by Jim Hightower
Do you think George W has ever even visited the real world? Or has he spent his entire life in the bubble of special privilege to which he was born and in the political bubble maintained so carefully by his White House handlers?
Take the economy, which he keeps telling us is fantastic.
Even in the rare case when economic reality confronts him, George
doesn't get it. He recently flew to Omaha for one of his made-for-TV
"conversations" with the people although "the
people" allowed in are always a handpicked rent-a-choir for his
On this day, however, reality inadvertently intruded.
A single mother named Mary told George that she has a young, mentally
challenged son and two daughters. Bush blurted out, "fantastic,"
cheerfully telling the audience that Mary has "the hardest job
in America, being a single mom."
Well, yes, Mary said, but she also has to work three
other jobs to make ends meet. From deep within his personal bubble,
the effervescent president then exclaimed, "fantastic,"
calling her experience "uniquely American," as though she
was offering up her family's hard reality as some sort of uplifting
Horatio Alger tale. Then, George made a little joke of her situation,
asking if she gets any sleep.
This would be either laughable or pathetic if it were
not so vicious vicious in the sense that government policy,
which could do something to benefit the millions of Marys in today's
economy, instead is being shaped from within George's bubble to do
them more harm.
Bush's budget, for example, cuts education, housing
and food programs, claiming that there's no money in the public treasury,
while shoveling out $1.3 trillion in tax giveaways to America's richest
people, who share Bush's bubble.
Our elitist leaders have lost all sense of economic morality. They can live in their bubble, but they can't hide in it. And the day is coming when that bubble will burst.
Jim Hightower is the best-selling author of Lets Stop Beating Around the Bush, on sale from Viking Press. For more information, visit www.jimhightower.com.
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