Bush Unfiltered

George Bush's abuse of the language has prompted quite a few laughs.

However, there is a line of Bush quotes (and thoughts) rarely discussed. Unfortunately, these are the ones that may best indicate where we, as a society, are headed under his stewardship.

As the conflict in Iraq continues, as our forces are being exhausted, as our deficit is exploding, as he continues to press for tax cuts, and as he tackles "the Social Security crisis", the public would be wise to consider the following:

1) "people are poor because they are lazy."

2) "the Federal Trade Commission, and the Securities Exchange Commission were unnecessary hindrances to "free market competition."

3) Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal was "socialism."

4) Opposed to Social Security, Medicare, Environmental Protection, Public Schools, and Labor Unions

Harvard Business School- to instructor(s).

5) “You know I could run for governor but I’m basically a media creation. I’ve never done anything. I’ve worked for my dad. I worked in the oil business. But that’s not the kind of profile you have to have to get elected to public office.”

To long time friend from Yale and business partner Roland Betts; then goes on to run as oil tycoon and Vietnam War fighter pilot.

6) “I hope I’m not here to have to deal with it.”

On the 2000 election campaign trail responding to reports from Texas about uncertainties in the state budget and deficiencies in state services that took a backseat to Bush’s $1.7 billion tax cut.

7) "I don't understand how poor people think..."

Post 2000 election to the Reverend Jim Wallis, leader of Call to Renewal, a network of churches that fight poverty.

8) "You can fool some of the people all of the time and those are the ones you want to concentrate on."

Gridiron Club dinner

Obviously, his contempt for any safety net or public and/or private (unions) entities that benefit those in the middle or lower strata of the economy survived from his "youth" at Harvard. Certainly his disdain for the poor survived his “pre” and “post” religious conversion.

Interestingly, his recognition of himself as "never having done anything" and being a "media creation" served him well in both his gubernatorial and presidential races. He simply ignored those facts, inflated his resume, and pocketed his "get out of Dodge" passes before the damage was fully realized in each case.

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