"THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES"
In addition to much of what has been said already, I'd add that I have the sense that the Bush administration has an agenda to advance certain business interests both in the US and abroad, whatever the cost to the rest of us. But what's his agenda for the longterm stability and prosperity of the country at large and its general citizenry?
Do you think you and I will benefit by ousting Saddam at this moment in time? Will we benefit from the chaos that may result from such a change? Will we benefit if this bunch of cowboys lead us into a war that triggers an attack on Israel, counterattack by Israel, and the possible use of nuclear devices on countries sitting on top of pools of oil? Will we benefit if the destabilization of Iraq leads to an Iranian sphere of influence on the Shia majority in Iraq? Will we benefit if that leads to extending this middle eastern war to yet another country? Hello! They haven't even nabbed Saddam or pinched off AlQuaeda's financial resources yet.
This potential expanding instability is what occurs when the leaders of a nation and its elite class define the nation's interest as consistent only with those of that small elite -- as if we were some third world nation -- and pursue opportunistic policies that have already transferred wealth from the average citizen into the pockets of the rich (for example, the manufactured California "energy crisis" the administration did nothing about).
This administration has taken opportunistic advantage of every crisis the US has been faced with in the last two years to push forward a business and ideological agenda and consolidate their own power. I'm appalled by the cynicism and hypocrisy, but most of all the wanton will to power. They act little better than a bunch of thieves and bullies who have ridden into town and taken it over. It's like watching a grade B western!
There seems to be no more plan to it than loot and ravage, the consequences be d**ded.
In the last 2 years we have had a dramatic reversal in both the economic and foreign sphere. Where we were on the brink of resolving longstanding conflicts (Ireland, Israel) we see that Bush's many months of refusing to deal with the middle eastern crisis encouraged its current flare up. Where we were rolling in surpluses so large that Greenspan worried about what was to be done with all that money, we now see deficits again as far as the eye can see. Where many people saw early retirement in their expanding 401K's and other funds, they now see they will take later not early retirement.
And yet, folks, W's polls are still sky high!
If you're interested in checking out a web site that keeps tabs on the Bush heritage and legacy, bushnews.com has an amazing amount of information and links to much more. (Today they highlight and link to an article by Jay Bookman, deputy editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal- Constitution). If only a tiny fraction of what I read on this site is true, I'm frightened by the implications for the future of Americans.
Oh, and BTW, have you noticed where the stock market is? Where world markets are now that the US economic engine is sputtering? -- Dow's at 7548 at 1:30 EST. I'm personally looking to 6000 as a buying opportunity if you're willing to wait some years to reap the benefit as we take years to climb out of the economic hole.http://www.bushnews.com/