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Monday, January 30, 2006

For those of you who can’t bring yourselves to watch Bush’s STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS and all the SELF SERVING FEEL GOOD/LALA Land lies that it will encompass, here is a piece by Dennis Kucinich that says it all.



The Truth About the State of our Union
by Dennis J. Kucinich

On Tuesday night President Bush will stand before the Congress and the nation, to deliver his annual State of the Union address. We are sure to hear a rosy tale of an economy on the rebound, a blossoming democracy in Iraq, a terror network on the run, and a Gulf Coast region rebuilding better and stronger than ever before. As is most often the case with this Administration, the rhetoric does not match reality.

The facts are clear. Our economy is struggling and leaving tens of millions of Americans behind. According to the non-partisan National Journal, since President Bush first stood before Congress and the nation in 2001, the median income in this country has decreased, the jobless rate has jumped from 3.9% to 4.9% and the number of families living in poverty has increased from 8.7% to 10.2%. Our trade deficit has doubled. Inflation has gone up. Personal bankruptcies have gone up. Consumer debt has gone up. College tuition has gone up. And, the price of gas has gone up. All the while, this Administration has turned a $128 billion federal budget surplus into a $319 billion deficit.

Today, almost 6 million more Americans do not have any health insurance than when President Bush took office. In total, over 45.5 million Americans, or over 15% of our total population, have no health care coverage at all.

During his 2003 address, President Bush told the nation that Saddam Hussein "had biological weapons sufficient to produce over 25,000 liters of anthrax", "materials sufficient to produce more than 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin", "as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent" and "upwards of 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents".

Today, almost three years after the start of the President's war of choice, we know Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, had no connection to al-Qaeda and posed no threat to our nation. Yet, our armed forces are bogged down in the middle of civil war that our own generals say cannot be won by military force. Our presence in Iraq is counterproductive and has cost the lives of over 2,200 US troops and $250 billion.


President Bush has delivered four State of the Union addresses since the attacks on our nation on 9/11. In four speeches, the President has never once mentioned Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the terror attacks on this nation. The status of the FBI's most wanted man apparently is not important to the state of our union. Yet, in the same four speeches, President Bush has mentioned Saddam Hussein 24 times, and Iraq 78 times.

President Bush used the opening of his 2003 State of the Union to praise the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. This year our nation, and the world, saw the result of the failure of this massive reorganization of our government. As Katrina rolled ashore, destroying large cities and small towns in four states, it was FEMA, once an independent cabinet level agency--but now rolled into Department of Homeland Security--that failed to react. The searing image of thousands of Americans stranded without food and water dying on American streets will be the lasting legacy of the Department of Homeland Security, not a reorganized government "mobilizing against the threats of a new era" as the President described in his speech.

In his 2004 and 2005 addresses, the President spent a considerable amount of time advocating policies that would roll back much of the social progress made since the New Deal. In 2004, the President touted a Medicare prescription drug bill that will fatten the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry, endangering the future finances of the entire Medicare program, while leaving seniors confused and empty handed as they try to fill their prescriptions under the new plan. In 2005, the President used his address to promote his plan strip seniors of the guaranteed promise of Social Security, and replace it with a risky scheme to gamble their future in the stock market.

What the President has in store for his message this year is not known yet. But, we do know the President Bush will speak in glowing terms about the state of our union. The truth is the state of our union is in great peril. This Administration is conducting a war with no end in Iraq, illegally spying on Americans at home, overseeing an economy that is increasingly leaving more and more Americans behind and abandoning Gulf in their hour of great need.

If recent history is any precedent, then next week we should see more of the same old dance around reality that has been the hallmark of President Bush's annual address.

Since being elected to Congress in 1996, Kucinich has been a tireless advocate for worker rights, civil rights and human rights. He represents Ohio's 10th District.

Published on Friday, January 27, 2006 by CommonDreams.org

9 Comments:

Anonymous Beachboy said...

This article gives a very good point by point analysis of Bushes attack on on America!

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012906H.shtml

Monday, January 30, 2006 3:54:00 PM  
Blogger jazzycat said...

And from Dennis Kucinich no less... Boy that really makes it the gospel..

Monday, January 30, 2006 6:59:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Smoe: American Citizen said...

WELCOME BACK PALLY!!!

I'll guarantee you that this piece by Kucinich is more fact based then any of the glittering generalities swill that you will hear from Bush tomorrow night.

Just listen and see if he offers any real facts or stats to go with his speech. If he does hopefully he'll get those facts and stats from some place other than he did for his WMDs RAP

Monday, January 30, 2006 7:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Beachboy said...

Ok Jazz boy,
If you want to discredit poor un-charismatic Kucinich, then read the article below (http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/30/opinion/edlieven.php). The true Republican strategy is to either say leadership doesn’t matter (it doesn’t matter who is the president) or shoot the messenger as you just did of Kucinich! GW (The Texan Nero) is your Red-state’s creation! This cartoon character that is bent on causing as much global chaos as possible is a reflection of how you Red state fools live. In fact we wrote a blog on your culture. You have the most guns, and the most criminals, the most religious people and the most dysfunctional families, the most restrictive abortion laws, and the most single-family children, the most private schools and the most illiterate people, do you want me to go on!!! .. Don’t you think it is ironic that Tom Delay and Jack Abramoff are so religious yet so corrupt! These guys are typical of your culture! GW is a creation of your culture. It is time to look in mirror! You are addicted to lies. In order for an alcoholic to be cured, they have to admit they are alcoholic first. In order for this nation to get better, those who are responsible for this chaos, the Red-state fools, must admit they made a mistake! It is time own up buddy

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 7:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beachboy, what is the source(s) for your "you have the most" statements?
Gary

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beachboy,
You forgot that per capita they have more Bibles and fewer teeth and that the Red states as a whole have lower IQs...must be all that inbreeding or the Lead paint that the kids eat off the Trailer walls.

Saddam H.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Beachboy said...

Gary,
There was an article in the Los Angles Times on this (in October 2005)- if you follow our blog I wrote something on this - There was a link on this below - However,now I cannot find it but I am sure it is in the LA times arcives! - Read our blog once in a while maybe you will learn something. See posting on this below!

The Moral Hypocrisy of the Red State Fools

Listen up you Red State Idiots! - Have you looked in the mirror lately! - While you are banging your Bibles, waving your flags and condemning us Satan worshipping Blue States about our lack of moral values you should have been taking a good look into your own socially dysfunctional backyard!

BEACHBOY

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Beachboy said...

Here is a typical Republican state, Utah! Read this article and tell me if this represent America!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/30/AR2006013001608.html

If this is what it means to be an American, then my fellow Republicans “Be Proud to be stupid!” If not, then a minority of Americans or a majority of Red-States are responsible for this mess! – It is time to own-up to your misguided allusions.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry - I just see it as calling the kettle black!
See my comment on lower post.

Gary

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 11:03:00 AM  

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