May 31, 2007

There’s this big Old Fashioned Steam Locomotive…

Mr. Bush’s news conference last Thursday served to demonstrate once again that this supposedly unintelligent president gets everything he wants. This time the Democrats in Congress and Senate retreated from their demand that actual benchmarks be put in place for troop withdrawal, and Mr. Bush has 120 billion dollars more in funds for the Iraq war, funds that could be better put to use here at home. There are so many things that are broken in this country; New Orleans, education, health care, and our pathetic oil based infra structure.

Carl Rove must have told George to be grammatically hokey during the press conference in the White House Rose Garden. For instance, while speaking about the United States’ trade relationship with China, Bush said, "This is a complex relationship. There's areas where there's friction, and we just got to work through the friction,"*

This tired old circus would be funny if so many people weren’t being killed in Iraq, both Iraqi and American. Did Iraq invade the United States? Of course not! Iraq had nothing to do with the 9-11-01 attacks - Osama Bin Ladin and Al Qaeda did. Have we captured and or killed him? Why are we in Iraq? Why didn’t we devote a massive effort to fighting and reconstruction in Afghanistan instead of Iraq?

Could it be that OIL is more important than Al Qaeda and Bin Ladin?

Once again, I feel deserted by our government and the democratic process in the United States. It feels as though we are all traveling on a train running at full throttle, and the engineer has just died of a heart attack. Nobody knows it yet, but the train’s breaks don’t work, and the computer that helps govern traffic on the rail system just crashed.

* Hunt, Terence, AP White House Correspondent, “Bush Wants Tougher Sanctions on Iran” on, Thursday, May 24, 2007, viewed Thursday, May 24, 2007, 3:15 PM EDT.


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