Jim, a friend with progressive proclivities like my own, just sent me a link to a marvelous The Onion piece from January 2001: "Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity is Finally Over."
The Onion is all about humor. But it was seriously correct about Bush.
Reminds me a lot of what Romney wants to do to the country: make the 99% of us poorer and more miserable, while making the 1% richer and happier.
Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight years of Bill Clinton, president-elect George W. Bush assured the nation in a televised address Tuesday that "our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over."
...Bush swore to do "everything in [his] power" to undo the damage wrought by Clinton's two terms in office, including selling off the national parks to developers, going into massive debt to develop expensive and impractical weapons technologies, and passing sweeping budget cuts that drive the mentally ill out of hospitals and onto the street.
During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.
"You better believe we're going to mix it up with somebody at some point during my administration," said Bush, who plans a 250 percent boost in military spending. "Unlike my predecessor, I am fully committed to putting soldiers in battle situations. Otherwise, what is the point of even having a military?"
On the economic side, Bush vowed to bring back economic stagnation by implementing substantial tax cuts, which would lead to a recession, which would necessitate a tax hike, which would lead to a drop in consumer spending, which would lead to layoffs, which would deepen the recession even further.
So, yeah, we've already gone down this crazy right-wing path of trickle-down economics, trash the environment, slash social spending, expand the military-industrial complex.
Let's not make the same mistake again. Vote for Obama and other Democrats in November.