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Lighten up. It's from The Onion.
-- Anita (Anita_S3@hotmail.com), December 22, 2001
And countering on the right is the good patriot...Bob Boudelang.
-- Anita (Anita_S3@hotmail.com), December 22, 2001.
BWAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAAA!!!! THANKS ANITA, THAT IS THE BEST ONION PIECE I'VE SEEN YET!
WASHINGTON, DC—Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight years of Bill Clinton, president-elect George W. Bush assured the nation in a televised address Tuesday that "our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over."
"My fellow Americans," Bush said, "at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American history that will come to be known as the Clinton Era, eight long years characterized by unprecedented economic expansion, a sharp decrease in crime, and sustained peace overseas. The time has come to put all of that behind us."
Bush swore to do "everything in [his] power" to undo the damage wrought by Clinton's two terms in office, including selling off the national parks to developers, going into massive debt to develop expensive and impractical weapons technologies, and passing sweeping budget cuts that drive the mentally ill out of hospitals and onto the street.
During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.
"You better believe we're going to mix it up with somebody at some point during my administration," said Bush, who plans a 250 percent boost in military spending. "Unlike my predecessor, I am fully committed to putting soldiers in battle situations. Otherwise, what is the point of even having a military?"
On the economic side, Bush vowed to bring back economic stagnation by implementing substantial tax cuts, which would lead to a recession, which would necessitate a tax hike, which would lead to a drop in consumer spending, which would lead to layoffs, which would deepen the recession even further.
Wall Street responded strongly to the Bush speech, with the Dow Jones industrial fluctuating wildly before closing at an 18-month low. The NASDAQ composite index, rattled by a gloomy outlook for tech stocks in 2001, also fell sharply, losing 4.4 percent of its total value between 3 p.m. and the closing bell.
Asked for comment about the cooling technology sector, Bush said: "That's hardly my area of expertise."
Turning to the subject of the environment, Bush said he will do whatever it takes to undo the tremendous damage not done by the Clinton Administration to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He assured citizens that he will follow through on his campaign promise to open the 1.5 million acre refuge's coastal plain to oil drilling. As a sign of his commitment to bringing about a change in the environment, he pointed to his choice of Gale Norton for Secretary of the Interior. Norton, Bush noted, has "extensive experience" fighting environmental causes, working as a lobbyist for lead-paint manufacturers and as an attorney for loggers and miners, in addition to suing the EPA to overturn clean-air standards.
Bush had equally high praise for Attorney General nominee John Ashcroft, whom he praised as "a tireless champion in the battle to protect a woman's right to give birth."
"Soon, with John Ashcroft's help, we will move out of the Dark Ages and into a more enlightened time when a woman will be free to think long and hard before trying to fight her way past throngs of protesters blocking her entrance to an abortion clinic," Bush said. "We as a nation can look forward to lots and lots of babies."
Continued Bush: "John Ashcroft will be invaluable in healing the terrible wedge President Clinton drove between church and state."
The speech was met with overwhelming approval from Republican leaders.
"Finally, the horrific misrule of the Democrats has been brought to a close," House Majority Leader Dennis Hastert (R-IL) told reporters. "Under Bush, we can all look forward to military aggression, deregulation of dangerous, greedy industries, and the defunding of vital domestic social-service programs upon which millions depend. Mercifully, we can now say goodbye to the awful nightmare that was Clinton's America."
"For years, I tirelessly preached the message that Clinton must be stopped," conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said. "And yet, in 1996, the American public failed to heed my urgent warnings, re-electing Clinton despite the fact that the nation was prosperous and at peace under his regime. But now, thank God, that's all done with. Once again, we will enjoy mounting debt, jingoism, nuclear paranoia, mass deficit, and a massive military build-up."
An overwhelming 49.9 percent of Americans responded enthusiastically to the Bush speech.
"After eight years of relatively sane fiscal policy under the Democrats, we have reached a point where, just a few weeks ago, President Clinton said that the national debt could be paid off by as early as 2012," Rahway, NJ, machinist and father of three Bud Crandall said. "That's not the kind of world I want my children to grow up in."
"You have no idea what it's like to be black and enfranchised," said Marlon Hastings, one of thousands of Miami-Dade County residents whose votes were not counted in the 2000 presidential election. "George W. Bush understands the pain of enfranchisement, and ever since Election Day, he has fought tirelessly to make sure it never happens to my people again."
Bush concluded his speech on a note of healing and redemption.
"We as a people must stand united, banding together to tear this nation in two," Bush said. "Much work lies ahead of us: The gap between the rich and the poor may be wide, be there's much more widening left to do. We must squander our nation's hard-won budget surplus on tax breaks for the wealthiest 15 percent. And, on the foreign front, we must find an enemy and defeat it."
"The insanity is over," Bush said. "After a long, dark night of peace and stability, the sun is finally rising again over America. We look forward to a bright new dawn not seen since the glory days of my dad."
-- (HEE HEE HEE @ HAA. HAA HAA!), December 22, 2001.
Bush Sr. Apologizes To Son For Funding Bin Laden In '80s
MIDLAND, TX— Former president George Bush issued an apology to his son Monday for advocating the CIA's mid-'80s funding of Osama bin Laden, who at the time was resisting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. "I'm sorry, son," Bush told President George W. Bush. "We thought it was a good idea at the time because he was part of a group fighting communism in Central Asia. We called them 'freedom fighters' back then. I know it sounds weird. You sort of had to be there." Bush is still deliberating over whether to tell his son about the whole supporting-Saddam Hussein-against-Iran thing.
U.S. Urges Bin Laden To Form Nation It Can Attack
WASHINGTON, DC— Speaking via closed-circuit television from the Oval Office Monday, President Bush made a direct plea to Osama bin Laden to form a nation the U.S. can attack. "Whether you take over an existing nation like Afghanistan or create a new breakaway republic called, say, Osamastan, the important thing is that you establish an identifiable nation-state with an army, a capital, and clearly defined borders," Bush said. "Maybe you could also sign some quick treaties to definitively establish who your allies are." The president then pledged $600 million to bin Laden for the construction of a state-of-the-art defense headquarters that the U.S. can bomb.
-- (hee hee hee @ haa. haa haa), December 22, 2001.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 22, 2001.
Gettin kinda lonely huh?
-- Carlos (email@example.com), December 22, 2001.
There comes a time when nothing is left to be said, when preventitive measures can no longer stave off the enevetable, when others who you once warned, can finally see through the surface to the facts they tried so hard to pretend did not exist.
In other words, you can't say you weren't warned. Hind sight is 20/20.
Besides, it is nearly impossible for me to sit these days so until or if there is an improvement, I probably will not be sharing my insight much.
-- Cherri (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 23, 2001.
Don't worry about Carlos, Cherri. He's too much in love with Dubya to have any sense of humor about him. These articles ring a little too close to the truth, and the Dubya-lovers are too sensitive about his weaknesses to be able to laugh about them. It's not lonely at the Onion, lots of people are yucking it up.
-- (Dubya @ funny. guy), December 23, 2001.
Inserting more humor into "Politics in America", Barry Crimmins reviews the year.
-- Anita (Anita_S3@hotmail.com), December 28, 2001.
Cherri, hope your recovery is swift. I know it seems to take longer as we age but take it easy, Anita is doing a good job of keeping us in the loop on W's mistakes.
-- Maria (email@example.com), December 28, 2001.
Thanks Maria, I keep doing to much and having relapses. The origional incision to harvest the vein in my right leg got infected and three weeks after surgery it looked like I might end up back in the hospital for Christmas. Fortunatly I found some antibiotics and self medicaded doubling up the usual dosage (Ery-333)until I could get into the Doc's on Christmas eve, and that stopped the progression of the infection and ended up reversing it. Doc was worried, but pleased I had taken the inititive (if I didn't want to hit the ER and be admitted before Christmas), and endded up prescribing me that very antibiotic, doubled which I will be on until the infection is finally gone. 3 weeks after surgery with an infection that will not go away is not good. I had nightmares of gangrene, total leg loss etc....
Life is not yet boring. The infection is not gone, but clearing up more every day. Daughter had Christmas at home with me and I am just impatient to be healed. You are right, it does take longer to heal at this age.
-- Cherri (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 28, 2001.