BIRD IN THE BUSH, A THIEF IN THE HOUSE
By Bishop Antonio Hernández, O.M.D., U.B.
on the last presidential election, and with the next one looming,
I feel strangely vindicated. The usurper, Baby Bush, has turned
out to be everything I said he'd be when he was playing patty-fingers
with the ballads. He's a raving loon, no doubts there, and quickly
catching up to a most unflattering Reaganish legacy.
A horriffic attack on America, courtesy of the monster his father
created, was dropped into his lap like a Christmas pudding, and
he used it to drag us into war. A simple chip off the old block?
Not even that.
it not been for these events, this mock-Bible-thumping Texas moron would
have passed quietly into a nondescript lawfirm somewhere in Austin.
There is no way he could have gotten as far as mayor, at least not without
the help of his brother to fix the polls. As it is, there seems a very
real danger that he'll be re-elected. Heaven forbid! The man is getting
ready to do some serious court-packing... with Adolph Rhenquist and
two others possibly retiring, Bush wants a court more extreme than the
one we've got now.
That's not all. In an unprecedented blast of galactic stupidity, the
Democrats have 9 registered candidates in the mix right now. I'll say
it up front and simply: RICHARD GEPHARDT. Anyone else is either too
green or vastly unworthy. If Gore won the last election (yes, he did),
imagine the good Gephardt would do. He is a man who needs no description
by me here. If you've lived with your head in the sand, find him on
the web or in the periodicals and decide for yourselves. You'll see.
What is Bush's record thus far? Even without listening to the screaming
mavens on the cable news channels, it's not difficult to break down
(and remember, he's been president just over 2 years):
1. Cost us more jobs than any other president in history.
2. Failed every single campaign promise utterly.
3. Brought us to the brink of a new depression.
4. Totally decimated the projected surplus of the country.
5. Shot up the projected deficit of the country and brought us already
to a record national debt.
6. Cut taxes for the very rich, with hopes to end taxation for them
7. Threatens to precipitate us into another war before the last two
he dragged us into have been finished.
8. Raised an unmatchable amount in campaign funds, with a total goal
unheard of in presidential history.
9. Promises to pack the Supreme Court- and doesn't have the intelligence
to keep the fact to himself.
10. Uses Christian moralizing more deftly than any half-baked preacher
I've ever heard.
11. Does not believe in separation of church and state. (He does believe
in separation of poor and benefits, surplus and deficits, government
duty and privatized duty. None of these, his favorite separations, is
good for the people.)
But what's that little list mean to a thief who stole the presidency?
Hasn't his entire presidency been about theft?
Let's look at this problem, which I like to call "George W. Bush",
blow-by-blow. Remember not to confuse your millions with your trillions.
Before his inauguration, we had a projected $5.6 trillion ten-year budget
surplus, thanks to President Clinton. Now we project a $4 trillion deficit
over the next decade; it is the worst reversal in history. He's raised
our national debt already to a record $7.5 trillion.
No president has ever cost jobs as Bush has. With 9 million people out
of work, and another almost 5 million who've given up hope and stopped
looking, the Job Dust Bowl is just beginning. Lots of employable young
people may not find any Social Security when they reach retirement age
thanks to Bush.
President Jimmy Carter raised jobs to over 9 million. Reagan cost us
5 million of those jobs in his first term, but brought it back up to
a total of almost 11 million by his 2nd term. Papa Bush cost us almost
8 million of those jobs until Clinton raised it to a record high- nearly
12 million. Clinton forced unemployment to plummet. Since then, Baby
Bush has cost us 14 million jobs overall- putting unemployment at a
record 6.5% which is rapidly approaching 7%.
They say Bush loves stagnation. Clearly what he loves is the chance
to ruin his country beyond anyone's worst nightmare. Is the Constitution
toilet paper to this man or what? Bush has Reaganite in his pants, and
the devastation will be worse than the damage of 9/11.
The writers of many magazines are hoping that it will be Bush left looking
for another job after the next election. How likely will that be? Well,
Bush is seeking to raise an unheard-of $200 million in campaign funds.
Right now he has an unprecedented headstart of $45 million. His closest
competitor, John Kerry, has only $16 million in campaign funds; Howard
Dean, Richard Gephardt and a yarmulkeless Joseph Lieberman are closely
tied, ranging from $8 million to $10.5 million, each.
Before recovering from the Afghani and Iraqi Wars, Bush seemed poised
to take us to war with Korea. What does he want, to kill more of us
than those who have already bravely died? Is he not satisfied with the
over 400 who have died in Iraq alone, serving their country and its
At this point, can there be any question as to whether this man should
be re-elected? Candidates are darting out from every Democratic corner
(not to mention Carol Mosely-Braun and Al Sharpton- there's an expensive
joke that will cost votes like Nader did in 2000). Many people are wondering
whether we will find ourselves where we were in 2000: without any choice,
no matter how we voted.
Now who is calling for Bill (or Hilary) Clinton, and for what reasons?
I say again: be optimistic. Vote Gephardt, a man imminently worthy of
the presidency. And remember, with our solid support he won't have to
steal votes to win.
*My thanks to my source for data and statistics: AFSCME Public Employee,
vol. 68, no. 5, September/October 2003, pages 8-14.
© Bishop Antonio Hernandez O.M. D. U.B. September 2003
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