Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Watching the news, reading about it on the Internet is tolerable for maybe 10 minutes or so and I have to stop. What are people thinking? Are they thinking?

A few years ago, we were attacked on our own soil. Most think it was the first time, it wasn't but it was pretty spectacular, even more so than Oklahoma City so lets pretend it was the first time.

The conclusion reached by most was that we had a failure of intelligence, not enough "secret" information was channeled and processed by the CIA/NSA/FBI to stop the terrorists and therefore the Bush administration was at fault.

So today we're collecting massive amounts of information, to include some of your telephone records (maybe?) and all I'm hearing is a drumbeat that there's too much "secret" information being channeled and processed by the CIA/NSA/FBI and therefore the Bush administration is at fault.

As recently as 6 months ago I heard how our southern border is out of control. It was said there was no stopping the influx of undocumented Mexicans walking across into our country. The Bush administration, because of the ties of Bush/Cheney with Halliburton/Wal Mart needs the cheap labor of the undocumented laborer, and would never do anything about the issue.

Today, the Bush administration has put forth an aggressive plan to seal the southern border and the reaction is that the immigrants are being treated unfairly, they are not being properly represented in Washington by their elected (?) representatives and the Bush administration isn't doing enough to protect the immigrants that are the very foundation of this country.

In the 1970s, while a Georgia peanut farmer was president, a very likeable fellow, I waited in line for hours to purchase gasoline at inflated prices. We were warned then that to continue to build giant automobiles and depend on foreign oil sources to feed them was folly. As a side note, there were a few that said the air may become more polluted than it was then. The message could not have been any clearer. So, in response, GM built Tahoes, Hummers were the new sign of your success, Ford built a fun SUV that in concert with a tire from our friends at Firestone would roll you over a few times at high speed and we all looked on in amazement when the mideastern situation didn't improve. Go figure.

Today, GM and Ford are tanking at a rate that is creating a suction never before thought possible in American business. That suck factor has created an eddy that is bringing in their suppliers and their suppliers on down the line. The rising price of fuel, while still very reasonable when compared to the rest of the civilized world, is bringing down airlines faster than they landed on 9/11. Grimly determined Cuban cigar smoking Cadillac dealers are advertising "Buy American" in a last ditch attempt to sell shoddy products to less aware consumers who haven't quite snapped to the fact that American cars are just junk, comparitively speaking.

And, of course, it's the fault of the Bush/Cheney administration because they haven't "done something" about the high price of gasoline.

Much like they never got around to doing something about that pesky hurricane Katrina. If GW had put down that guitar, he could have stopped that you know. Ray Nagin said so.

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