September 2, 2005

What is Bush's problem?

Watching Bush give a press conference after touring Biloxi, his behavior can only be described as curious at best. He's long had the habit of grining and acting like he's being funny when talking about death, war, or other horrendously serious subjects.

Now here he stands, repeatedly jutting his jaw out and grinning, and a few times actually chuckling, all the while talking about this deadly serious disaster.

And I want to scream every time Bush gives one of his semi-coherant talks, because every single time, he can be counted on to say "I understand...." whatever simple concept of the moment he's talking about. Who told him to be sure to say "I understand..." every damn time he speaks? He'll surely say, "I understand that people are in need." or some similarly vapid and meaningless phrase.

I guess they realize that most people don't think he's capable of understanding even the most obvious.

One of the few times he sounded coherant and at ease was talking about how one of the affected gas pipelines was going to be up at a higher capacity than expected, and talking about rebuilding everything, which, just as in Iraq, represents yet another windfall for the major engineering and contruction companies composed of Bush's biggest supporters.

Only this time, it wasn't perfect. In the best scenario, companies are paid billions to manufacture bombs, planes, ships, and other weapons which are then used to destroy a country, and then other companies come in and are paid billions to re-build the damage we've paid dearly to cause, and to remake it in their image, with long-term profits ensured.

This is only half the equation, with Mother Nature doing their destruction for them. Now all that's left is to come in, reap billions in government contracts to rebuild.

Of course, as in Iraq, billions will be siphoned off and disappear from the face of the earth, with no accounting for it, or corporations will charge ridiculously high prices for work that may or may not be actually done.

Bush and others no doubt are feeling this is a big lucky break for them, as they'll get yet more wealthy, and they likely think it might stimulate Bush's economy, which is failing miserably by every measure concerning working people, but doing well if you're a capitalist, investment banker, or heavily invested in stocks.

The more the country suffers, the more you prosper. No wonder Bush appears almost light-hearted when talking about this event in which record numbers of people are dead and dying, with no end in sight.


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