On the most part, I try to avoid reading the news because I have a serious issue with the fact that it’s all bad news. Lately though it seems like bad news has escalated to horrible news and I find very unsettling to know that through all this we are counting on pretty much nobody to take care of us as a nation.
In the past week, Hurricane Katrina hit south Florida and caused unprecedented damage in Louisiana and Mississippi. As I type this, many are dead, millions are homeless, the economic loss can’t be quantified, and two states have pretty much sunk.
Now all over the news is the announcement that President Bush is going to cut short his vacation so he can oversee the federal efforts in both places. We should all thank our lucky stars.
According to the Washington Post, as of August 3, 2005 Bush had spent 319 days in his ranch in Crawford, which is roughly 20% of his Presidency to date. This does not include the time he has spent at Camp David or at his parents’ retreat in Maine.
Some leader we have.
During this latest vacation of his, gas prices have gone over the $3 mark, some lunatic has been going on TV asking for the assassination of a head of state which these days is called terrorism, a woman has been asking for answers as to why we are still at war, states are suing for lack of funding for the No Child Left Behind law, states are taking environmental protection in their own hands and this is just the stuff I can think off the top of my head.
But of course, nothing could possibly be more important than bike riding with Lance.
The average white collar American worker spends between two and three weeks a year on vacation. In this group are included heads of corporations and other big shots as well as those of us in average jobs doing average things. It doesn’t make sense to me that the person with the most important day job in the world, one who was for better or worse ELECTED to be responsible for the lives of millions of people and is collecting a paycheck paid for with tax payers dollars should be yee-hawing in Texas when he should be in his office in DC taking care of business!
I guess we really should thank our lucky stars that absolute destruction is enough to bring him back to the White House, even though the way the news are portraying his return we should all feel bad that he got cheated of two days of vacation!
Some of you may say “but at least he works from wherever he is. It is after all the age of information”. To this I say, bullshit. Telecommuting is not the way to run a country. Besides, what kind of impression are we giving the world by having a President pretend that he is running the country from a ranch? As a public relations executive I can say that this gives the world the wrong impression…as if it’s not bad enough that he is a moron as it is!
And while I am ranting about the Bushes, let me just say that it seems like hypocrisy is running wild in that family because if this war is such a noble cause, why haven’t the twins enlisted in the military? What’s more, if Jenna wants to help those afflicted by AIDS and what not, why go to Africa? As good Christians they should know that charity begins at home and God knows that there are orphan children with AIDS here in the US and that if she thinks that poverty exists only in Africa maybe she should take a little trip to the South Bronx which is by the way the poorest Congressional district in the US.
I hate the times we are living in and what’s more, I hate that we still have another 3 years before the Bushes get out.