BOB ZIMMERMANThe Bush Success Story: A Global Tragedy in the MakingFri Dec 5 17:26:12 2003220.127.116.11The Bush Success Story: A Global Tragedy in the Making“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.”– Thomas Jefferson“Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.”– Benjamin Franklin“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country…corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.” – Abraham Lincoln1. Successfully engaged in implementing an anti- democratic, anti-worker, anti-environment neo-con (neoconservative) agenda. Under the ruse of exporting democracy and freedom, the neo-con agenda includes world domination by military and economic means, replacing democratic rule with dictatorial rule, exploiting labor and the environment to the fullest, exporting American jobs overseas, consolidating the media to reflect a single voice, eliminating unions, driving wage rates and benefits ever lower, and destroying all social programs. – Project for a New American Century at
http://www.newamericancentury.org . 2. Successfully enriches heavily bankrolled special interest groups and giant multinational corporations by handing out lucrative no-bid contracts, creating numerous tax loopholes, and failing to prosecute corporate criminality.3. Successfully wages a continuing war on women by aggressively appointing judges who seek to overturn Roe vs. Wade, and by supporting legislation that would narrow a woman’s right to choose.4. Successfully pursues class warfare on working Americans by promoting the export of their jobs overseas and hindering the rights of workers to form unions and receive overtime pay. Under Bush economic policy well over one million people have been added to the poverty rolls, about three million have lost their jobs, over $2 trillion has been hijacked from Social Security, the fifty states are under increasing pressure to slash vital programs, over one million more people have lost their health insurance (about 45 million in total), and economic growth is the slowest in 50 years.5. Successfully wages a continuing war on the elderly and on future generations of Americans with efforts to destroy Medicare and Social Security, and failed to do anything protect retirees and their pension plans from unscrupulous employers. Bush has conspired with Senator Lindsay Graham to draft legislation that will begin privatizing Social Security in 2005. - Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2003.6. Successfully ignores his promise to fight the spread of global AIDS by failing to provide the necessary funding. Meanwhile, 14 million people will die from AIDS next year.7. Successfully wages a continuing war on the environment by dismantling sections of landmark environmental legislation, including the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts and supporting oil exploration in American wilderness areas.8. Successfully squanders the entire stock of global empathy and goodwill that accrued to America following 9/11 by invading Iraq under false pretenses, in violation of international law, and without the approval of the United Nations.9. Successfully, and without provocation, preemptively invaded Iraq without any exit strategy, a catastrophic planning blunder that is now costing hundreds of American lives, thousands of American casualties, thousands of Iraqi lives, and hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars.10. Successfully handed global terrorists victories by failing to destroy al Qaeda, by launching elective wars that unnecessarily place our troops in harms way and are bankrupting our country, by spreading fear and loathing, and by rescinding our cherished civil rights. Meanwhile, al Qaeda has regrouped; it is deploying more terrorists and launching more terrorist attacks than ever; and it is poised to topple the neo-con installed puppet governments in Iraq and Afghanistan.11. Successfully slashed funds for veterans’ health care and raised the eligibility requirements for active duty soldiers and their families to receive benefits.12. Successfully postures as a deeply religious Christian, yet daily ignores the teachings of Jesus, pursuing war instead of peace.13. Successfully looted the U.S. Treasury of $3 trillion to provide political payoffs to wealthy neo-con special interest groups.14. Successfully labeled his looting of the U.S. Treasury as tax cuts for everyone. Actually, the zero to $200 in tax relief that average Americans did receive was more than offset by increases in their local property and state taxes, tuition hikes, and increased energy costs, all made necessary to offset the costs of Bush treasury looting and military adventurism. Meanwhile, the average millionaire (Bush campaign contributors) received payoffs averaging over $90,000.15. Successfully transfigured the huge federal budget surplus created by Democrats into an endless sea of Republican red ink (deficits), thus saddling us with new debt of $125,000 to $250,000 a person that could easily rise to $500,000 a person by 2015, imperiling present and future generations.16. Successfully cut federal funding for the delivery of vital state and local services to disadvantaged and needy people, deviously labeling the cuts as necessary to reduce the Republican-created deficit.17. 18. Successfully launched his 2004 campaign with a doctored TV ad that portrays him as the nations’ protector against terrorism when, in fact, it was his inept leadership that led the war on terror. With real leadership, 9/11 would have been prevented.19. Successfully told all other nations “you are either with us or against us,” thus reducing the art of American diplomacy to the language and tactics of schoolyard bullies.20. Successfully avoided his military obligations by deserting from the U. S. Air Force, and then used his father’s connections to evade prosecution.21. Successfully took more vacation time than any other president in U.S. history, including most of the summer or 2001, thus overlooking key information about terrorist activity that could have prevented 9/11.22. Successfully attended over 40 political fundraisers in 2003, but did not attend any of the funerals for the hundreds of U.S. soldiers who lost their lives fighting elective wars. Bush intends to raise $200-$300 million in campaign funds to finance the cover-up of his failed presidency. Real presidents run on their records.23. Successfully rammed a prescription drug program through Congress that will destroy Medicare by providing windfall profits to drug companies, HMOs, and insurance companies, and provide only minimal benefits for most seniors.24. Successfully presided over more executions than any governor in America’s history, and more bankruptcies than any other president.25. Successfully avoided prosecution for participating in the removal of thousands of likely Gore voters from Florida’s voter rolls, a crime that enabled him to win Florida and steal the 2000 presidential election 26. Successfully sneaked into Baghdad Airport for a Thanksgiving meal with our troops who were ordered off limits to the press. He spent 2 ½ hours transmitting TV images of this pre-election propaganda stunt and then sneaked back to America without even a glance at the devastations his elective war has wrought on the Iraqi people. The many millions spent on this trip could have been put to far better use on things like curing AIDS, helping the homeless, or bringing the survival equipment of our soldiers up-to-date.27. Successfully rammed the USA Patriot Act (that authorizes domestic spying, warrantless searches and seizures, and long-term detention without being charged with a crime or the right to counsel) through a 9/11-numbed Congress, thus dealing the greatest blow to civil and human rights ever experienced in America.28. Successfully expanded the role of the U.S. military to spy on their fellow Americans, a mission unprecedented in history.29. Successfully avoided commenting when General Tommy Franks, the man appointed by Bush to plan and execute the disastrous U.S. invasion of Iraq, said that any future terrorist attacks on the U.S. would lead to the suspension of our Constitution and to military rule.30. Successfully uses the USA Patriot Act to chill dissent and the right to freely assemble by directing the FBI to investigate individuals and groups who oppose military adventurism, the doctrine of preemption, and elective wars.31. Successfully suppresses the First Amendment right to peaceful protest by forcibly imposing so-called “Free Speech Zones.” Citizens carrying pro-Bush signs are permitted to line the streets and gather in public places. Those who protest Bush militarism are moved to “Free Speech Zones,” often miles away, places designed to hide the protesters and their messages from the public view, TV cameras, and the press. – Billings Gazette, November 29, 200332. Successfully smears as unpatriotic all those who disagree with his new pre-emptive American militarism.33. Successfully ordered American reserve units into action in Iraq without upgrading their equipment to the level of protection afforded regular Army units.34. Successfully installed the wealthiest cabinet in U.S. history; a Chevron oil tanker named after his top national security advisor, Condoleeza Rice.35. Successfully lied to the American people by convincing many that there were no prior warnings that a 9/11-type attack was imminent, when, in fact, many prior warnings from numerous credible sources were intentionally ignored.36. Successfully lied to the American people about his reasons for invading Iraq, falsely claiming that Saddam Hussein posed an imminent threat to America, possessed weapons of mass destruction, and would soon have nuclear weapons.37. Successfully refuses to cooperate with legally constituted commissions that are investigating what really happened on and before 9/11.38. Successfully continued reading to Florida school children for a full ½ hour after being informed by his chief of staff that America had been attacked.39. Successfully avoided responding to the inquiries of the families of the 9/11 victims, calling their unanswered questions unimportant and unnecessary. By and large the mass media, with only rare exceptions, ignores the unanswered questions. 40. Successfully leaked the name of an undercover CIA agent (a felony) to the press, and has refused to cooperate in the continuing criminal investigation of White House personnel to find the leaker. 41. Successfully expanded weapons spending (including vast new funding for the research and development of new nuclear weapons) beyond anything needed for real national security for the sole purpose of enriching family and friends. 42. Successfully ignored the needs of 45 million Americans, mostly women and children, who cannot afford health insurance and presided over more foreclosures than any other president in U.S. history. 43. Successfully staged a chauffeured landing on an aircraft carrier to announce victory in Iraq, thus falsely portraying himself as a hero when in fact no such victory had been achieved. 44. Successfully promised to find Osama bin Laden , Saddam Hussein, and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but failed to deliver on the promises. 45. Successfully and secretly spirited approximately 140 Saudis, including members of the bin Laden family, out of the U.S. one day after 9/11, a day when all commercial aircraft in the U.S. were grounded. 46. Successfully stalled an investigation into whether or not NORAD received orders to stand down on or before 9/11. 47. Successfully drafted a Roadmap for Peace in the Middle East, but has instead pursued policies leading to war, war, and more war. 48. Successfully told hundreds of lies to the American people, more than all other American presidents combined.– For a comprehensive list of these lies see National Organization for Women at www.now.org. www.now.org. 49. Successfully aided and abetted the consolidation of the mass media so that a few billionaires now control what is euphemistically called “America’s free press.” Recently, a Washington Post reporter confessed to being duped into believing that Bush’s invasion of Iraq had anything to do with protecting our national security. 50. Successfully and substantially heightened global instability and insecurity by withdrawing America from important longstanding treaty obligations, far more than any other president in U.S. history. 51. Successfully encouraged anti-democratic campaign fundraising and special interest lobbying practices, practices that are really nothing but flagrant bribery by special interest groups. 52. Successfully wages a continuing war against the bedrock American principle of separating church from state by attempting to transform our public schools into houses of worship and funding faith-based organizations with taxpayer dollars. 53. Successfully curtailed the development of cures for major diseases by overly restricting stem cell research. 54. Successfully violated two international laws (The Hague Regulations of 1907 and the Geneva Convention of 1949), as well as the U.S. Army Code of War, by ignoring the Iraqi Constitution, which forbids the privatization of key state assets and bars foreigners from owning Iraqi firms. 55. Successfully aided and abetted the expansion of the anti-democratic powers of giant multinational corporations, and failed to prosecute gross corporate criminality. 56. Successfully created the largest governmental bureaucracy in U.S. history, the Department of Homeland Security, and then denied the department the funds necessary to do its job. 57. Successfully created an energy plan that entirely fails to address America’s strategic need to become energy independent but provides substantial tax relief to the full array of Republican-run energy companies. (Fortunately, the plan failed to win Congressional approval. 58. Successfully aided and abetted the recall of Governor Gray Davis in hopes of winning California’s 55 electoral votes in the 2004 presidential election. 59. Successfully elevated the sophistication of political rhetoric by calling environmentalists “green, green, lima beans.” 60. Successfully portrays himself as a Texas rancher when even his wife refers to him as a “windshield cowboy.” 61. Successfully promotes himself as a self-made rugged individualist when, in fact, his entire education and career were built on the use of his father’s name to gain entry into Harvard and Yale and to attract large sums of investment capital. 62. Successfully promised to “leave no child behind” (educationally speaking), and then delivered nothing but an unfunded mandate that thwarts all efforts to level America’s educational playing field. 63. Successfully destroyed the infrastructure of Iraq, then committed hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to rebuilding it; meanwhile, the rebuilding of America’s crumbling infrastructure is all but ignored. 64.
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