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President Bush really seems to like the words, "Deeply Irresponsible." He has used them before in speeches and statements to describe various things he didn't appreciate. You can see this for yourself by clicking here: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=%22deeply+irresponsible%22+Bush&btnG=Search
His friend Tony Blair uses them too, as you can see by clicking here: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=%22deeply+irresponsible%22+Blair&btnG=Search
It is not a good thing to be "Deeply Irresponsible," particularly if you are an elected official. If you are Deeply Irresponsible, then why should anybody ever do what you think they should do? And why should they permit you to continue in whatever office you now hold?
In yesterday's Veterans Day speech, George W. Bush said, "While it's perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began," And when I read this, I thought, "He just now perfectly described his own conduct as President: Deeply Irresponsible."
If you look at some of the main things he has done, or tried to do, you will see what I mean:
1. Social Security - The reckless changes he tried but failed to enact were Deeply Irresponsible, because they would have needlessly endangered one of the most successful government programs ever devised, all for the sake of appeasing his anti-government friends.
2. FEMA and Katrina -A bad appointment to be head of FEMA, plus sloppy oversight, led to a needless disaster when Katrina came along. This was Deeply Irresponsible.
3. The 9/11 Attacks - By disregarding all the warnings, he made it possible for the 9/11 attacks to occur. This was Deeply Irresponsible.
4. Tort Reform - He is trying to change the laws so that when someone is badly injured because of a corporation's negligence, it will be very difficult to sue. This is Deeply Irresponsible.
5. Tax Policy - Huge tax giveaways to the very rich, while borrowing more money to pay the bills: this is Deeply Irresponsible.
6. Privatization of Everything - This takes ownership and economic power away from the people and gives it to the corporations, all in the name of supposed "efficiency." It converts Public to Private. Deeply Irresponsible.
7. Deregulation of Everything - By throwing out necessary regulations, he destroys all structure in competition. Thus the corporations run free to do anything they want. And our economy turns into one big street fight, where the most powerful corporations always win everything, and everybody else loses. Deeply Irresponsible.
8. The Idiot War In Iraq - The stupidest thing this country has ever done. Saddam was totally under control and had already destroyed his weapons, as the Bush administration must have known but chose to disregard. Conceived in delusion, justified by lies, begun without planning, botched on all levels: this war may never end. Needless, reckless, murderous, illegal, immoral, inherently wrong - Deeply Irresponsible.
So in the future, whenever we hear the words, "Deeply Irresponsible," we should immediately think of President Bush. And whenever he uses these words for any reason, we should realize that he is talking about himself.
Blessings to you. May God help us all.
Rev. Bill McGinnis
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THE TRAGIC BAD LEADERSHIP OF OUR PRESIDENT - (Ver. 1.1)
September 30, 2004 - by Rev. Bill McGinnis, Public Domain
The broad concept can be summarized as "The Tragic Bad Leadership Of Our President." He has steadily misled us in the wrong directions, for the wrong reasons, using the wrong methods.
Specifically, this paper raises the following broad topics for public consideration: Bush's BAD LEADERSHIP REGARDING ISRAEL (The Source Of Our Problem With Terrorism); THE IDIOT WAR IN IRAQ; THE TAKEOVER OF AMERICA BY UNREGULATED CORPORATIONS; THE WEAKENING OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE; THE ASSAULT ON PUBLIC EDUCATION; TRASHING THE ENVIRONMENT; GROSS MISMANAGEMENT OF THE ECONOMY; THE TWIN FRAUDS OF PRIVATIZATION AND DEREGULATION; UNDERMINING LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR THE PUBLIC: and GIVEAWAYS TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, AT PUBLIC EXPENSE.
And we can identify these six "guidelines for action" which he seems to follow in everything he does: 1. "Israel is always right;" 2. "Private is always better than Public;" 3. "Regulation is always bad." 4. "Taxes are bad, but borrowing is good." 5. "Rich people deserve more than poor people do, because they already have more." 6. "Shoot first, think later."
BAD LEADERSHIP REGARDING ISRAEL (The Source Of Our Problem With Terrorism) - In order to curry favor with American Jews, who historically have voted Democratic, George W. Bush made a political decision early in his first candidacy to support Israel, like a robot, in all things right or wrong. Bush deliberately changed the long-time U.S. policy of trying to be fair and even-handed with Israel vs. its Muslim enemies. This happened at a time when Israel had sunk to its lowest level of political leadership under the criminal Sharon. The predictable result of this right-wing alliance with Israel was that all of the moderate Muslims gave up any hope that the USA would help them in any way. Thus they were pushed toward anti-Israel militancy, which then became anti-US militancy also. In their minds, the U.S. and Israel now became equally guilty of Israel's crimes; and civilians in the USA now became targets for terrorism, just as Israeli civilians had earlier become targets for terrorism. And so- the 911 attacks. They never would have happened under Clinton, because the anti-U.S. rage would never have gotten to that critical point of intensity, where the moderate Muslims would be driven to support mass murder of U.S. civilians. But now the entire Muslim world hates us, not because of our "values," as claimed by the Bush apologists, but because of our robotic support of their long-time enemy Israel. So now we have 1.6 billion Muslims around the world who hate us so much that substantial numbers of them are willing to kill themselves in order to kill us . . .
Good job, George.
And if they call you an "Anti-Semite" for daring to criticize Israel, please also see http://www.loveallpeople.org/iftheycallyouantisemite.txt
THE IDIOT WAR IN IRAQ - A total disaster from start to finish, if it is ever finished. It was planned in Israel in 1996, by Israeli citizens (?), including Richard Perle and Douglas Feith (who also have U.S. citizenship), long before the 911 attacks and our resulting War On Terror. If you doubt this fact, you can search the web using this link:
http://www.google.com/search?&q=%22securing+the+realm%22&btnG=Google+SearchIt was never for U.S. security (except for the oil), but for Israel's security. Iraq was a secular Muslim country, under a "strongman" type of government similar to many we have been supporting throughout the world. All of the Islamic radicals were under the iron fist of Saddam, held completely under control. Now we have turned them loose! Soon there will probably be a civil war in Iraq, and a militant Islamic state, allied with Iran, will be the result. Meanwhile U.S. troops get killed and maimed for life, in support of a deluded folly - that somehow a "Free Iraq" will emerge from all of this, friendy to the USA and Israel. In order to promote this folly, the Bush administration juggled the pre-war "intelligence" to make it look like Saddam was a big threat to us, which he never was. So off we went, into an idiot war! A big, expensive, immoral, unjustified, aggressive, ill-conceived, ill-planned project of insanity.
THE TAKEOVER OF AMERICA BY UNREGULATED CORPORATIONS - The Bush administration is fundamentally opposed to any significant Public regulation of corporations. The longer Bush remains in power, the fewer regulations we will see on corporations. His ultimate goal is the have a basically-unregulated corporate America. Here's what this could mean.
UNREGULATED CORPORATIONS ARE LIKE LOOSE ELEPHANTS by Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director http://LoveAllPeople.org Public Domain Unregulated corporations are like loose elephants wandering around, trampling over whatever they choose. In general, corporations have many of the same rights as a human being, but far more power. They can be very harmful if they choose to trample over people. Therefore they need to be carefully watched and responsibly regulated, for the benefit of everyone. Unregulated profit-seeking corporations can trample over the public in these six ways listed below. We are talking mainly about the larger, publicly-traded, profit-seeking corporations like those whose stocks are traded on the stock exchanges. But the same ideas can apply to any unregulated profit-seeking corporation, even the smaller ones and the private ones. We recognize that profit-seeking corporations can be a great force for good in the world, creating and providing wonderful goods and services that would be unavailable by any other means. But we also recognize that if they are unregulated, they can trample over the public in these six ways. Unregulated corporations are like loose elephants. Who can stop them from trampling over whatever they choose? Here is how they can trample over you . . . 1. NOT PAY TAXES - In order to maximize profits, they always seek to avoid or minimize their taxes. They seek to shift the burden of taxation from themselves and onto others. This can lead to political corruption, in which the corporations seek to buy the favor of elected politicians in order to obtain favorable tax laws. This is happening now, rampantly, in the United States, particularly among the big-business Republicans and their famous efforts to reduce corporate taxes, pretending to "help the economy." 2. FIX PRICES HIGH -In order to maximize profits, they always seek to eliminate or control their competition. Once the competition is eliminated or controlled, they can fix prices as high as they want, and the customer either pays the price or does without. This is happening now, rampantly, in the United States. The prime example now (Sept., 2004) is soaring gasoline prices. The producers have somehow gotten together to fix the prices, and they blame it on lack of refining capacity. The Bush administration chooses not to investigate, and the price fixing continues. 3. CUT WAGES AND SALARIES - In order to maximize profits, they always seek to reduce their labor costs. Their job is to make profits, not to be nice to their employees. If they can make more profit by firing you, they will, if they can get away with it. If they can somehow move your job to India and save fifty percent or more, they will do it in a heartbeat. And if some tender-hearted manager objects, they will replace him with someone who does not object. This is why employees need unions with the power to strike. And this is why profit-seeking corporations always oppose unions. And this is why the big-business Republicans always oppose strong labor unions. 4. TRASH THE ENVIRONMENT - In order to maximize profits, they always seek to avoid environmental restraints. Their job is to make profits, not protect the trees or the water or the air. That is somebody else's job. And if a public-spirited manager objects, they will replace him with someone who does not object. This also leads to political corruption, in which the corporations seek to buy the favor of public officials in order to avoid environmental regulations. Republican politicians are famous for trying to reduce environmental regulations. 5. SELL KILLER PRODUCTS - In order to maximize profits, they are tempted to sell dangerous or harmful products. If they are unregulated, either by direct regulation or by the threat of huge lawsuits, they will sell whatever they can get away with that makes them the most money. And if some public-spirited manager objects, they will replace him with someone who does not object. Here's exactly how it works: Suppose I have a product which will probably kill fifty people a year. I am making ten million dollars profit from the sale of this product, after all expenses, except product liability expense. If I have to pay an average of $100,000 for each death, my total death payment will be only five million dollars, and I will still make five million dollars profit. So I will continue to sell the killer product. But if I have to pay an average of a million dollars per death (for each of the fifty deaths), my total death payment will be fifty million dollars, and I will lose forty million dollars for the year! So I will surely not sell the killer product under those conditions. This is why the Republicans are always seeking "tort reform" - to minimize the amount of money corporations might have to pay out for death and injury caused by their products. 6. CONTROL THE NEWS - This is perhaps the most dangerous thing that can happen: corporations acting together in their own self-interest, gain control of all the news media and shut off all messages that interfere with their desires. This has already happened to an amazing extent in the United States, as a few huge media corporation (with similar values and interests) have taken control of most of the important broadcasting and print media in our country. Why do you think there was no serious U. S. media opposition to this idiot war in Iraq? Because the media owners, for their own reasons (including robotic support of Israel), were in favor of overthrowing Saddam. The owners hire the editors. The editors hire the reporters. If anyone speaks out against the desires of the owners, he is replaced. That is how the news gets controlled. SO WHAT SHOULD WE DO? REGULATE THE CORPORATIONS, IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST! GOVERNMENT REGULATION IS A GOOD THING, A NECESSARY THING, TO KEEP CORPORATIONS ON A LEASH, NOT RUNNING LOOSE, UNRESTRAINED BY ANYTHING. THIS IS WHAT GOVERNMENT IS FOR! These are not new problems. We have faced them before, about a hundred years ago, and we solved them then, largely under leadership of President Theodore Roosevelt. But now they have re-emerged in new forms, under the permissive, look-the-other-way eye of the Republican party. President Theodore Roosevelt wrote these words almost a hundred years ago, They applied then, and they still apply today. "I hold that a corporation does ill if it seeks profit in restricting production and then by extorting high prices from the community by reason of the scarcity of the product; through adulterating, lyingly advertising, or over-driving the help; or replacing men workers with children; or by rebates; or in any illegal or improper manner driving competitors out of its way; or seeking to achieve monopoly by illegal or unethical treatment of its competitors, or in any shape or way offending against the moral law either in connection with the public or with its employees or with its rivals. Any corporation which seeks its profit in such fashion is acting badly. It is, in fact, a conspiracy against the public welfare which the Government should use all its powers to suppress. "If, on the other hand, a corporation seeks profit solely by increasing its products through eliminating waste, improving its processes, utilizing its by-products, installing better machines, raising wages in the effort to secure more efficient help, introducing the principle of co÷peration and mutual benefit, dealing fairly with labor unions, setting its face against the underpayment of women and the employment of children; in a word, treating the public fairly and its rivals fairly: then such a corporation is behaving well. It is an instrumentality of civilization operating to promote abundance by cheapening the cost of living so as to improve conditions everywhere throughout the whole community." Source: Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt
THE WEAKENING OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE
Bush hates government programs of all kinds, unless they enrich the mega-corporations. Therefore, all of his efforts toward Social Security and Medicare have aimed to enrich the mega-corporations.
THE ASSAULT ON PUBLIC EDUCATION
Bush hates government programs of all kinds, unless they enrich the mega-corporations. Therefore, all of his efforts toward Public Education have aimed to enrich the mega-corporations.
TRASHING THE ENVIRONMENT
"George W. Bush's assault on the environment . . . has been so blatant and relentless that even American television now reports it as a simple fact, like gravity." Mark Hertsgaard, writing in The Nation See details at . . .
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GROSS MISMANAGEMENT OF THE ECONOMY
Any apparent "improvement" Bush has achieved, has come only as a result of running up our credit card, which is the Deficit. Sure, you can feel prosperous for a while if you get an increased limit on your personal credit cards. But what happens when you reach the new limits? And what happens when you have to pay it back?THE TWIN FRAUDS OF PRIVATIZATION AND DEREGULATION
Pretending to be "efficient," they transfer ownership and economic control from the Public to the Big Investors. By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Public Domain "Privatization" is nothing more than the systematic transfer of ownership from the Public, which is all of us, to the Big Investors, which is the small percentage of us which owns most of the wealth. Privatization converts Public property into Private property. By its very nature, it takes ownership from the Public and gives it to Private Owners. Thus Privatization causes the Big Investors to become even more wealthy, and everyone else to become less wealthy. "They own more; we own less." Sometimes, Privatization begins by transferring ownership to small investors - the Mom and Pop operations, or other small businesses. But soon, if they are successful, they are bought out by the Big Investors, and the end result is exactly the same as if the Big Investors had taken the ownership in the first place. Note: Many Americans, including myself, are now "small investors," because we have a 401(k) plan or own a few shares of stock or a small business. But we are not Big Investors, and we never will be. Our true interests lie with the Public, not with the Big Investors. With ownership come the rights of ownership, which determine who has the rights to use that which is owned. This is the essence of Economic Control. The Private Owner usually sets the price and other conditions of use, unless there is some kind of Public Regulation. Thus Public beaches become Private beaches; Public roads become Private roads; Public hospitals become Private hospitals; Public schools become Private schools; Public parks become Private parks; Public armies become Private armies; Public police forces become Private police forces; Public information becomes Private information, protected by unconstitutional expansion of the Copyright laws; the Public airwaves become Private airwaves, controlled by a handful of giant media owners, who allow only the content they choose to allow. And on and on and on . . . Here's a good concept to remember: "PRIVATIZATION ALWAYS SCREWS THE PUBLIC." There are two ways by which the Public Interest can be served by Private Ownership of businesses: and these are, (1) Public Regulation and (2) Income Taxation. Public Regulation forces the Private Owners to act in a responsible manner toward the Public; and Income Taxation gives the Public its fair percentage of the profits gained by allowing the Private Owner to conduct his profit-making business within the Public economy, enabled and protected by laws and courts and other Public institutions. Without the Public economy, the Private Owner would not be able to function. The Income Tax is a fair and reasonable way for the Public to obtain its proper share of the profits. "Deregulation" is the fraternal twin of Privatization. It is the systematic attempt to remove Public Regulation from Private Ownership of businesses. And Income Tax Reduction is the systematic attempt to deprive the Public of its fair share of the profits derived from Private Owners' businesses operations in the Public economy. Another concept to remember: "DEREGULATION ALWAYS SCREWS THE PUBLIC." Capitalism works fine as long as the Capitalists are properly regulated. Without proper regulation, they go crazy in their frenzied attempts to get the best of each other, and they harm everybody in the process. The supposed justification for both Privatization and Deregulation is Efficiency. Their supporters like to say that Public Ownership and Public Regulation are inherently inefficient and wasteful. They like to talk about "Bloated bureaucracies" and "Incompetent employees slurping at the Public trough," and "Petty bureaucrats imposing needless burdensome regulations which hurt business." And sometimes these criticisms may be true. But the remedy is not Privatization and Deregulation, because Privatization and Deregulation lead to murderous competition and ultimately to Monopoly control, which efficiently steals as much as it wants from the Public by setting prices artificially high! This is very efficient for the monopolist, but not for anyone else! No, the remedy for these bureaucratic inefficiencies is not Privatization and Deregulation, but better Government. In our country, the People control the Government. If the Government is sloppy and inattentive and unresponsive, it is our fault! We need to fix it. Privatization and Deregulation are two of the biggest frauds ever perpetrated by the Far Right Wing, the very wealthy Big Investors who form the natural heart of the Republican Party. (Income tax reduction for Big Investors is another favorite fraud of theirs.) Pretending to be "efficient," Privatization and Deregulation transfer ownership and economic control from the Public to the Big Investors. But, yes - the Big Investors are right about one thing: Privatization and Deregulation do improve efficiency - the efficiency of transferring wealth and power from your pocket to theirs! Blessings to you all, no matter what your views may be. May you thrive and prosper in all things. Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director http://www.LoveAllPeople.org http://www.AmericanDemocrat.net --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNDERMINING LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR THE PUBLIC
GIVEAWAYS TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, AT PUBLIC EXPENSE.
Look around, and see who is getting helped the most under Bush.
More later. Vote Democratic!
Blessings to you. May God help us all.
Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director firstname.lastname@example.org http://LoveAllPeople.org http://AmericanDemocrat.netThis is Version 1.1, dated September 30, 2004. Later versions will be released as they become available.
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