Saturday, October 15, 2005

Wanted: Strong Leader, Experience Necessary

[[L A U G H A B L E]] * From The Onion comes the welcome news that “in response to increasing criticism of his handling of the war in Iraq and the disaster in the Gulf Coast, as well as other issues, such as Social Security reform, the national deficit, and rising gas prices,” George W. Bush has agreed to appoint someone to run the United States “with all due haste.”
The Cabinet-level position, to be known as Secretary of the Nation, was established by an executive order Sept. 2, but has remained unfilled in the intervening weeks.

“I’ve been talking to folks from all across this country, from Louisiana to Los Angeles, and people tell me the same thing: This nation needs a strong, compassionate leader,” Bush said. “In response to these concerns, I’m making this a top priority. I will name a good, qualified person as soon as possible.”

Among the new secretary’s duties are preserving, protecting, and defending the Constitution of the United States, commanding the U.S. armed forces, appointing judges and ambassadors, and vetoing congressional legislation. The secretary will also be tasked with overseeing all foreign and domestic affairs, including those relating to the economy, natural disasters, national infrastructure, homeland security, poverty, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The secretary will report directly to the president.

For weeks, members of both political parties have been urging Bush to fill the post.

“Every day the president waits is another day he’s accountable for needless deaths at home and abroad, the stagnating economy, and the threat of terrorism,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said. “This post is far too vital to be left vacant. Mr. President, there is no reason to delay.” ...

According to a nationwide poll conducted by the Cook Political Report, the majority of U.S. citizens find the question of national leadership to be highly significant, with 61 percent of respondents “strongly” believing that the country is suffering from a leadership vacuum. Fifty-four percent said they trusted Bush to find an appointee who will be able to effectively manage the country.

While many Beltway insiders have named senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ) as likely candidates, White House sources revealed that Bush may be leaning toward a stalwart loyalist. The list reportedly includes fellow Yale graduates, Midland, TX business associates, and various GOP fundraisers with connections to the Bush family.

“Despite their inexperience in government, they’ve clearly passed the Bush character test,” said a White House staffer who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “I think the president is looking for someone he’s comfortable with and can trust, above all else. A [former FEMA director]
Michael Brown type, or maybe even Brown himself.”
I, for one, can hardly wait.

ADDENDUM: The Chicago Tribune reports that “[p]essimism over the war in Iraq and skepticism about the economy at home have cost President Bush support among the most reliable segments of Illinois Republicans ...” The prez’s job approval rating in the Land of Lincoln now stands at 33 percent, “the lowest point among Illinois surveys involving his administration.” (Bush’s approval rating in May was 41 percent.) The Trib notes that “[s]upport for Bush has dropped 14 points in the last year among Republicans, and GOP officials fear that could complicate their efforts in next year’s races for Congress and governor. For the first time in his presidency, half the voters in Chicago’s Republican-rich collar counties disapprove of Bush’s job performance, a departure from last fall when he carried all five suburban counties.”

READ MORE:Peering Under the Plame Outing: The Case for Impeachment,” by David Swanson (AfterDowningStreet.org); “The First Shall Be Last: The Bush Crowd Is Discovering What It’s Like to Be on the Way Down,” by Terence Samuel (The American Prospect); “You Don’t Need to Be a Weatherman to Know How Badly Bush Blows” (Bottle of Blog); “No More Bush” (File Cabinet; warning--nudity).

1 comment:

'Thought & Humor' said...

You have an interesting blog
but why do you execrate our
President?

Is it because you had arduousness
with your own Dad who didn't
measure up to your expectations
& ultimately you have a problem
with your Creator - the Heavenly
Father of all who respond to His
offer for forgiveness?

You do know that there is a nemesis
that intends you great and interminable
deterioration? God's Handbook for
Living - The Bible
calls him the Destroyer,
Deceiver & the Prince of this Planet.

Ever notice how this Deceiver always
has the same worldview that is always
against our Creator:

1) Always against the family, love
& marriage.*

2) Always for taking the life of pre-
born babies but always for saving
every other form of life.**

3) Always for banning any idea/book
that differs with their viewpoint
(Bible/prayer/Creationism in schools).***

4) Always denying our countries great
Christian heritage...

Wishing you the best & hope that we
might discuss these thoughts - bet you
can't without four letter words &
personal attacks...

Best Wishes Always,
Dr. Howdy

'Thought & Humor'

*Everyone's in favor of the death
penalty - some for death to babies
& some for death to hardened murderers.
**Trees, whales & endangered species
are great but not nearly as important as
any person (born or unborn).
***Everyone is for some form of book
banning: Either porn, real hate literature
or the Bible & Christian books.

P.S. The people at the Power Line
blog have done some interesting
research -- actually Real Clear
Politics and Power Line. Bush's
average, his approval-disapproval
average right now to 41.7% approval
at this point, and Power Line says,
"Are they really that bad? That is
at or about the low point in nearly
five years in office. How does it
compare to other presidents' lowest
poll ratings? Actually it isn't that bad.
Here are the low approval ratings for
the last seven presidents. Johnson,
35%." Remember now Bush is at 41.7%.
"Nixon, 24%; Ford 37. Carter 28.
Reagan 35. Bush One 29. Clinton 37%,"
Every president since 1963 has had
approval ratings at one time or another
during his administration at least five
points lower than Bush's current low
point. Bush has a higher low point
approval rating than any of the seven
previous presidents. Now, you don't
see Howard Fineman remembering
Bill Clinton's 37% or Jimmy Carter's
28% or Ronald Reagan's 35%, do
you?



The left just seems to get
more excited about anything
when death is on the table.
I don't know what it is, whether
it's disaster death or war death
or society deciding we're going
to off some of our fellow citizens,
they get ginned up about it, really
get excited about the death aspect.
But, but, you start talking about life
and somehow they just don't have
as much interest in that, as though
it is enlightened to understand that
it's some people's duty to die and
get out of the way, and that not
everybody has a right to life. It
depends on what somebody
else wants. So I am continually
amazed at these people.