Saturday, August 20, 2005

Vacation! Not Mine.

I think those of conservative natures are finally becoming shamed by Bush's behavior. At the same time, the war in Iraq is more clearly not going well, more clearly a mess that Bush brought Americans into based on lies, with no good outcome in sight. When you have Kissinger talking about recent events in Iraq bringing up "poignant memories" in the Wash Post, only an administration as wacked out as this one could spend 5 weeks on vacation.

Domestically, we're in a recovery, I guess. Hard to tell from my last few visits to the ER, which looked like something out of a refuge camp, except more people spoke English. Still have to talk to people having cardiovascular events without having any RF controled: either now or in the future. I suppose the top 1% is doing very well. As are those who bought houses on either coast - Bush is happy to ride the real estate boom. What will America have should that prove not to be a bedrock of economic stability?

This random association of recent news flashes have fixed themselves besides images of Bush on vacation. In case you didn't know, he's going to Idaho for a fishing trip. Glad things are so wonderful at the top that you don't even have to work.

It all brought me back to Bush's last vacation: he took the call at 2 AM, flew to Washington, and Schiavo was still allowed to finally die.

Things that haven't woken Bush up at 2 AM now include:
- The lack of a functional US energy policy while gas prices soar.

- Firing Rove or whoever leaked Plume's name (but this is a story with a double hump at least - we'll hear more).

- Coming up on 2000 dead US soldiers in Iraq - didn't feel the need to go to Ohio after 14 from one company died. Meanwhile, not that the president reads (such things), the New York times reports, "For the second time since the Iraq war began, the Pentagon is struggling to replace body armor that is failing to protect American troops from the most lethal attacks by insurgents."

- A mother of a dead US soldier asking to speak to Bush. Much like the insurgents, she only needs to maintain herself and her press. Bush's response is to allow this to occur with no plan in sight.

- Social security - wasn't that in some sort of emergent crisis?

Hey neocons out there: going to defend our fitness president? Some of these things (the Iraq war ought to be thought of as Bush's responsibility) are not Bush's fault. But the fact is he spends time on vacation while these occur.


Blogger Ern said...

Reading this post recalls the sing-songy music and sing-songy voice of Mike Moore from Farenheit 9/11 showing Bush on extended vacation at the ranch right before the attacks in NY.

Show me an American worker who gets more than 2 weeks paid vacation per year! Many, many don't even get paid vacation...they can only take time off if they have saved up from their low paying jobs enough to pay for both the vacation and the missed wages. It just makes me sick.

1:20 AM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

My husband said this morning, "I feel a letter to the NY Times is coming".
I like reading your comments Doc, I realize that there are others in this country that feel as passionately about the state we're in.
IMO, this administration is self-serving and evil. It doesn't matter to anyone in office right now because they're done. My wish is for impeachment but it probably won't happen. My husband predicts that Bush will go down in historical flames, but who even knows there?

6:40 AM  
Blogger Doc NOS said...

Hope your husband writes that letter. And I agree with him. Bush's place in history will be one of failure. In places where he did not fail, he took bad situations in the world and made them worse. In so doing, his actions of deceit and propaganda have done damage to the country.

Luckily, this country survived worse. I think Nixon was worse.

Ern, part of my various contracts state my vacation. It's a total of 31 days: vacation/sick/personal. To imagine that Bush is taking a vacation at this time: with our domestic and foreign problems - it's too much. It boggles the mind. He really does live on a different planet than the rest of us.

9:54 AM  
Blogger marybishop said...

Bush may very well be the worst president we ever had.

In fact there are bumper stickers with his picture and the words: worst president we ever had.

If I think about him I spike my blood pressure...Once I even dreamed he fixed it so he could run again...I will move to Canada if that happens.

12:21 PM  
Blogger marybishop said...

Doc - how do you like the new "flag" on blogger?

6:19 PM  
Blogger Doc NOS said...

First of all, I've been google newsing it and have to say that although Bush is on vacation, he appears to also be doing work. I'm not sure this is a good thing, but I do have to say that he's not totally wasting time. It is still shameful he's not meeting with Sheehan.

Second of all, I have no idea what you're talking about with this flag talk. I'm not liking Blogger because I get blog spam: which I'd like to coin as SPOG - a clever combination (others include BLAM, or BOMPG) of SPam and blOG. You heard it here first.

8:35 PM  
Blogger marybishop said...

Look up at the top of your blog and see your flag.

Spog (adore this word!!!) sucks...but we get junk mail in our mail boxes and wouldn't want someone to decide what should or should not be allowed into our mailbox...correctomundi?

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