Bush Inconsistencies on Policy Matters Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by A Boomer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2007 at 9:44 am
Shrub allegedly was a mediocre student in his younger day, and I won’t go there about how he got into Yale and Harvard Business School. But, if one of his teachers were grading his work today for internal consistency and clarity, I am afraid his grades would still be “F’s.” To whit, some recent examples:
1. Sanctity of human life: Shrub has announced he will again veto a stem cell research bill that would use human embryos that otherwise would be destroyed, as he states that it crosses the ethical boundaries of dealing with human life. He gets an “F” since his administration appears to put limited value on human lives such as our injured armed forces members, who are getting poor medical care while still in the service and once into the VA system, as has been widely reported. The conditions in New Orleans, and the indifference the Shrub administration has exhibited to the human suffering still going on there is another reason for the F” grade.
2. Irresponsible government spending: Shrub has suddenly gotten indignant about the wasteful ways of Congress, now that the Democrats are back in power, and has the veto pen out again to make sure the federal budget stays under control. This is the same President conducting a multi-billion dollar war in Iraq “off the books,” and who inherited a federal budget generating surpluses, and that is now showing deficits in the hundreds of billions of dollars. “F” grade, Shrub.
3. Extolling the virtues of democracy: Shrub expresses concerns about the lack of progress in Russia toward true democracy, props up the current Iraqi regime as “democratically elected,”, and yet back-pedaled on supporting the Hamas party when it was democratically chosen by the Palestinians, and like virtually every other US administration, keeps quiet with the likes of China, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, among others, that have stable albeit non-democratic, regimes. Appears reliability is more important than democracy, which is a defensible “real politik” position, but much more difficult to reconcile with Shrub’s simplistic belief that there is no problem that cannot be solved by a democratically chosen regime. F’s in Political Science, History, Organizational Management, and Rhetoric.
I am among those that believe this is one of the worst administrations this country has ever had, so I come from that bias. Nevertheless, these are three very current examples of inconsistent, poorly thought out positions that are rife with contradictions and make it difficult, if not impossible for countries, states and private organizations to understand where the foundation in policy is. Agree or disagree with the Shrub Administration, on the three examples above, we all have the opportunity to do both, whatever position we take.
What was that about Kerry being a flip-flopper? Maybe cynicism is the only prevailing policy on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue these days.
Posted by Javier, a resident of the Embarcadero Oaks/Leland neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2007 at 6:31 pm
This entire Bush presidency is quite simply the biggest con that's ever been played on the American people. Everything, from 9/11 to Iraq, has been carefully orchestrated to put money, money, money in the pockets of Bush/Cheney's cronies at Halliburton, et al. Think about it - the worse the war goes, the better: the more weaponry to be bought from defense contractors, the more reconstruction for Halliburton to get paid for... it never ends. It's a huge scam - Bush is NOT religious (none of them are, it's simply a very effective PR tool to get the Jaysus-lovin' masses behind them); they don't care about our country's security (or our ports would have been secured years ago); their only concern in the middle East is to destabilize it so they can send Halliburton in to "rebuild" on the taxpayer's dime. It's just a con game. The repercussions of this administration's greed, are the unfortunate side effects that we're all going to have to live with. I blame the yahoos that voted for these criminals - twice - because they needed a big, patriarchal daddy to protect them from the scary "terrists", causing the rest of us to be scammed along with those who deserved it. We are all going to be paying for
Posted by Andrea sabattinni, a resident of Stanford, on Jun 20, 2007 at 6:34 pm
There is no evidence - no evidence whatsoever - that Bush has ever had an important thought or independently made an important decision in his entire life.
There is no evidence - none - that Bush has ever been in charge of anything in his entire life.
There is no evidence --it simply does not exist - that Bush has successfully accomplished anything - except for petty criminal acts - on his own ever in his entire life.
His religious "beliefs" are demonstrably fraudulent and obviously only exist because his owners told him to pretend to have them.
He does not for one second think that some people are good and some are evil, only that some are rich and the rest are worthless.
He did not steal two elections (his owners did that), he does not run this country (his owners do that), and he absolutely does not give one second's thought to anything approaching theology, ideology or philosophy, instead only saying what his owners put into his mouth.
Posted by margaret, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2007 at 6:41 pm
Bush is a fascist. Period. End of story. He won't be happy until half the world is dead or on a water board at Guantanamo.
I am so disappointed when some naive souls apply ideology to his crimes give him and his bunch the benefit of the doubt about anything. They don't believe anything they say.They don't believe in anything, period. They don't care about evil, they don't care about good, they don't care about democracy. They want to get their way, which means maintaining an American empire and making their friends incredibly rich. There really isn't much more to say.
Posted by teacher, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2007 at 7:36 pm
A great debate is taking place between those who believe that Bush is a true believer and those who think he's faking it. Sort of like the 400 year issue of the sanity/insanity of Hamlet.
I would lean toward the believer bit because, as a teacher, I've seen people who profess to be Christian say the most obnoxious, nasty things about those who don't fit their worldview. These people have ZERO compassion for their fellow man. On the other hand, perhaps their professed "faith" is merely a shield for psychopathic behavior.
Posted by Carlos, a resident of Stanford, on Jun 20, 2007 at 7:44 pm
Besides the Good vs. Evil mentality employed by this administration, there is one other major factor that has influenced Bush's decision-making policies and the current political climate from day one. It's a factor that was brought up regularly before 9/11, but was more or less put to the side after the attacks out of respect to the Commander-In-Chief or fear of being called unpatriotic.
That important factor is that President Bush is a fool.
I use the word "fool" instead of "idiot" or "moron" or "dummy" or any of the other derogatory words put on Bush because he is not mentally retarded. Throughout his 'career', however, he has shown himself to be profoundly lacking in understanding about the world or prudent decision-making. The most powerful man on Earth, leader of a nation of 300 million, has zero intellectual curiosity about anything, needs a team of baby-sitters to get him through public appearances, and seems to have next to zero understanding of the national laws and traditions his lackeys are ripping to shreds.
A zealot running the country is bad. An ignorant zealot is poison. That is why WHOEVER is next elected President, it will be an improvement over what we have now.
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2007 at 1:58 pm
Agreed, Walter. Don't waste your time. They just want a place to bash Bush and agree with each other.
We have been through all this at least 4 times, and still they insist on repeating the same stuff and thinking that Bush is "stupid"...yet I defy any of them to get through his education with his grades, and then rise to President, brilliantly fooling most of the people, not just once, but twice.
Oh I forgot, the majority of Americans are stupid so that proves nothing.