U.S. Scrambles to Address International Food Crisis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 26, 2008; A03
Last week, the Bush administration released $200 million worth of wheat . . .
Plans Wilt at National Arboretum
Proposed Funding Cut Exacerbates Deterioration
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 26, 2008; A01
This comes after almost a decade of funding erosion: The operating budget has shrunk 20 percent in five years. . .
Fending off criticism of taking cheap-shots at this administration’s monetary agenda, I bring these examples to bear simply because they are adjacent headlines in today’s newspaper.
Nero merely fiddled while Rome burned. Nancy Pelosi’s and Harry Reid’s long-awaited and much heralded Democratic majority in the Congress has the nerve to masturbate while their country and the world sinks to its knees.
Who cares if the National Arboretum goes to hell and food-riots inform the streets in Egypt and Haiti, the Philippines and Indonesia? It’s only trees, shrubs and hungry foreigners. The Bush mentality is I’ll be outta here in nine months and my war is more important.
For a half century, while armaments have sucked the oxygen from all other rational, national investment, we have
- Wrecked the world’s finest industrial base
- Failed to maintain our sewer systems, bridges, highways, national parks and monuments
- Offshored our middle-class American job base
- Destroyed K-12 education
- and happily agreed to the Wal-Marting of now abandoned Main Street
Half a century encompasses a whole lot more administrative delinquency than can be laid at George Bush’s door. Kennedy and Johnson, Nixon and Ford, Carter and Reagan, Bush-the-father and Clinton all had their oar in the water as America became increasingly negligent of its priorities.
Pelosi and Reid failed their 2006 promise, so we have a 2008 promise that has thus-far mired itself in the theater of tossed-back whiskeys and accusations of elitism or whose history holds the more dishonorable ghosts. And we love theater. Our past history, present dilemmas and future greatness or decline have all been reduced to theater–an American Idol of the American Ideal.
We are not deserving of holding this administration–the most law-breaking in our considerably law-broken history–to the terms and conditions of constitutional authority, because Pelosi and Reid are afraid that single act of American conscience will detract from the theater of the 2008 election.
A thousand Iraq-Afghan war veterans a month attempting suicide and there are no demonstrations in front of the White House. Why? Because they are reservists. They are not our sons and daughters, but other people’s sons and daughters and they have been made invisible. These draft-evaders in power have made our 12,000 annual vet suicide attempts invisible, at the same time they bankrupt the nation in their own failed vision of world democracy.
Cheney and Bush, Pelosi and Reid, McCain, Clinton and Obama have pissed away the promise of their country, traded away democracy at home–for what?
The answer is blowing in the wind.