The George W. Bush Budget for 2008
G.W. is a dangerous president with unbridled power run amok. His budget reflects an apathetic public willing to let him get away with murder. Was I too harsh?
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Imagine we passive taxpayers footing the bill for a military budget that would spend more on defense than all other countries combined! Apparently, that's the Bush "take over the planet and run the place" plan. The 2007 deficit is projected at 244 Billion added to a 27 Trillion national debt, the largest debt in the world! Bush's budget, in theory, plans to lower taxes and decrease spending at the same time as the military budget increase.
Perhaps Bush would like us to believe he is a magician of some sort. However, his past record shows him to be anything but. The only magic G.W. knows is how to bamboozle his countrymen into giving him yet another reprieve. With popularity ratings at the country's all time lowest, at 30 percent, it's a good time to look ahead at a better next president. Meanwhile, Bush ought to be impeached along with his whole cabinet. Contrary to the opinion of some, the country would actually benefit with a huge impeachment. That would be two Presidents in a row. I wouldn't stop there. I'd like to see the public become informed by a trial with all evidence admitted so that "we the people" can see how things are really done in Washington. Knowledge is power and right now, Bush et al try to hide everything. They don't want us to know all the hands in the cookie jar.
Of course in general, the people of this "no longer great nation" don't have the guts to do the right thing anymore. We would rather entertain ourselves on credit. Perhaps George reflects us in that perverse way. As a nation, we have negative savings and spend 20% more than we make. Our government simply magnifies our own shortcomings. In that sense, we are well represented by G.W. He is the symbol of our irresponsibility.
As a people, we don't see the connection between our own laziness and apathy, and all the death and destruction around the world. It's never our own fault. It's always somebody else's. When Davis was governor of California, I used to joke, "I don't have to be responsible at all. I follow the example of my governor and my president." After all, we don't feel the pain as directly as we should. Of course, some do and some will. There's always some wet-behind the ears kid enlisting to fund their college or to follow a family tradition, or to demonstrate their patriotism, but they fall far short of understanding the world they live in before they go out to drop bombs on the heads of other families they've never met. Some do pay the ultimate price while others use their deaths and wounds as an excuse to continue the battle regardless of all logic against it. Their plea is that they would have lost their lives in vain. It may be a shock to these apologists, but much of what war is about is vanity.
While we seek ways of helping kids break from the loyalty and vengeance that keeps them in gangs, we don't apply the same efforts to keeping our country out of similar wars. To finance themselves, the gangs have drugs while governments have oil. As a matter of fact, as a people, we have become to poorly educated to understand the issues that have led us to continue being at war all the time. Our national barbarism is nothing new. Traditionally, Americans have thrived upon it. Just look at the violence we watch at the movies or on TV.
Unfortunately, many of us have given up on trying to understand the mess. We don't go to City Council meetings. We personally fund candidates so poorly that it is no wonder that they are owned by special interests and corporate lobbyists. We don't lift a finger. We simply grab the remote control and vegetate.
As a nation, we will have earned the coming collapse and resulting totalitarian controls over our lives. Being free is political hard work and political hard work is what Americans avoid. We avoid our responsibility as citizens. Then we curse those in office based on our simplistic uninformed views gathered from what the corporate media delivers to our ears and eyes. Yes, the nation has slept with dogs and seems apathetic to the fleas. We barely scratch the surface of reality as we dive into our fantasy world of DVD's and iPods. Maybe we are more "plugged in," but we are also tuned out."
Ironically, with the Internet and the abundance of information at our finger tips, few of us get excited by the world around us. Instead we sense that it is all too overwhelming to understand.
Letting things go in the direction they are going is already fatal to many Americans. Add 911 to Katrina, Iraq, auto accidents and gang warfare and you'll quickly see what I mean. We can't afford our own health care while spending a small fortune on SUV's. We lack a wise sense of priorities and look to Big Brother to print money to pay for our stupidity. Each average American Family owes the Federal Government $500,000 and then an additional $100,000 in personal debt. After you consider that fact, how wealthy are you really? If you were to pay it off, you'd look a lot more like any other third world resident. So much for American wealth.
At what point will we turn back the pages to the vision of the Founding Fathers? How wretched must we become before we take action, and then, what will be the cost to get America back on track? How socialist will we become? How much tyranny will we tolerate? How many prisons will we have to build? How many prisoners will there have to be? How many political prisoners? How many "disappeared?" How many bombs will have been dropped, and on whom?
We like life simple and information delivered in less than 3 seconds or, "Why bother." Okay then, here's simple.
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How I would I fix our budget
The results of these actions would mean a more responsible people with a government that reflects that. It would mean less war and more favorable international relations. It would mean greater personal wealth and lower personal debt. It would mean more freedom and less crime. To learn more, start reading more. Start understanding the world you live in by becoming more informed. These are all positives. The only thing it requires on your part is more honesty and discipline. We can live in a better world. It all starts with you. If we all continue to wait for everybody else to go first, we'll be visiting the Grim Reaper before a better world appears.
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