Wednesday, January 03, 2007

George Bush wrote an op-ed

I know, I know. You might not believe that George Bush is capable of producing several paragraphs of sentences and he probably isn't the person who actually wrote this thing. But the more salient feature of Bush's op-ed is the venue he chose to speak to the "American people": The Wall Street Journal, behind the subscription wall. That's right, American people. If you want to read what your president is telling you, you have to pony up to Wall Street. How fitting.

However, an enterprising outfit, KXMA in North Dakato, also printed the piece, which is not worth reading at all, really. It's a bunch of nonsensical happy talk and it's not like you're going to learn anything from it. But I will punch it up here, just out of spite. Get out the Kool-aid glass and drink up, folks.

President Bush: What The Congress Can Do For America
Jan 30 2007 12:00AM
By President George W. Bush

The Wall Street Journal

January 3, 2007
Tomorrow, members of the 110th Congress will take their oaths of office here in Washington. I will have the privilege of working with them for the next two years – one quarter of my presidency, plenty of time to accomplish important things for the American people.

Together, we have a chance to serve the American people by solving the complex problems that many don't expect us to tackle, let alone solve, in the partisan environment of today's Washington. To do that, however, we can't play politics as usual. Democrats will control the House and Senate, and therefore we share the responsibility for what we achieve.

In the days and weeks since the November elections, I have been encouraged by the productive meetings I've had with many of the new leaders in Congress from both parties. I am hopeful we can find common ground without compromising our principles.

I believe we share many of the same goals for the people we serve – and with good will and hard effort, we can find practical ways to advance the American Dream and keep our nation safe.

My principles are no secret. I have campaigned on them in my races for governor and in two presidential contests, and I have worked hard during my presidency to translate these principles into sound policy.

I believe that when America is willing to use her influence abroad, the American people are safer and the world is more secure. I believe that wealth does not come from government. It comes from the hard work of America's workers, entrepreneurs and small businesses. I believe government closest to the people is more responsive and accountable. I believe government plays an important role in helping those who can't help themselves. Yet we must always remember that when people are hurting, they need a caring person, not a government bureaucracy.

These are all common-sense principles, and they provide the basis for how I will approach governing with the new Congress. We've proved it can be done: When our nation was attacked, Republicans and Democrats came together to pass the Patriot Act and reform our intelligence agencies. When our economy was struggling, we worked together to pass tax relief that has helped our economy grow, create jobs, and raise the standard of living for the American people. When we saw that our public schools were failing our children, we came together to pass the No Child Left Behind Act, insisting on high standards, accountability and better options for parents.

The outcome of the elections has changed the balance of power in Congress, yet the priorities for keeping our country safe and prosperous go beyond party labels.

Our priorities begin with defeating the terrorists who killed thousands of innocent Americans on September 11, 2001 – and who are working hard to attack us again. These terrorists are part of a broader extremist movement that is now doing everything it can to defeat us in Iraq.

In the days ahead, I will be addressing our nation about a new strategy to help the Iraqi people gain control of the security situation and hasten the day when the Iraqi government gains full control over its affairs. Ultimately, Iraqis must resolve the most pressing issues facing them. We can't do it for them.

But we can help Iraq defeat the extremists inside and outside of Iraq – and we can help provide the necessary breathing space for this young government to meet its responsibilities. If democracy fails and the extremists prevail in Iraq, America's enemies will be stronger, more lethal, and emboldened by our defeat. Leaders in both parties understand the stakes in this struggle. We now have the opportunity to build a bipartisan consensus to fight and win the war.

America's priorities also include keeping our economy strong. The elections have not reversed the laws of economics. It is a fact that economies do best when you reward hard work by allowing people to keep more of what they have earned. And we have seen that businesses can expand and hire more workers when they have more money to invest – and since August 2003, America's employers have added more than seven million new jobs.

It is also a fact that our tax cuts have fueled robust economic growth and record revenues. Because revenues have grown and we've done a better job of holding the line on domestic spending, we met our goal of cutting the deficit in half three years ahead of schedule. By continuing these policies, we can balance the federal budget by 2012 while funding our priorities and making the tax cuts permanent. In early February, I will submit a budget that does exactly that. The bottom line is tax relief and spending restraint are good for the American worker, good for the American taxpayer, and good for the federal budget. Now is not the time to raise taxes on the American people.

By balancing the budget through pro-growth economic policies and spending restraint, we are better positioned to tackle the longer term fiscal challenge facing our country: reforming entitlements – Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – so future generations can benefit from these vital programs without bankrupting our country.

One important message I took away from the election is that people want to end the secretive process by which Washington insiders are able to slip into legislation billions of dollars of pork-barrel projects that have never been reviewed or voted on by Congress. I'm glad Senator Robert Byrd and Congressman Dave Obey – the Democrats who will lead the appropriations process in the new Congress – heard that message, too, and have indicated they will refrain from including additional earmarks in the continuing resolution for this fiscal year.

But we can and should do more. It's time Congress give the president a line-item veto. And today I will announce my own proposal to end this dead-of-the-night process and substantially cut the earmarks passed each year.

The strength of our economy also requires us to address some of the biggest issues facing the American people – greater energy security, comprehensive immigration reform, and affordable health care. While progress has been made in each of these areas, we must do more. I look forward to working with Congress on these difficult issues.

* * *

Our Founders believed in the wisdom of the American people to choose their leaders and provided for the concept of divided and effective government. The majority party in Congress gets to pass the bills it wants. The minority party, especially where the margins are close, has a strong say in the form bills take. And the Constitution leaves it to the president to use his judgment whether they should be signed into law.

That gives us a clear challenge and an opportunity. If the Congress chooses to pass bills that are simply political statements, they will have chosen stalemate. If a different approach is taken, the next two years can be fruitful ones for our nation. We can show the Americ
The KMXA piece seems to cut off right there. Maybe they couldn't take anymore of it, either.


Anonymous hotpotatomash said...

granted it is a bunch of hogwash but i think interesting hogwas at that. for instance:

1. bush understands he is supposed to be serving the american people which could negate an insanity defense later

2. we have lots of things, and problems that need solving not to mention many priorities

3. democrats will control the house and the senate - it's true

4. he literally pardons all democrats in paragraph 2 from any responsibility for the first 6 years of his presidency which might be a bit too generous if you ask me

5. bush claims to have principles which he has shared with the american people in all his campaigns for governor and president. if only he'd use them after the campaigns too.

6. we need more hard effort

7. i do give bush props for explaining why his gov't has kept its distance from regular americans: "I believe government closest to the people is more responsive and accountable."

8. he also defines what can only be described as the Katrina principle: the govt role in helping those who can't help themselves is to find other people to help them - and what better way to mobilize people than by making it clear that people will die by the bunches if left to the govt.

9. the president suffers from dementia

10. bush defines the scope of the war on terror - we are merely concerned with defeating the terrorists inside of iraq and outside of iraq. finally some clarity.

11. fact - trickle down economics was to narrowly defined. tax cuts for rich not only help the economy but can solve cancer, global warming, and fix your marriage.

12. bush still has a sense of humor - love the line showing concern for bankrupting the country

13. if nothing else, bush knows psychology, what better way to ingratiate yourself with the party you can't wait to work with then by ridiculing two of its members so publicly

14. bush's hearing needs checking since he seems to think "end the war" sounds like "end the earmarks"

15. its unclear why the president needs a line item veto when he has signing statements and doesn't follow the law anyway

16. if nothing else, bush knows his founding fathers and government. he rightfully praises the founders for their foresight in writing divided and EFFECTIVE government into the constitution. genius. and he nails it when he writes that the majority party gets do what it wants except, and the founders were clear on this, if its pretty close than they should totally listen to the minority party. i believe that's a direct quote from TJ.

the prez is just trying stay above the fray and prevent some of that abuse of power we saw in the last three congresses. good for him.

finally, the prez is also correct in his bold statement that the constitution calls on the president to use his judgment. unfortunately, it does not state what to do when the president has none.

this obviously shows bush has good intentions and i think nancy and harry should reciprocate by agreeing to kill off a few thousand more troops to prove their sincerity.

4:40 PM  
Blogger theBhc said...


Ahh, I see. Yes, yes, I think you have hit upon what was invisible to my own jaded eyes.

6:04 PM  

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