George W. Bush's Resume
>GEORGE W. BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20520
>EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
>Law Enforcement: I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for
>driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had
>my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been
>"lost" and is not available.
>Military: I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to
>take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the
>Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.
>College: I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a
>PAST WORK EXPERIENCE: I ran for U.S. Congress and lost. I began my career
>in the oil business in Midland,Texas, in 1975. I bought an oil company, but
>couldn't find any oil inTexas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I
>sold all my stock. Ibought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart
>deal that took land using taxpayer money. With the help of my father and
>our friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was
>elected governor of Texas.
> ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS GOVERNOR OF TEXAS
>I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making
>Texas the most polluted state in the Union. During my tenure, Houston
>replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America. I cut taxes
>and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed
>money. I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American
>history. With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida, and my
>father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President after losing
>by over 500,000 votes.
> ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT:
>I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal
>record. I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over
>one billion dollars per week. I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively
>bankrupted the U.S. Treasury. I shattered the record for the largest annual
>deficit in U.S. history. I set an economic record for most private
>bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period. I set the all-time record for
>most foreclosures in a 12-month period. I set the all-time record for the
>biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market. In my first year in
>office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues
>every month. I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of
>any administration in U.S. history. My "poorest millionaire," Condoleeza
>Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her. I set the record for most
>campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President. I am the all-time U.S. and
>world record-holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations. My
>largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth
>Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. History,
>Enron. My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys
>to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election
>decision. I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against
>investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating
>the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the
>biggest corporate rip- offs in history. I presided over the biggest energy
>crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving
>the oil industry was revealed. I presided over the highest gasoline prices
>in U.S. history. I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to
>be awarded government contracts. I appointed more convicted criminals to
>administration than any President in U.S. history. I created the Ministry
>of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United
>States government. I've broken more international treaties than any
>President in U.S. history. I am the first President in U.S. history to have
>the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission. I
>withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law. I refused to allow
>inspector's access to U.S. "prisoners of war" detainees and thereby have
>refused to abide by the Geneva Convention. I am the first President in
>history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 U.S.
>election). I set the record for fewest numbers of press conferences of any
>President since the advent of television. I set the all-time record for
>most days on vacation in any one-year period. After taking off the entire
>month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S.
>history. I garnered the most sympathy for the U.S. after the World Trade
>Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated
>country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history. I
>have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously
>protest me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for
>protests against any person in the history of mankind. I am the first
>President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and
>the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of
>the United Nations, the majority of U.S. citizens, and the world community.
>I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty
>benefits for active duty troops and their families -- in wartime. In my
>State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq and
>then blamed the lies on our British friends. I am the first President in
>history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the
>biggest threat to world peace and security. I am supporting development of
>a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a WMD. I have so far failed to fulfill
>my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden [sic] to justice.
> RECORDS AND REFERENCES:
>All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's
>library, sealed and unavailable for public view. All records of SEC
>investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed
>in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
> All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President,
>attended regarding public energypolicy are sealed in secrecy and
>unavailable for public review.
>PLEASE CONSIDER MY EXPERIENCE WHEN VOTING IN 2004. PLEASE SEND THIS TO
>EVERY VOTER YOU KNOW.
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5 March 2004
Interesting resume’ but probably not good enough to receive a one-way research, study, and meditation grant to an island exile.
In any case, the following came across my e-mail today. Thought you might find it interesting.
Rest well if you can,
Greenspan Testimony Highlights Bush Plan for Deliberate Federal Bankruptcy By Michael Meurer
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Tuesday 02 March 2004
Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan's Feb. 25 testimony to the House Budget Committee provided an unintentionally candid look at the Bush administration's deliberate fiscal policy of bankrupting the federal government to justify a sweeping program of privatization.
During his February 25 testimony before the House Budget Committee, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan generated sensational national headlines by recommending that President Bush's $1.5 trillion in tax cuts be made permanent while Social Security and Medicare benefits be dramatically cut to achieve long term deficit reduction and a balanced budget.
In spite of the media furor and across the board condemnation by the remaining Democratic presidential candidates, there should be no reason for surprise at Greenspan's remarks. In his capacity as shill for the Bush administration, the Chairman's recommendations make perfect sense, as long as one is not foolish enough to believe the window dressing about a long term balanced budget. Mr. Greenspan is laying the groundwork for a second Bush administration, not a balanced budget. His remarks, and most of the economic policies of the Bush administration, can only be understood against the backdrop of the little remarked right wing agenda of deliberate federal bankruptcy.
>From the first months of the Bush administration, when their initial breathtaking tax cuts were presented to Congress, it has been obvious that the explicit goal of this administration is to bankrupt the federal government to justify a sweeping program of privatization. Pursuing federal bankruptcy is a deliberate policy.
This administration's pursuit of bankruptcy as deliberate policy had to be extraordinarily bold from day one because public programs such as Social Security were so extraordinarily solvent into the distant future, and the underlying strength and diversity of the U.S. economy was sufficient to keep them that way if spending priorities were not radically altered. The events of 9/11 provided the perfect cover for pursuing federal bankruptcy in the guise of an open ended war on terror.
We know that the constituency for the Bush economic program consists of the military-industrial complex and the wealthy. The Bush administration's policies of massive defense spending and unprecedented tax cuts for upper income brackets reward both constituencies, while the short term economic lift from more than $450 billion in defense spending (dubbed "Military Keynesianism" by Robert Pollin of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and others) is part of a conscious election year strategy to give at least the appearance of economic recovery. But the longer term goal of these policies, cutting revenues while increasing spending into the indefinite future, is still federal insolvency.
A massive federal deficit, it is hoped, will justify to the public the wholesale privatization of social security, Medicare, prisons, schools, water, the Federal Aviation Administration, Amtrak, welfare services, public power utilities, the federal postal service, etc., etc., etc. Visit the websites of any of the major right wing think tanks from which this administration has drawn its highest officials, and you will find entire sections of archived documents and books arguing the case for privatization of nearly the entire public sector.
>From the American Enterprise Institute to the Heritage Foundation, from the Hoover Institution to the Cato Institute to the Reason Foundation, privatization has been a prime objective of the right for the past 25 years. The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) even provides a handy list of potential targets for privatization.
There are plenty of examples of the Bush administration's attempts to push privatization, such as their effort to change federal funding rules for public water utilities, making such federal funding contingent upon proof that the utilities each have a privatization plan in place. Amtrak, Social Security and public schools are explicitly in their sights. Education factories such as Edison Schools are the preferred Republican solution to education.
The public, so far, is resistant to an explicit agenda of mass privatization. But if Bush and his corporate backers were to be given a second term, pursuit of this privatization agenda would be unfettered, with the bulging Social Security trust fund at the top of the list among prospective candidate programs. That is what Mr. Greenspan is really signaling with his Congressional testimony in favor of permanent tax cuts today. The pursuit of federal insolvency increases the financial pressure on all elements of the public sector, making the argument for privatization theoretically more compelling.
Indeed, Bush and company would read their election to a second term as a tacit mandate for their privatization agenda, and the consequences for the commonweal would be devastating.
Only Rep. Dennis Kucinich and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean have talked explicitly about the Republican privatization agenda in this election year. Dean has noted that the Bush economic model for the U.S. is Argentina , although the sophistication of that analogy is lost on the average voter. Kucinich has talked about the dangers of privatizing water.
Privatization deserves to be front and center in this country's political debate, and privatization's history of miserable failure needs to be placed squarely on the table in plain language for the electorate to consider. The history of failed privatization schemes includes doomed water privatization projects in South America and the U.S. ( Atlanta is the poster child), rail privatization in Britain , and school and prison privatization in the U.S.
The Bush administration's pursuit of federal bankruptcy on behalf of their largest corporate sponsors, who will be the primary beneficiaries of privatization, represents an all out assault on the idea that the federal government should represent the commonweal and act as a wise custodian of our collective resources. We see instead a vision of a global battlefield where scarce resources go to the strongest and to those who already have. Mr. Greenspan's comments today tell us that this world view extends to the domestic front and will continue and accelerate in a second Bush administration.
We would do well to heed the underlying message and put an end to the Bush administration's Imperial misadventures abroad and fiscal malfeasance at home.
Michael Meurer owns a communications firm in Los Angeles serving clients ranging from the Center for Law in the Public Interest to Environmental Defense.
"We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end. It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood. . . . It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless."
- President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 in letter to Colonel William Elkins
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