Wednesday, October 20, 2004


If Bush Wins

There would be four good things about a Bush re-election:
1. He would have to clean up his own mess in Iraq.

2. We might get him impeached for his part in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame or for lying to the 9/11 Commission.

3. He'd have to raise taxes, because even Bush can't get away with successive terms of half-trillion-dollar deficits.

4. He'd stay under scrutiny--maybe. Then maybe some of the many negative facts about him and his administration that have come to light during the campaign would catch up to him. This depends on whether the corporate-owned and -influenced national media could actually be persuaded to do their jobs; not a sure thing, but possible.

Considering what an unmitigated disaster his first term has been, what might he do when he doesn't have to worry about his own re-election? He could be even worse. Hard to imagine, but possible. The four worst things about a potential Bush re-election:
1. He might appoint more Supreme Court Justices. With two unprincipled political hacks on that bench already (Scalia and Thomas), the authority and function of the Supreme Court would be further eroded.

2. He would continue to cut the heart out of all our environmental laws and protections, our social services and public expenditures, and our liberties, as he's been doing for four years now.

3. He might just continue the mess in Iraq. After all, he never makes mistakes.

4. Jeb would run in '08, and I'd have to emigrate to Canada.

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