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Bush Finds His Niche As The "Idiot" Of The People


Bush Regrets He Couldn't Give Social Security To Bankers, VanSun


Dems Counterpunch Cheney: He Masterminded Failure in Afghanistan, HuffPost
George Will Takes Cheney To Task For Afghanistan Remarks, HuffPost


Cheney Clan To Open D.C. Lie Agency


W Dwells On O's Nobel , Dowd

As if his head wasn’t big enough. This cat is all cage, no bird. He doesn’t have a clue....See, I’m the one who should be mad. Let me tell you, this Norwegia thing has nothing to do with him. It’s just another way for the pinkos of the world to drop a cow patty on my legacy. All that garbage in the prize statement about how special La Bamba is for bringing back wimpy multilateral diplomacy, dialogue and negotiations, the kind my dad and Scowcroft loved. Those Nobel ninnies are so lulu left they make the U.N. look like a Fox jamboree. The rookie already got rewarded once for not being me when he got elected. Gosh, what would he do without me?

It’s aggravating....But look at it this way....Everybody’s laughing at La Bamba. He gets a Nobel for nada. Being loved by Europeans isn’t gonna do him any good here in the U.S. of A. I whupped that Frenchy Kerry, didn’t I?...He doesn’t want to be a Decider. He wants to be a Transformer. He transformed, all right — from Miss America to Miss Universe. He’s a five-spiral crash, and getting the gold is just a reminder of all he hasn’t done. He’s going to have to look over and see that big medallion hanging up there in the Oval, mocking him as an empty suit, a pretty boy beloved by the Blame-America-First crowd, whenever he has to send more troops to Afghanistan, or the Taliban act up, or Iran fires up for nukes....

Go choke on a herring, Norwegia!


SMU Provides Cover For Bush Propaganda Center , NYT

"The prospect of a George W. Bush policy institute inside the walls of S.M.U. that was in no way beholden to academic principles or standards, responsible only to itself, appalled [an SMU professor], and many of his colleagues as well.”...

To critics...the institute sounds like a walled preserve within which the strange ideological growths of the Bush era will proliferate — with S.M.U.’s good name affording them intellectual legitimacy. “You can be sure that there will be a book on the privatization of Social Security,” predicts Thomas Knock, a professor of American history, “or on creationism, or on the doctrine of pre-emptive war.”

Bush Out of Hiding, Talks Propaganda Center , NYT

The old gang is getting back together...in Dallas for a reunion of sorts, the Bush team’s first since leaving the White House. On tap is a dinner with the former president and a daylong discussion of the future George W. Bush Policy Institute. Bush is trying to map out what he wants to do with the rest of his life. Relatively young, at 62, and in good health, he plans to build a library, write a memoir and make some money, but he is also eager to use his time to promote the policies he cared about most while in the White House — and to help define his legacy....

As for his legacy, Mr. Bush plans to tackle the most controversial moments of his presidency head on, both in his memoirs and in his library, aides said. At the library, instead of a chronological format, he plans to present his presidency through 20 consequential decisions, most notably his decision to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein. And instead of a full biography, his book will focus on a dozen key moments in his life, from quitting drinking to picking Mr. Cheney as his vice president....

“People may conclude that they would have made a different decision, or maybe they’ll conclude they would have made the same decision,” said Mark Langdale, a longtime friend and president of the George W. Bush Foundation. “We’re trying to take the tradition of presidential libraries and come up with a new twist on how they can be relevant.”

The foundation has chosen an architect and is raising the first of $300 million it needs to build the library and museum on 25 acres provided by S.M.U. The groundbreaking is scheduled for November 2010, with hopes of opening in early 2013. Mr. Langdale declined to disclose how much has been raised, saying fund-raising is “going well” but has been constrained by the economy.

Bush Fund-Raiser Caught On Video , NYT

A Houston businessman and Bush campaign fund-raiser...was caught on videotape apparently trying to trade access to top administration officials — including Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — in exchange for six-figure donations to President Bush’s library foundation. The businessman, Stephen Payne, founder of a Houston company called Worldwide Strategic Partners,...apparently believing he was talking to a representative of the former president of Kyrgyzstan, was shown saying that he could arrange meetings with top Bush officials, but that a meeting with the president himself would be difficult. The newspaper also posted pictures of Mr. Payne cutting brush with Mr. Bush at the president’s ranch in Crawford, Tex., and shooting skeet with Mr. Cheney.


Bush News: September

President  G. W. Bush, was and is an idiot , Cooper

President  G. W. Bush, was and is an idiot. A shallow, stupid man of crude appetites when younger, his life would have been of no consequence had not the Republican party chosen him as the public face of the Cheney government. I doubt he has to this day any coherent idea of how he found himself in the White House or who made the decisions while he lived there. He was, in the words of Mr. Bob Dylan, "only a pawn in their game." You know it and I know it as we say here in the woods of Maine. And liberals and Democrats know it. Members of the print and broadcast press know it. Bloggers are well aware of this. Hell, Republicans even have an obvious degree of contempt for the sad little creature who was the putative president for two terms recently ended. They do still love and fear Dick Cheney though. And war. And greed.

Because Al Gore rolled over and played dead and did not misbehave or act out or fight for himself and his country, the Supreme Court short-circuited the system and gave us George Bush, his stupidity, his wars, his coddling of the rich and his courting of crazies in the far fringes of Christian American Medieval backwardness.

Then, because John Kerry was an inept fool who ran a campaign that largely ran away from everything honorable he had once done and believed in, we were blessed with a second term of Richard B. Cheney and his wooden-headed puppet.


>Bush Speechwriter Rationalizes 43's "racially charged comments"

>Condi Applies Iraq-like Scare Tactics To Afghanistan, Which She Previously Abandoned

>Bush Interior Sec. Investigated Re Quid Pro Quo With Dutch Shell


Bush Failed Country On Every Major Economic Measurment , Ambinder

September 11, 2009. Thursday's annual Census Bureau report on income, poverty and access to health care-the Bureau's principal report card on the well-being of average Americans-closes the books on the economic record of George W. Bush. On every major measurement, the Census Bureau report shows that the country lost ground during Bush's two terms. While Bush was in office, the median household income declined, poverty increased, childhood poverty increased even more, and the number of Americans without health insurance spiked. By contrast, the country's condition improved on each of those measures during Bill Clinton's two terms, often substantially.

The Census' final report card on Bush's record presents an intriguing backdrop to today's economic debate. Bush built his economic strategy around tax cuts, passing large reductions both in 2001 and 2003. Congressional Republicans are insisting that a similar agenda focused on tax cuts offers better prospects of reviving the economy than President Obama's combination of some tax cuts with heavy government spending. But the bleak economic results from Bush's two terms, tarnish, to put it mildly, the idea that tax cuts represent an economic silver bullet....

Few would argue that national economic policy is irrelevant to economic outcomes. And rightly or wrongly, voters still judge presidents and their parties largely by the economy's performance during their watch. In that assessment, few measures do more than the Census data to answer the threshold question of whether a president left the day to day economic conditions of average Americans better than he found it. If that's the test, today's report shows that Bush flunked on every relevant dimension-and not just because of the severe downturn that began last year.

That leaves Bush with the dubious distinction of becoming the only president in recent history to preside over an income decline through two presidential terms, notes Lawrence Mishel, president of the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. The median household income increased during the two terms of Clinton (by 14 per cent, as we'll see in more detail below), Ronald Reagan (8.1 per cent), and Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford (3.9 per cent). As Mishel notes, although the global recession decidedly deepened the hole-the percentage decline in the median income from 2007 to 2008 is the largest single year fall on record-average families were already worse off in 2007 than they were in 2000, a remarkable result through an entire business expansion. "What is phenomenal about the years under Bush is that through the entire business cycle from 2000 through 2007, even before this recession...working families were worse off at the end of the recovery, in the best of times during that period, than they were in 2000 before he took office," Mishel says.

The trends were comparably daunting for children in poverty. When Clinton left office nearly 11.6 million children lived in poverty, according to the Census. When Bush left office that number had swelled to just under 14.1 million, an increase of more than 21 per cent. The story is similar again for access to health care. When Clinton left office, the number of uninsured Americans stood at 38.4 million. By the time Bush left office that number had grown to just over 46.3 million, an increase of nearly 8 million or 20.6 per cent.

The trends look the same when examining shares of the population that are poor or uninsured, rather than the absolute numbers in those groups. When Clinton left office in 2000 13.7 per cent of Americans were uninsured; when Bush left that number stood at 15.4 per cent. (Under Bush, the share of Americans who received health insurance through their employer declined every year of his presidency-from 64.2 per cent in 2000 to 58.5 per cent in 2008.) When Clinton left the number of Americans in poverty stood at 11.3 per cent; when Bush left that had increased to 13.2 per cent. The poverty rate for children jumped from 16.2 per cent when Clinton left office to 19 per cent when Bush stepped down.

So the summary page on the economic experience of average Americans under the past two presidents would look like this: Under Clinton, the median income increased 14 per cent. Under Bush it declined 4.2 per cent. Under Clinton the total number of Americans in poverty declined 16.9 per cent; under Bush it increased 26.1 per cent. Under Clinton the number of children in poverty declined 24.2 per cent; under Bush it increased by 21.4 per cent. Under Clinton, the number of Americans without health insurance, remained essentially even (down six-tenths of one per cent); under Bush it increased by 20.6 per cent....

The wretched two-term record compiled by the younger Bush on income, poverty and access to health care should compel Republicans to answer a straightforward question: if tax cuts are truly the best means to stimulate broadly shared prosperity, why did the Bush years yield such disastrous results for American families on these core measures of economic well being?


Where Was Joe Wilson When Bush Was President? (September 12, 2009) , Olbermann

The 43rd president of the United States lied the nation into the war, lied 4,343 of his fellow citizens to death in that war, lied about upholding the constitution, and lied about weapons of mass destruction. He lied about how he reacted to al-Qaida before 9/11 and he lied about how he reacted to al-Qaida after 9/11. He lied about getting Bin Laden, and he lied about not getting Bin Laden. He lied about nation-building in Iraq, lied about the appearance of new buildings in the nation of Iraq, and lied about embassy buildings in nations like Iraq. He lied about trailers with mobile weapons labs in them, and he lied about trailers with Cuban prostitutes in them. He and his administration lied — by the counting of one non-profit group — 532 times about links between al-Qaida and Iraq. Only 28 of those were by that President, but he made up for that by lying 231 times about WMD.

And yet not once did an elected Democratic official shout out during one of George W. Bush's speeches and call him a "liar."...And when the blasphemy of mere respectful criticism somehow came anyway — say by, or built on that by, the real Joe Wilson [who questioned some of Bush's WMD charges] — Lord help he who might have made the slightest factual error in that criticism. Congressman Wilson and his masters and the flying monkeys of right-wing media would pursue the erroneous critic to the ends of their careers, firing hot accusations of moral or intellectual confusion and incompetence at the unbelievers. And that is the line Congressman Wilson crossed last night when he shouted "you lie" at this President of the United States. Not the respect line. The stupid line. Hey, Mr. Wilson!

...House Bill 3200 specifically says, Sir, in language made precise and binding — in section 246 —under the heading, quote:No federal payment for undocumented aliens." Look, Congressman! All capital letters! For the benefit of the factually-challenged! "Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States." You got it wrong! There is no ambiguity, Sir. There is no disagreement! The bill says those here illegally will not be covered; yet whether through stupidity or a willful attempt to mislead the gullible, you decided to spend whatever credibility remained to you, on a position in which you are utterly, inarguably, and — in a manner obvious to newborns and the more sophisticated of farm animals — wrong!

It is this week, evident that the greatest threat to the nation is not terrorism nor the economy nor H1N1 nor even bad health care. It is rank, willful stupidity. When did we come to extol stupidity ahead of information, and rely on voo-doo, superstition, and prejudice ahead of education? How many Republicans believe in Death Panels and Brownies and Elves? When did we start to listen to elect the impregnably dense?  I was almost too fearful of using the word "impregnably" because of the prospect that Governor Palin would go after me the way she went after Letterman. The time has come to rise up and take this country back, to again make it safe. for people who actually completed the seventh grade. The crime of Wrong-Way Wilson was not reflected in his emotions, nor his disagreement, nor his inappropriate conduct, nor in his incivility. It was in his prideful wrong-ness.

This nation can survive a president being disrespected by some nickel-dime congressman from Beaufort; the shame falls onto the shouter and not the one shouted at. But this nation cannot survive the continued acceptance, the continued endorsement, the continued encouragement, the continued institutionalization… of stupidity I think if Mr. Lincoln were alive he might re-cast his most famous imagery in the light of the truest of our present crises: A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half smart, and half stupid.


Bush News: August

Another Broken Promise: Obama Ignores "Bush's Lawless Behavior" (August 26, 2009) , NYT ED

Ridge Quit, Suspected Bushie Pressure To Raise Death Threat Was Political (August 21, 2009) , NYT

Darth Cheney Sees His First Term Puppet As A Second Term Wimp (August 13, 2009) , WashPost

"In the second term, he felt Bush was moving away from him," said a participant in [a] recent gathering, describing Cheney's [comments]. "He said Bush was shackled by the public reaction and the criticism he took. Bush was more malleable to that. The implication was that Bush had gone soft on him, or rather Bush had hardened against Cheney's advice. He'd showed an independence that Cheney didn't see coming. It was clear that Cheney's doctrine was cast-iron strength at all times -- never apologize, never explain -- and Bush moved toward the conciliatory."...There is a sting in Cheney's critique, because he views concessions to public sentiment as moral weakness. After years of praising Bush as a man of resolve, Cheney now intimates that the former president turned out to be more like an ordinary politician in the end.

Bush Leads Worst Calls Of The Financial Crisis (August 8, 2009) , HuffPost

HuffPost has selected the worst calls made during the financial crisis, and the web site's readers have voted on the top ten. For our money, what's left of it afer the Bush financial meltdown, the worst calls can be ranked on the basis of who said them. --Politex

Drugs: Bush--not Obama--Pioneered Socialized Medicine in U.S. (August 6, 2009) , The Hill

"It was George W. Bush that passed the largest socialized expansion of our government in my lifetime," Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) argued in an interview with a Fox affiliate in Arkansas. "It was called Medicare Part D prescription drug program. The 10 year period for it was well over a trillion dollars." He said that program exceeds the cost of the healthcare reform bill now before the House. "The price tag is now under a trillion. That is over 10 years," Ross said. "That is less money than what George W. Bush passed." Ross's words are a thinly-veiled shot at Republicans who argue that Obama's healthcare plans would result in a massive expansion of government, and create a "government-run" healthcare system.

Song ID? Forget It: Bush-Backing Clear Channel Radio Charged Musicians (August 4, 2009) , Nancy Sinatra

A PROUD DAY FOR AMERICA: OUR FIRST NON-AMERICAN PRESIDENT! (August 3, 2009) , Jerry Politex, JoeBama Watch


Bush News: July

Bush, Paulson, and Greenspan, The Three Stooges Of The Economic Meltdown (7/21/09), Michiko Kakutani, book reviewer

"Under Bush's Authority": Cheney Directed TWO Secret Assassination Teams (7/16/09), Benjamin Sarlin/Seymour Hersh

Bush Supremes' Selection And His Gut Decisions Show GOP Irrationality (7/15/09), Dowd


Bush News: June

Bush "Violation" Killing America's Lakes, Rivers Upheld By His Supreme Ct. (6/23/09), NYT

Bush Attempts to Re-Write History, Blames Obama For Bush Mistakes, Huffington (June 19, 2009)

Bush, Rice Lied To the American People
Secret Deal With Israelis Contradicts Public Policy
(June 4, 2009)

Bush, Obama, Senate Defeat Constitution In Wiretapping Case (June 4, 2009)


Bush News: May

Readers' Poll: Do You Agree With Bush's Explanation Re Regulation? (May 30, 2009)

Groundhog Day: Bush a Tragic Figure, Still Denies His Incompetence (May 29, 2009)

How Bush Used Pliant Mainstream Media To Push War Lies (May 24, 2009)

How Cheney Runs the New "White House Boy Toy" (May 20, 2009)

Bush Saw Iraq As Holy War, But What About Obama in Afghanistan? (May 19, 2009)

Bush/Cheney Shouldn't Speak For GOP, Unless They Want To Confess (May 16, 2009)

"President" Cheney Speaks For Puppet Bush Administration (May 12, 2009)

Mailbag (May 6, 2009)

...As for your attack on socialism, I recently read this comment in the NYT:

"There is another historical base to the Dutch social-welfare system, which curiously has been overlooked by American conservatives in their insistence on seeing such a system as a threat to their values. It is rooted in religion. 'These were deeply religious people, who had a real commitment to looking after the poor,” Mak said of his ancestors. 'They built orphanages and hospitals. The churches had a system of relief, which eventually was taken over by the state.' So Americans should get over ‘socialism. This system developed not after Karl Marx, but after Martin Luther and Francis of Assisi.' 'Socialism' is then something of a straw man...rather than political ideology, religious values and a tradition of cooperation are what lie beneath the modern social-welfare system." --Jerry Politex


Bush Post-President News

Judge OKs probe of torture complaint against Bush officials
Spanish Court Weighs Inquiry on Torture for 6 Bush Officials
How Close the Bush Bullet: We've Been Living Under a Dictatorship
Yoo, Bush and The Subversion of Liberty Conspiracy, 2001-2008
A Major Difference Between Conservatives and Progressives: Glorification of Leader. See Bush
The Morning After Pill Conspiracy: Bush Politicized FDA
Under Bush: Labor Agency Is Failing Workers, Report Says
E.P.A. Plans Closer Review of Mountaintop Mining Permits
Federal judge ordered CIA to produce unedited summaries of purged torture docs
Turley: Cheney war crimes probe would be 'shortest in history'
Former Powell chief: Cheney is 'dangerous'
Stewart to Cheney: Drink a cup of 'shut the f**k up'

Bush Farewell: Declares "Peace of Mind to Seniors" Creates Perscription Drug Nightmare

Mailbag (3): Hagiographer Claims Bush Not Accountable For Economy

Bush Legacy Team Accelerates Drive to Scrub History of Prez Failures

Mailbag (2): Hagiographer Claims Bush, Alone, Could Not Have Destroyed 9 Trillion Economy

Mailbag (1): Hagiographer Provides Rationale For Bush Watch to Continue

Cheerleader Bush Stiffs President Cheney At the Last Minute, Dowd

Editorial: Bush Watch to Continue

Bush Leaves Smiling Because He Won, Jerry Politex

BUSH'S 13 GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS, Wonkett, etc.

BUSH'S 20 GREATEST HITS (ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE), Politex

The Bush Administration: Legacy of Liars, Politex

Obama Slams Bush Administration in Inaguration Speech (excerpts)

DON'T SAY "FAREWELL," GEORGE, JUST LEAVE, Jerry Politex and Gail Collins


Bush Wrong On...Taxes, The Deficit, Social Security, Energy, Education, Health Care, Nuclear Policy.


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