Just imagine for a moment, if when the President came into office there was a budget surplus of $128 Billion! Wouldn’t that be great, an actual surplus. Now imagine that after his first year in office the President turned that $128 billion surplus into a deficit of $158 billion. Let’s say that in his second year the deficit increased to $378 billion, then in his forth year $413 billion, and by the time the President left office he turned that $128 billion surplus into a deficit of $482 billion! Imagine that the President attributed a portion of this all time record setting deficit to a $170 billion stimulus package that was put through, the largest stimulus package in history, a $400 billion bailout of FannieMae and FreddieMac, a $182 billion bailout of AIG, and a $17.4 billion bailout of the auto industry. Now imagine that an additional $819.6 billion was spent during this time on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and it was not included in the deficit numbers previously mentioned, because funding for these wars was requested each year to congress as “emergency spending measures” beyond the budget that was already approved by congress. And finally, let’s imagine that members of congress blasted this president stating that because of his “reckless fiscal policies (he) will be remembered as the most fiscally irresponsible president in our nation's history.” You would be certain that the opposition in congress would be fighting this president tooth and nail, voting nay on every proposal offered! You would be certain that FOX News would be all over this, blasting this President for his irresponsibility and for running this country in to the ground. You would bet that there would be Tea Party Protests breaking out all over the country with venomous anger about record setting deficits and gross over spending that certainly would lead our country to certain financial collapse! But for some strange reason, this never happened, no protests, not a word. That is not until Barack Obama became president. Everything I just described happened under George W. Bush, and no one said anything, nothing, not a single word.
Not a word was said when Bush’s tax cuts went to the wealthiest two percent of Americans in this country rather then the other 98% of Americans who truly needed those tax cuts. Not a word was said when under Bush, the largest corporations in this country were given tax breaks that allowed them to pay less in taxes then the average blue collar factory worker. The facts are that under the economic policies of George W. Bush the average median income of Americans in this country decreased 4.2 percent, while under Clinton the average median income increased 14 percent. Under Bush the total number of Americans in poverty increased 26.1 percent, while under Clinton poverty decreased 16.9 percent. Under Bush the number of children in poverty increased 21.4 percent, while under Clinton poverty decreased by 24.2 percent. Under Bush the number of Americans with out health insurance increased by 20.6 percent, while under Clinton it stayed even, and nothing was said, not by the republicans, not by FOX “News”, no protests, not a word. But President Obama, on the other hand, since taking office has faced nothing but criticism from those same parties that said nothing to George W. Bush. He faced criticism when he gave tax cuts to 98% of all Americans, criticism when he signed the Lilly-Ledbetter Act that guaranteed fair pay for women, criticism when he pushed through the health insurance reform, giving health insurance to 34 million Americans who currently do not have health insurance and can not get it, And now criticism as he fights for economic reforms that will eliminate the tax loop holes for the richest corporations and banks in this country and provide consumers with protections that they so desperately need. This President faces Tea Party protests that are fueled by lies, criticism, and propaganda from FOX “News”, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reily. This President faces a GOP that has pledged to fight this administration on every measure it tries to put through congress. What the right fails to see is that the economic policies of George W. Bush simply did not work and the reason that we are in the place that we are today is because of those policies. Less regulation did not work. Large tax breaks to corporation and the wealthiest two percent did not work. And the fact is that Bush is the only President in recent history to preside over an economic downturn in both terms in office. They fight against change even though their ways did not work.
So my question is where were these Tea Party protesters when our economy was taking a nose dive under eight years of George W. Bush? Where were they when jobs were going over seas, when average Americans were loosing there homes because they could not pay there mortgage due to high medical bills while the insurance companies were making record profits and there executives were making multi-million dollar salaries. Where were they when spending on two wars was going out of control, when pensions and 401k were being wiped out because of an unstable market, when thousands of young soldiers were still dying even though it was announced “Mission Complete”? Where were they? I will tell you where they were. At home doing nothing, that is where. And why were they at home and not out in the streets holding up misspelled signs? Because the spokes people for their religion, the high priests and priestesses, did not tell them to. And I am not talking about their Judeo-Christian priests and priestesses. The church I am talking about is not the church of God, but the church of FOX.
Among conservative Republicans and Tea Party members FOX is their church, Fox is their religion, and there is a fanatical dedication to FOX “News” and the misinformation that is conveyed. For those who take the word of FOX as their primary source of information, the facts don’t seem to matter. No matter how false and slanted to the right the information may be these followers of FOX take it as gospel. Nor does there seem to be an interest in obtaining different points of view from other news organizations on the days events or checking to see if the rhetoric from FOX is in fact accurate. FOX Faithfuls want to believe what FOX tells them and they do not want to hear any different because if they did, then FOX forbid, they may actually find out that the propaganda that FOX spews out to them on a daily basis is in fact anything but “fair and balanced” as FOX claims their “News” to be. FOX “News” is simply nothing but a Right Wing propaganda machine for the Republican Party disguised as a news organization. If FOX forbid, one should talk badly about Fox “News”, FOX Faithfuls will defend their beloved “News” station with a passion usually only reserved for religion or political convictions. This cult like passion towards FOX by its viewers is in itself proof that FOX is committed towards reporting the news in a way that is anything but “fair and balanced”. I have never seen a viewer of MSNBC, CNN, ABC, or CBS passionately defend any of these stations, and that is because when a station is truly being “fair and balanced”, when news is presented as news with out bias and personal commentary, and opinion is kept separate from the actual news, that station does not need to be defended. It’s integrity speaks for itself. The misinformation about President Obama that started during the presidential campaign and continues until today is the result of FOX “News” and their endless campaign to derail any initiative that President Obama and the Democratic Party believe in. The lies about President Obama’s religion, patriotism, political agenda, ties to terrorism, and citizenship, as well as the lies promoted about health insurance reform are a direct result of the actions of FOX “News”. With out FOX “News” and their commitment towards promoting the Tea Party, there would be no Tea Party. With out FOX “News” their viewers would actually get fair and balanced news and their decision to support or not support this President would be based more on truth and factual information, then lies and misinformation.
Not everyone may agree with this administrations policies nor should they but all Americans including the FOX Faithfuls deserve to have the truth told to them. They deserve to have news that is mostly free from personal opinion and entirely filled with facts. They deserve, if they so choose, to fanatically disagree with the Presidents agenda based on real information, not on lies and misinformation. And until this happens FOX “News” will be doing their Faithfuls a disservice. We deserve better. Their Faithfuls deserve better. And FOX willing, America deserves better. Let me hear an AMEN!