Stupid Bush needs to step down

By Noble Johns

Stupid Bush took his State of the Union message to an all time low, promising things he knows he cannot deliver. Citing his accomplishments and warnings about U.S. dependence on imported oil and isolationism — we don’t need any more advice from you, stupid! You have gotten this country into a mess we will never get out

This fool has fucked-up everything he has touched since becoming president, and as aresult, the country has tuned to shit! So, my message to Stupid Bush is, “don’t always do something when you think the country has a problem, stupid – just stand there!

As result, Stupid Bush's State of the Union speech might well be remembered for that stupid grin he always has on his dumb face!

The rest of his message, apart perhaps from a call on Iranians to get rid of their "small clerical elite", was a reiteration of the themes on which his presidency stands or falls.

He gave not an inch on Iraq or on his intention to "act boldly in freedom's cause" (nor on his wiretapping without warrants).

The only African-American in the Senate, Illinois Democrat Barack Obama, said Bush "talked about the things that I think need to be talked about. Health care, education, energy independence, but there wasn't any beef there. There didn't seem to be any serious proposals that would call America to action."

Bush delivered the speech after what may have been the most difficult year of his presidency. The government's response to Hurricane Katrina hurt the administration politically as did a Washington lobbying scandal and discontent over the Iraq war. On Tuesday, Bush responded to so-called kitchen-table concerns, such as rising energy prices.

On all those policies, especially the foreign ones, he was defiant if at times somewhat defensive. His rallying call on Iraq, for example, was to say: "Fellow citizens, we are in this fight to win and we are winning." This, three years after war was first waged.

Baby boomer retirement

Bush announced initiatives on entitlement issues.

"Tonight, I ask you to join me in creating a commission to examine the full impact of baby boom retirements on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid," Bush said. "This commission should include members of Congress of both parties, and offer bipartisan answers. We need to put aside partisan politics, work together and get this problem solved."

Delivering the Democratic Party response Tuesday was the moderate governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine, who defeated a Bush-backed candidate in November.

Instant poll

In interviews with 464 adult Americans who watched the speech, 48 percent said they had a very positive reaction. Twenty-seven percent of Tuesday's viewers said they had a somewhat favorable reaction to the speech, while 23 percent said they felt negatively about it. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Because the poll reflects the opinions of only those who watched the State of the Union, it reflects more favorable opinions than a random sampling of the country as a whole. The audience was 43 percent Republican, 23 percent Democratic and 34 percent independent.

The preceding five were "keeping our economy growing", being "good stewards of tax dollars", opening "more markets for all that Americans make and grow", sorting out an "immigration system" and providing "affordable health care".

The seventh was a plan to improve science and technology education.

George Bush is not going to make the same mistake that Jimmy Carter made

Stupid Bush does not like targets and in this he might well have been mindful of the disastrous speech on energy made by President Jimmy Carter back in 1979.

At the time, President Carter was, like Stupid Bush, rather down in the polls.

On returning from a trip abroad, he went up to Camp David, the president's retreat in the Catoctin Mountains north of Washington, and did not come down for a week.

Instead, a whole series of leaders from across the field of American endeavour went up the mountain to see him.

He then came down and announced in a gloomy speech that America was in a crisis.

He identified that as an energy crisis and declared: "Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this nation."

He set all kinds of hopelessly unrealistic targets (not importing more oil than in 1979 for one; generating 20% of power from solar energy by 2000 for another) to reduce American dependence on oil.

Of course this all simply boomeranged on Carter. Americans did not like to be told it was all their fault and at the time did not like being told to tighten their belts.

It wasn't that hard for Ronald Reagan to come along and give them their confidence back.

George Bush is not going to make the same mistake that Jimmy Carter made.

If he has gone green, it is perhaps a lighter shade of green.

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