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Decisions, Decisions

Posted by MEC on January 30, 2007

The January 29, 2007 issue of U.S. News & World Report has an article comparing George W. Bush to Harry S Truman.

As Bush struggles to salvage victory in Iraq and regain some political traction with his State of the Union address, the 43rd president increasingly sees himself—rightly or wrongly—in the mold of the 33rd. Bush recently told congressional leaders his own policies would be vindicated by history, just as Truman’s were. Others aren’t so sure.

To me, the comparison is odious. The two men could not be more different.

Compare what President Truman said in his farewell address on January 15, 1953:

The greatest part of the President’s job is to make decisions–big ones and small ones, dozens of them almost every day. The papers may circulate around the Government for a while but they finally reach this desk. And then, there’s no place else for them to go. The President–whoever he is–has to decide. He can’t pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That’s his job.

with what Bush says on the subject:

I’m the decider.

I’m the decision maker.

President Truman described the job as what the president does. He wasn’t talking only about himself, but about “the President –whoever he is”.

Bush describes the job as what he, Bush, is. The importance of the presidency, to Bush, isn’t that he has a job to do, but that the job gives him the power to call the shots.

I decided during the 2000 campaign that Bush didn’t want to be president — that is, he didn’t want to become president in order to do the work of the presidency. He just wanted to become president, so he could brag about getting the presidency.

I believe that now more than ever. Bush doesn’t want to do the job: he just wants to use the power of the presidency to have his own way in everything.

That’s why Bush’s decisions are so dangerous and so disastrous. He genuinely believes that because he has the power, he should always get what he wants, and all he has to do is announce what he wants for reality to rearrange itself so that he gets it.

Nancy Pelosi was baffled when Bush said as much to her:

“He’s tried this two times — it’s failed twice,” the California Democrat said. “I asked him at the White House, ‘Mr. President, why do you think this time it’s going to work?’ And he said, ‘Because I told them it had to.’ ”

Asked if the president had elaborated, she added that he simply said, ” ‘I told them that they had to.’ That was the end of it. That’s the way it is.”

If she’d really been paying attention, she wouldn’t have been surprised. This is the way Bush always behaves.

The problem is, how does Congress limit the power that Bush exercises through Executive Orders and signing statements and recess appointments and secret programs and just plain doing what he damned well pleases regardless in defiance of the other branches of government?

Posted in Bush, madness of King George, Pelosi, Truman | 2 Comments »

Memo To Bob Somerby: Matthews Knows That The Joke Was On Him. He’s Just Doing His Best To Pretend Otherwise.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 30, 2007

Yes, as you say, he is indeed a big dumb stupid bleepwad, and yes, Hillary Clinton’s joke was on him. But he’s also a perfect example of Sinclair’s First Law:

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it!

Posted in GOP/Media Complex, Upton Sinclair | 1 Comment »

This Looks Promising

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 30, 2007

Ford finally gets its hydrogen car almost (but not quite) to market.

This bit sounds especially good to me:

The vehicle features the latest generation Ballard Power Systems fuel cell stack. Unlike the fuel cells used in the Focus FCV, this one is capable of operating at cold temperatures down to -20C.

-20 degrees Celsius works out to -4 Fahrenheit, which means that the car can actually be used during most (not all) of a Minnesota winter (though I doubt this thing will be popular in Canada, much less Alaska). But if they can get it to work at -40C (which coincidentally works out to -40F), then they’ll have a winner.

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Why No Decent Reporter Should Defend Judith Miller

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 30, 2007

Christy Hardin (“ReddHedd”) Smith issues an authoritative compendium of links explaining exactly why Judy-Judy-Judy, far from being a “First Amendment martyr”, is actually an enemy to real journalism (and American values, and a whole bunch of other things).  Go check it out.

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