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Al953
2005-10-26 22:42:47 EST
What Reagan Started, Bush Is Finishing

By David Martin

10/26/05 "ICH" -- -- In recent weeks, every morning's newspaper seems to
carry another headline documenting the accelerating tailspin of George Bush's
administration into disastrous fiasco. Political pundits may attribute the
ongoing self-immolation of George Bush to the general ineptitude of the
Mayberry Machiavellis with whom he has surrounded himself.

But there is another, more historically correct explanation for the current
presidential unraveling: the disaster that is George Bush is the inevitable
culmination of the "revolution" wrought by Ronald Reagan.

The Great Charlatan swept into office proclaiming that government was the
problem. If only it got out of the way, the energy, creativity, and
entrepreneurial spirit of the private sector would be unleashed and a golden
economic age would dawn. A rising tide of affluence would lift all boats,
and we would all sail off into a rosy sunset.

Now after eight years of the Gipper, four years of Bush I, eight years of
Republican Lite under Clinton, and five years of Shrub, we see the truth of
the Reagan Revolution. The gradual withering away of the welfare and
regulatory state has not unleashed the American entrepreneurial spirit.
Rather, it has set loose the predatory greed of the 19th century robber
barons, the class cannibalism of Social Darwinism, and the winner-take-all
rapacity of laissez faire capitalism.

The bright and shining "morning in America" that Reagan touted has turned
into a cold, gray dusk as the sun rapidly sets on the American dream. In the
25 years since Reagan was sworn into office, the middle class is shrinking
and the gap between wealthy and poor is reaching Grand Canyon proportions.
During this period the average after-tax income of the lowest fifth of
Americans has increased by 5%, the middle fifth by 15%, and the top fifth by
48%. The income of the top 1% of Americans, in contrast, has more than
doubled, growing from $298,900 to $631,700, an increase of 111%.1

The trickle down promised by supply-side economists has diminished to a slow
drip. The tax policies of George Bush have only exacerbated this problem.
The combined effect of his tax cuts has been to reduce federal tax revenue
to its lowest level as a share of the economy since 1950.2 The inevitable
result is the return of Reaganesque tax deficits that Bill Clinton worked so
hard to erase. George Bush is mortgaging our future, and the Chinese hold
the note.

Reagan came into office promising to shrink government to keep it from
stifling private initiative. He and his successors may not have been too
successful in shrinking the size of the government, but they have certainly
magnified its ineptitude. The government that once put a man on the moon now
cannot deliver ice to the Gulf Coast.

The American military that conducted a multi-front war to defeat the
formidable powers of Germany and Japan cannot subdue shadowy car bombers in
Iraq or the remnants of the Taliban in Afghanistan. A military logistical
system that was able to supply its armies across two oceans somehow can't
coordinate the delivery of armored Humvees to troops stationed in Iraq or
supply them with up to date bullet proof vests.

Privatization was another of Reagan's sacred tenets. The theory was that
privatizing services once provided by government would result in greater
efficiencies at lower costs. The Iraq occupation was to be a textbook case
for the miracle of privatization. First the American forces destroyed the
Iraqi infrastructure (except for the oil industry), then the job of
rebuilding was turned over to large, private, well-connected construction
firms.

Two years after the American invasion the Iraqis have only intermittent
electrical service and inadequate water supplies. But the construction firms
did prove efficient in at least one area: ripping off the American taxpayer.
Billions of dollars have disappeared into the black hole of Iraq
reconstruction, and contract administrators can only shrug and mumble about
difficult circumstances.

The Bush administration may have fumbled relief efforts in the immediate
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But it was well prepared to apply the
lessons of Iraq reconstruction to the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast. The
Katrina clean up could have been one huge WPA project to help alleviate the
widespread poverty so cruelly exposed by the monster storm. Instead George
Bush rescinded wage and environmental regulations and turned the Gulf Coast
into a free fire zone for crony capitalism.

The same well-connected, underperforming firms from Iraq were given the same
no-bid, no oversight contracts in Louisiana and Mississippi. As a result,
illegal immigrants are being paid at below minimum wage rates to do the work
that should be done by displaced residents at Davis-Bacon wage rates. One
can anticipate the importation of workers from Bangladesh, Nepal, and
Pakistan as New Orleans displacees are shuttled from one government trailer
park to another.

Politicians and their supporters love to wax romantic about the legacy they
leave behind. Here's the Reagan/Bush legacy: failed wars, support of
terrorists, environmental degradation, the income distribution of a banana
republic, a credit rating a third world country would be ashamed of, falling
health standards, the disappearance of guaranteed retirement pensions, and
corporate malfeasance on an unprecedented scale.

George Bush loves to end his speeches with a request for God to bless the
United States of America. What he really needs to ask is for God to save us.

David Martin - <damrtn48@ntplx.net>

Notes

1 Figures taken from Congressional Budget Office report, Historical
Effective Federal Tax Rates: 1979 to 2002, March 2005.

2 Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Tax Returns, A Comprehensive
Assessment of the Bush Administration's Record on Cutting Taxes, April 23,
2004.

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Ha-Emet
2005-10-26 23:56:24 EST

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George Bush's approval rating is not the only thing that is falling.
Support for the U.S. war on terrorism was high after 9/11 and so was
George W. Bush's popularity. But now all that appears to be changing and
the rivalry between Russia and the U.S. is heating up as both Putin and
Bush compete for spheres of influence.

The public utterings from the Bush Administration about tyrants,
dictators, human rights abuse, and weapons of mass destruction, doesn't
apply to our friends anymore than it applied to Saddam when he was our man
in Iraq, even when he was killing Kurds and Shiites; or the Northern
Alliance in Afghanistan when they were fighting the Soviets in a proxy war
for us. Except now Bush has other problems. Russia is stepping back into
Central Asia to fill a void, much of which has been caused by George W.
Bush's terrible foreign policy.

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2005-10-26 23:57:03 EST

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There can be little doubt that it was British officialdom in Palestine,
mindful of the old imperialistic formula of "divide and rule," which
encouraged the obstructionist tactics of the British-appointed Grand Mufti
of Jerusalem and other Arab leaders. Had the administration there been
willing to carry out the mandate given to Great Britain by the League of
Nations, had it defined the position between Arabs and Jews in Palestine
in the terms of the mandate, the outbreak of riots in 1920, in 1921, in
1929, and again in 1936 could probably have been avoided.

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Ha-Emet
2005-10-26 23:57:46 EST

Where is the American Dream?

The vehemence with which those who defend selfishness and insensitivity,
individualism and disdain for the poor tells us a lot about ourselves and
who we are as Americans. This "Americanism" is the yardstick by which we
measure what has become our uniquely American ethos. The "American Dream"
is a fantasy created in another time, the idealized vision of a
make-believe parallel universe -- It is a false dream in a golden ghetto.

"The American Dream never did exist for one group of Americans--the
poor. And if life has become more difficult for all working people, it is
a disaster for the growing numbers thrown on the trash heap in the richest
country in the world." (Alan Maass, Case for Socialism, 2003 - Haymarket
Bks)


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A. Lexus De Toke-ville
2005-10-27 00:07:15 EST
al953 wrote:

> What Reagan Started, Bush Is Finishing

What's that, the destruction of the world?

S*@hotmail.com
2005-10-28 00:27:32 EST

Ha-Emet wrote:
> Where is the American Dream?
>
> The vehemence with which those who defend selfishness and insensitivity,
> individualism and disdain for the poor tells us a lot about ourselves and
> who we are as Americans. This "Americanism" is the yardstick by which we
> measure what has become our uniquely American ethos. The "American Dream"
> is a fantasy created in another time, the idealized vision of a
> make-believe parallel universe -- It is a false dream in a golden ghetto.
>
> "The American Dream never did exist for one group of Americans--the
> poor. And if life has become more difficult for all working people, it is
> a disaster for the growing numbers thrown on the trash heap in the richest
> country in the world." (Alan Maass, Case for Socialism, 2003 - Haymarket
> Bks)
>
>
> Continued --> http://pnews.org/ArT/ImP/AmeR.shtml

You are one stupid bastard. The poor is who the American Dream was
meant for. To be able to start your life being born into a dirt poor
family and wind up going to college and moving up to the middle class
or higher. That is the dream. You dirtbags don't know what poor is.
If your mother asks you why you are crying, and you tell her it is
because you are hungry, then you can talk about being poor. You will
never understand. You socialist bastards want to drag everyone down to
being poor. You disgust me.


Al953
2005-10-30 23:13:04 EST

"A. Lexus (de Toke-ville)" <eat@spam.yum> wrote in message
news:8oY7f.14080$MN6.5425@fed1read04...
> al953 wrote:
>
>> What Reagan Started, Bush Is Finishing
>
> What's that, the destruction of the world?


Broadly speaking; Yes!



Wm James
2005-11-06 23:33:03 EST
On Wed, 26 Oct 2005 21:07:15 -0700, "A. Lexus (de Toke-ville)"
<*t@spam.yum> wrote:

>al953 wrote:
>
>> What Reagan Started, Bush Is Finishing
>
>What's that, the destruction of the world?

If the democratic party is the world, perhaps. :)

In the eyes of the democrats, the world has ended. At least their
world, where they had total power for a generation and the voters were
such easy dupes that conservatives in the south and liberals in the
north and fruits on the left coast, even the blacks and the KKK both
voted democrat. The american people finally had enough. It wasn't
Reagan's revolution, however, it was Barry Goldwater who started it
all. After seeing freedom eroded, taxes becoming more oppressive, and
the US weakened for year after year by the democratic party using tax
dollars to buy votes from every group promising everything and
delivering nothing but bigger and more intrusive government, it became
all too apparent to too many under the incompetence of Jimmy Carter
that the democrats were not offering any solutions and in fact were
the problem. People aren't so gullible anymore. The days of one
newspaper and three TV networks being the only source of news and
information is long dead. Politicians can no longer promise opposing
groups whatthey want and not be noticed. Socialist programs can no
longer be peddled without people calling it what it is. The
information age is the democratic party's worse nightmare. And the
republicans cannot keep acting like democrats and expect to keep the
power they have obtained. They were elected to replace the demoicrats
for a reason, and they too will be replaced if they don't earn their
positions soon.

William R. James


Wm James
2005-11-21 08:30:07 EST
On Wed, 26 Oct 2005 21:07:15 -0700, "A. Lexus (de Toke-ville)"
<*t@spam.yum> wrote:

>al953 wrote:
>
>> What Reagan Started, Bush Is Finishing
>
>What's that, the destruction of the world?

If the democratic party is the world, perhaps. :)

In the eyes of the democrats, the world has ended. At least their
world, where they had total power for a generation and the voters were
such easy dupes that conservatives in the south and liberals in the
north and fruits on the left coast, even the blacks and the KKK both
voted democrat. The american people finally had enough. It wasn't
Reagan's revolution, however, it was Barry Goldwater who started it
all. After seeing freedom eroded, taxes becoming more oppressive, and
the US weakened for year after year by the democratic party using tax
dollars to buy votes from every group promising everything and
delivering nothing but bigger and more intrusive government, it became
all too apparent to too many under the incompetence of Jimmy Carter
that the democrats were not offering any solutions and in fact were
the problem. People aren't so gullible anymore. The days of one
newspaper and three TV networks being the only source of news and
information is long dead. Politicians can no longer promise opposing
groups whatthey want and not be noticed. Socialist programs can no
longer be peddled without people calling it what it is. The
information age is the democratic party's worse nightmare. And the
republicans cannot keep acting like democrats and expect to keep the
power they have obtained. They were elected to replace the demoicrats
for a reason, and they too will be replaced if they don't earn their
positions soon.

William R. James

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