Approaching Disaster

(as seen in the summer of 2007)

The American people and, to some degree, the people of the world are headed for disaster. There is continued population growth set against finite natural resources. Industrial development requiring huge and growing energy inputs only aggravates the problem. Global warming is a problem. Meanwhile, there is continued conflict in the Middle East, now expanded to a war between the U.S. government and Islamic terrorists. Security measures have been greatly increased.

Our focus will be upon problems created by the U.S. government during the presidential administration of George W. Bush. First and foremost is this government’s unilateral decision to invade Iraq. Learning little from that disastrous experience, it now seems hell-bent on ending Iran’s nuclear program by force.

This government has been irresponsible in handling its financial affairs. It has cut taxes during a time of increased spending. The federal deficit and the national debt have soared. The new prescription drug benefit for seniors may have created an unfunded deficit estimated to be as high as $17 trillion. The burden of taxation has fallen increasingly upon the shoulders of low and middle-class people.

Meanwhile, the deindustrialization of America continues. The U.S. trade deficit is huge and increasing. Policies of free trade are largely responsible; yet the administration continues to pursue such agreements with various nations. The Treasury Secretary urges us not to worry about trade deficits because our trading partners, chiefly China and Japan, are willing to recycle their dollars into U.S. Treasury debt. It shows confidence in our economy, he says.

The newest political issue is our nation’s “broken borders”. While U.S. immigration officials are sticklers for correct procedure with people seeking legal entry into the United States, thousands pour across the nation’s southern border each month without any permission. An estimated 12 million persons are in the United States illegally. Republican officeholders wink at this situation because their business clients want cheap labor. Democrats wink because they see an emerging political constituency.

Everywhere the public interest is betrayed. Government officials have arranged to outsource many functions to doubtlessly well-connected private contractors. While Army Reserve and National Guard “volunteers” are paid minimal wages for maximum exposure to risk, a more numerous contingent of contract employees in Iraq earns a princely wage.

Vice President Cheney, former chief-executive officer of Halliburton Corporation, symbolizes the corrupt aims of this administration. Under Bush, Halliburton received billions of dollars from sole-source contracts for providing logical services in Iraq. Much of the Central Intelligence Agency’s budget is spent on private contractors - over $40 billion a year. As in Russia after the fall of communism, government functions and the related revenues are being ripped off by “friendly” government officials.

Elsewhere in this website, the various hypocrisies of so-called “progressive” politicians are exposed. These people are mostly Democrats. In this section, we now want to take a look at the Republicans who, by association with Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Bush, are considerably worse.

If we were living in another age, the American people might be sharpening their “guillotines” in anticipation of the day when this Administration ends. Not surprisingly, the Secret Service is now hiring 103 additional persons to protect the Bush family after the President leaves office. Mr. Bush’s own campaign rhetoric provides a suitable response: “You can run,” said he of John Kerry in his best Texas swagger, “but you can’t hide.”

With respect to possible issues associated with the Gold Party, you can read about them elsewhere on this web site. With respect to our immediate national problems, the following links provide discussion in greater detail:

Bush war-monging including the possibility of war with Iran
1945 words

the looming financial disaster - an article written by Paul Craig Roberts, assistant secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration 1082 words

Ben Stein talks seriously about this matter 459 words


Note: On the day when this web page was completed, August 1, 2007, at 6:05 p.m., a bridge collapsed on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis (about two miles away), sending dozens of cars to the bottom of the Mississippi river. The fatalities are expected to number between 30 and 40. (The final count was 13.) An inspection done in 2005 rated this bridge "structurally deficient", like many others in the United States. However, it was not recommended for replacement until 2020.


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