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    (CBS) By CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller

    A check of the calendar shows time swiftly running out for President Bush. Eighteen months from today, a new president takes the oath of office.

    “We see this milestone as just another day,” says Joel Kaplan, White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

    But he says it’s “a reminder that we’ve got a lot of work to do for the country in that time.”

    In a CBS News interview in his West Wing office, Kaplan said Mr. Bush still has “a very ambitious agenda” he wants to pursue.

    The war in Iraq is the overriding priority, but “that doesn’t stop us from focusing at the same time on all of these other very important priorities like energy and health care,” says Kaplan.

    The president still hopes to enact legislation to reduce U.S. consumption of gasoline by 20 percent over 10 years and to make the cost of health insurance tax deductible up to a maximum of $15,000 a year.

    But this second term hasn’t been kind to Mr. Bush. Despite the claims he made after his re-election that he has political capital to spend, his efforts to pass Social Security and immigration reform bills ended in failure.

    And his prospects for the remainder of his term in office don’t look any more promising.

    He has all but given up on reforming the U.S. tax code – which during his campaign for a second term – he called a “complicated mess.”

    An advisory panel he named early in 2005 submitted recommendations later that year – but since then they’ve only gathered dust.

    “While there is still a compelling need for overall reform of the code,” says Kaplan, “I think the most important thing we can accomplish over the next 18 months in that area will be to keep the Democrats from raising taxes.”

    The final year and a half of the Bush presidency also presents the prospect of more investigations by and subpoenas from the Democratic Congress.

    But the administration hopes it won’t be hog-tied by them.

    Says Kaplan: “It does require the Congress and the Democratic Leadership to make a choice of whether they are interested in legislation or whether they’re just interested in excessive oversight and fishing expeditions that are designed not to actually accomplish anything for the American people but rather to provide political and communications advantage in some way.”

    Kaplan has the right to hope, but it looks like the Bush White House is headed into a major showdown with Congress over the President’s claims of Executive Privilege. It could end up in the Supreme Court

    Further, the 2008 presidential campaign is well under way, and the president’s approval ratings are in the cellar.

    “I don’t think it will affect in any way what the president tries to pursue on behalf of the American people,” says Kaplan. “We’re gonna keep coming to work every day, working on those issues and working with Congress.”

    But should we be listening in these final 18 months for the quacks of a lame duck? Kaplan says don’t waste your time.

    “Maybe we’ll talk on January 19, 2009 and I’ll think he’s a lame duck, but not before then.”

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    FORD will be extremely pleased.
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    I don't think this country can take 18 more months of the Bush Criminal Empire. And I'm obviously not alone. Even sane Republicans are getting the picture.....


    CHIMPEACH NOW Or Face the End of Constitutional Democracy
    July 16, 2007

    By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

    Unless Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from now the US could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran.

    Bush has put in place all the necessary measures for dictatorship in the form of "executive orders" that are triggered whenever Bush declares a national emergency. Recent statements by Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, former Republican senator Rick Santorum and others suggest that Americans might expect a series of staged, or false flag, "terrorist" events in the near future.

    Many attentive people believe that the reason the Bush administration will not bow to expert advice and public opinion and begin withdrawing US troops from Iraq is that the administration intends to rescue its unpopular position with false flag operations that can be used to expand the war to Iran.

    Too much is going wrong for the Bush administration: the failure of its Middle East wars, Republican senators jumping ship, Turkish troops massed on northern Iraq's border poised for an invasion to deal with Kurds, and a majority of Americans favoring the impeachment of Cheney and a near-majority favoring Bush's impeachment. The Bush administration desperately needs dramatic events to scare the American people and the Congress back in line with the militarist-police state that Bush and Cheney have fostered.

    William Norman Grigg recently wrote that the GOP is "praying for a terrorist strike" to save the party from electoral wipeout in 2008.
    Chertoff, Cheney, the neocon nazis, and Mossad would have no qualms about saving the bacon for the Republicans, who have enabled Bush to start two unjustified wars, with Iran waiting in the wings to be attacked in a third war.

    The Bush administration has tried unsuccessfully to resurrect the terrorist fear factor by infiltrating some blowhard groups and encouraging them to talk about staging "terrorist" events. The talk, encouraged by federal agents, resulted in "terrorist" arrests hyped by the media, but even the captive media was unable to scare people with such transparent sting operations.

    If the Bush administration wants to continue its wars in the Middle East and to entrench the "unitary executive" at home, it will have to conduct some false flag operations that will both frighten and anger the American people and make them accept Bush's declaration of "national emergency" and the return of the draft. Alternatively, the administration could simply allow any real terrorist plot to proceed without hindrance.

    A series of staged or permitted attacks would be spun by the captive media as a vindication of the neoconsevatives' Islamophobic policy, the intention of which is to destroy all Middle Eastern governments that are not American puppet states. Success would give the US control over oil, but the main purpose is to eliminate any resistance to Israel's complete absorption of Palestine into Greater Israel.

    Think about it. If another 9/11-type "security failure" were not in the works, why would Homeland Security czar Chertoff go to the trouble of convincing the Chicago Tribune that Americans have become complacent about terrorist threats and that he has "a gut feeling" that America will soon be hit hard?

    Why would Republican warmonger Rick Santorum say on the Hugh Hewitt radio show that "between now and November, a lot of things are going to happen, and I believe that by this time next year, the American public's (sic) going to have a very different view of this war."

    Throughout its existence the US government has staged incidents that the government then used in behalf of purposes that it could not otherwise have pursued. According to a number of writers, false flag operations have been routinely used by the Israeli state. During the Czarist era in Russia, the secret police would set off bombs in order to arrest those the secret police regarded as troublesome. Hitler was a dramatic orchestrator of false flag operations. False flag operations are a commonplace tool of governments.

    Ask yourself: Would a government that has lied us into two wars and is working to lie us into an attack on Iran, shrink from staging "terrorist" attacks in order to remove opposition to its agenda?

    Only a diehard minority believes in the honesty and integrity of the Bush-Cheney administration and in the truthfulness of the corporate media.

    Hitler, who never achieved majority support in a German election, used the Reichstag fire to fan hysteria and push through the Enabling Act, which made him dictator. Determined tyrants never require majority support in order to overthrow constitutional orders.

    The American constitutional system is near to being overthrown. Are coming "terrorist" events of which Chertoff warns and Santorum promises the means for overthrowing our constitutional democracy?

    Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com


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    In 18 months we'll just be trading one cabal of corrupt politicians full of empty promises for another. Hooray for us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    In 18 months we'll just be trading one cabal of corrupt politicians full of empty promises for another. Hooray for us!
    I totally agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    In 18 months we'll just be trading one cabal of corrupt politicians full of empty promises for another. Hooray for us!
    No shit. FORD actually believes the Dumbocrats are any different. It will be the same bullshit except instead of money going into personal agendas, the military and war, it will be going to illegal fuckin immigrants needs and programs to better assimilate them to the USA, open boarders and programs to help lure more people who have no intention in making America their #1 priority all for the sake of future votes.
    Fuck the 2 party system, clean all of these rats out of power and elect someone who actually cares about preserving the American way as our founding fathers imagined.

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    Vote Obama in 08!

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    Police state my ass. What freedoms have any of you lost. You can still enjoy burning the flag whenever you want, oh sorry you can no longer bring weapons on planes or joke that you want to blow up a plane while you are in an airport.

    "The republicans are praying for a terrorist strike to save their party", more B.S. why would they prey for that to save their party. It didn't work in 2001 and they planned that attack right.

    Sorry but the whole story is B.S. If a majority of Americans really wanted Cheney and Bush impeached the Dems in the Senate would have no choice but to do so. Problem is they lack the balls to do it. They can't even cut funding for the war they want to lose.
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    I don't know shit about politics, but anything is better than George W. Bush aka the AntiChrist.

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    Any of you Busheep ever call up the FBI and ask them why Osama Bin Laden's "Most Wanted" poster makes absolutely no mention of the 9-11-01 attacks.

    No, it ain't because they haven't had time in six fucking years to update their posters with what should be at the top of the list of his crimes.....

    It's becasuse they have no evidence linking Osama Bin Laden to the attacks, and therefore he is NOT wanted for that crime

    So the government ADMITS Bin Laden didn't do it. We know Iraq didn't do it.

    Who did??

    9-11-01 was a conspiracy. That's not even in dispute. If you're still foolish enough to buy the BCE story, then it was a conspiracy of 19 jackasses with box cutters, who just happened to have NORAD voluntarily stand down long enough for them to crash a plane into not just two skyscrapers, but also the fucking Pentagon, without the slightest resistance.

    2 or more people involved in a premeditated crime is a conspiracy. This conspiracy was much larger, and either involved significant ground support FROM THE INSIDE, or involved a HELL of a lot of random coincidences (Cheney was conducting attack "simulations" that very morning??)

    Now Chimpy has signed several executive orders in short succession which "in the event of a national emergency", defined by Chimpy himself, give him dictatorial powers , and allow him to arrest absolutely anyone for any reason, and anyone supporting that person -including their family and lawyers- as well.

    And if that doesn't scare the shit out of you brainless 28%'ers, THIS will......


    Imagine Hillary Clinton with the SAME dictatorial powers.
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    I did NOT vote for Bush either time. Could Gore or Kerry have done better? Who knows. All I know is the government needs to start worrying more about things HERE in the USA first, then other countries second.
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    FORD, dude, you must have a hell of a time managing your life with the amount of paranoia that you live with. A conspiracy of that magnitutde would be next to impossible to cover up because we all know human nature...everybody loves to talk. On top of that you are saying that EVERYONE who works for Bush is the kind of low life that would participate in this "scheme"? They have meds for this kind of thing but you probably have boycotted that notion because that would require you to take a medication that is made by a large pharmaceutical company, right?

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    It should've been 30 month ago, not 18 months from now. Hell, this administration should have never been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raldo View Post
    I did NOT vote for Bush either time. Could Gore or Kerry have done better? Who knows. All I know is the government needs to start worrying more about things HERE in the USA first, then other countries second.
    Amen to that. I feel for the next administration-whoever it is. Dumbya is like your annoying cousin/relative who comes over to your house every so often. When he does, he makes a mess of all your stuff, is a total pain, then leaves and doesn't offer to clean up the mess he made. Thats how Dumbya is-he'll leave us still mired in Iraq w/no clear plan to stablize or get out of there-hell, we have no clear reason for being there, other than we started this mess (WMD's, Sadaam + Al-Qaeda=definite, Oooops, nope connection between the two, establishing a democracy, stabilize the area, etc). That on top of the mess we have at home-high gas prices for starters. Good ridance to Dumbya-the worst president we ever had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by csm5150 View Post
    Amen to that. I feel for the next administration-whoever it is. Dumbya is like your annoying cousin/relative who comes over to your house every so often. When he does, he makes a mess of all your stuff, is a total pain, then leaves and doesn't offer to clean up the mess he made. Thats how Dumbya is-he'll leave us still mired in Iraq w/no clear plan to stablize or get out of there-hell, we have no clear reason for being there, other than we started this mess (WMD's, Sadaam + Al-Qaeda=definite, Oooops, nope connection between the two, establishing a democracy, stabilize the area, etc). That on top of the mess we have at home-high gas prices for starters. Good ridance to Dumbya-the worst president we ever had.
    As a recovering Republican and staunchly anti Dumbocrat, I second that.

 

 

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