The Last 100 Days -The end of the Little Bush Idiocracy

The last 100 days of an 8 year-long global tragedy are now counting down.

Please post here any and all images, accounts, opinions, insights, consequences or future wishes that put in plain cybersight what humanity has endured under the Little Bush Idiocracy.

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Though the grotesque rule of the LBI is coming to a close, like a true garden variety prick LB has ensured the next regime in power will have most of its aspirations squashed by the outcome of 8 years of idiocy.............

October 3, 2008, 8:48 am
Jobs Report Underlines Economic Decline
By David Leonhardt
Updated 6:27 p.m.

"The U.S. consumer is in major trouble, with wage and salary income growth evaporating, credit extremely tight or unavailable, home prices continuing to decline, and food and energy costs consuming a large share of household budgets," said Joshua Shapiro, an economist at MFR, a research firm in New York. "Whatever the government might or might not do to try to bail out the financial system, a consumer-led recession is upon us, and it promises to be a serious one."

The government is out with more bad economic news this morning: The job market began to deteriorate even before the financial crisis reached a more serious stage two weeks ago.

Employers cut 159,000 jobs in September, more than twice as many as in August or July, the Labor Department reported. It was the biggest monthly decline since 2003, when the economy was still losing jobs in the wake of the 2001 recession.

Forecasters had been expecting a loss of about 100,000 jobs in September.

The new number was especially worrisome because the government conducted its survey during the week of Sept. 8, before the credit crisis took a new turn for the worse on Sept. 17.

Any single jobs report should be taken with a grain of salt, because the numbers can sometimes reverse themselves in the following month. But today's report raises the possibility that the job market "” and the broader economy "” is also entering a new stage.

Until last month, job losses in the current economic slowdown had been relatively mild. Employers added relatively few jobs over the past five years, compared with past economic expansions, and it seemed that job losses might remain mild as a result. But a monthly loss of 159,000 isn't mild; it was typical of the kind of decline during the job market's slump between 2001 and 2003.

The unemployment rate held steady, at 6.1 percent, last month, but that was in part a reflection of the fact that more unemployed people stopped looking for work. To be counted as unemployed in the statistics, a person must be out of work and actively looking for a new job.

According to the new data, 375,000 people dropped out of the labor force last month. That number comes from a smaller, more volatile survey than overall employment and probably shouldn't be taken literally. But it is also the reason the unemployment rate did not rise last month – and goes to show that the job market clearly is getting worse.

There was also a big spike in the number of people working part time because they couldn't find full-time work. More than 1.5 million people fell into this category in September, up from 400,000 a year earlier.

The job losses continued to be heaviest in industries tied to the housing market, like construction and real estate. But retailers, manufacturers, restaurants and hotels also shed jobs.

Government agencies and health care employers – like hospitals and doctors' offices – added jobs, as has been typical in recent years.

There was hardly any good news in this report. And the jobs numbers are especially important for two chief reasons. They are the first broad measure of economic activity during the previous month; and – unlike some other indicators, like gross domestic product – the jobs statistics describe the tangible effect that the economy is having on households.

Over the last year, the average hourly pay of rank-and-file workers – roughly 80 percent of the work force – has risen only 3.4 percent, according to the new numbers. The average workweek has also become shorter, so the increase in weekly pay has been even smaller: only 2.8 percent.

Inflation has been running at about 5 percent a year, which means that the most workers have taken an effective pay cut over the last year.
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HIGHEST BUDGET DEFICIT EVER

Red ink hits $454.8 billion in 2008, more than double that of 2007; economists say bailout to weigh on next year.

Last Updated: October 14, 2008: 4:48 PM ET

Issue #1: America's Money - Everyday on CNN

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal budget deficit soared to $454.8 billion in 2008 as a housing collapse and efforts to combat the economic slowdown pushed the tide of government red ink to the highest level in history.

The Bush administration said Tuesday the deficit for the budget year that ended Sept. 30 was more than double the $161.5 billion recorded in 2007.

It surpassed the previous record of $413 billion set in 2004. Economists predicted a far worse number next year as the costs of the government's rescue of the financial system and the economic hard times hit the government's balance sheet.

Some analysts believe that next year's deficit could easily top $700 billion, giving the next president a formidable challenge.
depraved indifference


To constitute depraved indifference, the conduct must be 'so wanton, so deficient in a moral sense of concern, so lacking in regard for the life or lives of others, and so blameworthy as to warrant the same criminal liability as that which the law imposes upon a person who intentionally causes a crime.

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IN THE BEGINNING
there was
IDIOCY

If you were like me this horror is the first thing you saw from your residence when you woke up in the morning.

And where was America's National Security Advisor? For over three weeks after this horror she was no where to be seen or heard. Now you can't get Condoleeza Rice off the airwaves.

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"He's going to have an unbelievably great legacy," said Laura Bush. "Fifty million people liberated from very brutal regimes."

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Just a very small sample of available headlines on the Little Bush regime's outright crimes against federal and international laws.
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Bush Administration Lawyers Greenlight Torture

Pleading ignorance on torture. The architects of the Bush administration's torture policy testified in Washington this week, but they may not be held accountable

Bush Advisor Says President Has Legal Power to Torture Children

Numerous Bush Administration officials committed crimes involving the torture of prisoners captured in the Middle East

Bush Admits To Knowledge of Torture Authorization by Top Advisers (4/12/2008)

Bush Administration's Torture Gangs Still Operational

To understand how Bush justifies a torture policy that is the bane of our nation, consider the sentimental cowboy art that decks his Oval Office walls.

Bush Administration Torture Policy Conference
Wednesday, 26 April 2006
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Bush administration built a legal framework "relying on semantics and secrecy" to subject detainees at Guantanamo Bay to brutal interrogation techniques and then to hide the reality from human rights observers, according to internal government documents.
And of course 50,000 civilian deaths does not really register on the brain does it.
One human being can not really physically manifest the degree of outrage appropriate to the scale of human loss.

Legal, industrialized murder does not specifically register on the senses.

So one is only left with this.
A MAIN DIMENSION OF POLITICAL STUPIDITY
IS DEATH.
Inheritance From Hell: Presidential Economics

The New President Will Be Left With an Economy Like No Other in Modern History
NBC News 11/04/08

The next U.S. president will face the worst economic crisis the country has experienced since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
What began with the explosion of the housing bubble has unfolded into a far-reaching global financial crisis affecting everything from banks to retail sales to the auto industry. Consumer confidence is hovering at record lows and consumer spending has declined for the first time in 17 years as Americans prepare to ride out what economists think could be the most severe recession in decades.

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76 days left for the Little Bush Idiocracy,
decades of Idiocracy hangover left for the Earth.
About the only constructive thing the Little Bush Idiocracy has done for the U.S. economy is give rise to a retail market of products that promote the trait of incompetency.

Now incompetency has become a distinguished product trait like the sketchy service a phone gets in the subway, the flimsyness of a three dollar umbrella, the taste of cardboard in a fast food burger or the elastic that wears out in one month on your shorts.

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Jobless Claims Reach a 16-Year High

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: November 20, 2008
WASHINGTON — New claims for unemployment benefits jumped last week to a 16-year high, the Labor Department said Thursday, providing more evidence of a rapidly weakening job market expected to get even worse next year.


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A special Little Bush Idiocracy good-bye thank you to the people who voted him in.
This makes me sad.
What degenerate regime creates such depredation?
The U.S. detention center in Bhagdad, one of the Litte Bush Idiocracy's franchise operations.
I guess America itself wasn't big enough to contain the Idiocracy's appetite to inflict the atrocious.
Remember, when you see someone in the Idiocracy smile, thier smile is built upon this.

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Here is a four minute video documenting how the Little Bush Idiocracy and its version of the Environmental Protection Agency has allowed banks on the inside of their regime to finance bombing the very landscape of our own country.
"Mountain topping" is a self-destructive method used to blow up whole sections of entire states in an uncontrolled profiterring search for coal.
But don't take it from me, listen to the people who have to live next door to the dead mountains.


dead mountains
During its reign the Little Bush Idiocracy has authorized spending over a billion US dollars on an international program of moral oppression called 'abstinence only'. The American Medical Association recently noted tbe total failure and waste.
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JAMA 2008;299:2013–2015. [PubMed]..

Since 1996, the US federal government has been pouring money into abstinence-only programs to shape adolescent behavior. The $1.5 billion spent thus far has been stupefyingly ineffective in reducing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies.

The programs are required to teach adolescents that abstinence is the only certain way to avoid STIs or unwanted pregnancies, and that sex only within marriage is the expected standard. Safe sex and contraception are not part of the instruction, and funds are not made available for this purpose. President Bush’s budget for 2009 has cut money for global human immunodeficiency virus and STI prevention efforts and allocated $200 million for abstinence-only programs.

Abstinence-only programs do not work. There is no evidence that they prevent what they are intended to prevent. Three reports by a nonpartisan company authorized by Congress have concluded that, compared with controls, the program “had absolutely no measurable impact on initiation rates, ages of first intercourse or number of partners, no impact on pregnancies, births or STDs and the same rates of condom and birth control use.” The teenagers exposed to abstinence-only programs had less certain ideas about condoms preventing infections than controls, leaving critics to reflect that the programs have more to do with spreading conservative ideology than with public health. Hampton notes that the United States has by far the highest teenage pregnancy rates of any developed country, whereas the Netherlands, where a liberal, enlightened attitude prevails, has the lowest.
I wonder what the Little Bush Idiocracy has on its tables for dinner.

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Record number of Americans using food stamps:
Wed Dec 3, 2008 6:22pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Food stamps, the main U.S. antihunger program which helps the needy buy food, set a record in September as more than 31.5 million Americans used the program -- up 17 percent from a year ago, according to government data.

The number of people using food stamps in September surpassed the previous peak of 29.85 million seen in November 2005 when victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma received emergency benefits, said Jean Daniel of the USDA's Food Program.

Anti-hunger groups said the economic downturn is the main reason behind the higher figures.

"It's a disturbing trend," said Ellen Vollinger, legal director with the Food Research and Action Center. She said she expects more people will turn to food stamps as unemployment figures rise and the economy remains weak.

One in 10 Americans were participating in the food stamp program as of September, said Dottie Rosenbaum, analyst with Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a think tank.
A handful of days left with the Idiocracy in power. Let's review some their achievements, which amount to the single most disasterous federal government regime in US history.

A mark of how profoundly destructive the Idiocracy has been is that after about the fifth item on the list below it all becomes a blur.
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Forty ways in which the federal government failed to perform under the administration of George W. Bush, 2001-2008:

• 45 million Americans without health care
• 60 percent of EPA scientists report political interference with their work
• 1,273 whistleblower complaints filed from 2002-2008; 1,256 were dismissed
• 190,000 U.S.-supplied weapons missing in Iraq
• $212.3 million in overcharges by Halliburton for Iraq oil reconstruction work
• $455 billion deficit for fiscal year 2008; estimated to reach up to $1 trillion in 2009
• $9.91 billion for government secrecy in 2007 — a record
• 809 government laptops with sensitive information lost by FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
• 30 million pounds of beef recalled in 2007
• $300 billion over budget for Department of Defense weapons acquisitions
• Less than 3 percent of U.S. electricity needs met by alternative energy
• 2,145 troops killed and 21,000 injured in Iraq from March 2003 through November 1, 2008, by IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and other explosives — many while awaiting body armor. Additionally, over 50,000 of Iraqis have been killed in the conflict
• 34.8 percent of oil used in America imported during Nixon administration; 42.2 percent during first Gulf War; 59.9 percent in 2006
• $100 million for failed FBI computer network
• $100 billion in federal tax revenues lost annually to corporations using off-shore tax shelters
• 163 million airline passengers delayed 320 million hours; cost to U.S. economy: more than $41 billion in 2007
• $60 billion stolen in Medicare fraud each year
• 2.5 million toxic toys recalled in summer of 2007
• $12.5 billion for defective National Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellite System
• $4 billion to upgrade National Security Agency computers that often crash, have trouble talking to each other, and lose key intelligence
• 60,000 flights made by 46 Southwest Airline jets in violation of FAA safety directives due to lax FAA enforcement
• 12.8 percent job turnover at Department of Homeland Security in 2006 — double that of any other cabinet-level agency
• 730,000 backlogged patent applications
• 148,000 troops not enough to secure Iraq, enabling insurgency to take root
• $1 billion, six-year “Reading First” program called ineffective by Department of Education Inspector General
• 20,000 U.S. deaths annually from lack of pollution controls on diesel vehicles and power plants
• 60,000 newborns a year at risk for neurological problems due to mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants
• Two-thirds fewer clean ups of EPA Superfund toxic waste sites during 2001-2006 than in previous six years
• 935 demonstrably false statements in lead-up to Iraq war by President Bush and seven members of his administration
• At least $500 million for FEMA trailers contaminated by formaldehyde occupied by thousands displaced after Hurricane Katrina
• 558 detainees at Guantanamo detention facility reduced to 255 after court-ordered case reviews
• 26 percent of corporations holding at least $250 million in assets audited in 2006; percent audited in 1990: more than 70 percent. IRS audit staff slashed by 30 percent
• $431.5 billion spent on Medicare in 2007, double amount in 2001
• 47 dead in mining accidents in 2006 blamed on lax oversight
• $9 billion in federal oil and gas royalties mismanaged by agency linked to drug-and-sex scandal
• 275 largest U.S. corporations pay, on average, about 17 percent in taxes in 2007, half the standard corporate tax rate
• $45 trillion in credit-default swaps, without federal oversight, in 2007
• 760,800 disability claims backlogged, awaiting hearings at Social Security Administration as of October 2008
• 806,000 Veterans Affairs disability claims in 2006, up 39 percent since 2000; backlog reached 400,000 claims by February 2007
• 2,640 days Osama bin Laden at large since September 11, 2001 (as of December 10, 2008)

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There is now an independent, full time project with the purpose of surveying and spotlighting every detail of the horrific calamity that has been the last eight years. Over 128 atrocious failures and counting.

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