What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Give Me a Good Reason to Vote for George W. Bush

Like most endeavors in his life, George W. Bush's handling of the job of Chief Executive has been a dismal failure. Can someone give me a list of what this man has accomplished? Let's look at his "record" as president.

It's Still The Economy, Stupid
The Congressional Budget Office recently released a report on the impact of Bush's one and only domestic program, Tax Cuts For The Wealthy. It covers the period 2001-2004. Here's how a selection of income groups fared as far as percentage of income paid in taxes:

Top 20% of earners (average yearly income of $182,700): Declined, from 65.3 % to 63.5%
Middle-class (average income $51,500 - $75,600): Increased, from 18.5% to 19.5%
Super-rich, Top 1% (average income: lots of money): Declined, from 33% to 26.7%

Since I fall into the middle-class category, all I can say is, thanks, George. Sure, keep my money, what the hell do I need it for?

Other economic news includes a widening gap in the trade deficit, hitting a record $55.8 billion in June. Analysts had expected the deficit to be about $47 billion.

Crude oil is now at a record $46.58 a barrel.

Only 32,000 new jobs created in July, instead of the estimated 235,000. In fact, Bush's job-creation record stinks.

The War On Terror
Bad news, folks. Al-Qaeda is rebuilding. Could it have something to do with the fact that Al-Qaeda is NOT BASED IN IRAQ? Osama Bin Laden is still at large, and while we fight a senseless war in Iraq -- which has cost 938 American lives and scores of Iraqi lives -- Al-Qaeda is able to recruit and train new members. Which means they could attack us, again, while we have so many resources diverted to Iraq. And while right-wingers have purged their brains of the whole WMD issue, the truth remains that we've found no weapons of mass destruction. Nothing.

So, to sum up: a shitty economy, less jobs, Al-Qaeda rebuilding, almost 1000 Americans dead in Iraq. Other great Bush accomplishments include the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib (with the Department of Defense conducting scores of investigations into other instances of torture) prison; the leaking of the name of a CIA operative to the media; smear campaigns against people who speak out against the Administration, like Richard Clarke; and of course the Bush/Cheney team "changing the tone" in Washington. ("Go fuck yourself" -- Vice President Dick Cheney to Senator Patrick Leahy).

Life is great in George W. Bush's America. Four more years!


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