December 22, 2008

How Did I Get Here, Mommy?

When the chairman of the Fed told Bush that he would need $700 billion just to keep the US economy from tanking, Bush apparently took a deep breath and said:
"How did we get here?"
You have to wonder whether he really didn't know the answer to that question, or whether it was more of a rhetorical musing, such as "Oh my god, what have I done?"

Did Bush really believe the hype about endless free markets producing endless bounty for everyone? Didn't he notice that the people who most ardently championed that philosophy were the Ken Lays, the Murdochs, the multi-billionaires who were screwing the system every inch of the way? Was he really so lacking in curiosity that he just took their "trickle-down" promises at face value?

Or did he know full well that this was the scam of the century, and that the perpetrators' need for his camera-facing role as an abettor was the only reason he was ever allowed anywhere near the White House?

How thick is that bubble he lives in? And how thick is that self-created bubble of self-delusion inside his head?

1 comment:

Bukko_in_Australia said...

Didn't he notice that the people who most ardently championed that philosophy were the Ken Lays, the Murdochs, the multi-billionaires who were screwing the system every inch of the way? Was he really so lacking in curiosity that he just took their "trickle-down" promises at face value?

I'll go with that one. Bush seems to be a shrewd tactical thinker when it comes to politics and personal relationships. Like a popular cheerleader, he knows how to play the game of cliques and friendships. He calculates that this or that policy will reward his mates with chances to make profits, and they will favour his party with campaign bribes. But he diesn't conemplate the Big Picture, where this all will lead. He plans for the short run, not the long term. And he just doesn't give a shit about what happens later. He and his friends will be rich, and later they will be dead, and history will sort it out.

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