Sunday, May 01, 2005

THE BUSH 100 DAYS (more like 100 yrs.)



"I think he became overconfident about what he could accomplish."
-- Margaret Thompson-- professor of history/political science at Syracuse University

Slideshow: President Bush

(SEE SMUG BUSH RUN...The man who thought he could walk on water. Well, like any other hard formation, he sank and is descending to the bottom. I wonder how he's going to pull himself out of this one and save himself from drowning? He just might need another 911 ... GOD HELP US!) ThinkingBlue
Arrogance, or something darker?
- If you want to know why 9/11 was allowed to happen you may not
have to look any further than the Oval Office. - A little more than a
month before the attack, in his Aug. 6 daily intelligence briefing, Bush
was "told that morning of the al-Qaida terror network's interest in
conducting a strike within the U.S., and that it might involve highjacked
airplanes," reports the Wall Street Journal (7/24/03.) - Why didn't he
order airlines to be alerted, inform the Federal Aviation Administration
of the threat, put the military air commands on a high level of readiness
and tell the FBI, CIA and INS to be super vigilant? - He brushed the
warning aside - Perhaps it wasn't arrogance that made the PNAC-influenced
administration dismiss multiple warnings of a terrorist attack using
highjacked airliners. The truth may be far darker. - Here's the chilling
kicker: To convince the American people to spend extra billions for
defense instead of on Social Security, Medicare, etc., PNAC suggested it
would take a "catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl
Harbor." (PNAC's exact words.)



WASHINGTON - One hundred days into his
second term,

Bush Starts 2nd Term With Rocky 100 Days
By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent Sat
Apr 30,12:27 PM ET

President Bush
has lost much of the political muscle he boasted
about after winning re-election. Gas prices are rising, his approval
ratings are sagging and Americans are unhappy with his handling of the
economy and Iraq
Now he's trying to sell a Social Security plan that would cut future
benefits for all but low-income retirees — giving opponents fresh
ammunition. Even before Bush unveiled his new proposal — and despite a
60-day sales campaign — a majority of Americans thought he had mishandled
Social Security, too.

Along with his other troubles, Bush has had to prop up two endangered
Republicans: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, accused of ethical lapses,
and John Bolton, the president's choice for U.N. ambassador, criticized
for his judgment and treatment of subordinates.

It wasn't supposed to be this hard. Not for a re-elected Republican
president with a GOP-ruled House and Senate.

"He's in far weaker shape than most people expected he would be in the
aftermath of the election," said Margaret Thompson, a professor of history
and political science at Syracuse University. "I think he became
overconfident about what he could accomplish."

No one is counting him out, three months into his second term. He has time
to recover and opponents have learned not to underestimate him. But his
slide in the polls and the dissatisfaction with his performance have been

"He's behaved like a `landslide president,' and we know what happens with
landslide presidents," Thompson said. "Their reach always exceeds their
grasp. They always overextend themselves."

Democrats in Congress have proven to be a more effective force than anyone
expected, standing united and combative in opposing Bush's judicial
nominees and his plan to create private investment accounts under Social

Democrats complain that Bush has been uncompromising, giving them little
reason to cooperate on big issues. They want to keep him and other
Republicans on the defensive in hopes of winning control of Congress in
next year's elections and then recapturing the White House in 2008.

"Democrats have no incentive to see President Bush succeed," said Merle
Black, a political scientist at Emory University. "He's operating in a
political context that's very difficult for any leader to have any
success. It's been hard for presidents to have a successful second term."

In contrast with the Democrats' unity, Republican leaders are having a
hard time keeping their troops in line. Some GOP lawmakers are balking at
Bush's Social Security prescription and reserving support on Bolton's

A large part of Bush's troubles in opinion polls stems from soaring
gasoline prices — averaging more than $2.20 a gallon — that have
infuriated motorists and worried business leaders. That has created
anxiousness about the economy on top of concern about big budget deficits.
Gas prices were a problem that seemed to catch the White House off guard.

Oil costs weren't on Bush's mind back in November when he stood up after
the election and declared, "I earned capital in the campaign, political
capital, and now I intend to spend it." Listing his priorities, he never
mentioned energy.

But now, with prices skyrocketing, the White House says energy ranks
alongside Social Security on Bush's must-do list. He is pushing Congress
to send him a long-stalled energy bill by August.

Yet, Bush unhappily concedes there's little he can do to bring gas prices
down any time soon. "I wish I could," he said. "If I could, I would."
Diverting from his attention to Social Security, Bush devoted two speeches
to energy in a week's time.

Democrats marked Bush's 100-day mark with a harsh assessment.
"Disastrous," the Democratic National Committee said.

"His agenda is so radical and extreme that he cannot even convince his
fellow Republicans to agree with him," said DNC spokeswoman Laura Gross.
"On issue after issue, from Social Security reform to energy policy to
health care, Bush has not been able to make progress."

Bush counters that he is asking Americans to address problems that haven't
been confronted in decades. "And so I'm not surprised that some are
balking at doing hard work," he said. And worrying about the polls, he
said, is "kind of like a dog chasing your tail." ___

EDITOR'S NOTE — Terence Hunt has covered the White House for The
Associated Press since the Reagan presidency.


I'm sorry, I see nothing cute and cuddly about this picture... All the
horrible things this President has done ... He has caused so much sadness, pain, suffering and devastation to so many people and to our Earth... 911
pales in comparison... Therefore, I call this....


There's more than meets the eye here...

What does "More then meets the eye" mean? Where does it come from? Doesn't
it mean there might be something shady about the situation or person?


While it will occasionally mean something shady or menacing, it doesn't
always mean that. It could also be used to mean the person or situation is
more complex, or more interesting, or more meaningful than it would appear
at first glance. Which of these is meant depends on tone of voice and


YOU CHOOSE... ThinkingBlue


The tears fall each time young soldiers, die.
For a lie…
The tears fall as last breaths whisper, goodbye.
For a lie…
The tears fall, as exploding bombs, fill the sky.
For a lie…
The tears fall, filled with hate, questioning why?
Thinking Blue




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