George W. Bush is trying hard to secure his crown as the worst president ever. At a recent press conference, he proposed his solution to high gas prices: open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. This is about par for the course for the Republican party, McCain proposed a summer gas-tax holiday.
The real question is how the Republican party taken seriously. We can start with the gas-tax holiday. Remove the tax, fine, how are you going to pay for the roads? In case one hasn’t noticed our road infrastructure isn’t doing so great. In fact, you could accurately say it is falling down. Since the tax is already on a per-gallon basis, it isn’t like the public coffers are overflowing. There hasn’t been a wonderful explanation of where that money is going. Although, if gas is at record prices and corporations are recording record profits, I don’t really see how it is really much of a mystery. Well, we have $16 billion accounted for, how much are we looking for again? I expect another couple billion will show up in the next couple of days as other oil companies report their profits.
Bush said in his policy proposal that he was “hoping now people, when they say “ANWR,” means you don’t care about the gasoline prices that people are paying.”
Fine, I’ll take that incrimination. I realize that $3.50 as opposed to $4.00 makes a difference to people’s lives today. But I also realize that $.50 cents of cheaper gas comes at the cost of our environment, pumps more carbon dioxide into our atmosphere, and delays us from transitioning our infrastructure. In the end game, it won’t make a lick of difference because oil has no future for another reason. And that reason is China. You know, our largest creditor. See, they are going to start using that money we keep giving to them. When they do, they are competing with us for oil on a dollar for dollar basis. There is no brilliant strategy here. There is no monetary option beyond inflation to counteract that massive credit they have over us, but inflation hardly helps us obtain foreign commodities (like oil). In short, to spite China’s debt we’d end up destroying our own currency and we still wouldn’t get gas. Cheap oil is at an end. We’ve already given it away for cheap Chinese products. It is time to move on.
But if I allow the president’s incrimination, then I feel I should be able to offer one in return. If there is any justice in this world, or sense of proportion, then there is one thing I hope for: that the Republican party becomes synonymous with disaster. The disaster of the 9/11 attacks which any competent administration would have done more to prevent. The disaster of the government response to Hurricane Katrina. The disaster of our crumbling infrastructure. The disaster of our soaring debt. The disaster of Enron. The disaster of the credit crisis. The disaster of our endless war in Iraq. The disastrous decline of American standing and reputation around the world. There will, no doubt, be countless others.
Although, what makes me laugh, what really tickles my fancy is that Bush thinks history will judge him kindly. It is that extra-touch that makes him truly spectacular failure: certitude. And this Republican party, with an extraordinarily small number of exceptions, goose-stepped down the path the Glorious Road the Fearless Leader hath blazed. Lest we forget, one of those loyal followers was McCain.
Bush is the Chernobyl of presidents, a multi-generational disaster. His embrace should render one politically radioactive. His legacy should be toxic. Electing another Republican as president should make as much sense as doubling-down a busted hand. That is what I hope for, my pillaging president.