Bush out of step with America
Bush does not share the priorities of most Americans, on either domestic or foreign issues. This is the result of the latest New York Times/CBS poll. 63% said Bush has different domestic priorities than most Americans. Bush’s overall approval rating was 49%, same as last month.
Jobs, health care and Social Security were rated the three most important domestic issues. 50% said Democrats were more likely to make the right decisions about Social Security; 31% favored Republicans.
Did you think foreign policy was Bush’s strong suit? 58% said the White House does not share their priorities on international affairs.
69% said converting Social Security to private accounts was a “bad idea.” Nearly four out of five said the government has some responsibility toward ensuring a decent standard of living for the elderly.
Bush’s one bright spot: 53% think the situation in Iraq is improving. That’s up from 41% last month.
Now, it’s all fine and good that Iraq has had elections, and open and spirited (if a little violent) debates. Yes, most Iraqis are probably better off than they were under Saddam Hussein. But when the Ann Coulters and Rush Limbaughs are shouting this at the top of their lungs, they’re trying to sweep a few things under the rug.
Remember, we didn’t invade Iraq because we wanted to be all warm and fuzzy and throw out that mean old Saddam and replace his government with a democracy. We invaded because Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction. No. Hussein was affiliated with Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. Noop. He was connected to our September 11th tragedy. Huh uh. Every emergency declared by Bush turned out to be false. The reasons for our invasion kept changing; each one turned out to be a lie.
So while we’re all basking in the afterglow of Iraqi elections and democracy — I‘ve got a little scheme.
I have this loud obnoxious neighbor (don’t we all?). I think I’ll spread some hysterical rumors around the neighborhood that this guy is a major drug dealer, he has underworld connections and he’s armed to the teeth. We’re gonna form a vigilante squad and we’re gonna kill him.
Eventually the truth will come out: he wasn’t a drug dealer, and he had no weapons and no underworld connections. And I’ll just tell everybody “hey, look how much quieter the neighborhood is without him. Do you miss his loud stereo at 3 a.m.? Do you miss those shouting matches at all hours of the night? His wife and kids aren’t walking around with black eyes and bruised faces any more. What, you wish he was still here?”
Think I can pull this off? Hello Karl?