Debates

I seem to remember an earlier plea for unfettered power.

Mr. President,

I saw you on TV in a very familiar setting. I think you even had the same suit and tie on.
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The background scene, and the same serious tone rings a bell as well.

I remember now; it was when you announced that you had to invade Iraq because of the serious threat they posed to America.

Going to the same well again huh junior. Hey why not, the same rhetoric worked once before to get America to support your plan and urge Congress to provide your administration with unheard-of power and money at your disposal without judicial overview or interference by Congress.

Talk about deja view all over again.

The last time you wanted Congress to grant you the power to act unilaterally it turn out very badly for America, the world and the Iraqi people.

You warned us that we could not wait back then as well.

Specifically you said, "Knowing these realities, America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof -- the smoking gun -- that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud."


On Wednesday you said, "The government's top economic experts warn that, without immediate action by Congress, America could slip into a financial panic and a distressing scenario would unfold. More banks could fail, including some in your community. The Stock Market would drop even more, which would reduce the value of your retirement account. The value of your home could plummet. Foreclosures would rise dramatically. ....More businesses would close their doors, and millions of Americans could lose their jobs." "Cats and dogs sleeping together!!!" (my emphasis)


The "fear card" seems to be your only weapon, but instead of saying we can't wait for a mushroom cloud this time you say we cannot wait until our retirement, pension funds, IRA's and our piggy banks at home disappear before our eyes and our children are out in the street, fighting over road kill, if we don't act now.

Usually, when I hear "
Act now" on TV I wait for the second part of the pitch when the announcer says "but wait, if you act right now we will also include..." The items they pitch usually costs something around $19.99 or $29.99 and there is an 800 number flashing on the screen.

To stay true to the infomercial format you should have asked for $699,999,999,999. You can ask for less since there was no real formula for the amount Henry Paulson your Treasury Secretary asked for.

A Treasury spokesman told
Forbes magazine that the amount of money they were asking for was NOT based on any specific data. They just pulled it out of their ass.

It must have crossed your mind that you have no credibility so you had your Paulson be the point man on this debacle. You took a gamble that Paulson would survive a hit to his credibility because he publicly stated just a couple weeks ago that the economy was in good shape. OOPS!

Some people said you were hiding which showed a lack of leadership in another time of trouble. This is like September 11th when you were informed that the planes hit the towers. You sat there frozen like a deer in the headlights.

While others said you have been
working on this bailout with Paulson and company for quite a while before springing it on the public.

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Tony Fratto, White House Deputy Press Secretary, insisted that the plan was not slapped together and had been drawn up as a contingency over previous months and weeks by administration officials. He acknowledged lawmakers were getting only days to peruse it, but he said this should be enough."

This just begs a whole lot of other questions like, why wait until just before the debates to bring this up?

Me and my tin-foil hat seem to think you want to give McCain a chance to charge into the chambers with his hair on fire as he physically wrestles Democrats and Republicans alike until they cry "Uncle" and agree to support McCain's ingenious plan to save the country and the world.

And also provide McCain and Palin an excuse to duck the debates which might touch on the economy and McCain's famous support for deregulation. And you want to keep the totally incompetent Sarah Palin's away from answering ANY questions on ANYTHING.

Her interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric were very telling and demonstrated her complete lack of knowledge on national and international issues.


Regardless of the details on the finished plan, you have handcuffed the next president economically.

The shackles you are tying onto the next president are adding up.

So far you are leaving him an escalating war in Afghanistan, an Iraq war which has been propped up with payoffs, bribes, and deals with insurgents who have actively pursued and killed U.S. troops, a deteriorating situation in Pakistan and a new Cold War with Russia. And now you have capped off America's future with a crippling debt and an economy teetering on total collapse.

Is there anything you CAN'T screw up junior?

All of these Easter eggs will severely hinder the next president from implementing their plans for improving the lives of average Americans.

So despite an Obama-win we will be saddled with several years of your failed-policies.

This could rank up there as another Bush doctrine which you can spin as a "transitional necessity to keep the United States from suffering the shock of absorbing too many changes from a new president."

Most people would call it "Pissing From The Grave", "The Ghost of Bush Past," or "The Curse of Bush 43."

I personally like Bush's Policy Of "Burnt Earth," it reminds me of what you did in Iraq.


From: comments@whitehouse.gov
Date: September 25, 2008 8:33:10 PM CDT
To: guzmatom@mac.com
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