Thursday, February 02, 2006

Political surrey, with the fringe on top

Alan Bisbort: 'My broke back nation'
Posted on Thursday, February 02 @ 09:48:41 EST
Political surrey, with the fringe on top

Alan Bisbort, The Hartford Advocate

Have you noticed how the right wing is now trying to back slowly away from, if not plead innocent to, the failed presidency of George W. Bush? Even Grover Norquist, who loosed this neoconservative beast upon the land through his "think tank," Americans for Tax Reform, has signed on to a suit brought against the administration for illegal wiretapping. Even Bob Barr, the former congressman from Cobb County who relentlessly hounded Clinton over a blowjob, is kicking up some dust for the ACLU. Every single Republican member of Congress -- sensing that no seat is safe in 2006 due to Broke Back Bush -- has suddenly found their "moral compass" and is desperately seeking true North instead of dead South.

Sorry folks. You are responsible for Bush. He is, as they say, your bad. Any whining and backtracking you do now is too little, too late. Though you may want to dissociate yourselves from the monster you created, we won´t let you.

"We" are the vast majority of Americans, the 60 percent who disapprove of Bush´s job, the 60 percent who would like to see Bush investigated for violations of the law and, if warranted, impeached, the 75 percent who´ve expressed reservations about the future of our country.

"You," on the other hand, are now the lunatic fringe. And, though at the moment your fringe is on top of the USS Surrey, that will change, as more rats jump the ship they launched. These newly ambivalent right wingers, everyone from George Will to Chris Hitchens to the dude down the street who, two years ago, called us "traitor" because we put Howard Dean signs in our yards, are like hosts of a party who allowed their inebriated guests to pull out the Karo syrup, mayonnaise, absinthe and petroleum jelly and then complained the next day about the mess.

Here´s the guy you put in power, the cowboy that broke the back of the U.S. Treasury, broke the hearts of 2,000 American mothers, and broke his oath of office repeatedly. Here´s part of an exchange he had last week with an "average American" (read: handpicked audience member) about the new Medicare drug benefit that has America´s seniors steamed.

Audience member: (tossing softball): "How is the new plan going to fix the problem?"

Bush: (hitting it out of the park): "Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There´s a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to that has been promised ... Look, there´s a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices ... There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that growth is affected, it will help on the red."

He is, as they say, your bad.

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Source: The Hartford Advocate