|operating worldwide. Naturally, Bush concluded by asking God to guide us in these darkest of times, as we seek to defend liberty and freedom.
What else was most evident from Mr. Bush’s speech was the inherent contradiction between his words and fiscal reality. For example, the president seeks to provide relief for 92 million unidentified Americans who “will keep, this year, an average of almost $1,000 more of their own money.” Bush also noted that “A family of four with an income of $40,000 would see their federal income taxes fall from $1,178 to $45 a year.” And in a non-specific broad stroke, the president asserted that “Our plan will improve the bottom line for more than 23 million small businesses.” Not that I am any fan of our last president, but are we not running a huge annual federal budget shortfall right now? The president also believes that by eliminating the “double taxation” on dividend income, that we will “boost investor confidence.” (I, for one, am not willing to invest in what many regard as the most corrupt stock market in the world, at this time.) As a true believer in trickle-down economics, Mr. Bush also seeks to accelerate all his previously proposed tax cuts. Here are a few thoughts. What about eliminating some unnecessary federal departments? How about freezing salaries in Congress? How about admitting that the Bush Economic Plan amounts to a huge increase in debt to the oligarchy of international bankers who actually own America lock, stock, and barrel? Undoubtedly, this would not represent a compassionate approach in reporting the true state of affairs in our nation today. And it surely would not garner too many votes. Better to maintain the status quo.
Bush’s second stated priority is “high quality, affordable health care for all Americans.” That sounds just great! After praising American technological innovation and stating his opposition to any “nationalized health care system that dictates coverage and rations care,” The president simply states that everyone should have a good insurance policy, be able to choose their own doctors, and that seniors and low income Americans should receive the help they need (presumably assistance to purchase good insurance). After taking a shot at HMOs and trial lawyers, the president’s solution to Medicare is to spend some $400 Billion over the next decade “to reform and strengthen” the program. Mr. Bush also says that Congress should act immediately to add a prescription benefit to Medicare, although he did not assign a price tag to this suggestion, as we all know the cost would be enormous. Bush also did outline a potential problem with medical malpractice litigation, namely that it is possibly causing doctors to leave certain parts of the country or quit practicing altogether. Although the president did not go into detail, the issue of skyrocketing malpractice insurance is a very serious matter; however, it is debatable as to whether litigation is solely to blame. I must say that I do not overall disagree with Bush’s words on the subject of health care. However, it remains to be seen if those words will match his actions. What we could really use is even less government involvement.
President Bush’s third goal is to promote energy independence. He made reference to a comprehensive energy plan he sent to Congress. (Was that the program formulated in secret?) This oil-soaked administration also proposed this evening $1.2 Billion dollars for research and development of “hydrogen-powered automobiles.” I believe that Volkswagen and others are pretty far along on that program already and therefore I fail to see how that would translate into American leadership in this area. However, I do agree that the time has long passed that we need to be perfecting alternate forms of energy that will sustain and continue to grow our civilization, once the oil runs out—and it is. To no great surprise, Bush had little else to say on the environment, save for a program that actually translates to cutting down and burning smaller trees to prevent larger forest fires (no kidding).
Most interestingly, the stated fourth objective of this administration is “to apply the compassion of America to the deepest problems of America.” The president proposed to assist some 300,000 American drug addicts in a “new $600-million program” over the next three years. In another benevolent gesture, the compassionate Bush suggested that we spend some $15 Billion over the next five years to combat AIDS in Africa. Back here in the “Homeland,” in the meantime, ranchers and ordinary citizens in Arizona and New Mexico are desperately fighting to protect their lives and property from hoards of illegal immigrants and even Mexican Federales who continue to stray across into sovereign American territory. Would that $600 million go to better use elsewhere? Is protecting our borders just a little more important that helping drug addicts or funding corrupt UN programs? Perhaps, I simply fail to adequately comprehend the true definition of compassionate conservatism. Frankly, I am surprised that the president did not call for more water stations along the stretch of land between Mexico and America frequented by “coyotes” and illegal immigrants, or maybe even construction of a few McDonald restaurants. Perhaps we should set up Red Cross refugee camps too? What is wrong with this picture?
Finally, Mr. Bush gets to the heart of the matter...terrorism. He cites the “Axis of Evil,” namely Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. Although it is well known that there is no love lost between the Sunni Muslim Saddam Hussein and the militant Al-Quada types, the president, nonetheless, sought to link Iraq with Al-Quada this evening. He suggested that Saddam would sell his Weapons of Mass Destruction to just about any terrorists and that these would be smuggled into America to create a disaster that would make September 11th seem like a small fireworks display. Basically, Mr. Bush is trying to collect any and all weapons that Iraq may have (most of which we, and even Bush Sr., may have sold Saddam in the first place) before we take over the place. Bush even had the nerve to describe how Saddam has murdered and tortured his own people, while we all know that none other than Don “Rummy” Rumsfeld was actually in Iraq so many years ago at the very time that chemical weapons (with which we supplied Iraq) were being used on Kurdish Iraqis. At the present time, we are busy garnering support for torture of “enemy combatants” ourselves and some say the CIA directly supervises such atrocities. The hypocrisy is tough to swallow. Bush’s message to North Korea was that we would not play their game, although he offered no specifics as to what we would do, other than let the people starve. And as far as Iran goes, in a statement of possible foreshadowing, Mr. Bush seemed to suggest that he would support a regime change there.
Is there a pattern emerging? Is America the New Rome? The president stated tonight “Many challenges, abroad and at home, have arrived in a single season. In two years, America has gone from a sense of invulnerability to an awareness of peril; from bitter division in small matters to calm unity in great causes.” Moments later, the president continues “Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America’s gift to the world, it is God’s gift to humanity.”
If the USA PATRIOT ACT and the Homeland Security Act (more appropriately named “The Undoing of the Constitution and Bill of Rights Acts”) represent the ideals of a “free people,” then count me out! It sounds to me like the present administration has defined freedom and what it means for the rest of the world and is determined to impose its brand of “freedom” upon the rest of the world, whether they like it or not. And perhaps most frighteningly of all, Bush implies that is it God’s will that we present this “gift” of liberty and freedom to the entire world. Feel that imperial rush? Welcome to the American Empire, folks.
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|Bush Speaks: The State of the American Empire
By Christopher Mark
In a flowery speech short on facts and overflowing with rhetoric, the leader of the “free” world broadly outlined four essential priorities of the New American Empire, namely the economy, health care, energy independence, and compassion for the less fortunate suffering from AIDS to drug addiction and initiatives for programs aimed at children of prisoners. Mr. Bush devoted the remainder of his speech to warning America and the world of the grave dangers
posed by Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and loosely organized terrorists