July 22, 2002

Rich-kid and lousy businessman George W. Bush, would-be oil baron and Texan securities law breaker, is bailed out in possibly illegal ways by his dad's ever so shadowy friends, several times. George Bush in this story is at best a puppet, at worst a criminal.

Meanwhile anyone with their eyes open can see that many of his puppeteers, his so-called friends, (Cheney, White, Ken Lay, Herbert Winokur to name just three) are involved with fleecing millions of members of the public (shareholders) out of trillions of dollars of their savings. To add insult to injury more people involved integrally in the thievery (SWAT team chief Larry Thompson, Worldcom investigator and Poppy Bush's buddy Richard Breeden, and Accountancy Lobbyist now SEC Commissioner Harvey Pitt, again just three of a long list) have been appointed by George W. Bush to protect us from being further ripped off further by unscrupulous insiders.

The savings bank has been robbed, the Mayor and police chief are closely tied to the principle suspects, and the local Mafia bosses have been hired to supervise the investigation. - See article and links from Alastair Thompson at The Scoop.

Bush and Cheney, our commanders in the war on terrorism, our cheerleaders on the economy, our ethicists on public life, our gurus of volunteerism, call for "transparency" in business, which means the stockholders are supposed to know what's going on. But they are less keen on divulging who knew what when during stock transactions that proved beneficial to them. Like, really beneficial.

Bush still has job approval ratings in the 62 percent to 72 percent range because we have no choice - he's the only president we've got. But he's getting tiresome. Even his boyish crinkly-eyed winks at "press conferences" are becoming annoying.

He's been out raising over $100 million dollars in political fund-raising. His speeches about the war on terrorism have degenerated into boring pap, childish in message and delivery. He zigzags confusingly and almost routinely, both on domestic policy and foreign affairs. His demands for cleaning up business are undercut by his own self-serving behavior 12 years ago. And when asked for details to clear up doubts about whether he had insider trading knowledge at Harken Energy Corp. when he made $850,000 on stock sales, he rebuffs the request. - Ann McFeatters, at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

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