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SnakebyteXX
09-22-2005, 11:28 AM
By BOB HERBERT
NY Times
Published: September 22, 2005

Maybe, just maybe, the public is beginning to see through the toxic fog of fantasy, propaganda and deliberate misrepresentation that has been such a hallmark of the George W. Bush administration, which is in danger of being judged by history as one of the worst of all time.

Mr. Bush's approval ratings have tanked as increasing numbers of Americans worry that their president, who seems to like nothing better than running off to his ranch to clear brush and ride his bike, may not be up to the job.

The most recent New York Times/CBS News Poll strongly indicated that the public - tired of the war-without-end in Iraq and dismayed by the federal response to the catastrophe in New Orleans - "has growing doubts about [the president's] capacity to deal with pressing problems."

A USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll found for the first time that a majority of Americans do not see Mr. Bush as a strong and decisive leader. In an article in USA Today, Carroll Doherty of the nonpartisan Pew Research Center said of Mr. Bush: "He's lost ground among independents. He seems to be starting to lose ground among his own party. And he lost the Democrats a long time ago."

Reality is caving in on a president who was held aloft for so long by a combination of ideological mumbo-jumbo, the public relations legerdemain of Karl Rove and the buoyant patriotism that followed the Sept. 11 attacks. The Bush people were never big on reality, so sooner or later they were bound to be blindsided by it.

Remember, there was already a war going on when Katrina came to call. I've always believed that war is a serious matter. But the president was on vacation. Dick Cheney was on vacation. And Condi Rice was here in New York taking in the sights and shopping for shoes. That Americans were fighting and dying on foreign soil was not enough to demand their full attention. They were busy having fun. So it's no wonder it took a good long while before they noticed that a whole section of America had been wiped out in a calamity of biblical proportions.

What Americans are finally catching onto is the utter incompetence of this crowd. And if we didn't know before, we're learning now, in the harshest possible ways, that incompetence has bitter consequences. The body count of Americans killed in Iraq has now passed 1,900, with many more deaths to come. But there's still no strategy, no plan. The White House hasn't the slightest clue about what to do. So the dying will continue.

Mr. Bush's "Top Gun" moment aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln was two and a half years ago. It was another example of the president in fantasyland. The war was a botch from the beginning. Mr. Bush never sent enough troops to get the job done, and he never provided enough armor to protect the troops that he did send. Thin-skinned, the president got rid of anyone who had the temerity to suggest he might be wrong about some of the decisions he was making.

Here at home, even loyal Republicans are beginning to bail out on Mr. Bush's fiendish willingness to shove the monumental costs of the federal government's operations - including his war, his tax cuts and his promised reconstruction of the Gulf Coast - onto the unsuspecting backs of generations still to come.

There is a general sense now that things are falling apart. The economy was already faltering before Katrina hit. Gasoline prices are starting to undermine the standard of living of some Americans, and a full-blown home-heating-oil crisis could erupt this winter. The administration's awful response to the agony of the Gulf Coast has left most Americans believing that we are not prepared to cope with a large terrorist attack. And Osama bin Laden is still at large.

This is what happens when voters choose a president because he seems like a nice guy, like someone who'd be fun at a barbecue or a ballgame. You'd never use that criterion when choosing a surgeon, or a pilot to fly your family across the country.

Mr. Bush will be at the helm of the ship of state for three more years, so we have no choice but to hang on. But the next time around, voters need to keep in mind that beyond the incessant yammering about left and right, big government and small, Democrats and Republicans, is a more immediate issue, and that's competence.

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wolfdancer
09-22-2005, 11:57 AM
Commie, liberal, left wing trash talkin' about our beloved Pres. and here's another
www.georgewalkerbush.net/ (http://www.georgewalkerbush.net/)
So what if it's all true?....if you can't say nice things about folks......you shouldn't (that's a Walkerism)
I thought the speechwriter link was hi-larious....jd

Gayle in MD
09-26-2005, 06:50 PM
Are you sure I didn't write this? /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Gayle in Md.

Vagabond
09-27-2005, 04:39 AM
Remorse does not repair the harm done.

Gayle in MD
09-27-2005, 08:42 AM
How right you are my friend. Our children will be paying for the Bush tax policies for generations, as China reaps the benefits. We are approaching a trillion in debt to China now. Why doesn't Bush just tell the truth about where the money is going to come from for the re-building in the Gulf, more debt to China. No other President has ever been dumb enough to cut taxes in wartime. The idiot has a death wish for this country. What good are any of his economic figures when he is running up the kind of debt and deficit that we now face.

Gayle in Md.

catscradle
09-28-2005, 05:26 AM
With all his missteps, he beats the alternative we had.

Gayle in MD
09-29-2005, 04:45 AM
I disagree. ANYONE would have been better than Bush!

Gayle in Md.

onepocketfanatic
09-29-2005, 01:10 PM
All the right wingers gripe about what a sad state of affairs Clinton left the country in (just because he had Monica blow his horn), but no matter what party takes over after this Texas idiot, they have their hands full and then some.
I personally being a stooges fan liked the stooge picture in the link above. I chuckled out loud.

Sid_Vicious
09-29-2005, 01:31 PM
"but no matter what party takes over after this Texas idiot, they have their hands full and then some."

It is truly a sad reality especially when you realize that there is a segment of this country who still justify Bush by saying "He's better than the alternative would have been." Damn! How much more could ANYONE screw up than Bush has in this time of his!?" It is totally inconceivable to my human brain. My dog with his rear shaved and taught to walk backwards could do a better job than Bush...sid

wolfdancer
09-29-2005, 01:34 PM
Heresy!!!

Deeman3
09-29-2005, 01:39 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Sid_Vicious:</font><hr>My dog with his rear shaved and taught to walk backwards could do a better job than Bush...sid <hr /></blockquote>

<font color="blue"> I believe we may very well soon have a dog with her butt shaved as our president. </font color>

Deeman

eg8r
09-30-2005, 04:15 AM
[ QUOTE ]
All the right wingers gripe about what a sad state of affairs Clinton left the country in (just because he had Monica blow his horn), <hr /></blockquote> Once again another ignorant paraphrase of the faults of Clinton.

eg8r

pooltchr
09-30-2005, 04:19 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Gayle in MD:</font><hr> I disagree. ANYONE would have been better than Bush!

Gayle in Md. <hr /></blockquote>

Does this mean you would have voted for me?????
/ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Steve