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Pierce writes: "It is now an article of faith among the Republican base that Bush's failures stem not from the fact that he was a manifest incompetent, but that he was too liberal a president."

The looming presence of George W. Bush was finally acknowledged by the GOP candidates and by a debate audience. (photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
The looming presence of George W. Bush was finally acknowledged by the GOP candidates and by a debate audience. (photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

The Man Who Wasn't There

By Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Magazine

25 February 12


ne of the more telling moments in last night's Carnival of Dickitude in Arizona came when Rick Santorum - and have I mentioned recently what a colossal dick he is? - was trying to explain why he'd voted in favor of No Child Left Behind, the education-reform program that was the signature achievement of President George W. Bush prior to Bush's actual signature achievement of Screwing Up The Entire World. Most of the attention has been paid to the fact that Santorum wound up drowning in oatmeal trying to explain how senators do their jobs. Some indiscreet booing went up, but I don't think the booing had anything to do with Santorum's ungainly tumble into the abyss of Palinspeak.

I think they were booing George W. Bush.

He is the man who isn't there. Until NCLB came up last night, the years 2000-2008 had been successfully written out of the narrative of the 2012 election. For these jamokes, time effectively began in January of 2009. It was Year Zero on the Kenyan Muslim Socialist Calendar. I do not believe that Bush's political non-personhood is an accident. It is now an article of faith among the Republican base that Bush's failures stem not from the fact that he was a manifest incompetent, but that he was too liberal a president. Putting through Medicare Part B without paying for it is a greater sin to these people than running two wars off the books was. No Child Left Behind had the endorsement of Teddy Kennedy! (Aieeeeeeee!) If only Bush had tried conservatism, the fairytale goes, then conservatism would have succeeded, as it always does. It never fails. It is only failed. C-Plus Augustus failed conservatism.

(It is important to note, by the way, that, when NCLB actually passed, Mitt Romney was substantially to the left of everybody else on the stage. Not that it matters any more.)

Since the crimes and bungling of the Bush Administration resulted in a thrashing in the 2006 midterms and, ultimately, in the election of the current president in 2008, this feeling within the Republican base has hardened into an immutable faith. The Republican party has become more extreme, not less. It has become so resistant to compromise that it has become completely resistant even to political logic. (Make no mistake. The party faithful really want this fight over contraception.) I fully expect that, by August at the latest, Willard Romney will be calling the last president of his party a socialist. your social media marketing partner


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+88 # NanFan 2012-02-25 10:17
Brilliant sticking it to the Repubs as ANY viability to BE a president.

Idiocy...what a failure Bush was...and the rabid idiots that were under their administration can only say they not LUNATIC enough!

Thank you.

+136 # Barbara K 2012-02-25 10:36
The Republican Party has willingly morphed into the Party of Idiots. Not what we need to run this country and to restore it to it once grandeur stance. We need to get people to form new companies and pick up on manufacturing the products that made us great. We need to buy American. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of being stuck with China junk. I want a dishwasher that works properly and gets the dishes clean, a washer that actually gets the clothes clean without beating them to shreds. Dishes that are not full of lead, etc., etc. Let's get rid of the band of R idiots from our government so we can restore our country's integrity and our economy back on track. We need to give Obama many more Dems who will work with him to accomplish these goals.

Vote straight Democratic

so we can restore our country and get the republican out of our private lives.
+19 # RMDC 2012-02-25 16:56
Good point, Barbara. Party of Idiots. They've been working on this since Reagan. The Teabaggers were the movement of idiots.

But I have to disagree with you about the Democratic Party. It is no better. Obama's or Clinton's Humanitarian wars are just as bad as Bush's Wars of Vengeance. Obama's and Clinton's economic advisors (esp. Larry Summers) are just as bad as Bush's.

It is time for concerned people to abandon both parties. Join the Greens or another third party and never vote for any republican or democrat. It will take a decade for a third party to actually gain a controlling power in the contress or the Whore House. You can start now, or you can start ten years from now. How much longer do you want to deal with the Demublican idiocy and criminality.
+7 # tclose 2012-02-26 15:23
RMDC - if you think there is no difference btwn the 2 parties you have your head screwed on backwards. While not perfect, especially to progressives, they are hugely better - the Humanitarian Wars as you call them being just one example.

To form a third party makes no sense - just more votes away from Obama, and with his losing we lose the Supreme Court balance, 4 - 8 more years of social policy backtracking, a more aggressive posture throughout the world, and economic banditry.

Get real.
0 # doneasley 2012-02-29 01:34
Well said, Barbara K. Not enough people understand the workings of Congress - especially the Senate - where one senator can put a hold on legislation without disclosing his/her name. And the filibuster and 60 vote business are ridiculous. The only way President Obama can get anything done now is by executive order, because the GOP will oppose anything he wants to do.

The Idiot Right is in control now. Reagan and Daddy Bush kept them at arms length and sometimes let them in the back door. But "W" opened the front door to the idiots, gave them a place at the table, and now they won't go home. No matter how much they try to blame Obama for the disastrous blunders of the Bush administration, we know the real truth.

NCLB should be named NCBL - No Child's Behind Left. If you watch the GOP at work, you'll understand that their long-range goal is to destroy the public school system, diverting those funds to private schools where they can teach their own rancid beliefs. Part D Medicare wasn't about providing prescription relief to seniors, it was a gift to the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. And the recent FICA tax relief agreement was a way to get their claws into the completely solvent Social Security system. Their next move will be to claim that SS doesn't have enough income so they'll have to cut back on benefits. And look at what's happening in GOP-controlled states. Outrageous stuff!

The Idiots know how to carry out their agenda.
+84 # canuuk 2012-02-25 10:59
The Reptile Clown Show is coming to a well-deserved end. Not with a bang, but a whimper. George Will basically threw in the towel in his column this week. When you base your reality on historical revisionism of this magnitude, the house of cards will collapse, like it has...
+90 # CL38 2012-02-25 11:18
Only if we all get out and vote in huge numbers. Who knows what chicanery the right is up to, besides the voter suppression laws.
+47 # AndreM5 2012-02-25 13:53
BINGO! The numbers must be overwhelming to deny the fraudulant tools now in place.

But don't underestimate the power of corporate persuasion. Afterall, their revisionist crap has elevated the terrible Prez. Ronny to Sainthood.
+5 # Karlus58 2012-02-27 15:16
Despite these Right wing idiots, as one would expect them to go down soundly in defeat....I'm still concerned. You and I keep ourselves e majority do not.
+58 # Regina 2012-02-25 12:17
George Will has a serious problem -- his I.Q. is higher than 10. That makes him incompatible with the hee-haws now running the Republican party. We must make sure that they are run deep into the ground -- not just "underground"! -- in November.
+98 # Robert B 2012-02-25 10:59
The GOP has been desperate to ignore Bush's two criminal terms of office and gets shrill when any Democrat brings them up. Selective amnesia. Every election, the Republicans double down on crazy and stupid. How many more elections can they pull this off? They still sneer about Jimmy Carter, but God forbid anyone should bring up the name of the previous President!

I've said it before and I'll say it again: What we need is the separation of power and Republicans.
+108 # jack406 2012-02-25 11:10
Yes Dubya was incompetent, but it wasn't Medicare Part B that he passed without paying for it. It was Medicare Part D.

And I still wonder why he never really tried to catch Osama Bin Laden. Was it because Bush and his father were friends of Bin Laden's family. Is that why he let so many of them flee the country after 911?
+68 # Bope2 2012-02-25 12:35
Might it be that an at-large bin Laden was an ideal expedient to circumvent the Constitution? Whenever anyone pointed out that spying on citizens without warrants, torture, imprisonment in subhuman conditions without charge or access to legal redress, and so forth, are, not to put too fine a point on it, un-American, all W had to say was "Al Qaeda" or "bin Laden" and the debate stopped.
+46 # Ralph Averill 2012-02-25 13:30
You nailed it. Ya gotta have a bogey man.
+32 # AndreM5 2012-02-25 13:55
Bogey man, sure, but you need the "Pearl Harbor moment" in order to REALLY STEAL!
GWB had several of those.
+12 # howard1912 2012-02-26 20:08
GWB made sure that the Osama Bin Laden family was escorted safely out of the USA when 911 happened. We've even seen them together at the White House. It's a fact that the current GOP would like everyone to forget.
+64 # GeeRob 2012-02-25 11:16
RSN, please continue to nourish us with the dead-on humor of Charles P. Pierce.
"It was Year Zero on the Kenyan Muslim Socialist Calender." Ahh, this is bliss. I read this kind of biting satire on Wonkette so I'm happy to see it here as well.
+66 # Ray Kondrasuk 2012-02-25 11:26
From my experience, the hall mark of Republicans is their sheer un-approachabil ity, either through their icy avoidance of issues, or a dialog-dominati ng, torrid tell-off.

Witness our governor here in Packerland.
When public workers offered to concede to paying more into healthcare and pensions in exchange for the governor's easing up on the severe restrictions he was imposing on collective bargaining, he accepted not a single conversation with our heroic Fab Fourteen protesting, state-fleeing senators; a call from the Fake Koch went right through to his office, though.
+29 # msleepyhead 2012-02-25 11:46
ahhhh the old keep them a little confused trick...and the re-write history trick. old gw a liberal...dear Mr. Pierce, you are more than likely spot on. keep changing the rules of the game so all the work is figuring out what game we're playing...hmm.. .that's what narcissists do. hmm...
+68 # angelfish 2012-02-25 11:50
What a COLOSSAL load of Bull-Puckey! The shrub couldn't pour Pee out of a boot if the directions were printed on the heel! He was led and directed by THESE Cretins who now have the Cojones to criticize HIM! HE was their Appointee! HE was their "War President"! HE was their Stooge who, if you hadn't noticed lately, is NO WHERE to be seen in the Political landscape today! It seems he might have FINALLY found some brain cells and is laying low to avoid the vitriol! Hey Georgie, you're a day late and MANY Trillions of our dollars SHORT!
+26 # Glen 2012-02-25 14:06
Thank you, angelfish, for expressing the leftover anger of George W.'s years. Bush is/was an alcoholic and coke head, who never succeeded in anything attempted, and it was attempted just to please the folks around him, including pals in Saudi Arabia. Karl Rove, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bill Kristol and all the rest of the power mongers were calling the shots, and are still calling the shots. The turn of the century was well planned for 20 years prior. Just about everybody has sold out to those seriously corrupt, and yes, evil people. Anybody responsible for the deaths of thousands and the downfall of the U.S. can truly be referred to as evil.

They yanked George W. out of his endless party, reined him in. Used him up. And then spit him out. I doubt he has any real thinking capacity left at all.
+10 # CL38 2012-02-26 13:56
While I agree that Bush was led by the far right cabal of Rummy, Cheney, etc., he also had 'issues' (his complete failure as a 'businessman', alcoholism, and 'showing' his father) These factors influenced everything Bush did and motivated him to insert himself into Presidential decisions he really knew nothing about. Don't let him off the hook. He's ultimately responsible for everything done during his Presidency.
+1 # howard1912 2012-02-26 20:14
He(GWB) surfaced once on TV just after Obama was elected. He politely refused to object to any comments against Mr. Obama. I guess he thought they would only bounce back and hurt him more. Have you also noticed he hasn't backed any of the current candidates for office. He is probably keeping a low profile either because he wants to, or was told by the current GOP runners, to keep from making statements on their behalf.
-60 # anarchteacher 2012-02-25 12:06
This self-satisfied partisan sneer posing as sophomoric humor is flawed in one major respect: GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has always been as harshly critical of Bush and his Republican Red State Fascist regime as he has of Obama and his Blue Dog Plutocratic Democrats.

Elite players at the top of the power pyramid may change but the failed and disastrous bipartisan policies of the welfare-warfare state go on seemingly forever.

In 1998, Ron Paul predicted 9/11 as a result of foreign policy blowback and imperial overreach, fulfilling Osama bin Laden’s stated goals of bankrupting America and destroying her civil liberties:

In 2001, just days before 9/11, Ron Paul warned about the emerging real estate housing bubble and how it would lead to the Fed-generated 2008 economic meltdown:

Ron Paul 2012. Right Then. Right Now. Right For America.
+19 # Ralph Averill 2012-02-25 13:39
"Ron Paul 2012. Right Then. Right Now. Right For America."
All the Paulists should bolt the Republicans and form a third party. Really. For the good of the country. Please. Do it.
+8 # Billy Bob 2012-02-25 13:48
But they ARE repuglicans.
+4 # RMDC 2012-02-25 17:00
R.A. Thanks. Good point. The US must have a third or fourth party now. We simply cannot live any longer with the Demublicans running the place.
+7 # Billy Bob 2012-02-25 22:42
We already have a Justice Party, a Green Party and a Socialist Party vying for liberal votes. Take your pick. The real issue is getting one of them actually elected. Until we change the electoral process with a Constitutional amendment, things are going to stay pretty much as they are.
+5 # Ralph Averill 2012-02-26 05:44
Political power grows from the bottom up. It takes time and a whole lot of work. If you want a viable Justice, Green, or Socialist party, you have to start locally. Organize and get them on town councils, school boards, and zoning commissions. That's what the Greens did in Europe decades ago and now they have viable, and growing, blocs in national assemblies.
0 # MylesJ 2012-02-27 13:05
We also have the libertarian partry that has never run a real libertarian for national office. I'm for the Kucinich-Paul ticket. Anything those two would agree on would be good things to do.
+13 # Ralph Averill 2012-02-26 05:31
I'm sorry my irony failed. I wish for a Paulist 3rd party to split the Republican vote so that they would be so bludgeoned at the polls that they will abandon their unholy alliance with tea-baggers and bible thumpers and once more be a rational political party.
"Demublicans"? In my soon-to-be sixty-one years I have never seen a greater difference between the two major parties. Liberal Democrats and Progressives who stay home next election day because they're disappointed in Obama are being childish and foolish in the extreme. Politics is the science of the possible.
It's all about Congress in 2012!
0 # ABen 2012-02-28 15:09
Well said Ralph!!
+28 # Patriot 2012-02-25 13:48
You and I can't possibly be thinking about the same America, because neither Ron Paul nor any of the other Republican candidates has the slightest intention of preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States. The Democrats aren't doing such a good job, themselves, but at least they haven't got it between their crosshairs!
+29 # Billy Bob 2012-02-25 13:48
ron paul 1612. Too right-wing for America.
0 # kyzipster 2012-02-29 04:34
The flaw with your post is that Ron Paul has as much chance of getting in the White House as Ralph Nader. The Republican Party has become nothing more than an extremist cult that deserves 'sophomoric humor', how can these candidates be taken seriously?
+40 # HowardMH 2012-02-25 12:10
I agree the Republicans are a bunch of idiots and so are the Democrats. I am referring in both cases to the 85% of the population that doesn't know, doesn't care, and doesn't understand anything about what is going on in theircorrupt bought government. The country has been bought and paid for by less than 200 Billionaires. That is 200, not 2000, not 2,000,000 just 200.
If Bushie had caught Ben Laden his justification for keeping the war going would have gone away and all his rich cronies in the war machine business wouldn’t be getting those big government contracts any more to build more stuff to be blown up. Screw the soldiers that “Volunteered” to fight for the USA. They are just pawns in Busbies’ plan to make sure the rich get richer, “you know that 200 rich buddies”.
If you are a glutton for punishment read on Obama the Wimp. Wall Street Banks Investigation
How can we find out how many FBI Agents have been assigned to investigate the Wall Street Banks disaster on mortgages? I heard only 10 were assigned.
During the Savings and Loan mess 15 or so years ago there were over 1000 agents assigned to investigate, and over 1000 bankers went to jail. The Wall Street Mess is (I was told 40 times larger) so doing the math, there should be 40,000 Agents assigned, not 10.
The NY State AG is the one handling it, but looks like his hands have been tied behind his back and he has been blindfolded.
+33 # reiverpacific 2012-02-25 12:14
NCLB (Or as Greg Palast more accurately puts it "No Child's Behind Left" -NCBL) was a complete failure -this from the front lines of a senior educator I know quite well who had to go to DC regularly and deal with it's detritus and utter failure to regard all children in the public system and especially the arts and letters which were cut to shreds all over the country -except in the elite private schools. I mean why the Hell can't we just fund public schools without all the head-scratching , devious attempts at unravelling kid's futures even further and all that voucher nonsense?
Hell, the repugs didn't think that daddy Bush was conservative enough and Dimwits was just a front for the "Project for a New American Century mob" who are still relentlessly working behind the scenes to scupper all attempts at democracy and at Obama in particular.
No wonder the country keeps sliding rightward.
So in addition to solidarity, we gotta let 'em know that some of us get a good chuckle at the wannabe's too.
+2 # RMDC 2012-02-26 07:26
Greg Palast was right -- No Child's Behind Left after Bush got through with them.
+15 # Phoenician 2012-02-25 12:25
We shouldn't mock the afflicted!
+49 # walt 2012-02-25 12:35
The big questions remains: "Why was there never a single investigation into the crimes of the Bush administration?

We can bitch all we want about the idiots of the GOP, but they really got off easy. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and others are all free and collecting checks. And now the country is subjected to the parade of lunatics running for president. Lunatics who have shown that they care about as much for the people as did Stalin!
+38 # MainStreetMentor 2012-02-25 12:43
Bush had, (still has), the IQ of a grape – and Ronnie Ray-gun possessed the IQ of half-a-grape. It’s NOT Bush who has decided to “lay-low” during this campaign year. You can absolutely take-it-to-the- bank that the officials of the RepubTeacan Party have TOLD him to stay the he11 out of the fray! As you can see – not one single RepubTeacan candidate has sought the endorsement of “The Stooge”. There are three men who are directly responsible for enabling the playing field for the economic destruction of the USA: Reagan; G.W. Bush and Richard “Dick” Cheney – Wall Street and the Corporatocracy just took advantage of it.
+42 # TomDegan 2012-02-25 12:50
They don't give a damn about the American people. That's been obvious to anyone paying attention for the last forty years. Now it should be apparent even to those who don't pay attention, or those for whom Fox Noise is the fragile vessel relaying them their informatio­n. The question needs to be asked:

How many Americans are going to be stupid enough to stick with that disgusting party on Election Day next?

Come to think about it, "the word "party" is a misnomer. They're not a political party in the strictest sense of the word. They haven't been in decades. They are now an organized criminal enterprise­.

Wake up and smell the elephant dung.


Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
+24 # Bill Clements 2012-02-25 17:55
The truly demoralizing and disappointing truth is that half the country really IS stupid enough to vote Republican on Election Day! Have we been deluding ourselves all these years, oblivious to this basic fact? Or is this a more recent phenomenon?

One thing for sure: the Republican Party (Crime Family) has clearly come off the rails! Listening to Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, et al attacking Obama is just a jaw-dropping experience because the words don't even remotely add up to the reality. It IS akin to madness.
+34 # Muffy787 2012-02-25 12:54
Not only are those 3 running around spouting their mouths off (maybe not Bushy) but their fearless leader NEVER
was elected President. That is what makes me ill.
+15 # cordleycoit 2012-02-25 14:29
Imagine a president who knows the world is six thousand years old. Imagine a president fearful of women, gays and minorities; a man so fearful that he wants them chained up at home. Imagine a president as stupid as W Bush. well almost. It's enough to make a Republican gibber and climb trees.
+11 # futhark 2012-02-25 18:18
Imagine a president who knows that Native Americans are descendents of the lost tribes of Israel. Imagine a president knows that God causes people who are apostate from His commandments evolve over the generations to a darker and darker skin color and who knows that in the future he, too, will become a God...Willard "Mitt" Romney!
+4 # futhark 2012-02-26 09:31
Addendum: I forgot to mention that Mr. Romney also subscribes to a religion that asserts as an article of faith that the Almighty communicated with humanity via an angel named "Moron". Don't believe it? Read the Book of Mormon.
+3 # mjc 2012-02-25 15:14
No sane person can understand how anyone...Rick Santorum included...woul d have to apologize for No Child Left Behind. It was an attempt to reform the American educational system, even though too much emphasis was placed on testing and scores. The people who thought this was a good idea didn't really have much contact with real teachers and since many were business oriented they assumed those tests they took and passed indicated that they were educated. The very amazing thing is that it came in George Bush's administration! But as many have mentioned here the Republicans have been so gobbled up by the Tea Party and the radical social conservatives it takes in, the Party ceases to understand that the entire country isn't conservative, torn with hate for social justice, or just waiting for the federal government to stop trying to level the playing field for all Americans.
+29 # RMDC 2012-02-25 17:12
NCLB was pilot tested in Houston for several years before it went national. Bush appointed the superintendent of schools in Houston to be his Sec. of Ed. just in order to implement No Child Left Behind. They knew what the results would be from the Houston model -- dramatic increases in high school dropouts, schools failing and closing, charter schools opening, teachers in fear and teaching to the test. All this was part of the design. The goal of the right wing has always been to destroy public schools so that the can be replaced by private, for profit schools. NCLB was a huge step in that direction. They knew what they were doing.
+6 # olpossum 2012-02-26 08:17
Exactly. That's why W was not a failure, he was a rip-roaring success in everything he did and everything he failed to do. This is what disaster capitalism is about. Look at our disastrous supreme court majority he inflicted on us that's going to be with us for the next 40 years, crapping up the country, and dirtying our history. I'm sure the brothers of Wichita, and their country club, couldn't be happier.
+5 # olpossum 2012-02-26 08:20
NCLB was a component in the drive to get rid of everything that's not corporate-owned and run. If you can't see that, you're not very good at math.
+8 # Kootenay Coyote 2012-02-25 15:56
Now, here’s a really credible, finely-crafted ploy. God knows who these creatures would consider a Good Conservative - maybe Attila, the Hun?
+22 # Steve5551 2012-02-25 17:36
DAMN being "conservative"! What's so magical about being "conservative"? How about a platform of Honesty, Integrity, Creativity, compassion for collective humanity and Kindness. Far too much crimminal activity has been disguised behind "Compassionate Conservativism" , Christian Conservativism and the other bullshit rhetoric of the last 32 years. Anyone claiming to be the "conservative candidate" should be held suspect and actually laughed off the stage. What a crock of shit! Bush went in on two rigged elections and his father and grandfather's ill-gotten money and the so-called "Supreme Court", yet another rigged agency at the beck and call of the ruling elite, the very thoughts of such "conservatism" ought to incite a nationwide riot.
+16 # Steve5551 2012-02-25 17:41
I hope I live to see the day that Bush and his dear old dad are arrested for their many crimes against humanity. And go ahead and exhume dear old Prescott also and burn his remains to remind all the current lying "Conservatives" what they can expect when we catch them in their crimminal duplicities
+5 # reiverpacific 2012-02-25 20:19
Quoting Steve5551:
I hope I live to see the day that Bush and his dear old dad are arrested for their many crimes against humanity. And go ahead and exhume dear old Prescott also and burn his remains to remind all the current lying "Conservatives" what they can expect when we catch them in their crimminal duplicities

You'd have quite a list of exhumées (is that a word?) if you started that stuff, chief among them the dreadful Dulles Bro's -the 40's, 50's and 60's equivalent to the Koch's except with more influence inside the government.
+3 # futhark 2012-02-25 18:13
"I would not be here if I did not think of the Republican Party as a liberal party." Charles Evans Hughes, Republican nominee for president, 1916.
+18 # Guillotine 2012-02-26 08:35
One thing to remember people: The "Conservatives" consist of two completely different parts. First, the "Owners" - these are the real 0.1%, and yes they are YOUR owners as well, and no I don't like it either. These people are not stupid, they have have planned and caused all the disruption to our economy and created two (three, four?) wars all for the express purpose of increasing their wealth and power, and do not underestimate them. They are instituting the new fascist state with them at the top and in control. They tried this in 1933 when they attempted a coup d'etat against FDR (read your history - search Smedley Buttler) They were especially visible during the Bush II administration, but have been at this for 30 years.

Then there are the other "conservatives" . These are the idiots, the dimwits and the others who are told what to believe by the Owners. It has been such practically forever in this country. The owners rile them up, organize them for the owner's benefit and 'sic' them on the rest of us.

The Owner's agenda? 1. An uneducated, propagandized public just smart enough to do the Owner's bidding. 2. Throw away labor who can be fired at any time for any reason. 3. Cheap labor - they want American workers at $1/day or worse. 4. No pensions, or retirement - so everyone has to work for the Owners or die.
+2 # CL38 2012-02-26 13:46
You are absolutely right. I saw a film recently, made by an heir to the Gamble fortune (Procter and Gamble products) who's spent part of his fortune for decades following the money and investigating. He ties together all the seemingly separate things that we can see are being done now and that have been done over the years to secure and maintain power by the 1% over the rest of us.

Its at: and also
+3 # David Starr 2012-02-27 12:47
Bush Jr. too Liberal? Once again the signs of taking a flight from reality. Looking at Bush's picture above, what else could he be but the smirking incompetent, among other things, including stamped as a grade D Repub/Neocon/Ri ghty?
0 # ABen 2012-02-28 16:10
And I thought it was Alfred E. Newman in that picture--just another character from MAD magazine.

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