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Mr. President,
It was obvious from the start of your administration that the motto inscribed over the White House cabinet offices and over all U.S. Government institutions throughout the country read "No press allowed" and "fidem praestare alioqui abductum," loosly translated as (always faithful or else).

Right-wing attack machines such as Fox and radio talk-show pundits like Rush Limbaugh were primed from day one to volley a hailstorm of vicious attacks towards anyone who violated those two commandments.

Back when you first took office candidates for critical government positions had to exude bush-loyalty before they were seriously considered. Competence and experience didn't seem to stand in the way.

If you couldn't find enough uber-loyal bush loyalists to fill the thousands of government positions, you either lowered the standard or bought your way out of it by contracting the jobs out and paid for their loyalty.

Your neo-conservatives also swept away, demoted or squashed any independent government career professionals that criticized any of your policies.

Besides turning away and eliminating competent advisors you also turned away thousands of badly needed scientists, engineers and other technical workers at our nations borders while you degraded our military, to what many generals called, their breaking point.

The day after we were attacked the neo-cons must have fallen on their knees in thankful praise of their god who delivered unto them an opportunity to make their wettest dream come true, a chance to build a mideast american colony to watch over our oil fields and support Israel, but your Iraq war posed special problems and opportunities for your neo-cons with their grand plan.

You had to have enough troops to wage two wars without instituting a draft which would quickly swing public opinion and could bring a halt to the war long before you Cheney and Gonzalez could institute enough executive powers to resist any potential negative Congressional action.

So you were stuck with lowering the quality of the armed services by decreasing entrance requirements, increasing the age limits , decreasing the amount of family leave, increasing the length and duration of their duty in Iraq and even sending seriously wounded troops with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
back to the front.


You have been wildly successful with instilling loyalty.

DEGREE OF INFILTRATION
But you seem to have infected government agencies with too many incompetent surrogates; including the so-called independent agencies like FEMA, CIA, EPA FDA CDC, USDA and NASA. The agencies have been so politicized that it is difficult to give credence to anything they say anymore. Today I read that government scientists have been ordered
not to discuss polar bears.

H. Dale Hall, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, defended the measure stating that "this policy was a long-standing one, meant to honor international protocols for meetings where the topics of discussion are negotiated in advance."


The result of your acolytes work has been a never ending list of fiascos which stemmed from incompetence, the obstruction of reports, modification of facts and outright censorship of scientific studies, which has negatively affected everything from the Iraq war, international trade, education , the health of the american people and recovery efforts to disaster area victims.

Time and time again you have proven that in your bubble, politics trump the welfare of the country and the American people.

Every government agency; All 1172 government agencies , from Accounting and Auditing Policy Committee (AAPC) to the Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project (YMSCP)
are suspect of being infected with the Bush bacteria (subscription required) after all the time you have had in office.


A good example of your neo-cons at work is exemplified by the book "Imperial Life in the Emerald City," written by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Assistant Managing editor of the Washington Post. Former Washington Post bureau chief in Baghdad.

Your grand experiment in Iraq took place under the management of Paul L. Bremmers Iraq's Coalition Provisional Authority, CPA and privatizing was the magic word and who could implement it better than Bush loyalists?

Jim O'Beirne, a political appointee was given the task of screening prospective political appointees for Defense Department posts. O' Brian and his staff posed blunt questions to some prospective candidates about domestic politics such as: Did you vote for George W. Bush in 2000? Do you support the way the president is fighting the war on terror? According to the
Washington Post article at the time, "Two people who sought jobs with the U.S. occupation authority said they were even asked their views on Roe v. Wade ."


No-bid contracts to Halliburtan and many
examples of cronyism abounded. For instance, twenty-four year-old,Bush supporter, Jay Hallen, a graduate from Yale University, with no finance background was assigned to reopening the Iraqi stock exchange. And James Haveman was sent to Iraq to oversee the rehabilitation of Iraq's healthcare system even though he was not even a doctor but he did a photo of himself with you. He devoted his time to writing a list of drugs which were allowed into the country rather than rebuild bombed out emergency rooms.
Meanwhile Parsons, Bechtel and the Halliburton subsidiary KBR. took in billions of dollars in no-bid contracts,for projects most of which were judged to be "substandard with construction deficiencies and other serious problems."


AMATEUR STATESMANSHIP
Although your national policy failures have been abysmal your foreign policy failures are the most glaring of any president in recent history.
And you didn't help your cause by infecting our State Department with
amateur ambassadors.

Twenty -seven of the 49 appointed ambassadors are Bush "Pioneers" whose only claim to fame was raising at least $100,000 for your re-election effort.

And only three of these 27 fund raisers meet any of the qualifications to become an ambassador according to The Foreign Service Act of 1980.

No wonder you have to resort to saber rattling with our military to try and get your way.

Is it any wonder that according to a CNN poll from a few months ago, 78 percent of americans believe the government is broken and have very little faith in our country's leaders?



CONTRACTING OUT AMERICA
The incompetence is only part of your problem, you have reduced the number of government workers and backfilled many critical positions with contractors who are driven by profit motives rather than doing what is right for the nation.

The list of contractors runs from rebuilding efforts and security companies in Iraq to operating drones and interpreting spy satellite information.


Earlier this month it was reported that the GSA was short of people to process cases of incompetence by federal contractors so they hired more contractors to help them out!

Indeed contractors have become what the
New York Times calls them; the fourth branch of the government because of the size and the money you have thrown at them. During your administration they have received billions of dollars more than any other president. Last year they accounted for about $400 billion up from $207 billion in 2000. And the good part is that only 48 percent of the contracts were handed out as a result of competitive bidding. A major advantage to a secretive administration like yours is that contractors are not open to public scrutiny because they are not subject to Freedom of Information legislation.



One would think that in such a desperate time we would pull out all the stops and get the best people we can to help our armed services and american companies, but alas that is not the Bush-way.

MILITARY SHORTAGES CONTINUE
The armed services have also fallen on tough times ever since your deception of the american people for justifying your war and your disastrous management of the war became obvious.

More recruiters had to be found. The no child left behind had to have a clause which allowed the government to obtain student records in order to call susceptible teens to join the service. After the initial recruitment goals were not met, the goals were lowered and the bar was lowered on test scores, previous drug use, age limits were rtaised and
even criminal records were ignored.



Even West Point graduation classes were affected where many officers are deciding to serve their four years and leave. Last year the
Army forecasted a shortage of thousands of officers.


Back door draft of service men and women was enacted and tours of duty were extended. Scheduled leave was cut short.

Even after you contracted out thousands of jobs that the military used to perform, there are still not enough trained soldiers in the pipeline to cover the dead and wounded your war created, much less your surge and the additional logistical support required.

According to a recent article from The Guardian, "the British has 9000 troops on the ground in Iraq but private military contractors account for about 10,000 armed troops. After the British leave, military contractors will be the major player in your "coalition of the willing."

Another plus to using mercenaries, I mean military contractors, is that they are not held to any laws or standards of conduct. Torturing suspects in Abu Gharib, Guantanimo and in other vacation spots around the world courtesy of extraordinary renditions didn't apply to the American military, so military contractors are even less accountable, except to the people who sign their checks, his royal highness, George W. Bush.

Infusing your loyalists into every key spot in the Government has been extremely successful. It was a remarkable job but you couldn't have done it without Republican whips like Tom Delay, Pat Roberts and Bill Frist in Congress for rubber-stamping all your bills and squelching all oversight. Timid Democrats who could not or would not stand up to the vicious attacks from right-wing machine helped you as well. You owe Rupert Murdoch a big wet kiss for that one.

You have infected our democracy with bacteria so vile it will take an intense infusion of sunlight, of transparency to kill off the germs which have been introduced into the U.S. government and have multiplied in the darkness provided by Vice President, Dick Cheney.

Every week we are witness to examples of incredible ineptness, outrageous corruption, consummate greed, and warped ideology by your acolytes.

This week the
Walter Reed story showed what privatizing and Bush followers do to our government.


People are tired of watching you evade responsibility, and Orwelian bumper sticker sound bytes. Your half truths and your bumbling speech and folksy inappropriately timed grins isn't cute anymore. I believe you have finally sparked a cry within our nation for civil discourse and competent leadership throughout this country.

Somehow you have painted yourself in a corner in that fancy oval office buddy. You desperately need more loyalists to fill critical jobs but the ones you have are too inept or corrupt to do their jobs well.


You say you are not concerned about what people say about you today and that you will leave it to history to decide your visionary Bush doctrine greatness of your vision for America let me save you the suspense.

Your epitaph will most likely state; George W. Bush, he consistently destroyed what he most coveted.