Can't believe Dick Cheny, Donald Rumsfeld, Henry Kissenger, George Bush Sr., George Bush Jr., Condalisa Rice, etc. weren't challenged on charges of treason. Zero investigation. What about the money that disappeared in OK City bombing? NYC bombing? Pentagon Bombing??????????
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On September 10, 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld held a press conference to disclose that over $2,000,000,000,000 in Pentagon funds could not be accounted for. Rumsfeld stated: "According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions." According to a report by the Inspector General, the Pentagon cannot account for 25 percent of what it spends.
Such a disclosure normally might have sparked a huge scandal. However, the commencement of the attack on New York City and Washington in the morning would assure that the story remained buried. To the trillions already missing from the coffers, an obedient Congress terrorized by anthrax attacks would add billions more in appropriations to fight the "War on Terror."
It is now becoming evident just how much damage the GW Bush budget deficit has done to the U.S. In part from the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, which sharply reduced taxes on income, capital gains, and corporations, two wars, and the Great Recession that began halfway through Bush’s second term, the deficit now threatens not only our fiscal soundness, but status as the world’s economic powerhouse.
It was VP Cheney who maintained that Reagan had said deficits don’t matter, but President Reagan raised taxes 11 times during his tenure to save the budget, and economy, as his Budget Director David Stockman described so well in The Triumph of Politics. In other words, President Reagan didn’t dare go as far as Dubya and VP Cheney in creating a deficit that siphoned off revenues to the wealthiest 1 percent and raised corporate profits to the highest in history as a percentage of GDP, while almost causing the disappearance of our middle class and endangering Medicare and social security.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Republican Paul Ryan’s 2013 budget proposal passed by the Republican House follows in GW Bush’s footsteps. President Obama assailed it as “…a Trojan horse, disguised as deficit-reduction plans,” said the president at an Associated Press luncheon in Washington on April 3.“It is thinly veiled social Darwinism.”
Obama was referring to the fact that Ryan’s plan doesn’t really reduce deficits. Because it calls for $trillions in spending cuts without raising revenues, 62 percent of which would come from low-income programs, just as the Bush II budgets did. And both revenue increases and spending reductions are necessary to pay down the budget deficit. In fact, the new tax cuts at the top would dwarf those for middle-and lower-income families, says The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan think tank. After-tax incomes would rise by 12.5 percent among millionaires, but just 1.9 percent for middle-income households. It’s Bushonomics all over again.
<quoted text> How much debt did Obama add? 6 plus trillion I think? That's a lot of money. More than all the Presidents combined since George Washington. Obama is on a spending spree to destroy America. He already caused out credit rating to drop and it looks like it will drop again.
Imagine that - Roger the Racist is telling lies.
Obama's policies have added less than $1 trillion to the national debt. The rest would have accrued no matter who was President since it was the result of spending decisions made before he was elected.
And when the S&P downgraded the US credit rating they specifically blamed the actions of the GOP Congress for the downgrade. That is historical fact.
Just because something bad happened while Obama was President, it doesn't mean he was responsible for it. Using Roger the Racist's "logic," it's President Obama's fault that REM broke up, since it happened while he was in office.
Some pesky facts for Roger the Racist and anyone else using his same simpleton "logic"...
Doing the math on Obama’s deficits
There is a way to tally the effects Obama has had on the deficit. Look at every piece of legislation he has signed into law. Every time Congress passes a bill, either the Congressional Budget Office or the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates the effect it will have on the budget over the next 10 years. And then they continue to estimate changes to those bills. If you know how to read their numbers, you can come up with an estimate that zeros in on the laws Obama has had a hand in.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities was kind enough to help me come up with a comprehensive estimate of Obama’s effect on the deficit. ... There are two answers: more than $4 trillion, or about $983 billion. The first answer is simple and wrong. The second answer is more complicated but a lot closer to being right. ... For comparison’s sake, using the same method, beginning in 2001 and ending in 2009, George W. Bush added more than $5 trillion to the deficit.
Federal charges filed against Jesse Jackson Jr., and wife. Three reasons you won't hear the liberals condemning these two. 1. They are black. 2. They are democrats. 3. Condemning them would be racist. Dan the dummy thinks I'm a racist for posting this. Color or party should have no bearing on punishment. They broke the law and should be punished according to the law.
I don't think you're racist because you posted this - I already know you're racist. You conclusively proved that long, long ago (and many times since).
According to the Treasury Department, when George W. Bush took office in 2001 the national debt was $5.73 trillion and when Bush left office in 2009, the national debt had increased to $10.63 trillion.
Where was the GOP when the debt reached 6 trillion?
Where was the GOP when the debt reached 7 trillion?
Where was the GOP when the debt reached 8 trillion?
Where was the GOP when the debt reached 9 trillion?
Where was the GOP when the debt reached 10 trillion?
Where was the GOP when the debt hit 11 trillion?
OH! That's right we didnt pay for two wars,two tax cuts and the medicare prescription drug plan under Bush
Pres. Obama’s first budget did not take effect the day he was sworn in. If looking at the debt that Pres. Obama and the Democratic majority are “responsible”, suggests, then Oct 1, 2009 is the reasonable start date, when fiscal year 2010 and Pres. Obama’s first budget took effect. The debt at that point was $11.920 trillion,( almost 12 trillion )
During his eight years in office, President Bush oversaw a large increase in government spending. In fact, President Bush increased government spending more than any of the six presidents preceding him, including LBJ. In his last term in office, President Bush increased discretionary outlays by an estimated 48.6 percent.
During his eight years in office, President Bush spent almost twice as much as his predecessor, President Clinton. Adjusted for inflation, in eight years, President Clinton increased the federal budget by 11 percent. In eight years, President Bush increased it by a whopping 104 percent.
One reason offered for these large budget increases is that entitlement programs are growing rapidly. Although Social Security and Medicare spending growth outpaced most other programs in the mid-1990s, spending growth in discretionary programs has accelerated in the last 15 years, especially during Bush’s two terms. Between FY2002 and FY2009, discretionary spending rose 96 percent.
Some argue that federal spending during the Bush years was so high because security needs drove up the budget. It is true that defense spending increased dramatically since the late-1990s, particularly since 9/11 and the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, nondefense spending increased too. Some also argue that much of the increase in nondefense spending stemmed from increases in homeland security spending. Whether this is true, the overall rapid rise of discretionary spending indicates that, here too, the administration and Congress made no trade-offs in the budget. If the administration and Congress wanted more security spending and wanted to be fiscally responsible, they should have found savings elsewhere in the budget.
President Bush added thousands of new federal subsidy programs during his eight years in office. In 2008, there were 1,816 subsidy programs in the federal budget that spread hundreds of billions of dollars annually to special interest groups such as state governments, businesses, nonprofit groups, and individuals
Damn that Obama giving away free cell phones! It's breaking the bank!
When George W. Bush was inaugurated in 2001, he inherited a nation at peace and prosperity The peace looked so durable that military leaders were projecting a “strategic pause” lasting 20 years. Bush proposed in his signature campaign speech that the Pentagon take advantage of the lull in tensions to “skip a generation of technology” in order to construct “a new architecture of American defense for decades to come.”
The $291 billion defense budget that the Clinton Administration left him amounted to only 3% of the economy. But America’s economy was so big at the end of Clinton’s presidency — 32% of global output — that the budget represented a third of worldwide military spending. America thus seemed destined to dominate the global scene for the foreseeable future.
-$142 million wasted on reconstruction projects that were either terminated or canceled.[Special Inspector General for Iraq, 7/28/08]
-“Significant” amount of U.S. funds for Iraq funneled to Sunni and Shiite militias.[GAO Comptroller, 3/11/08]
-$180 million payed to construction company Bechtel for projects it never finished.[Federal audit, 7/25/07]
-$5.1 billion in expenses for Iraq reconstruction charged without documentation.[Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction report, 3/19/07]
-$10 billion in spending on Iraq reconstruction was wasteful or poorly tracked.[GAO, 2/15/07]
-Halliburton overcharged the government $100 million for one day’s work in 2004.[Project on Government Oversight, 10/8/04]
-Millions wasted on four no-bid contracts, including paying $20 million for an unusable camp for evacuees.[Homeland Security Department Inspector General, 9/10/08]
-$2.4 billion in contracts doled out by FEMA that guaranteed profits for big companies.[Center for Public Integrity investigation, 6/25/07]
-An estimated $2 billion in fraud and waste — nearly 11 percent of the $19 billion spent by FEMA on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as of mid-June.[New York Times tally, 6/27/06]
-“Widespread” waste and mismanagement on millions for Katrina recovery, including at least $3 million for 4,000 beds that were never used.[GAO, 3/16/06]
-A $50 million Air Force contract awarded to a company with close ties to senior Air Force officers, in a process “fraught with improper influence, irregular procedures, glaring conflicts of interest.”[Project on Government Oversight, 4/18/08]
-$1.7 billion in excessive fees and waste paid by the Pentagon to the Interior Department to manage federal lands.[Defense Department and Interior Department Inspectors General audit, 12/25/06]
-$1 trillion unaccounted for by the Pentagon, including 56 airplanes, 32 tanks, and 36 Javelin missile command launch-units.[GAO, 5/18/03]
Tom Delay, creator of the K Street Project, squeezing lobbyists to finance Republicans only, indicted for conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws (money laundering) in Texas, also connections to the Abramoff scandal. Major figure in Washington culture of corruption.
Damn that Jesse Jackson Jr.!
Attempts to torpedo the 911 Commission. Although now largely forgotten, the Bush Administration fought the 9/11 Commission every step of the way and it was only pressure from the American public and most especially from the families of the victims of 9/11 that the commission was formed and was able to come up with some kind of a report however flawed and incomplete.
Bush and Cheney resisted calls for such a bipartisan commission for over a year arguing that the matter was best left to Republican controlled intelligence committees in the Congress. It was not until November 27, 2002 that Bush announced the commission’s formation. He did his best to see that it went nowhere. Members were to be chosen by both Congress and the White House raising questions about the commission’s independence. Democratic co-chair George Mitchell on December 11, 2002 and Republican chair Henry Kissinger (whom the White House had insisted on appointing) on December 13, 2007 resigned due to conflicts of interest. Kissinger did not want to make public the financial records (and connections) of his security consulting company Kissinger Associates. Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton were named to replace them. The specter of conflicts of interest remained. Through their careers in government and on corporate boards, essentially all of the commission members had such conflicts. Perhaps the most egregious of these was Philip Zelikow the commission’s executive staff director who had worked closely with Condoleezza Rice on the National Security Council in the first Bush Administration and co-written a book with her.
Bush also tried to limit the commission’s activities by giving it a budget of only $3 million to investigate the biggest terrorist attack in the country’s history. The Challenger investigation cost $50 million by comparison. Later Kean and Hamilton asked for a further $11 million to be included in the $75 billion supplemental slated to fund the invasion of Iraq. The White House initially refused the funds before reversing itself.
George Bush, the Connecticut cowboy, the good old boy from Yale is a man of mediocre intelligence, little imagination, and great stubbornness and vindictiveness. He may be the Decider but his handlers have long known how to manipulate him. The key is to hook him with short, simple sells. Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice knew that once he has consulted his gut and perhaps his higher father his decision is forever. So whoever gets to him first is likely to carry the day because he doesn’t like to be challenged and is, quite simply, too lazy to change his mind. The Bubble is a natural consequence of this decision making process where logic, reason, and facts have little or no role.
Bush’s Presidency began in the shadow of a contested and likely stolen election and promised to be unsuccessful in a largely forgettable and unremarkable way. 911 changed all that and transformed a plodding, and essentially AWOL one termer into an accidental hero. Enormous power flowed to his office but Bush had no idea how to use it. He liked to campaign, not govern. In those around him, he prized loyalty over competence and honesty. A believer in the notion of "to the victor go the spoils," he was the perfect mark for every conniver, bumbler, bungler, hack, hanger on, and would be crony that Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and their friends could find. In the normal course of things, this would have spelled failure. Post-911, it was catastrophic.
At this critical juncture in our history we needed an adult but got an adolescent. Instead of responsibility, we got a truant. In place of flexibility we got obduracy. In the face of great and complex challenges, we got strawmen, a black and white universe, my way or the highway, regurgitated stump speeches, and a steadfast refusal to compromise not just with opponents but with reality.
What all this comes down to is that George Bush should never have become our President. He is not just a bad President but the worst one we could have had, the worst our country has ever seen. This is a judgment that many Americans have come to but which our political establishment and media, even after 8 years, have yet to acknowledge, accept, and act on. This is the tragedy and crime of our times.
<quoted text> .......... You might just be bored, or alone. Everybody was welcome into the club of disaffection. And if the high didn't solve whatever it was that was getting you down, it could at least help you laugh at the world's ongoing folly and see through all the hypocrisy and bullshit and cheap moralism.
You're one frig.gin delusional idiot.... Man...don't you ever get tired of being you and just want to start punching you own head really hard..?
Everyone one but you understood what I said....you anal retentive sack of sh.it.... Its your OCD autism acting up again...why don't you go spin a hubcap for awhile...watch it go round and round... Wheeee.... Everone but you understands this....hahahhahhaha Laughing at you too...hahhaahahah
You constantly belittle others as idiots, morons, etc. while appearing illiterate, feeble minded and lazy.
"Everone but you understands this."
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