Saturday, September 27, 2008

George Bush's Style of Politics

  • Neglect
  • Catastrophe
  • Fear & Panic
  • Devolution of Responsibility
  • Unsustainable Cost
I don't know nothing about E-Con-Nom-Min-Eee! I slept through my graduate school seminar in international economics. As a matter of fact my most memorable experience in that class was when my corn-cob pipe spun out of my slack jaw and fell into my lap, rightside-up, still warm and unnoticed. In old-school, you could smoke (anything) in class! 'Nuff said: I guess I have something in common with John McCain, after all.

As the events of the last week unfolded around us, Trophy Wife and I slowly began to realize that it was not necessarily economic and financial expertise which contained the key to understanding events. Just living through the last eight years was enough. Jon Stewart captured our Gestalt moment:
People say that I'm dwelling too much in the past, that I should look to the present and think about what we Americans should do for ourselves, going forward.

When they say that, I have to suppress an impulse to douse their crowns with my Corona.

We Americans can't move forward until we shuck off the freebooters and free-marketeers who pushed us off the bridge to the 21st Century Nowhere in the first place.

10 Moderated Comments:

Blogger MadMike said...

Vigil I also am accused of living too much in the past. Well I have a LOT of past to live in and I remember when we had presidents, both Democratic and Republican, who made us proud. I don't recall a time before 2001 when I was ashamed of our leader. The last eight years have devastated us not only internally but externally. Respect has been lost as well as lives. Many innocents have suffered as a result of the feckless fool who currently occupies the White House. If McCain should win this same White House we will continue on this dangerous path to destruction.

9/27/2008 08:56:00 AM  
Blogger Utah Savage said...

Vig, I too, share your pain of having a long memory and knowing a little bit about a lot of things. And I have never seen such fucktardery in any administration, ever, ever, ever. If we are dumb enough to elect McPOW, then I am taking my passport and selling my very valuable property and heading to parts more civilized--like Canada, or France, maybe.

But,I hear you thinking, who's got property that worth two cents anymore? Well, I do, that's who. I can't borrow on it, none of us can now that the fat cats have ruined it for the rest of us. But I can sell it, and believe me, if anyone can get a loan or any banks are still open, I'll be off to spend my dotage somewhere smarter than US. (I know that should really be "we," but I couldn't resist.)

9/27/2008 01:35:00 PM  
Blogger Soros' Proxy said...

Quote of the day from Ted Rall:

"Americans are peering into the abyss, a.k.a. the End of Everything As We Know It. So whom are we counting upon to save the day? The same Bushist dead enders and Congressional layabouts who let Osama bin Laden live and New Orleans die."

Rall says Bush and Congress are partying like it's 1929. He has a 6-Point plan out of this newest Bush war to save people, not bankers. It should become Obama's platform.

9/27/2008 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger the WIZARD, fkap said...

soros, I believe at least 90% of all Americans agree completely with Ted Rall (with the possible exception of Rall's Point 6 - complete withdrawal from Afghanistan).

I keep wondering "Where is Barack Obama?" He isn't supporting any similar plan. Even during the debate he was totally non-committal. Leher couldn't draw him out. He is curiously silent.

9/28/2008 04:39:00 AM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Soros & Wizard:

I would submit that it would be unstatesmanlike for either presidential candidate to pose specific solutions to such a technically complex problem. Just like we would all feel, I assume, that it would be unprofessional for SCOTUS appointees to be specific on cases which might come before them should they win confirmation. In this financial implosion, events are moving so quickly that they are very likely to pose a new president radically different choices in four months' time. What I would want to hear from them is detailed explanations as to how we got to these circumstances. The degree to which each candidate can provide what seems to me to be a reasonable account would indicate his the soundness of his judgment as well as his ability to grasp a complex situation. I would also expect to see past records of candidates' positions on regulation to be examined. But anytime a candidate makes reckless pledges which look like he may have to renege on as POTUS, like "no new taxes", that leads me toward distrust.

As far as Ted Rall is concerned, I think the contribution he makes as a writer far exceeds his accomplishments as a cartoonist. I have featured him before in a column or two, and watch his site regularly. That is a great quotation I wish I had spotted before I posted this thread!

9/28/2008 07:06:00 AM  
Blogger Stella said...

Busheneygeddon is coming...

9/28/2008 03:33:00 PM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Yes, Stella, it has been Busheneygeddon. Still is, too. Right? First thing to do with tumors or plague is to contain its growth. Ugliness is in store for us. Great ugliness.

9/28/2008 03:58:00 PM  
Blogger Messenger said...

How do you pronounce it? Busheneygeddon?

9/28/2008 07:15:00 PM  
Blogger MadMike said...

Wizard you are mistaken, at least at this writing, about Obama's position. He has been very focal and very specific about his plan. Unfortunately it mirrors McCain's plan. Then again I like to think McCain is mirroring Obama's plan like he has everything else

9/30/2008 03:18:00 PM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Leo Hindery,
IntermediaPartners & Former CEO AT&T

Make no mistake this crisis could have been avoided if regulators who were kept at bay by the president and by lobbyests had enforced rules and officials had been able to question risky lending and other dubious practices. This indeed is the result of a willful, a wilful and systemic failure by the government to regulate and monitor the activities of bankers, lenders, hedgefunds, insurers, and other market players.

Well said. You can, as they say, take that to the bank.

10/02/2008 08:05:00 AM  

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