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The Ownership Society Meets the Entrepreneurial Style: The House That George and Jack Built

 
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The Ownership Society Meets the Entrepreneurial Style: The House That George and Jack Built
"...The fact is, real Americans aren't like Bush's Americans at all. They don't fit the profile of wealth above all else. Real Americans are the coal miners, fire fighters, police officers, teachers and soldiers. These are the people who epitomize democracy. They keep the nation safe. They educate the children. They serve the common good. They promote the common welfare. A real democracy isn't based on taking. It's based on giving..."


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January 4, 2006


The House That George and Jack Built

The Ownership Society Meets the Entrepreneurial Style


By LINDA MILAZZO


Throughout his presidency George W. Bush has defined the two most important goals for Americans as entrepreneurship and ownership. For George W. Bush, entrepreneurship and ownership are the cornerstones of our democracy. For Bush and his cohorts, a real American is a rich American. A rich American understands what America is for. A rich American uses America correctly, understands the path to wealth and power, and knows how to play the game.

It's the art of the game. What do I want and how do I get it? Getting is the art. Having is the prize. And the mantra is "more".

During his first term in office, in speech after speech, Bush pushed for an ownership society. To pump his economic agenda to privatize health care and social security he held televised panels with hand-picked well dressed panelists whom he questioned about their burgeoning new businesses. He asked them one or two biographical questions and thanked them with a pat on the back. He then faced the camera to interpret for the pre-selected live audience and unassuming home audience exactly what the giddy entrepreneur just said. English as a Second Language ala George Bush. He'd begin with "what he means is" or "what she's saying is", or "you see it's like this", then glance down at his script and deliver a sullied rendering of economics 101, which despite his Harvard Business Degree, he always had to read.

It was like watching pre-paid infomercials for gym equipment or cosmetics. Only Mr. Bush was selling America. The art of the deal.

In George Bush's America, real Americans are rich and powerful. Real Americans aren't fire fighters and police officers. Fire fighters and police officers aren't very entrepreneurial. With stressful full time jobs and minimal surplus capital, there's little time to be entrepreneurial. Bush's real Americans aren't teachers and they're not soldiers.

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Re: The Ownership Society Meets the Entrepreneurial Style: The House That George and Jack Built
Article published Jan 7, 2006

Fellow Republican: Ney likely to be indicted

Gannett News Service

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, is likely to be indicted in an ongoing public corruption scandal, according to a fellow Republican congressman, Jim McCrery of Louisiana.
Ney has been linked by prosecutors to Jack Abramoff, a former lobbyist who pleaded guilty to charges this week that include mail fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. He also is linked to Abramoff's associate, Michael Scanlon, who pleaded guilty in November to conspiring to bribe a member of Congress and other public officials.

"He'll probably be indicted," McCrery speculated Friday.

Ney's spokesman Brian Walsh said Ney maintains that he has done "absolutely nothing wrong" and that prosecutors have not told him that he is a target of the investigation.

"The congressman from Louisiana is certainly welcome to voice his opinion," Walsh said. "I would point out, however, that he has no firsthand knowledge of the issues involved here, and I would further note that the constituents in Congressman Ney's district recognize ... that one is innocent until proven guilty."

No legal action has been taken against Ney, who chairs the House Administration Committee. However, Abramoff's and Scanlon's plea agreements accuse Ney, identified as ''Representative 1'' in court documents, of accepting travel, campaign contributions and sporting event tickets in exchange for official acts.

The Justice Department also subpoenaed Ney in connection with the Abramoff probe.

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Re: The Ownership Society Meets the Entrepreneurial Style: The House That George and Jack Built
The way in which America and her jobs are being privatized to other nations and even to her enemies, I would say the S.S America(Titanic) is going down, and the rats that ride her are preparing themselves to jump ship. Instead of hitting the berg(corruption) head on, they are trying to steer clear of it, but like the Titanic of old, the berg will rip a huge gaping hole in the side of America, and she will sink under the huge weight of debts, she has amassed.

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