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Monday, November 01, 2004

Send Bush Back to Crawford

Tomorrow is the big day, election 2004, and America finally has a chance to give the boot to one of the most incompetent presidents in recent memory.

Let's face it, Bush is not the sharpest tool in the shed. Do we really want someone of his intellect to lead this country for four more years? What has he accomplished in the four years he's been in office? Can anyone name anything this man has done to improve the lives of Americans? The truth is, he hasn't done a damn thing. Just tax breaks for the wealthy. That's his legacy. It reminds me of Al Franken's book Why Not Me?, which imagined Al Franken as a presidential candidate running on a single issue: ATM fees. Bush's single domestic issue has been tax breaks for the wealthy; his one foreign policy issue is fighting terrorism.

Bush has operated his presidency under a veil of secrecy, not wanting to involve the American people in government.

Bush likes to talk about John Kerry's so-called "flip-flops," but Bush himself has done the same on occasion. His administration initially opposed a public investigation into the attacks of Sept. 11. That's how concerned he was to get at the truth, folks. Dick Cheney, according to CNN, said he would "actively" discourage creation of an independent panel to investigate the attacks of September 11.

Bush also likes to bring up the fact that John Kerry voted against $87 billion to fund the war in Iraq. But Bush himself has threatened vetoes of key legislation -- such as the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. Bush wanted the power to control all hiring and firing of personnel working in the Department of Homeland Security, and threatened to veto the homeland security bill before the House of Representatives on July 26, 2002.

Not that the Bush white house was initially interested in creating a department of homeland security. Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer addressed the issue on March 19, 2002:

"Q But if we're talking about consolidating all of these agencies, why not create a Department of Homeland Security, as many lawmakers have suggested? And rather than take Customs, Border, whatever, and put it all under DOJ, why not bring it all under the auspices, under one umbrella of Homeland Security?

MR. FLEISCHER: The reason for that, John, is if you take a look at how the federal government is set up across the myriad of agencies, there are more than a dozen agencies, many of which have components that deal with homeland security in one form or another. I'm not aware of a single proposal on Capitol Hill that would take every single one of those agencies out from their current missions and put them under Homeland Security.

So even if you took half of them out and put them under a Cabinet level Office of Homeland Security, the White House would still need, in the President's estimation, an advisor on how to coordinate all that myriad of activities the federal government is involved in. So creating a Cabinet office doesn't solve the problem. You still will have agencies within the federal government that have to be coordinated. So the answer is, creating a Cabinet post doesn't solve anything. The White House needs a coordinator to work with the agencies, wherever they are."

Another failure of the Bush administration is the war in Iraq. We went in looking for weapons of mass destruction -- not that anyone from team Bush would now acknowledge WMDs as the reason we went to war -- and as a result, over 1,000 American forces have died, and no WMDs have been found.

Another truth the Bush administration refuses to acknowledge is that many Iraqis do not want us there. And they're fighting back. Hard.

We also neglected to capture the man responsible for the deaths of 3,000 people on Sept. 11, Osama bin Laden. He's still at large and had a new message for America, which aired last week on Al-Jazeera, promising more attacks. And the Bush administration's response? They're happy to see bin Laden. As one Bush campaign official told the New York Daily News, "We want people to think 'terrorism' for the last four days...and anything that raises the issue in people's minds is good for us."

Another GOP official told the Post that the bin Laden tape was a "gift" to the Bush administration: "...anything that makes people nervous about their personal safety helps Bush."

So, there you have it. A few reasons to vote out of office a man who has done more harm than good to the United States. A man who will exploit your fears to his advantage. Bush wants all Americans terrified that terrorists will attack again -- and only team Bush can stop them. Which is bullshit.

Whatever your opinion, vote tomorrow. This is an important election with huge ramifications for the next four years.

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