As the bombs explode in the Middle East and the Bush administration fans the flames of war and fear the country he is supposed to be leading falls further into oblivion. With the mid-term elections approaching and the GOP having nothing to run on, their hopes reside in conflagrations around the world to distract the American people from their abysmal rubber-stamp record. It is time to take a second out from the distractions to remind ourselves what is actually going on in this country by touring the recent stories the corporate media refuses to address just in the past week.
Last week President Bush convened a press conference to celebrate the fourth largest deficit in the history of this country. Now for Bush I can understand why he was so happy since he actually has presided over the top four largest deficits in history. The rationale used by the Bushites is that the budget deficit had been predicted to be 420 billion dollars but now is assumed to be a paltry 296 billion dollars. The alleged savings of 124 billion dollars is being credited to the failed trickle down economic policies of handing billions of dollars back to the super-rich in this country. Of course what the Bushies won't tell you is that the original deficit projection was purposefully inflated for just this reason, to claim the voodoo economics of the GOP is working. Never mind that President Bush was actually handed a 284 billion dollar surplus when he took office. Only in the minds of the GOP can losing 580 billion dollars be considered a vindication of an economic policy and a cause for a press conference celebration.
Moving on from the deficit, we find that yet again, Bush simply does not care what you think. Awhile back he toured the country pimping his plan to dismantle the Social Security system. No matter how much he lied about the alleged insolvency of the system, the American people simply did not buy it. His proposal was met with virulent opposition in even the strongest of GOP backyards. The American people had spoken, "don't mess with our Social Security." Bush backed off, pretended to listen, and then immediately went about implementing the beginnings of his system anyway. Recently, in the budget review there was a proposal to spend 721 billion to turn the Social Security system into a system of private accounts with lower guaranteed benefits to Americans. Democratic senator Max Baucus summed it up by saying, "The President's proposal to privatize Social Security includes significant cuts in guaranteed benefits for the vast majority of Social Security recipients through the indexing of initial benefits to prices, rather than wages." What does all of this mean? While the president is trumping up losing over 550 billion dollars overall, he is also ignoring the will of the people to force his privatization scheme which will lead to the destruction of the system. So much for the will of the people.
It was reported this past week by Representative John Murtha that we are spending eight billion dollars per month in Iraq. Two billion per week. Eleven million dollars per hour. Can you really fathom those numbers America? Remember when you vote this November who continues to short change this country so that we can pay 11 million dollars per hour to continue a war that over 65% of this country says we should get out of. Remember when you look at the state of our education where so many kids are left behind daily because of lack of funding, that they choose to spend 11 million dollars per day in Iraq. Remember that they want to continue to the current wars and have designs on Iran and Syria, while ignoring North Korea. Remember Katrina and the lack of help for our own citizens. Remember the trashing of the constitution while we pretend to spread democracy around the world, well, the oil-rich portions of the world. Remember that every week there are stories just like this being ignored by the corporate press as they sell you the next war.
Remember that losing over 550 billion dollars of your money is a success to the GOP. Remember they have ignored your demand to stop screwing around with your Social Security. Remember torture in your name, Valerie Plame, NSA illegal spying, the theft of the 2004 election, and over 2,500 dead American soldiers for the lies outlined in the Downing Street memos. Remember that when they could have stepped up and held companies like Halliburton accountable for how they spend your money and take care of our troops, the GOP voted against you. This November, it is time to repay the favor.