Image Image

  Nostalgia ain't what it used to be

Thursday, 18 October, 2018
Image

The Land of Plenty

Date: 15 February, 2006

By: Chief

Imagelenty of hogwash that is. Which is exactly what King George the Bush's latest state of the union speech contained. That and the old mid-term election favorite — let's spend lots and lots of money.

Taxes

I have got to admit it, the king started out on the right track. Tax reductions. However tax reductions will not do a single thing until existing laws which require tax money to operate are repealed. I did not see any mention of repealing any existing law. On the other hand why King George the Bush believes that increasing federal spending at the same rate as personal income increases is a good idea is way beyond me. Quoting the king's 2006 state of the union speech:

"We must work together to fund only our most important priorities. I will send you a budget that increases discretionary spending by 4 percent next year, about as much as the average family's income is expected to grow. And that is a good benchmark for us: Federal spending should not rise any faster than the paychecks of American families."

What we have here is an interesting paradox. First the king wants permanent tax breaks for We the People. But no existing laws are repealed to effect the reductions. Secondly the king thinks that "we," as in government, should only pay (though all the money comes from us taxpayers) for really important stuff. But again no existing laws are repealed. Lastly the king declares that the federal budget should not increase more than We the People's paychecks increase.

And I thought that Republicans stood for small, limited government. Obviously I was wrong. Instead of increasing the budget why can't the king decrease the federal budget by the same amount that our paychecks increase? Or double that amount? I don't think we shall hear an answer to that one.

The king started out on the right track but derailed shortly thereafter.

Health care

Quoting the king's speech:

"The American system of medicine is a model of skill and innovation, with a pace of discovery that is adding good years to our lives. Yet for many people, medical care costs too much, and many have no coverage at all."

Just who the in the Sam Thump is he kidding anyway? A typical trip to the doctor's office will set you back anywhere from 150.00 to 350.00 dollars. And that is just for a checkup. A single 40 milligram Protonix pill costs on average of $3.00. For one stinking pill. That is $90.00 of your hard earned greenbacks a month. A trip to the emergency room will kill you once the bill arrives in the mail.

There are two primary reasons why so many folks do not have health insurance. The first is cost and the second is some folks are uninsurable. No insurance company will touch some people with a 40 foot boat hook. What about them? For example, an insulin dependent diabetic is uninsurable. But without insulin that person will die. Period. Insulin costs around $35.00 per bottle. Plus there is the cost of syringes, glucometer, test strips, etc. Monthly average cost for a diabetic is between $120.00 and $200.00. That would buy a lot of groceries.

The king in his infinite wisdom wants to increase Medicare funding. Quoting his speech:

"My budget will commit an additional $400 billion over the next decade to reform and strengthen Medicare. Leaders of both political parties have talked for years about strengthening Medicare. I urge the members of this new Congress to act this year."

Mere mid-term election fluff. And in the off chance that Congress, looking out for their own interests, passes the king's bill, We the People will be saddled with additional fluff weighing in at $400 billion. This is not my idea of a good idea let me tell you.

The king also wants Congress to pass a bill which would limit medical liability lawsuits. While I fully agree that frivolous lawsuits costs all of us a pretty penny, the decision on what is a frivolous lawsuit should be left up to the individual state. Not Congress. Besides, what does frivolous mean anyhow? What maybe frivolous to me may be quite important to you and vice versa. One size definitely does not fit all.

Social Security

Quoting the king's speech:

"Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security, yet the rising cost of entitlements is a problem that is not going away, and with every year we fail to act, the situation gets worse."

The king's plan was to allow us mere citizens to invest a portion of our "money, set it aside in a voluntary personal savings account so you can invest in bonds or stocks — bonds and stocks, whatever you so choose" (quoting a 2005 kingly speech).

The Democrats in Congress listening to the king's speech applauded themselves for blocking this much needed Social Security reform. While I agree with the king's basic idea, which he took from libertarians by the way, his proposal does not go nearly far enough. It is however better than the current system.

In essence the Democrats continue to say that 'we know what is better for you citizens than you do'. Which goes to show that Democrats have absolutely no clue.

Energy

King George the Bush proposed (quoting his speech):

"$1.2 billion in research funding so that America can lead the world in developing clean, hydrogen-powered automobiles.

"A simple chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen generates energy, which can be used to power a car, producing only water, not exhaust fumes.

[...]

"Join me in this important innovation to make our air significantly cleaner, and our country much less dependent on foreign sources of energy."

Isn't that wonderful? Down the road I think it will come to pass. Many years down the road. But what about now? What about the unreal high prices We the People are paying for propane, heating oil, natural gas, diesel and gasoline? The king did not address that particular issue.

Here is the whopper (quoting AP):

"America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world."

There is nothing wrong with oil. The problem is where we are getting it and the price tag involved. Puh-lease King George the Bush, we, as in the United States have the largest deposit of oil and gas in the world. Why did you not mention that? Over one trillion barrels. And right in our own back yard, the Green River Basin. Shale oil. What's more is now it can be extracted for approximately $30.00 per barrel, possibly less. Furthermore, because of the purity of the extracted oil it will take far less refining than, let's say, Prudhoe crude. The oil industry knows this. So why is nothing happening, king? Why is this being kept very quiet?

A trillion barrels of oil would make us utterly energy independent from the rest of the world for decades. The oil industry has the technology to make this happen. Indeed Shell has successfully tested and extracted oil using this new technology. Yet it is not being tapped. Can you spell or smell P-O-L-I-T-I-C-S and greed? Me too. Wafting in spades from both political parties.

Kingly compassion

The king would like Congress to pass his faith-based initiative and the Citizen Service Act to help fellow citizens in need. What a crock. We do not need now and never have needed a federal law telling We the People to help others. If we citizens desire to help one another, which happens quite often in the area I live, we will. The feds need to get a life and get out of mine.

Additionally the king proposes (quoting his speech):

"A $450 million initiative to bring mentors to more than a million disadvantaged junior high students and children of prisoners."

I'll tell you what, that is outright stupid. This is another item which is best left up to the local community. We locals know what is best for our kids. — not Washington, District of Corruption. The king needs to clean up his own back yard before telling We the People how the cow ate the cabbage.

He also proposes (quoting his speech):

"A $600 million program to help an additional 300,000 Americans receive [drug] treatment over the next three years."

Bullpucky. People made the decision to use and get hooked on drugs — those same people can figure a way to get unhooked. It is as simple as that.

King George the Bush also wants to:

Now dig this (quoting his speech):

"[A]sk the Congress to commit $15 billion over the next five years, including nearly $10 billion in new money, to turn the tide against AIDS in the most afflicted nations of Africa and the Caribbean."

I say to hell with that nonsense. While Africa, the Caribbean and other parts of the world have their problems, we have our own. We need to take care of our problems first and foremost. We the People come first. We also need to stay completely out of other countries' affairs. That "new money" is additional tax money taken from us. Hogwash, says I.

The king also talked mightily about out-law regimes, Iraq, terrorism and security. In actuality, he was talking out both sides of his mouth.

Iraq is nothing more than Vietnam in the sand. In other words Iraq has become quicksand for us. We are getting our butts shot off with no end in sight. Iraq is about as stable as an earthquake. The same holds true in Afghanistan. The only difference is that Afghanistan is once again producing high quality and profitable opium by the ton, selling it and doing this right under our noses — while thumbing their noses at us.

Pertaining to out-law regimes, many countries could matter of factly make that claim about the U.S. and not be wrong. Our foreign policy is driven by greed and short sighted electoral politics. The two are almost synonymous.

Doing business with other countries is fine — minding other countries' business is not.

Terrorism and terrorists

There is no such thing. International criminals, cowards, crimes and pirates are another story. We still haven't caught bin Laden or his sidekick al-Zawahri. Yet in our purported quest to capture bin Laden and company we have flattened two countries, overthrown two sovereign governments, killed or wounded thousands of innocent civilians with no end in sight and sent our budget into deficit overdrive. We also very handily have infuriated millions of Muslims (probably reminds them of the crusades).

This is not to mention the deaths and maiming of thousands of our military men and women, let alone the destruction of our most fundamental freedoms. And yes, the king asked Congress to renew the horrid Patriot Act.

King George the Bush made a statement that scares the bejesus out of me (quoting his speech):

"We seek the end of tyranny in our world."

What does that mean? Could it mean more U.S. diplomatic intervention throughout the world? Yes, I suspect it could mean that. Could it mean congressional intervention, such as sanctions, etc., throughout the world? I believe it could mean that as well. Could it mean whining to the U.N. Security Council and extracting U.N. sanctions against some country who has offended our sensibilities? That is possible also.

I do not believe that U.S. military intervention should be ruled out. King George the Bush has already invaded two countries, and those are just the ones which made the newspapers. Could a third war under his reign be possible? Why yes, yes it is possible. He has, after all, shown no reluctance to use military force. Yeah, it's scary.

Which in turn brings up security. While the king may believe that military force may bring us additional security, I believe the king to be out of his cotton-pickin' mind. Nobody likes a bully and sooner or later those who have been bullied get together, set a trap for the bully and when the bully steps into the trap the bullied alliance will kick the living crap out of the bully and rightly so. Currently, we are the bully and if we keep this bullying conduct up — our day of reckoning is coming and the results ain't going to be pretty.

So just what is that fleeting temptress, security? To me security is:

What really angered me about the king's speech was the tone of his speech. The king, at best, was talking down to us as though we were his minions — his servants. At worst, he was outright ignoring us. Ignoring We the People. Treating us contemptuously. What an utter scumbag. If you don't believe me, you can read his speech here (.txt) or here (.pdf). You shall then see what I mean.

A government that is big enough to give you what you think you want — is truly big enough to take everything you actually have.

[Ed. note: This story has been updated.]

(Return to the top)