Sep 19, 2008

National Bush Legacy Bus tour roars into Michigan

All Michiganders have felt the Bush legacy in the form of high unemployment, the loss of manufacturing jobs, record gas prices, record home foreclosures, huge corporate bailouts and the deaths of hundreds of young people in an unnecessary invasion, and now you can see it all in one place when the National Bush Legacy Bus Tour Comes to Michigan on Saturday.

The Bush Legacy is a 45-foot, 28-ton clean bio-diesel powered museum on wheels that features several exhibits on how disastrous the Bush/conservative policies have been, and how they have weakened America's security abroad while neglecting and undermining important priorities here at home.

It is also highlighting the people who have helped Bush wrecked havoc on the county, and the bus tour will be in Battle Creek on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the backyard of Bush enabler Tim Wahlberg, where he is locked in a battle with State Sen. Mark Schauer. It will be in front of the Kellogg Arena at Michigan Ave between Macamly and N. Capital. On Monday it will be in Jackson from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 120 N. Jackson St. The museum will also be in Lansing in front of the Capitol from 2-4 p.m.

On Tuesday it will be in Bush enabler Joe Knollenberg's district from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Royal Oak Farmers Market at 11 Mile Road and Troy Street in Royal Oak. Gary Peters is neck and neck against Knollenberg.

The tour kicked off on June 24 across the street from the White House, and the National Bush Legacy Bus tour has since blanketed half the country – from New Hampshire to New Mexico – and will continue making nearly 150 stops in the hometowns of Bush’s enablers in Congress and symbolic locations like the President’s home away from home in Crawford, Texas.

It will be back in Michigan before the tour concludes on Election Day in Virginia. It will be in Kalamazoo on Oct. 21; Grand Rapids on Oct. 22 and Ann Arbor on Oct. 23.


ka_Dargo_Hussein said...

They would need a fleet of buses to truly chronicle the failures of the Bush administration.

liberalshateusa said...

Guru, Are you referring to Granholm's record Michigan unemployment and Granholm's huge loss of Michigan jobs.

Let's remember Granholm's 2006 State of The State address.

"And in 5 years you will be blown away" We sure have been.

Communications guru said...

No, hate America, I’m referring to the more than 3 million manufacturing jobs lost under Bush, and the recession that is looking everyday like it will be a depression. If the Governor’s policies had been adopted you may have been blown away. Hell, they finally adopted a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that should have been adopted five years ago. No one has ever explained to me how the governor, any governor, can be blamed for the state’s largest employer losing market share no matter how many times I ask.

ka_Dargo_Hussein said...

Lib, dude, let's back up a little.

Let's keep in mind that Granholm tried to push through some policies that would've worked. Our boy Commander Codpiece was successful in pushing through policies that fucked us all. Ownership society indeed.

We now own an insurance company.


McCain The 44th said...

The simple fact that Michigan's unemployment rate is so high was the raising of the minimum wage.

Who cares about supply-and-demand and basic economics, right? Just wave that magic wand, and voila! Everyone gets a raise

What the liberals don’t tell you is that for every dollar a person gets paid it costs the company employing him a dollar. So the “real” cost of the minimum wage is double its official value.

What politicians, especially liberal ones, don’t understand is that there is an upper value for everything that people are willing to pay. Charge above that value and people stop paying. Plus, the person who just got the raise now has to pay higher prices because the minimum wage earners where he is shopping also got wages that have to be paid for.

McCain The 44th said...

Don't forget that the economy was holding steady until 2006. The gas prices really started to rise and the unemployment went up during Pelosi/Reid watch. In the past two years the only thing that Pelosi and Reid have done is to fight against Bush on every issue in order to make him look bad before the Presidential election. I know why Congress has a lower rating than the president and it is because they have not passed any major legislation since 2006 without trying to get millions in earmarks and have done little else to help the "people". Don't blame Bush for the problems, it's the senate and congress. Remember The President does not pass laws Congress does. My life was going well until 2006 and what, changed then.

McCain The 44th said...

Land Mark bills passed by the 110th Congress.

The 110th Congress, whose term officially ends in January, hasn't passed any spending bills or attacked high gasoline prices. But it has used its powers to celebrate watermelons and to decree the origins of the word "baseball."

Barring a burst of legislative activity after Labor Day, this group of 535 men and women will have accomplished a rare feat. In two decades of record keeping, no sitting Congress has passed fewer public laws at this point in the session -- 294 so far -- than this one. That's not to say they've been idle. On the flip side, no Congress in the same 20 years has been so prolific when it comes to proposing resolutions -- more than 1,900, according to a tally by the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense.

With the mostly symbolic measures, Congress has saluted such milestones as the Idaho Potato Commission's 70th anniversary and recognized soil as an "essential natural resource." As legislation on gasoline prices, tax fixes and predatory lending languish, Congress has designated May 5-9 as National Substitute Teacher Recognition Week, and set July 28 as the Day of the American Cowboy.

The resolutions, which generally don't carry the force of law, can originate in either the House or Senate. However, some types of resolutions establish the federal budget, authorize the president to go to war, or condemn actions such as the genocide in Darfur. Even among the 294 laws passed thus far, many were symbolic in nature. Many of the post offices named by this Congress honor servicemen and -women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the 435-member House, fully one-quarter of the workweek is typically devoted to debating and passing symbolic measures.

Congress did pass a $168 billion economic-stimulus package, a housing-rescue package providing as much as $300 billion to refinance mortgages( they were right on top of this) for people in danger of losing their homes.

Maybe if they had the for site to look into the mortgage crisis as hard as they did Baseball we would not be in such deep shit now????

ka_Dargo_Hussein said...

So, POW McPancakes seems to think that the very act of voting out the Republicans in 2006 caused our situation now. He seems to forget this little nugget.

POW McPancakes also appears to not know that the Republicans of the 110th Congress have been the most obstructionist on record.

Communications guru said...

Wow. “The simple fact that Michigan's unemployment rate is so high was the raising of the minimum wage.” You sure pulled that gem out of your ass. Any proof of that lie?

If you want to know where they can lodge that buck 50 or so look at CEO pay. The Gray Panthers did a study on CEO pay. In 1965 the average CEO was earning 24 times what the average worker was making. But in 2005, the average CEO was making 262 times what the average worker is making.

“supply-and-demand and basic economics?” Give me a break. It’s almost as stupid as that name you chose.

Communications guru said...

What we have is Republicans blocking every single reform because the Senate Democrats do not yet have a veto proof or cloture proof majority. Really, it was the Democrats that deregulated the mortgage industry? It was the Democrats that held closed door meetings with oil companies executives to draft the energy policy? They were so secret Cheney still refuses to even say who was at the meetings.

Get real. Republicans have controlled Congress for six of Bush’s eight years, yet you think it’s Democrats making Bush look bad? Please. It took more than two years to weave that disgraceful legacy.

McCain The 44th said...

Again Congress passes laws not the president. If you liberals are half as smart as you think you are why did Pelosi/Reid not see this coming? If the time they spent on steroids was concentrated on the economy and energy were would we be now?
Get over the Cheney/oil deal, if Bush's energy policy had been passed we would not be in our current oil crisis now. Solar/Wind will not help us at this present time. Drilling 100 miles off the coast is a joke. You Al Franken liberals have the 100 mile off the shore mindset, not mainstream. You live in a fallacy world were you think a Marxist/Socialist society is the answer.Russia tried that and it failed.

From Nobamas web page

$1,000 Tax Cut for Middle Class American Families
Obama and Biden will cut income taxes by $1,000 for working families, because the economy needs to be revitalized from the bottom up, not top down.

So even if you pay no taxes at all you will get $1000,

IRS data shows that in 2004, the richest 50% of the taxpayers paid 96.7% of all income taxes. From 1986 to 2004, the share paid by the richest half increased from 93.5% to 96.7%, and the share paid by the richest 1% increased from 25.75% to 36.89%. At the same time, the amount paid by the poorer half decreased from 6.5% in 1986 to 3.3% in 2004. While the poor's contribution was cut in half, the richest Americans saw their contribution increase by nearly 50%. When you get past the propaganda, for the last two decades the rich have been paying more and more while the poor have been paying less and less.

Despite the slowing economy, Senator Barack Obama admits that he will raise taxes if elected President. But, he assures us, only on the top 5% of income earners in America.

There's one problem with that - most taxpayers filing as individuals in the top income brackets are actually small businesses, which create most new jobs in America.

one must understand an important - but little-known and little-discussed - fact about individual income tax filers.

Namely, that most small business owners, otherwise known as "S corporations" or "S-corps," file taxes as individuals. This is not merely some sort of legal trickery or deceitful sleight-of-hand. Rather, this serves a very important purpose.

Small businesses file as individuals for the very good reason that it helps them avoid the double-taxation trap if they instead chose to file as corporations. Under our tax code, businesses organized and filing as conventional corporations, rather than as individuals, are considered separate legal entities from their shareholders. Accordingly, double-taxation occurs because corporations first pay taxes on their annual earnings, just as any individual filer would do. Then, however, the corporations' shareholders pay taxes a second time on the dividends that they receive. This occurs despite the fact that the very dividend income on which shareholders are paying taxes was already taxed a first time at the corporate level.

Therefore, in order to avoid this penalty of double-taxation, a majority of small businesses file as individuals, or S corporations. In exchange, they give up the advantage that conventional corporations enjoy of being able to pay dividends to their shareholders. And, in order to qualify as an individual S-corp, these businesses cannot have more than 100 shareholders. So there are advantages and disadvantages to filing under either status.

But here's where it matters to working Americans, and why they should resist the allure of "taxing the rich."

According to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data, fully 75% of individual tax filers in the top bracket are actually small businesses. More importantly for purposes of working Americans, small businesses create 75% of new jobs in America.

So Nobamas tax plan would cause the economy to crumble.

Lets try this, every American on welfare goes and cleans the streets/parks/roads what every and earns some money instead of sitting on their fats 300 pound,asses smoking cig's drinking beer and eating whoppers saying Uncle Sam owes them, like the Katrina democrats.

Energy Rebates
Obama and Biden will enact a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits to give American families an immediate $1,000 emergency energy rebate to help families pay rising bills.

Carter tried the above and what did that get us?

ka_Dargo_Hussein said...

I'm gonna leave what was said in the comment alone and just say that the tenor and length of POW McPancakes diatribe is not dissimilar to how good ol' Brett used to comment on here.

ka_Dargo_Hussein said...

And much of the diatribe was taken from here and here, without accreditation.

I'm left wondering what POW McPancakes was trying to imply with the Katrina Democrats remark.

On the whole, it looks like the comment was a mish-mash of right-wing talking points thrown into a blender, then poured the comments here.

the truth hurts said...

Surprise, Surprise many Democrats are racists:

Poll: Racial misgivings of whites an Obama issue

Sep 20 01:11 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks—many calling them "lazy," "violent" or responsible for their own troubles.

The poll, conducted with Stanford University, suggests that the percentage of voters who may turn away from Obama because of his race could easily be larger than the final difference between the candidates in 2004—about 2.5 percentage points.

Now thats a hoot

ka_Dargo_Hussein said...

Yes, that was disheartening. I wonder what the statistics were regarding the Republicans?

Communications guru said...

Somebody from the party of Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond, George Allen and Lynn Westmoreland is accusing Democrats of being racist?

Now that’s a hoot.

the truth hurts said...

Proof is in the pudding.

Have you heard of Senator Byrd. He was a KKK recruiter.

Also the democrat party is the party who started the KKK to kill black people and white republicans.

Please do not hide from your history

You know as well as I do that your party has deep seated racist lines

ka_Dargo_Hussein said...

You're absolutely right, TTH, Byrd was a KKK member. I would wager most of the Southern Democrats were. There were also known by another name, Dixiecrats. They jumped ship and formed the extreme religious right-wing of the Republican party.

Byrd may very well be putting on a front regarding his change of heart, who knows.

No one is hiding from their history.

Communications guru said...

Yes, I have heard of Sen. Byrd. He was admittedly a member of the Klan when he was young, but he renounced that years ago.

First, it's the Democratic Party. Second, that’s' a heck of a lie that the Democrats started the Klan to " kill black people and white republicans." I'm not hiding from anything. The Dixicrat wing of the Democratic Party was a shameful episode, but the party finally did the right thing and worked for civil rights.

There was a good reason those former Dixircrats joined the Grand Oil Party.

Please do not hide from your history.

"You know as well as I do that your party has deep seated racist lines."

ka_Dargo_Hussein said...

The parties have switched "poles" a few times in our history. It's probably more accurate to refer to conservatives and liberals, rather than Republicans and Democrats, when referring to the historical acts of our predecessors.

the truths hurts said...

Despite fierce Democrat opposition, Republicans passed the following
Constitutional amendments:

Banning slavery
Extending the Bill of Rights to the states
Guaranteeing equal protection of the law and due process to all citizens
Extending the right to vote to persons of all races and backgrounds.

Republicans in Congress also enacted the nation's first-ever Civil Rights Act, which extended citizenship and equal rights to people of all races, all colors, and all creeds.

In 1875, the Republicans expanded these protections to give all citizens the right of equal access to all public accommodations. Struck down by the Supreme Court eight years later, this landmark legislation would be reborn as the 1964 Civil Rights Act. That's right, the 1964 Civil Rights Act for which credit is rightly given to Democratic President Lyndon Johnson, but which would have gotten nowhere in Congress without the support of Republicans who defeated the stonewall tactics of the "Dixicrats".

Republicans also led the fight for women's rights, and most suffragists were Republicans. In fact, Susan B. Anthony bragged about how, after voting (illegally) in 1872, she had voted a straight Republican ticket. The suffragists included two African-American women who were also co-founders of the NAACP: Ida Wells and Mary Terrell, great Republicans, both of them.

And talk about media bias, on many sites I found Ida Wells name, they did not say she was a Republican only that her father was. She was even on the Democrat party site and they did not mention she was a Republican.

It was in 1916 that the first woman was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Jeannette Rankin.

The first woman mayor was elected in 1926, the Honorable Bertha Landes of Seattle, another great Republican.

Democratic opposition to Republican efforts to protect the civil rights of all Americans lasted not only throughout Reconstruction, but well into the 20th century. In the South, those Democrats who most bitterly opposed equality for blacks founded the Ku Klux Klan, which operated as the party's terrorist wing. The KKK did not only hang black people they also hanged white Republican.

Republican Senator Everett Dirksen authored and introduced the 1960 Civil Rights Act, and saw it through to passage. Republicans supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act overwhelmingly, and by much higher percentages in both House and Senate than the Democrats. Indeed, the 1964 Civil Rights Act became law only after overcoming a Democrat filibuster led by none other than the

“Gentlemen from the great states of West Virginia and Tennessee Democrats Robert Byrd and Al Gore Sr.” Yes global warming Al’s great father, who was apparently a racist.

Communications guru said...

You do have to go back a long way to when the Grand Oil Party stood for something good. Those days are long gone.

ka_Dargo_Hussein said...

TTH, no one is denying the Republican party hasn't done some great things. However, as I said before, when referring to the historical actions of the parties, it is probably more accurate to refer to their ideologies, liberal or conservative.

Liberal ideas - banning slavery, extending the bill of rights, and the others you listed.

Conservative ideas - fighting against civil rights for all

Not all Republican ideas and not all Republicans are bad. However, this current crop is giving Republicans of yesterday not only a black eye, but a busted nose and lip as well.