Wednesday, May 11, 2005
The Bush Boom
Pat Buchanan, Larry Kudlow and other conservative Republicans like to talk about the "Bush Boom" in their NRO perches and on Sunday-morning gasbag shows like The McLaughlin Group, even as real wages for Americans are dropping like stones when adjusted for inflation, big corporations are allowed to default on their pension plans, and David Cay Johnston shows that we're seven million jobs behind from where we should be. The only "booms" going on under Bush are ones like these:
Marines surprised by insurgents' preparation for attackOf course it's rehearsed. The Baathists have been training their people intensively over the past two years. And the folks fighting for them are so loyal that they're giving them an inexhaustible supply of suicide bombers. Meanwhile, the half-starved peasants the US is trying to turn into police and military officers run away at the earliest opportunity.
"... [Colonel] Davis described sophisticated attacks in which the detonation of a roadside bomb would be quickly followed by accurate mortar or rocket fire, then machine-gun fire as Marines raced to the area.
'They clearly have trained people,' he said. 'It looks rehearsed.'..."
So...Bush Boom? Where? I'm making literally half of what I was making when Clinton was president (and I'm not excusing Clinton, I can't stand him). And everyone I know is struggling.
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