It seems the actions, in-actions and wrongdoings of the Bush Administration are coming out into the light at an accelerated rate. Of course much of what is being revealed is stuff that had been talked about, suggested and speculated on for years, but it’s nice to see not all of it is being swept under the rug.
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge claims in his new book that he was pressured to raise the terror alert to help George W. Bush win re-election in 2004. According to US News & World Report:
Ridge was never invited to sit in on National Security Council meetings; was “blindsided” by the FBI in morning Oval Office meetings because the agency withheld critical information from him; found his urgings to block Michael Brown from being named head of the emergency agency blamed for the Hurricane Katrina disaster ignored; and was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush’s re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over.
In fact, at the time of the raised terror alert, the Bush Administration admitted that the move was based on intelligence three years old, according to the Washington Post.
Once again, we see yet another example of politics-through-fear. What happened during the Bush Administration is happening again. But this time it surrounds Health Care Reform. The likes of Sarah Palin and Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and all the other shameless conservative speakers are working on the public’s fears to get what they want. Their motivation isn’t your health and well-being, but money and power. Too simple, you say? Too obvious? Hardly. It’s an age-old story and the Bush Administration was, hopefully, the peak of the rise of selfishness and greed as our nation’s defining characteristic. The system that was set up by our forefathers has gone astray. It’s time to get back on track.
The good news is that for all the ignorant Americans ready to absorb whatever fear-mongering lies are tossed their way, there are millions who have either recognized those lies for what they were all along, or are starting to realize that they have been hoodwinked, lied to, cheated, and taken for granted. But there are many who still take in these lies as truths. According to a recent Gallup poll, many of the states with the highest levels of uninsured are also the states that have the largest percentage of people who widely believe the mistruths perpetuated about President Obama’s Health Care Reform proposals. Most of these states are in the south and west.
According to the poll:
45 percent of Southerners said they thought Obama’s health care reform included a government takeover of the entire health care system. 23 percent of Westerners agreed. In the Northeast and Midwest those numbers were 10 percent and 20 percent respectively.
In the South, 26 percent of the public said they believed the health care reform plan being considered by President Obama and Congress requires elderly patients to meet with government officials to discuss “end of life” options, including euthanasia. 20 percent of Westerners said the same thing. In the Northeast and Midwest those numbers were 11 percent and 17 percent respectively.
South: FL, NC, SC, AL, MS, GA, VA, TN, KY, LA, AR, TX
West: NM, CA, OR, WA, AK, HI, MT, ID, UT, NV, AZ, WY, CO
Texas – 27 percent of the population is uninsured New Mexico — 25.6 percent Mississippi – 24 percent Louisiana – 22.4 percent Nevada – 22.2 percent Oklahoma – 22.2 percent (considered a Midwest state) California – 21 percent Wyoming – 20.7 percent Florida – 20.7 percent Georgia – 20.7 percent South Carolina – 20.4 percent Montana – 20.3 percent Alaska — 20.2 percent Arkansas – 20.1 percent Colorado – 20 percent Oregon – 19.4 percent West Virginia – 19.3 percent (considered a Northeast state) North Carolina – 19.3 percent Idaho – 18.8 percent Utah – 18.1 percent Kentucky – 17.9 percent Tennessee – 17.8 percent Nebraska – 17.7 percent Alabama – 17.2 percent Missouri – 17.1 percent (considered a Midwest state)
As time passes, more information and truths will come out surrounding the inner-workings of the Bush Administration. And as they do, they will shine a light on the politics being played out in today’s Health Care debate. Hopefully in time to keep us from making yet another wrong decision and, in the process, deny ourselves the health care coverage we so desperately need and deserve.