Bush’s Tax Cuts Did NOT Spur Economic Growth

April 8, 2011 at 6:23 am | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

this graph from the New York Times shows it best:

Don’t anyone delude themselves. The Bush tax cuts did NOT spur economic growth and in fact, based on the previous 50 years, retarded economic growth, even if you remove the actual economic collapse at the end of Bush’s terms.

Bush’s Decision Point

November 9, 2010 at 8:29 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

The bastard thinks he can rewrite history, but this was his decision point. Sit and read My Pet Goat instead of moving to save his country.

Dana Perino: We Did Not Have A Terrorist Attack On Our Country During President Bush’s Term

November 25, 2009 at 12:03 am | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

Astounding!

Dana Perino was Bush’s spokeswoman at the end of his second term. Maybe she was confusing Bush’s second term with his first term. You know, when something happened on a clear blue Tuesday in September in the 2001 Year of our Lord. Unsurprisingly, Sean Hannity does not help her clarify what she meant. See, in Sean Hannity’s eyes, much like in Dana Perino’s, there was no attack on our country when Bush was in office. No, that was Bill Clinton’s fault.

Glenn Beck Adores George Bush

September 20, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Never forget.

Bush’s Czars

September 17, 2009 at 8:07 am | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

More of this please, Democrats. Show how utterly stupid Glenn Beck really is.

Margaret Thatcher and George H. W. Bush Against Decommunization of Eastern Europe

September 10, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

wow. I am stunned. I didn’t think I could be stunned by events in politics, but I am truly stunned. Via Andrew Sullivan, we learn that Margaret Thatcher had a secret meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in which she told him it was not in the interests of Great Britain or Western Europe that East Germany reunify with West Germany, and that it is not in the interests of Britain, Western Europe, and apparently even the United States of America that Eastern Europe remove communism from their countries.

Two months before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Margaret Thatcher told President Gorbachev that neither Britain nor Western Europe wanted the reunification of Germany and made clear that she wanted the Soviet leader to do what he could to stop it.

In an extraordinary frank meeting with Mr Gorbachev in Moscow in 1989 — never before fully reported — Mrs Thatcher said the destabilisation of Eastern Europe and the breakdown of the Warsaw Pact were also not in the West’s interests. She noted the huge changes happening across Eastern Europe, but she insisted that the West would not push for its decommunisation. Nor would it do anything to risk the security of the Soviet Union.

Even 20 years later, her remarks are likely to cause uproar. They are all the more explosive as she admitted that what she said was quite different from the West’s public pronouncements and official Nato communiqués. She told Mr Gorbachev that he should pay no attention to these.

As a Romanian who left Romania in 1982, I take offense to this, though I am not surprised. President Ronald Reagan’s policy positions vis a vis Romania were not really in the best interests of the people of Romania. Ceausescu’s Romania were examples of “good communists” in Reagan’s eyes. Anyways, that is a side story. The meat of this new revelation from Gorbachev of Thatcher’s positions will be explosive the more it gets out. Here is the transcript:

September 23 1989 : transcript

Thatcher:

I wanted to raise some questions regarding the situation in the countries of Eastern Europe. I was deeply impressed by the courage of General Jaruzelski in Poland and by his patriotism. Of course, the future of Poland and its alliance with you are very important. I noticed that you reacted calmly to the results of the Polish elections and generally to processes taking part in this and other Eastern European countries. My understanding of your position is following: you welcome each country developing in its own way on the condition that Warsaw Pact stays. I understand this position perfectly.

Now I would like to say something in complete confidence and would ask you not to record this part of our conversation.

Y’all ready for this?

Gorbachev:

I agree to your request.

(The following part of the conversation is reproduced from memory)

Thatcher:

We are very concerned about the processes taking place in Eastern Germany. Some big changes could happen there, forced partly by the state of the society and partly by the illness of Erich Honecker. One example of this is the flight of thousands of people from the GDR to the FRG. All of this is on the surface, it is very important but even more important is something else.

The reunification of Germany is not in the interests of Britain and Western Europe. It might look different from public pronouncements, in official communiqué at Nato meetings, but it is not worth paying ones attention to it. We do not want a united Germany. This would have led to a change to post-war borders and we can not allow that because such development would undermine the stability of the whole international situation and could endanger our security.

In the same way, a destabilisation of Eastern Europe and breakdown of the Warsaw Pact are also not in our interests. Of course, internal changes are happening in all Eastern European countries, somewhere they are deeper than in others. However, we would prefer if those processes were entirely internal, we would not interfere in them or push the de-communisation of Eastern Europe. I can say that the President of the United States is of the same position. He sent me a telegram to Tokyo in which he asked me directly to tell you that the United States would not do anything that might put at risk the security of the Soviet Union or perceived by the Soviet society as danger. I am fulfilling his request.

Wow! The President of the United States, one George H. W. Bush did not think it was in the best interest of the United States to have Germany unified, or Eastern Europe to decommunize. Wow! The reason I wrote earlier the point of Romania’s Ceausescu (a real reprehensible guy) being a “good communist” in the eyes of the Reagan administration is that George H. W. Bush did little different in his administration from his predecessor. Thus if George H. W. Bush wanted the Soviets to know that the United States “would not do anything that might put at risk the security of the Soviet Union” it is very safe to assume Ronald Reagan thought the same. I think Reagan historians will have to go back on their research and really ask themselves what Reagan really thought about the Soviet Union.

Oh, If Only We Were Able To Keep George W. Bush Out of Our Schools…

September 2, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Florida GOP, not realizing the ultimate irony

UPDATE: Ah, I totally forgot about this! Jesus Camp!

Teen Pregnancy Rose During Bush Years – Guess Abstinence Doesn’t Work After All

July 21, 2009 at 9:48 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

And where are most teens pregnant? In the religious South of course.

Only the Despicable George W Bush and Alberto Gonzales Could Make John Ashcroft Look Like the Hero

July 10, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Seriously! Bravo to Ashcroft, who on his near death bed said no to George Bush and Alberto Gonzales’ attempts to get the DOJ to sign off on a highly illegal, as yet to be revealed, program (which, the way things are going, we’re gonna hear about very soon). It apparently is a program that shocked even hardcore Republicans.

Truly, George W. Bush was the worst president America has ever had. And it is really sad that we didn’t impeach him or try him for war crimes while he was in office. He can still be tried for war crimes and treason. But not with the terrible Congress we currently have, and certainly not by Barack Obama, who would rather us move along to greener pastures.

Bush Torture Supporters Continue to Squirm

May 6, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

now it is John Bolton.

Good. Let them squirm. They know they are in deep trouble. They know the actions were illegal and that they will eventually, inexorably be held accountable. Squirm away fellas.

Here We Have It, The Reason, Why George Bush Ordered Torture

April 22, 2009 at 11:19 am | Posted in American politics | 15 Comments

At last, we have a motive. A real and true motive for why torture was used.

“There were two reasons why these interrogations were so persistent, and why extreme methods were used,” the former senior intelligence official said on condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity.

“The main one is that everyone was worried about some kind of follow-up attack (after 9/11). But for most of 2002 and into 2003, Cheney and Rumsfeld, especially, were also demanding proof of the links between al Qaida and Iraq that (former Iraqi exile leader Ahmed) Chalabi and others had told them were there.”

It was during this period that CIA interrogators waterboarded two alleged top al Qaida detainees repeatedly — Abu Zubaydah at least 83 times in August 2002 and Khalid Sheik Muhammed 183 times in March 2003 — according to a newly released Justice Department document.

“There was constant pressure on the intelligence agencies and the interrogators to do whatever it took to get that information out of the detainees, especially the few high-value ones we had, and when people kept coming up empty, they were told by Cheney’s and Rumsfeld’s people to push harder,” he continued.

“Cheney’s and Rumsfeld’s people were told repeatedly, by CIA . . . and by others, that there wasn’t any reliable intelligence that pointed to operational ties between bin Laden and Saddam, and that no such ties were likely because the two were fundamentally enemies, not allies.”

Senior administration officials, however, “blew that off and kept insisting that we’d overlooked something, that the interrogators weren’t pushing hard enough, that there had to be something more we could do to get that information,” he said.

A former U.S. Army psychiatrist, Maj. Charles Burney, told Army investigators in 2006 that interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility were under “pressure” to produce evidence of ties between al Qaida and Iraq.

“While we were there a large part of the time we were focused on trying to establish a link between al Qaida and Iraq and we were not successful in establishing a link between al Qaida and Iraq,” Burney told staff of the Army Inspector General. “The more frustrated people got in not being able to establish that link . . . there was more and more pressure to resort to measures that might produce more immediate results.”

There’s your reason folks. This is why George Bush ordered torture. Because Bush and Cheney really believed (or wanted to believe) that there was a link between Al-Qaeda and Iraq. The cold hard facts proved otherwise, that Al-Qaeda and Saddam truly were enemies. But Bush and Cheney thought the CIA missed something so they pressed harder. They needed that link. Because they wanted to go to war with Iraq. So they tortured Al-Qaeda prisoners to get false evidence of links between Iraq and Al-Qaeda.

There’s enough evidence out there now that Bush and Cheney deserve to be tried for war crimes. They got us into Iraq on false premises. They tortured prisoners to get false confessions of a link between our real enemy and our perceived enemy. American soldiers died. Hundreds of billions of dollars were spent (well, really, put on credit cards for our children to pay). How much more do you need, America, in order to see that these two men are war criminals and deserve the full punishment of the law!

Goodbye and Good Riddance to George Wanker Bush

January 16, 2009 at 9:13 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Just one more weekend of the bastard in power.

George W Bush Admits He Authorized Torture

January 12, 2009 at 9:06 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

From the horse’s mouth.

BUSH: One such person who gave us information was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. … And I’m in the Oval Office and I am told that we have captured Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the professionals believe he has information necessary to secure the country. So I ask what tools are available for us to find information from him and they gave me a list of tools, and I said are these tools deemed to be legal? And so we got legal opinions before any decision was made.

That’s good enough for me to charge him with war crimes. The ends do not ever justify the means. The moment you use such means, your end goal fundamentally changes to something more sinister and dark than what you were originally fighting for.

Job Losses Under George W. Bush

January 9, 2009 at 8:52 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

For 2008 they equalled 2.6 million jobs. Add this to the list of things that George W. Bush screwed up during his terms. He was given a surplus and he gives Barack Obama one of the worst deficits, and worst economic conditions America has ever seen. Not to mention, of course, all the failed foreign policy.

Only eleven days left in this, the saddest, worst, most despicable administration in our nation’s history.

It Takes an Iraqi Journalist To Send Bush the Right Message

December 14, 2008 at 1:44 pm | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

oh, if only our American journalists were this brave.

Too bad he missed.

No Leader Shakes Bush’s Hand at G20 Meeting

November 20, 2008 at 7:28 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Yes, I have retired. But this just has to go in my collection. George W. Bush, showing how much shame he has brought the United States, goes to the G20 summit, and NOBODY shakes his hand.

The worst president America has ever had.

Bush to Keep Guantanamo Open

October 20, 2008 at 9:41 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

like this surprised anyone. The sad part is that Guantanamo Bay Prison will be Bush’s defining moment in history. It will be what he will be remembered for the most. For introducing torture to America. For attempting to subvert and avoid law and to keep people in prison for the rest of their lives before they even are charged with anything. The Soviet Union under Stalin is remembered more for its gulags than anything else. It’s what stands out. It is what defines Stalin.

Guantanamo Bay Prison will be Bush’s defining moment. And now, with a chance to save some portion of his legacy, he swings and whiffs. Like that surprises anyone.

Bush’s “Ownership Society”

October 10, 2008 at 8:49 pm | Posted in American politics | 16 Comments

Uh, I don’t think this is what he had in mind. I don’t think he had in mind that the government would OWN banks…but alas, it is Bush’s policies that has brought us to this.

1. Bush was given a suprlus. He is leaving behind a collapsing economy.

2. Bush failed in Afghanistan.

3. Bush failed in Iraq.

4. Bush failed in New Orleans.

5. Bush failed with the economy.

Bush will forever be considered the worst president America has ever had. Dan Froomkin has the best title to describe George W. Bush.

BUSH JUST MAKES IT WORSE

The Bush Administration Failed America and the World

September 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Steve Clemons wriets:

The quality of life for the average American will decline, but the trend towards more and more capital dependence on other nations is probably going to begin to reverse itself — or at least significantly slow.

And ironically, this financial disaster will end the war in Iraq and limit significantly the choices that both Obama and McCain might have before them as President.

It also means that all of the other great 21st century challenges out there — from global poverty assistance to an imposed carbon tax on fossil fuel energy consumption — will get less action and less “national investment” than those advocating federal action hoped for.

America will have no choice but to add to its cumulative debt — and to invest in itself, particularly national infrastructure — as a way to keep Americans working and to stimulate important parts of the near and long term real economy.

George W. Bush’s demands early in his administration for unprecedented powers and budgetary authority amidst unprecedented secrecy and non-transparent government was never effectively challenged by the Congress that should have fought for its own constitutional prerogatives nor knocked back in any real way by the full force of the Democratic Party.

But now the marketplace of power in the world and of the global financial order has brought this administration to a devastating conclusion to its influence — and Americans are going to pay a long-term price for the reckless stewardship of America’s economic and security portfolios by this administration.

Indeed. George Bush should have been impeached long ago. But we still have to deal with him for several more months. The problem is that he is too used to bringing up to Americans at the last minute something to be voted on, a rush that is meant to get action without thought. But because he cried wolf far too many times in the past, this time, when it is serious, and real, he is just simply not trusted enough—even by those in his own party!—for the right action to be taken.

George Bush will be reviled as the worst president America has ever had. This last event, the collapse of our economy will finally seal that sad deal. What an awful administration. How awful it has been run. They have failed America. They have failed the world. From here on, others will take charge, like the Chinese. Our ability to act around the world will be severely curtailed thanks to this collapse. Ironically, bin Laden promised to work hard at bankrupting America.

“We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah,” bin Laden said in the transcript.

Looks like he didn’t have to do much. He had a man inside to do the job for him, George W. Bush.

Why The Bush Administration Should Have Been Impeached Long Ago

September 21, 2008 at 10:56 pm | Posted in American politics | 4 Comments

Because after messing up Iraq with little accountability, messing up New Orleans after Katrina with little accountability, they expect America to trust them with a blank check of $700 BILLION dollars! This demand that Congress give the US Treasury $700 billion dollars to give away to Wall Street is irresponsible governing. Worse, lobbyists from banks don’t want Congress to do anything with where the REAL problem lies in this financial mess right now. That problem lies in the foreclosing of millions of homes around the nation. Those foreclosed homes turn into the very same bad mortgages that are killing banks! And these banks don’t want to change that!

This will end up being simply theft, a stealing of $700 billion of America’s hard earned money. Shame on Mr. Paulson. Shame on Mr. Bush. Shame on anyone who backs this plan, as it is the most irresponsible plan you could possibly design to fix the current problem.

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