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Bush’s Level Playing Field

December 2, 2011

When George W. Bush became president, I could always tell when he was lying because he would bite his bottom lip. One of his staffers must have noticed it too and told him to stop it. Without that visual tic to telegraph the fact that he was lying, I had to listen closer to what he said in order to read between his lies.

Back in 2003 (I think it was) George W. Bush made a speech saying something to the effect that: “My administration is working to ensure a level playing field for American products. I believe that, as long as there is a level playing field, the American worker, entrepreneur and farmer can compete with anybody, any time, any place.”

When I heard that, my logic told me that if we are going to play on a level field, either the rest of the world will have to drastically increase wages to our level, or American workers will have to take a huge cut in pay to play on their level. I had a premonition at that moment that Bush had a grand, evil plan to destroy the earning power of the American people. Once our wages dropped to something approximating those of a third-world county, we would be competitive and jobs might even return to the U.S.

I usually like being right, but this time there is no revelry or satisfaction. The seeds Bush sowed that day are bearing rotten fruit to this day. His policy of deregulation of our entire capitalist system brought America to her knees in 2008 (just months before his term was up) and wages are continuing to fall. So many people who once earned a good living have been out of work for so long that they consider themselves fortunate to find a job at all… even if it only pays the minimum wage.

I always considered Bush a moron of the highest order, but maybe that was just a facade to hide the evil genius within. His grand plan succeeded beyond his wildest expectations. The current gaggle of capitalistic-conservative-republicans dismiss Bush as being “not conservative enough”, but these republicans and tea-baggers in Congress continue to cultivate Bush’s evil agenda by further destroying the middle-class while fattening up the fat cats. Buddy, can you spare a dime?

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  1. December 3, 2011 11:37 AM

    As I was driving down Red River Rd. in Rock Hill yesterday as I have done many times I was really struck by what has happened to America. On one side of the road lay empty lots of massively overgrown weeds scrambling over huge broken slabs of cement that used to hold huge mills. Mills that produced linen products made by American workers. The same workers who lived right across the street in what are now the most diplapidated and sad little row of houses I have ever seen.

    At the time those houses were built for the workers they cute little pieces of the American dream for anyone willing to work steady and hard. Which these people did, most often times passing on the chance for an education because they had no choice but to go to work early in their teen years. At least they earned a place to live. Now it’s all gone. They suffered and sacrificed for nothing. They gave it their all for just a few generations and there is nothing left on either side the current generation or the ones to come along in the future.

    America is gone.

    • December 10, 2011 10:03 AM

      When the robber barons sent all our manufacturing jobs overseas, the American dream became a recurring nightmare that never ends. It’s time to rekindle manufacturing in this country and end tax breaks for those who send our jobs to third-world countries.

  2. Chuck permalink
    December 6, 2011 8:54 AM

    I am amazed at how the GOP has devolved from Eisenhower (“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”) to the current slate of sub-humans.

    • December 10, 2011 9:55 AM

      These sub-humans in the GOP have lost all decent principles but still enjoy the empty privileges that come with wealth.

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