Brutally Honest Special: Final Rant for 2005
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(Music intro – "Real American Remix 2" – by David Matthews 2)
Good evening, and welcome to this week’s Brutally Honest Rant. I’m David Matthews 2, writer of the weekly online column Brutally Honest.
Well as it happens every year since I’ve been doing audio rants, there comes a point in the year when I must take a break from it all. And, no, it’s not original. This is something that was actually borrowed from the radio talking heads, because they would also take this time to go on vacation, and then for the next few weeks we’re all stuck with endless loops of their "Best Of" stuff and the occasional b-list substitute host. And that sort of sucks for us and also for them because if something SHOULD happen while they’re out, what then? I know, I know, it usually doesn’t happen… unless of course a tsunami should strike like it did last year.
But there are a few things that I need to discuss now before I go into my own year-end break…
First of all, all of the Bush supporters really want people to think that the economy is once again going full-steam, but that’s not what’s really happening. You take a look at what’s going on with the economy right now. You take a good, hard, REALISTIC look. Companies are announcing layoffs. We have the Secretary of Energy, who is still kissing Saudi ass, telling people that we SHOULD expect oil prices to remain high for the next year or so. That puts a serious crimp in the economy! You can’t keep energy prices that high and not expect the economy to make up the difference with higher prices. And that’s already happening, people. I go to the same grocery stores as you do, and I can see the increases already happening with my own eyes!
The Bush-backers and apologists can deny, deny, deny all they want about the economy starting to sour. That’s their prerogative, just as it was the prerogative of the Clinton-supporters to falsely believe that their idol was single-handedly responsible for the economic success story of the 90’s. Just don’t be surprised when things go from bad to worse and the Imperium finally gets it and wonders just what the hell happened. And don’t expect them to be able to fix things either… if they don’t know how things soured in the first place, they sure as hell won’t know how to fix them!
But there are three little words that seemed to be a common theme for the White House for the start of the second term of George W. Bush… and it’s the reason why I began to refer to that White House as an "Imperium" instead of an "Administration" in 2005.
Those three little words are… Abuse of power.
Abuse of power permeated and corroded everything that both the Bush Imperium AND the Republican-controlled Congress claimed to represent.
We have… Armstrong Williams getting paid by the Department of Education to hype the No Child Left Behind Law in violation of federal PAYOLA laws "Oh, you mean it’s ILLEGAL? Oh, we didn’t know… our bad."
Then we have the US military supposedly paying Iraqi newspapers to run "positive" stories. Not illegal per se… but still very unethical.
Of course, abuse of power takes many forms… such as the failed nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. Why was she even nominated? Well, nobody outside of the Imperium’s inner circle would even know, but the only guess that people could come up with was that she’s an avid Bush cheerleader. It’s called cronyism, and it is another form of abuse of power.
Then of course we have Michael Brown of FEMA. That was just a fuster-cluck waiting to happen. The huge FIASCO that was Hurricane Katrina not only exposed Brown’s inability to handle a serious national crisis, but also of the Bush Imperium’s embarrassing Post-9/11 ineptitude. There were plenty of resources, but they went everywhere EXCEPT to where they were needed! Hundreds of trailers sitting in Georgia. Truckloads of ice that kept on getting diverted all around the country. Medical supplies, rescue workers, they all got shuffled around to places where they didn’t need to be! Bureaucracy that is STILL screwing victims around. That’s ineptitude and mismanagement on a GROSS scale!