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11:02 2001-09-03
BUSH MILLS ON THE ROCKS


Despite the Pentagon’s massive defence budget for the coming year, the Bush administration has asked Congress to vote for a further addition of 18bn.USD but until this is explained by the White House, Capitol Hill is reticent.

Congress wants some firm explanations as to why such a seemingly insignificant sum should be added to what is already a massive defence budget. Senior Republican conservatives, from Bush’s own party, state that 18 bn. will certainly not suffice to build the Nuclear Missile Defence shield, the Son of Star Wars, which George W. Bush seems so intent on building.

The Democrat Kent Conrad, on the Senate Budget Committee, asked, “How do you intend to pay for it? That’s the question the President should answer”. The Democrats have written to President Bush requesting him to explain what the extra cash is for.

As it is, the 1,350,000,000,000 (one trillion, three hundred and fifty billion) dollar tax cut made by the Bush administration means that the administration will have to raid the Social Security surplus to the tune of 9bn. USD to find the cash to pay for this year’s commitments.

Bush, back smiling and tanned from his latest sojourn “in the fresh air” on his Texas ranch, has made the following statement: “I’m ready to work with folks on both sides of the aisle” and, on a firmer note, he stated that legislators should not put national security at risk. It would therefore seem that these 18bn.USD are crucial for the country’s national security.

Could it be that NASA has secret information that there really will be a meteor strike in the near future? Or could it be that the US economy is sliding down the hill so fast that George W. and his team are on the rocks? In the words of Dubya himself, “Our economy began slowing down last year and that’s bad news and I am deeply worried about working families. The recovery is slow in coming”.

Whatever this oracle says, the fact is that Bush’s first six months in office have been far from positive. Overseas, there has been a string of diplomatic failures, ranging from the spy plane incident to the furore raised by the NMD issue, in a period without a single diplomatic success.

On the home front, the massive tax cuts have not stimulated the economy – far from it – and George W. seems not even able to unite his own party. With his own right wing sceptical of his motives, he seems to be moving towards the centre-right political arena, a veritable skeleton coast for those who dare to surf too close to the reef, because they do not know what they are doing.

Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY
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