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Bush Vacations, America Suffers

Failing America?  President Bush speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on  Sept. 8 in Washington, DC. Bush, under fire for the government's response to the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, announced initiatives aimed at helping people "get back on their feet." He is joined by Cabinet members (from left) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and Secretary of Agriciulture Mike Johanns.
Michael Ford

   Rarely during a semester of college do I find time to take a nap, ride my bike, go fishing or clear some brush for a photo-op – but the man holding the highest position in the country did all that and more during the month of August.

   President Bush spent five weeks on vacation, rendering him the most vacationing president in history. Despite the situation in Iraq becoming increasingly chaotic, gas prices surging to record highs and illegal immigration spinning out of control, Bush not only vacationed at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, but later went on vacation from his vacation in Idaho. Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, forcing the president to return to the White House earlier than planned. Darn.

   Though Bush should ultimately be the one held responsible for the chaos in Iraq, the Iraqi people deserve little empathy, as they’ve failed almost as miserably as the president. We’ve been training the Iraqi troops for years, but yet they remain far from being capable of independent combat. Ironically, if I joined the service today, they would expect me to be ready for the frontline within a matter of months. As long as U.S. troops occupy the country, the insurgents will never end – ever.

   While Iraq remains this administration’s chief problem, rising gas prices continue to haunt consumers. Considering the amount of technology we maintain as the world’s only superpower, it’s absolutely scandalous that we still use gas to power anything. Eons ago, our leaders should have begun offering incentives to automakers to develop new energy sources, relieving our dependency on foreign oil. But, instead, countries like Venezuela and Saudi Arabia continue to hold us hostage, while their people pay under $1 a gallon.

   Though possibly overshadowed by the aforementioned issues, immigration continues to pose a grave threat to the country.  Eleven million immigrants now roam the United States, and the federal government continues to ignore it; neither Democrats nor Republicans will take any steps to resolve this issue due to their fear of losing the Hispanic vote. Not until an illegal immigrant commits a massive terrorist attack – killing thousands of people – will the federal government respond with the force necessary to halt this growing crisis.

   The Bush Administration continues to fail the American people in many additional ways as well. For instance, America remains the only country in the G8 not to sign the Kyoto Protocol, which would decrease greenhouse emissions and curb the process of global warming. Though Bush did finally acknowledge that global warming does, indeed, exist, he believes adopting the treaty would hurt the economy; however, the seven other countries that opted to sign it seem to be doing fine.  

   The reason for most of the country’s problems remains quite simple: Getting elected (power), making as much money as possible (wealth) and striving to be politically correct (appeasing the far Left) ranks much higher on our leaders’ to-do lists than protecting the American people and the environment in which they live. 

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