Sunday, September 18, 2005

Bush: U.S. Must Work to Join Third World

Speaking to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters, President George Bush stated today that while he’s pleased with the work his administration has done so far, the United States still has “a long way to go” to be a true third world country. “We’re not all the way there yet but I can report that the finish line is finally in sight.”

In the main body of his remarks, the president stated:

We still have a decent health care system which is accessible to almost half the population. Obviously we need to get that down to around ten percent. Also, child labor is still technically illegal in most states which hurts us in competition with countries like Bangladesh and Indonesia. The minimum wage needs to be brought down to about $0.25 per hour. Education is also a key. Too much time is being wasted on science and math putting our kids at a serious disadvantage to those in Afghanistan and the Sudan where four to five hours a day are spent in religious training. I’m also concerned about water and air quality. I’m proud of what we’ve done on water quality in Louisiana and I want to credit Mike Brown for doing a heck of job with that. Brownie, stand up and take a bow. But we’ve got 52 more states where people just turn on the tap and drink freely regardless of their economic station. That needs to change.

The President said he was “heartened” by the remarks of Archbishop Paul Cordes, the Vatican Emissary to the United States sent to bring aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. After touring Louisiana and Mississippi last week the Archibishop called poverty levels there “shameful.” In thanking Cordes for his kind remarks, President Bush noted that the Archbishop has “seen some of the poorest and most blighted parts of the earth” and that “it really means something for Cordie to be impressed by our poverty levels.”

In closing, the president asked for the country to be patient. “I think most people understand that I can’t undo eight years of the Clinton administration overnight. Paraphrasing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the President concluded: "I may not get there with you, but my brother Jeb probably will.”


Blogger afp763389 said...

we need to teach 3rd world how to watse land and human resources
... :/

9/18/2005 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did you think of the President's address from New Orleans? I'm particularly interested in the issue of acceptance of responsibility. He said he accepts ultimate responsibility for Federal Government failures in the execution of hurricane relief. What does this mean? Doesn't accepting responsibility come with some level of punishment or retribution? Maybe those words are too strong, but isn't there a price to pay when you are responsible for something that goes wrong? Aside from the thousands of Gulf residents who paid the price for Governmental incompetence, it seems that "Brownie" is the only one who paid a price. Because the President cannot run for another term (Thank GOD), maybe we could ask his brother Jeb to pay the price?

9/18/2005 10:34:00 AM  
Blogger The Fifth Dentist said...

I agree with you. A naked acceptance of responsibility is absolutely meaningless. In Japan, acceptance of responsibility for a fuck-up of this magnitude was typically accompanied by suicide. Now that's what I call accepting responsibility.

9/18/2005 01:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9/19/2005 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think asking the President to commit sepuku is probably out of the question. For elected officials, it seems that short of resignation, there is no price to be paid except being booted out of office at the next election (or possibly impeachment - but that only happens when you spill a little sperm on a woman's dress and lie about it). This responsibility paradox is troubling. Maybe we should amend the constitution to require a self-penalty process like the NCAA member schools use when they hope to avoid severe sanctions. He could agree to give up 4 or 5 political hack positions at an agency like FEMA and agree to allow qualified candidates to work there for the next 2 years.

9/19/2005 09:40:00 AM  
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9/20/2005 08:32:00 PM  
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9/25/2005 08:19:00 PM  
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9/26/2005 07:27:00 AM  
Blogger The Fifth Dentist said...

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9/26/2005 05:51:00 PM  

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