're spraying on the poor and middle class. Take that, you dirty fucking hippies!


    Tuesday, February 08, 2011

    No Apologies

    Mass murderers are rarely remorseful.

    in reference to:

    "Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld continued his reappearance to the media world for his new book Known or Unknown: A Memoir. And he continued to defend his decisions on Iraq with little to no regrets."
    - Rumsfeld: Still No Apologies For Iraq | TPMDC (view on Google Sidewiki)

    Sunday, February 06, 2011

    What's the penalty for an American who openly admits to torture?

    Travel restrictions.

    in reference to:

    "Former President George W. Bush has canceled a visit to Switzerland, where he was to address a Jewish charity gala, due to the risk of legal action against him for alleged torture, rights groups said on Saturday."
    - Bush's Swiss visit off after complaints on torture | Reuters (view on Google Sidewiki)

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    Lift rug, sweep under

    Via:

    A 118-page report issued Monday by the little-known Office of Special Counsel cites numerous violations of the Hatch Act by the Bush-era White House Office of Political Affairs. The report concludes that federal taxpayers footed the bill for improper activities that were intended to advance Republican political candidates.

    Friday, January 21, 2011

    A Big Negative for the Supreme Court

    As far as negatives for the Supreme Court go, it's hard to beat the appointment of George W. Bush as President. Allowing unlimited money into political races (Citizens United) comes in a close second. Compared to these, having the Court's right wing not attend the SOU Address is barely a blip on the wingnut radar.

    Maybe Scalia will go hunting with Dick Cheney instead... And Alito can stay home and mouth off to the television.

    in reference to:

    "“If things devolve to where it looks like an implicit indication of support or non-support for whoever the current president may be, that’s a big negative for the court.”"
    - Roberts Decision on Attending Obama `Pep Rally' to Send Message - Bloomberg (view on Google Sidewiki)

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    A choice about how to live...

    I'm sure the families of the thousands of people who died because Dick Cheney wanted to attack Iraq would love to have the choices about extending life that Dick Cheney has.

    Just the thought that he could someday take a heart ahead of someone who truly deserves it sickens me.

    in reference to:

    "So I'll have to make a decision at some point whether or not I want to go for a transplant."
    - Cheney may some day need heart transplant - The Oval: Tracking the Obama presidency (view on Google Sidewiki)