Thursday, March 03, 2005

Republicans on the run?

All the talk now in our small Republican controlled community is about Social Security. And I must tell you there are few who support Bush’s plan to privatize it. The Republicans are clearly on the run, finding little support for trying to do away with this popular and successful program. This does mean it is dead yet, but if the Democrats stay focused and disciplined it will become a dead issue, at least for the immediate future. And die it should as it is a totally bad idea, the only real purpose being to start eliminating the Social Security Program entirely, as Republicans have wanted to do ever since Roosevelt signed it into law. So far Bush’s outrageous lies about the solvency of the program have exposed his attack for what it is.

Republicans are into hot water also over the Gannon/Guckert scandal that so far shows no signs of going away. Twenty six Congresspersons have insisted on a thorough investigation of this bizarre travesty – and so far there has been no response from the White House. The White House apparently thinks they can stonewall this scandal like all the others and eventually it will just go away. Let’s hope not. The potential here is just too great.

We have now experienced over 1500 casualties in Iraq, to say nothing of the 100,000 or more civilian deaths. I guess this is still not enough to bring the American Public to their senses. How easy it seems to lose sight of the fact that this was a totally unnecessary, immoral, illegal “war” that never should have happened in the first place. And there is no end in sight. Indeed, it may be the case this is only the beginning. They say people get the government they deserve. I do not believe the American people deserve this Administration but until they do something about it what more can be said?

By the way, whatever happened to Dick Cheney? We certainly haven’t seen or heard much of him lately. I guess he must be bunkered down somewhere cozy. Rumsfeld, too, has been kind of quiet as, indeed, have most of the neocons. This does not bode well for the future as they are probably planning for their next “war.” Let’s hope they plan this one better than the last one. I think this may be the time for “stop the world and let me get off.” Cheers.

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