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Dusty Nathan

Well then, there is a cost to freedom. At least as long as Capitalism has been spelled with an upper-case C, and since it became a religion to so many.

It’s this kind of sanctimony that idiots honor about people like G.W. Bush. With all due respect, and not much is needed, it figures. Slowly think about it for a moment. Bush is one of the worst presidents we've ever had, by far the worst in our times. This knowledge alone cuts across all party lines including: Repugs, Dems, Indies and Libertarians.

So anyone who thinks Bush has done a superior job - strike that to read “adequate” - had better be overly loquacious in their abilities to explain what the Hell has gone on internationally or domestically for the past six and half years. Certainly their “leader hasn’t been able to do it.


If one is a Bush supporter, they could not be further from the ideologies of men like Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, or the more moderate like Dwight Eisenhower. In that realm, they should be proud of the daily Iraqi death count, and as it is, they are, by comparing it to the thousands who died on some days during World War II. When challenged to address the “bridge to nowhere” and the billions spent daily in an elective war or for the cost of energy under their crazy King George, they tell you that is the “costs of freedom.”


This president, to the absolute ignorance of his own party, has spent and wasted more money than any other in history (with 19 months to come!) - while playing smoke and mirror about ending Social Security and entitlements. What I mean is, while they have sponsored closed-door energy meetings which may have led to rolling blackouts in California; a tripling of gasoline and oil in less than seven years; changes in bankruptcy, taxation, and tort limitations for underclassmen; they have us arguing over a vegetating body in Florida and when a fetus is viable.

Let me make it perfectly clear: A fetus is viable when 160,000 troops are ably deployed to a sovereign nation that had nothing to do with the tragic and horrific bombing on September 11, 2001. And the vegetable de jour is you.

Of course few can understand what the president is doing. But even fewer know why there is a constant rubber stamping by the Democrats. But truth be told - and we seem to hate to tell it or hear it anymore - only about 25-30 percent agree with the current autocracy.

Don’t call it conservatism and don’t drag Reagan or Bush Sr. into this mess.

Perhaps a better example of what is going on is what it would have been like if Senator Joseph McCarthy was allowed to continue his vengeful daily diatribes about the things he hated - all things American - into the White House. This is what the current flag-waivers like and are like. They hate free speech; they hate speedy trials; they hate rights to privacy and they hate the middleclass and poor. And like Senator McCarthy, they hate Hollywood.

When it comes to energy, Bush is a expert. In the same way Ken Lay (Enron) and golden-boy Lee Raymond (Exxon) are experts. When you’re dealing in blood, it’s not a commodity. So deregulation has allowed “them” to name their own price.

Of course has to tell his 25 percent mandate something: So Bush sings the song they all love to hear about developing the smallest of oil fields in ANWR. Of course, he’s never spoken about the current Alaskan Pipeline or that is has been out of commission due to the instability of melting ice due to the "fabricated" global warming, an all-Liberal agenda, don’t ya know. So while energy has had a Harrah’s-like boom, not a word about

doing anything about building 2-4 new refineries. Not a word from the supply-side crooks other than their constant push for the one-dimensional ANWR as they are against CAFE Standards; federal speed limit controls; funding of AMTRAK; and any or all other ideas which would drive the price of oil and gasoline down.

Even a war-time federally-mandated recess on trading oil, gasoline and all energy-related products to stop the hedge funds from adding $10 a barrel to oil would help. Yet, not even a squeal of a two-minute speech on solution or conservation in nearly seven years.


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My career in journalism began as a stringer at the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner before making my way east to write at the Washington Star. I toiled for more than a decade as a columnist for Gannett, the world's largest newspaper chain. As (more...)
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