Saturday, November 05, 2011
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
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
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
"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."
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Monday, May 09, 2011
Saturday, May 07, 2011
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.
"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)
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.
"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
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.
"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
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.
"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
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
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.
"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
The U.S. national debt grew significantly from 2001 to 2008, both in dollars terms and relative to the size of the economy (GDP), due to a combination of tax cuts and wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
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
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
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
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.
"“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
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.
"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)
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Lookout, Cheney's hunting again!in reference to:
"Mr. Cheney, as he did at several holiday receptions in Washington, chatted about his new pump. At one cocktail party, he even opened his coat jacket to show it off. While Mr. Cheney is noticeably thinner — his trademark stiff, one-sided grin now shows up on a markedly leaner face — he is returning, associates say, to his old life, including hunting and socializing."
- With New Heart Pump, Cheney Slowly Resumes Old Life - NYTimes.com (view on Google Sidewiki)