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Bush, the bubble, and the economy


Listening to the President giving his happy talk speech about the economy the other night first amazed, and then depressed me. It reminded me of his press conference a couple of months ago, when a reporter asked him about four dollar gas. "Four dollar gas?" he retorted, testily. "Where'd you hear that?"

It also reminded me of his father, who was taken through a grocery store as President, and saw his first price scanner. "Wow. I've never seen one of those before. Isn't that something!" Or President Reagan, who, upon entering a McDonald's, said: "How do you order?" (Postscript to this post: I've just been informed that the price scanner story is apocryphal, and has been repeatedly debunked. It is, nevertheless, part of public lore. My question: If you're going to make up a false rumor about somebody, why something so tame? Doesn't begin to compare to blue cocktail dresses in the Oval Office).

I guess it's the President's job to be a cheerleader, even when it clearly makes him look as if he's completely out of touch. What if he'd told us the truth? The stock market would have tanked. Maybe he should have just left well enough alone. Then, at least, we wouldn't be worrying that the country was another Exxon Valdez heading for the rocks with a drunken captain at the tiller. Actually, our situation is worse. The Exxon Valdez was full of oil.

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President Bush(s), Reagan and McCain are just very sad reflections of a large part of the American population. They mirror that segment which votes for and supports them. The incredibly dumbed down thinking, extraordinarily narrow- if not blind following and unquestioning obedience to whatever Corpo-Politico story line and talking points are presented to the public in general. It seems as though many Americans have had their "Faith" in Religion exploited and subverted for use against them by that huge Corporate Political Machine- we call Government. The "Machine" wants everyone to fall into line with the rest of the sheeple, don't question, don't think and most importantly don't resist. If you do- your branded as unpatriotic, unAmerican, a crazy liberal, a God hater, unsupportive of our troops. So Bush(s), Reagan and McCain may be out of touch with current events, modern technology and pretty much the entire Modern Western Civilized World for that matter but they are still a very accurate representation of the Millions of Americans that keep voting for and supporting them.

Make that Presidential Candidate McCain...No point in "spotting" him a title I don't think he'll ever attain.

*sigh* the old President Bush & Grocery Scanner myth - you have an excellent point but kind of detract from it by spreading a 'fact' that's been debunked a few times.

"Newsweek screened the same tape and reported: "Bush acts curious and polite, but hardly amazed.""

The current monkey in office still has no clue however.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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