George Bush - The First Hundred Days

President Bush, after an unprecedented challenge of Election results by the loser, became President on 20 January 2001. He is the President who will mold the first few years of the new millennium. His actions at the start of his administration have been largely praiseworthy; yet at the same time have some conservatives asking some very pointed questions. There are many areas that Mr. Bush has taken the initiative. There are other areas where his initiative is badly needed that he has carefully ignored. We will look at some if these issues, moving from the issues that have grabbed the headlines to issues that have received less news coverage.




Tax Cut



On of the first important acts of George Bush has been to push a 1.6 trillion dollar tax cut. This cut, which will be in effect over the next 10 years, is not nearly as ambitious as it may appear, however a tax cut is very much needed. This cut is roughly 160 billion dollars a year, a drop in the bucket as far as the annual federal budget goes. This is not a discredit to Bush, but a criticism of those opponents of the tax cut who have allowed the federal budget to balloon to the insane levels we see today. Those who favor Big Government over the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans may yet have their day and the bulk of the savings for taxpayers are in the far off years of 2007 and beyond. This Tax cut is a great idea whose time will probably never really come, if big government advocates have their way. Yet this initiative is a litmus test to understanding the nature of the 'beast' of big government and the fundamental nature of that government; does the government exist to serve the people or do the people exist to service the Government. These are the real and fundamental questions that are being asked of representatives as they pondered this tax cut; Who's Money is it anyway? Bush seems to have largely succeeded and Americans should cheer that they actually get to keep some of their own money for a change.




Military Morale



The Clinton Administration was a disaster for the military member. Lagging wages, questionable missions, leadership that appeared to be bought and paid for by the very same forces our military was training to fight, were many but not all of the problems that plagued the military member. The military member can now, it appears, breath a sigh of relief. Bush has raised pay, is looking at housing issues and seems committed to looking after our military. Bush has appointed Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense, a man called by some a 'Ford administration has-been', but is also known by many as a maverick who is determined to change the way the DOD operates both strategically and on a day to day basis. This change is beginning with a top to bottom review of the DOD. This review may entail further cutbacks in personnel and armaments, including aircraft carrier groups, fighter wings. Certain new weapons systems, like the joint strike fighter, could be axed altogether. The DOD needs a top to bottom review of its bureaucratic structures. Insiders complain of an abysmally inept and incompetent rank and file (at all levels) that are slowly destroying the military and its ability to function smoothly and economically. This is largely due to large numbers of highly competent, patriotic military members leaving the service, unable to endure the conduct of its former Commander in Chief over that past eight years. That administration supported and nurtured a policy of political nepotism that promoted individuals, not on skill sets and management capabilities, but on political correctness (Gays in the Military, Women in combat, support for UN operations, etc). This was endemic to the Clinton era, as his hostility to the military was evident from his college days when he evaded the draft and protested against his own country on foreign soil. Bush will be a vast improvement for military morale over his predecessor. For anyone to do worse than Clinton to the military, would require a devoted and concentrated effort.




Star Wars

Bush's Pick for Secretary of Defense is firmly committed to building a missile defense shield. This is an issue that has angered those nations that the US views as a future potential ballistic missile threat, namely China, North Korea, India, Iran, Russia. It has also caused many of our allies in Europe to view the system as dangerous to global stability. Rumsfeld's missile defense system should not be such a problem for Russia, as the system he is proposing is modest at best and is more targeted towards the so-called rogue states of N. Korea, Iran, India (and China) and other states that possess a nuclear capability and are developing credible means of missile delivery. This list will only increase as the years pass and a missile defense system of the proportions proposed are really nothing more than a wise precaution against one of these states and/or a launch by a terrorist group or even, God forbid, an unintended missile launch of a single missile aimed at the US. The simple fact is that the threat of missile attack against the US is growing, the end of the cold war notwithstanding. The threat is particularly alarming from North Korea (who is still technically at war with the US), whose launch of a three-stage missile caught US intelligence by surprise. Previously, the US only had the credible nuclear threat of the USSR to concern itself with. Now, with technological advances in missile technology, the US homeland could be held hostage to the threat of a Nuclear Biological or Chemical attack, from as many as half a dozen states within just a few years. This disconcerting possibility is the primary driving force behind the NMD. Additionally, the perceptions that a potential enemy could read from the systems deployment are a key issue that needs to be discussed and as well as these nations' potential military response, because for all the rhetoric and terse government statements, the NMD is a defensive system, not an offensive one, it helps neutralizes/minimize the ballistic arsenals of a nation that would launch against the US. While strategic posturing concerns are real, and the risk of an escalating arms race can only be considered moderate at best. One must also consider the economic constraints any potential nation would face should they embark on such course of action as also moderate. This indeed is an important factor when considering the possibility of 'potential arms race'. The debate is real and healthy; each side, for and against an NMD, has very valid and weighty arguments. It has been argued that such a system could be easily circumvented and the debate rages as the actual effectiveness such a system would actually pose. Yet these concerns are not the main obstacle to the deployment of a NMD.

ABM Treaty

This 1972 Treaty forbade Anti ballistic missile deployment of over 100 interceptors. This insured the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) Doctrine of the Cold War remained in tact, leaving each side extremely vulnerable to a massive nuclear strike. This treaty actually only prevents defense systems by the US and the USSR, however other nations (China, France, and the UK), could deliver crippling blows to the US or USSR should they be attacked by one of these major powers. This maximizes the effectiveness of their arsenals, as long as the US and Russia remained in the ABM Regime. This is an important reason we hear the constant refrain from some nations as to the 'importance' of the ABM treaty. How the Bush Administration will attempt to deal with the diplomatic complications of the deployment of an ABM system remains to be seen. It seems apparent that an NMD system will be developed, if not deployed, by the Bush administration. What remains to seen is the diplomatic and perhaps strategic costs such a system will entail.

Other Foreign Policy Concerns

The administration of George Bush appears to be taking far less of a hands on approach than his predecessor. The intractability of the Middle East problem, the hardening of positions, first on the part of the Palestinians and then on the part of the Israeli's does not bode well for any type of an agreement to happen soon. Thus Bush's (Powell's) diplomatic efforts will not focus as much on the Middle East Problem as it will on relations with the EU and Asia. This includes our reaction to the EU's plans to build an EU army not under the Command of NATO. A cursory look at Bush's Campaign contributors would indicate a far more pragmatic approach to foreign policy. This would include forming military ties with regional powers and oil producers which enhance profits of the Oil conglomerates and the continued opening up of foreign Markets for corporate America's investment, specifically, Latin America. Expanding NAFTA to include most of South America will be high on Bush's Agenda, such expansion will almost certainly have corporation such as Enron in the lead, pushing for regional (across national borders) power grids (that are, by deliberate design, to cross national boundaries). Bush will also focus on our relations with China. The concern has been in conservative circles that the Clinton administration was very soft on China. Bush will certainly use his administration to deal with China in a more effective manner. That means a far harder line on Chinese espionage, technology transfers, China's military buildup and of course, Taiwan. These afore mentioned issues will be dealt with differently by this new President. A far more balanced approach will be used and the kow-towing Clinton did to scurry Beijing's favors is a thing of the past. While it is uncertain how far the Bush administration will go in attempting to keep diplomatic relations from deteriorating, it does seem that Bush fully realizes that Beijing has in the past played the US for fools in that every fiery statement and threat made by Beijing in the past was met with fear and concessions by the US or at least was excused by the US as internal political posturing. Things have changed, at least a little, now. The new administration seems to be quite interested in reexamining our relationship with China to see to it that the benefit is truly mutual and not simply a matter of providing technology and capital to build up a potentially violent and destructive foe.


China and Foreign Policy

"Draw them in with the prospect of gain, take them by confusion. Use anger to throw them into disarray." - Sun Tzu


Unknown to most Americans, late last March, Henry Kissenger took a trip to China and carried an important message from the President of the United States. In short, the message was 'there is a new administration in town and we expect your behavior to change or there will be consequences'. Little is known abut the Chinese Reaction, or about who all of the Chinese participants were, other than to say that one of those present was the Chinese Vice Premier. Another little fact that MSNBC, NBC, CBS, CNN, ABC and FOX all seem to conveniently omit from there news reporting is that Mr. Kissenger has his own office in the White House. Yes, this man who is probably one of the notorious and nefarious foreign policy 'experts' in the US has George Bush's ear. In fact, many inside and outside the administration believe that it is HE that is running US foreign policy today and not the Secretary of State, Colin Powell. This is why , say many, there seems to be such a disconnect from what Powell utters in public and what the Administration actually does. The insiders for this administration are Cheney, Rumsfeld and Kissenger; the outsiders are Powell and Rice. Rice has had to reorganize the National Security Council in such a way as to make it less influential (http://www.ncsj.org/AuxPages/021001NSC.shtml), than in previous administrations. In the past the National Security Advisor could get face time with the President during his morning Intel brief. No longer. This brief no longer includes the National Security Advisor.

It should be noted that Rumsfeld, Kissenger and Cheney hail from the Nixon and Ford days and have known each other a long time. They have Bush's ear and seem to be steering US policy on a slightly more hawkish course. This new direction however, will mean upsetting very large and important business interests in the US. Interests, which by and large, have generally, shown somewhat more financial largess to the Democratic Party (and Clinton/Gore) than the GOP. Yet and still, Bush is not able to completely ignore the enormous economic repercussions poor relations with China would bring to the US and its business interests; after all, we have an enormous trade deficit with China. Bush's desire, it seems before this crisis started, was to be more decisive and less accommodating to China than Clinton. Kissenger & Co. views China as a future threat, and are concerned about US Security in light of China's military build up. This explains, at least in part, Rumsfeld's preoccupation (some call it obsession) with a National Missile Defense system. The US, was going to engage China and to a lesser degree Russia, N. Korea and other nations which are likely to oppose US policy, in a very a different way. China was on top of the list.

The message Kissenger delivered to China appears to have been understood by China. Now the Chinese have sent the US a message back, which said in essence, 'Go ahead...make my day".

Two main views exist in China about the US. One view, held by the hardliners (mainly, though certainly not exclusively in the military) is that the US is an arrogant paper tiger that is weak and greedy, and is taken far too seriously on the world stage. The other view is held by many of the so-called reformers who are apprehensive about the US, but want to engage the US for the technological and economic benefits. The hardliners in China have proved their point about American weakness and will now be emboldened to show the US administration and the world it is China that is now in the drivers seat in Asia.

Bush's acquiescence should be of little surprise to Americans. His lack of resolve in the face of this obvious insult to American Power was to be expected. Caught between 1) a long protracted crisis that would make him look weak to Americans and 2) saying 'we are sorry that you crashed into our Reconnaissance bird and had to make an emergency landing on your soil', he chose the latter. The hardliners are now ready to convince the rest of the Chinese leadership that the time is right, or will be very soon, to take Taiwan by force, after all, America sat still while we held their military crew hostage; are they really going to use military force to protect Taiwan? If there was ever any doubt that we might come to Taiwan's aid, there is none now. We have been successfully castrated for the entire world to see. Bush's 'tough' response to all of this is to 'teach China a lesson' by continuing China's special trade status...that'll teach 'em to hold our military personnel hostage and steal our top-secret aircraft!

California Energy Crisis

This is a topic dealt with at length on this web site (
Energy). Bush's role in the entire affair is a not quite as 'hands off' as many like to believe. Bush received large campaign contributions from the energy sector, most notably from Enron. Cheney is closely tied to the energy sector, as are Condolezza Rice and many other Bush Cabinet officials. Large profits are being made by Bush administration insiders and there is almost no incentive for Bush to intervene and assist the State of California out of its troubles, after all California voted solidly for Gore, and Bush is very unlikely to spend political capital on a state which he has very little chance of winning in 2004. The crisis will probably not be deliberately exacerbated by the Bush team as we head into the summer of 2001, but they will do nothing to harm the profits of the big energy corporations. The Bush team seems obsessed with secrecy when dealing with public policy issues, such as energy this will work against Bush next year, as people begin to see their summer heating bill rise substantially, Bush may be forced to act, or loose a couple of House or Senate seats to the Democrats on 2002.

Indianapolis Baptist Temple

On February 13, 2001, the Bush administration, for the first time in American History, seized American Christian Church. Federal agents removed the pastor who was praying at the temple and seized the Churches assets. The Church deliberately avoided becoming a 501{c}3 state run corporation and instead chose to preach the word of God according to the very strict outline given in the Bible. Yet, the IRS, and the 'Born Again' Ashcroft and Bush decided to go in and seize the Church in the name of the State. It seems that the real issue in this sorry state of affairs is; can the church have a policy that is against public (US Government) policy and must the Church, by law, be forced to play spy and informant for the US government. 'Born again' Bush and Ashcroft have now answered that question. It appears that Bush may very well be a 'Trojan horse' Christian, who is to look and talk like a 'lamb' and in secret his behavior is, it is increasingly clear, is more akin to a Dragon. None of the millionaire televangelists bothered to mention this atrocity against God's people, none of the so-called, Christian leaders, who prance around on TV like Elvis, begging for money, bothered to condemn the Governments activities. These charlatans have a vested political and economic interest in allowing the Bush administration to seize the growing economic competition to the establishment religion, that being the growing underground (non-corporate) Church movement in the US. This movement rejects IRS Lordship over Christ's house and rejects the antics and deceits of mainstream Christianity. This is a clear choice for the real pastors of America, weather or not to serve Christ or mammon. Just about all of the 'Christian' mainstream (95%) denominations have chosen the beast/mammon system of money and worldly prestige and rejects the truth and the persecution that comes with it. As the Lawyer who represented the Church said, "It's a wake-up call for all the churches of America". The nuts and bolts of the Governments contentions against the Indianapolis Baptist Temple is that the Indianapolis Baptist Temple did not withhold taxes on his contract employees. The Church believed that it was not its job to be a watchdog for the Government, reporting to Uncle Sam like a Russian KGB agent in the old Soviet Russia. The IRS went back and checked each member and discovered that they did indeed pay their taxes, individually to the Government. Yet this was not enough. The Government wanted obedience, not the money. This is not an issue about taxes, but of Lordship and control. The Church was not going to make the IRS/Government/Beast/Satan its LORD. It would make Christ Jesus (the Risen one, not the plastic American one) it's LORD and no other.

Bush and Ashcroft are almost certainly not real Christians, if they were; they would have repented of this folly and evil and resorted the pastor. They have not. Make no mistake, he that does righteousness is righteous, he that does evil is of the Devil. Repentance is the only way to forgiveness with the God of the Bible. This act of persecution is just that, persecution - something that only comes from the pit of hell. God's people do not seize the House of God for the world system, not when other tax evaders like Jesse Jackson are out there free as a bird and their assets are in tact. I am beginning to suspect that Bush is a 'plant' sent by powerful interests to quietly raid the real houses of God while gaining the approval of the Apostate Christian Establishment who hold sway over the masses of voting 'Christians'. Clinton/Gore could never do that because the Religious Conservatives, which make up a large body of voting believers, would never accept them. Thus, a candidate was needed that could gain acceptance with the masses and the Christian Establishment across America. Bush will give the Apostates access to the Government cash register for their pet projects as long as they remain quiet about the treatment of the underground Church in American (and China). I fully admit, I could be wrong, but the accumulating evidence is not piling up in Bush's favor. This siezure, coupled with Bush's membership in an occult organization (the Skull and Bones) should give us pause to consider. Beware of this new President. He is not what he appears.

That does not mean that we should not pray for him. We most certainly should. We are commanded to pray for all of those who are in authority.

Clinton Scandals

Bush has worked overtime to quietly secure support in Congress NOT to go after the most corrupt President ever to infest the White House. Bush asked that the matter of the Marc Rich pardon not be looked into, according to several Congressmen. This man obviously has no love for justice, but is in bed with people who do not want to see this money launderer, drug dealer, raper of nations and fugitive from justice be called to account for his evil. Something really stinks with this and the stench in the White House is still present with Clinton gone and Bush now firmly enthroned. Clinton's deeds are infamous and it appears that whatever Bush wants hidden in the Rich probe matter, it must be very damning, as Bush had to expend much political capital on 'quieting down' the hearings. Bush, it is becoming increasingly apparent, is NOT a lover of justice and appears to be simply another politician who says 'Christian' things at the right time to appease the 'Christian' masses.

Globalism

It is too early to tell exactly what Bush's exact direction will be in the march to global Government. The administration has high on list of things to do, in its first term, a regional trade association for the America's. This trade association will include almost all of the nations of the Western hemisphere. This free trade pact specifically calls for the regionalization of energy, specifically electricity for the NAFTA nations first. This is music to the ears of Bush administration officials (many were oil and energy executives) and the energy cartel that funded large portions of Bush election campaign. These cartels will use any trade agreement made to skirt and circumvent existing laws that would control costs via sane regulation that kept electricity prices commensurate with production and transmission costs for decades. Bush, though most of the so-called 'conservative' and 'Christian' information services (often funded by the apostate religious establishment and are little more than Republican Party front-groups) won't tell you and try to ridicule those that do, is that this President and every President for the past 40 years, is a merely a tool of the globalist's. Bush is merely advancing in the integration hemispheric economic, legal and political institutions to eventually form a super-state, not at all unlike the model the EU is now forming. This will eventually form a Global Government now in the making. His stand, however, on the issues such as the Kyoto accords is laudable and wise. Yet, even though is was a good decision, as Kyoto accords only targeted certain nations in its most controversial toxic emissions targets and let other nations which are also major polluters off with out having to adhere to these absurd standards. This was a decision that many in corporate America were pushing hard that he make. It was by no means a test of weather Bush was going to turn the tide against global government. On the contrary, it merely showed that many of the corporate barons were not wild about the idea of being forced into moving much of their operations to Africa or the Asian subcontinent, where the State could conceivably seize corporate assets when certain corrupt officials weren't paid their 'gratuities' on time. Knowing also that moving the means of production abroad could actually empower these people and bring them out of the economic dark ages so many have suffered from for years. Many of these corporations (especially the oil industry) have literally raped these third and developing world nations for decades and do not wish to quickly give up the safe haven Western Legal and Political Institutions have afforded them. These prospects are not welcome in the predominantly Anglo (white) corporate boardrooms of America who have consistently fought real development for non-Europeans.

While bush as tacitly endorsed the science behind global warming there are many who do not. More importantly, not all of those who do not agree with the reality of 'global warming' hail from Corporate funded think-tanks. There are many questions about the methodology used when discussing a general warming trend over the past 30-50 years. These groups believe that there just is not enough real hard data and evidence available to force such a stringent treaty on the developed world. What the treaty does do, and this is a key reason why it is being pushed so hard by certain factions in the UN and the third and developing world is this; It will force multinational corporations to close down operations in the developed world and move them to the developing world. There will be no reduction in emissions, simply a migration of the means of production from the West to the developing world. Bush has correctly earned high marks from many who understand that the environmental movement is bought and paid for by interests who couldn't care less about the environment but are using the movement for other far less noble causes. These causes very often line up exactly with what many globalist and internationalist leaders have been quietly calling for, for over 50 years.

Bush is a committed globalist, his vision of what the emerging system is to look like differs from Clinton's, but it is the same beast dressed up in a different shade of fascist red.



Overall

Bush is a vast improvement over Clinton in that he appears to want to bring a sense of dignity to the office of the President and is sensitive the desires of Conservatives. On the issue of abortion, Bush as gained relatively high marks, yet on other issues, such as Gay rights, he seems to be much softer, especially by allowing
Gay rights activists the power of hiring and firing in certain key administration areas . The genuineness of Bush's Christianity must seen by the actions (deeds) that he takes, not the words he utters. This administration has many challenges ahead, not least of which is a growing global economic crisis. It is good to know these crises will not be solved by Clinton & Co but by someone who will listen, at least at times, to the better angels of our nature, the real test will be, what will he do when these angels advise differently than the corporate Beast that put him into office. Bush has done a decent Job so far as far, at least as far as modern Presidents go. He may not be what most Christians think he is, but so far he has not been a bad President. He could very well build a bridge between moderates of both parties to help bring healing to the nation that has been racked by scandal and controversy over the past eight years. It is much too early to know the answer to this question. The Verdict is still out on the Bush Presidency and many will never accept him because of the controversial nature of the election that propelled him to power. Bush is trying to please everyone right now. By appointing Gay activists to his administration, he is trying to appease a large segment of the population that will never mesh with his conservative base. Religious conservatives are already beginning to see shades of the elder Bush, who lost re-election by ignoring his conservative/religious base in favor of the liberals who did not and will not vote for a Republican. Unfortunatly, Bush seems to be getting advise from the same elite groups that got his father ousted from office, namely the Council on Foreign Relations and Trilateral gang which permeates every US administration, Democrat and Republicanlike, like a horde of plague infested rats. Bush needs to take care because he will be a one-term wonder, just like his father, if he does not keep the desires of conservatives, religious and political, at the core of his policy and decision making apparatus. - Watson's Web (4/2001)

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