Wednesday, November 23, 2005

2005, The Year In Review - Politics

In 2005 the nation finally had a chance to see how the Bush Administration operates. The ethically challenged administration and its supporters finally came under scrutiny after years of having a press that was in denial. The final verdict is not in but at least Tom Delay was indicted for extortion. Bill Frist had to explain why he pulled out of a business deal just before it went belly-up. I. Scooter Libby, the vice president's chief of staff was also indicted for playing a role in the outing of C.I.A. against Valerie Plame. Ohio governor Taft ( a descendent of the former president) was allegedly involved in coingate (investing worker's pension funds into rare coins). The G.O.P. at this particular point in time does look very vulnerable with 63% of the people opposing the war and the way the Bush Administration has handled it. The Bush/Cheney team's strongest appeal to the American people was its readiness to protect the American people in time of crisis. Hurricane Katrina proved that this administration was NOT able to do the very thing that they were elected to do. Hurricane Katrina showed the world how "racist" the Bush administration and many people of the state of Louisiana actually are. A conscious effort was made to keep supplies from going into the affected areas. The neighboring counties of Gretna and Jefferson had the space and the supplies to help the Katrina victims but they didn't do it because most of them were black. With this administration we see "cronyism" at it's worst. The clean-up contracts were given to Halliburton, Mr. Cheney's former company instead of going to local businesses in the Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas areas. Hayley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi said NOTHING when he found out that Mississippi firms would not be given contracts to do clean up work in Mississippi. The Bush administration tried to eliminate the Beacon Act which guarantees a reasonable wage for locals involved in the clean up. The president has the unamitigated gall to go on national television and say "Good job Brownie" to the man who was head of F.E.M.A., the government agency most responsible for dropping the ball. Mr. Brown had no previous experience in rescue work and prior to his post at F.E.M.A. was fired from his job of overseeing the care of Arabian horses. It was reported that Mr. Brown got his job as head of F.E.M.A. because he was the former roomate of a major Bush fundraiser, Mr. Olbeau.
Michael Brown had the audacity to go before a Republican sponsored investigation and blame the governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans for the Katrina tragedy when the governor sent a urgent message to the president requesting help BEFORE Katrina hit. Mr. Brown LIED under oath.....and nothing happened to him. He paid no consequence. With the Bush poll numbers continuing to go south (38% approval rating) it is going to be a real challenge to regain the confidence the American people once had in Republican leadership. The sons and daughters of his middle class and lower middle class supporters are dying in Iraq or coming back maimed for life. These people are slowly but surely coming to the realization that they backed the wrong guy. But what will happen if the 2008 G.O.P. candidate decides to follow the policies of Bush/Cheney? We have seen first hand how votes can be compromised or manipulated as evidenced in Ohio and Florida. What will happen when and administration wants to go one way and the people want to go another? Will the democracy that we as Americans cherish be non-existent? The U.S. government already has in its power the ability to arrest huge numbers of people. The tricks used in 2000 and 2004 will be anticipated in 2008. Several states including California have told Diebold they will not be using their voting machines in the 2008 presidential elections. We may be on a collision course. We must also be weary of Democratic candidates who support the war in Iraq. They must be carefully scrutinized because if two pro war candidates (one from each major party) run against each other the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz dream of world domination will still be very much alive.

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