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6/28/2005

The Real Bush Agenda

Bush was elected by a bunch of everyday Americans who voted for him and other Republicans because they believe in certain things and they felt this group of Republicans, headed by Bush would take on these issues and get the outcome that they desired. Among these issues where abortion, social security reform, homeland security, making tax cuts permanent and opposition to gay marriage.

Bush and Co. have made speeches telling those Americans that they just can't do anything to limit or eliminate abortion or make changes to social security or win the war in Iraq or make those tax cuts permanent or amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage because the mean old obstructionist Democrats just won't let them.

Meanwhile, the real Bush agenda of lining the pockets of his big money political donors is steamrolling right along.
From USAToday.com.

"Just six months into a new term for President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress, some of their heaviest donors are scoring victories on the legislative and regulatory fronts.

From rewrites of the laws governing bankruptcy and class-action lawsuits to relief for oil, timber and tobacco interests, GOP supporters who gave millions of dollars last year are reaping decisions worth billions from a Congress with more Republicans."

As laws have made it harder for regular American's to start over and declare bankruptcy, they have simultaneously lost the ability to recover suitable damages from companies who's negligence could cost them everything they have.

"In February, Congress passed and Bush signed a bill that sharply limits class-action lawsuits. The savings will likely come to several billion dollars a year, says Russ Sutter of Tillinghast-Towers Perrin, an actuarial firm that studies tort costs."

What the legislative process hasn't taken care of for Bush's donors, government agencies have taken care of themselves.

"Justice Department lawyers this month abruptly scaled back their request for a penalty in the government's lawsuit against tobacco companies. Rather than the 25-year, $130 billion smoking cessation program their own expert had recommended, they are asking for a $14 billion remedy. The tobacco industry favored Republicans three-to-one over Democrats last year, giving $2.7 million to the party and its candidates.

After Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson resigned under fire from business groups who complained about overzealous regulation, Bush replaced him with someone with a pro-corporate record: Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif.

'It's hard to imagine somebody with a more nakedly deregulatory agenda,' says William Lerach, a trial lawyer who has brought shareholder lawsuits against corporations accused of securities fraud. Securities and investment firms gave $47.8 million to Republicans last election.

The administration last month reversed a ban on road construction, timber harvesting, mining and energy development on undeveloped national forest land. The government also has expanded oil and gas development on federal lands, including areas in New Mexico and Wyoming.

Energy and natural resources interests gave $39.3 million to the GOP last year, three times the amount given to Democrats."

One wonders if the people who actually cast the votes to elect Bush and other Republicans are ever going to ask "where is what you promised me?" More likely they will continue to believe the party line that everything is the Democrats fault while ignoring what Bush and the Boys can get done for their big money buddies if they really put their minds to it.

One also wonders if Democrats are ever going to take this opportunity to become the party of the common man again? Common people live in red states as well as blue and common people everywhere are looking for advocates for their issues. If Democrats can show these people real results instead of complaints about how the party in control of nothing is somehow stopping everything, then there is no reason these common people won't vote for Democrat candidates again, as they traditionally have in the past.


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