Monday, April 25, 2005

Heads buried in Iraqi Sand

The folks of W, Rove and Co have their heads buried in the big kitty litter box we know as Iraq. The economy may be going well for them and their investors/base, but they have their noses so deep and long in the stench they think it smells like roses. Unfortunately, these folks can't see past their own good fortunes [obtained to the detriment of so many others]. Real Americans know otherwise.


According to John Snow, the Treasury secretary, the global economy is in a "sweet spot." Conservative pundits close to the administration talk, without irony, about a "Bush boom."

Yet two-thirds of Americans polled by Gallup say that the economy is "only fair" or "poor." And only 33 percent of those polled believe the economy is improving, while 59 percent think it's getting worse.

Is the administration's obliviousness to the public's economic anxiety just partisanship? I don't think so: President Bush and other Republican leaders honestly think that we're living in the best of times. After all, everyone they talk to says so.

...The story is very different for the great majority of Americans, who live off their wages, not dividends or capital gains, and aren't doing well at all. Over the past three years, wage and salary income grew less than in any other postwar recovery - less than a tenth as fast as profits. But wage-earning Americans aren't part of the base.

...The point is that people sense, correctly, that Mr. Bush doesn't understand their concerns. He was sold on privatization by people who have made their careers in the self-referential, corporate-sponsored world of conservative think tanks. And he himself has no personal experience with the risks that working families face. He's probably never imagined what it would be like to be destitute in his old age, with no guaranteed income.

...In that context, it's worth noting two more poll results: in one taken before the recent resurgence of violence in Iraq, and the administration's announcement that it needs yet another $80 billion, 53 percent of Americans said that the Iraq war wasn't worth it. And 50 percent say that "the administration deliberately misled the public about whether Iraq has weapons of mass destruction."

...But Americans are feeling a sense of dread: they're worried about a weak job market, soaring health care costs, rising oil prices and a war that seems to have no end. And they're starting to notice that nobody in power is even trying to deal with these problems, because the people in charge are too busy catering to a base that has other priorities.

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Sar said...

Depressing, isn't it? Perhaps we need a pair of administration-issued rosie glasses.

SheaNC said...

Government by the idle rich has always resulted in such total detachment from the values of the "peasantry." They wonder where revolutionary movements come from? They inspire them with their "let them eat cake" dismissal of real people's concerns. Case in point: Governor Boobengrabber's statement about "the unions against the people of california." Who the hell does he think comprise the unions!? Grr.