Stateside With Rosalea Barker: Train Wreck Ahoy!
Stateside With Rosalea Barker
Train Wreck Ahoy!
In a nation where it's more likely that a sports figure accused of using performance enhancing drugs will be investigated by Congress than a Vice President will be investigated for crimes against the Constitution, where the economy is going down the toilet faster than a bout of diarrhea, and where the President is high on corn liquor, I confess to spending most of my telly time watching the many overseas shows available to me through my DTV receiver.
But this morning I got caught out. Here on the West Coast, ABC replaced its usual delayed broadcast of Good Morning America with a complete live telecast of President Bush's first White House press conference of the year. Like a passenger in a car stalled on the railway tracks with a speeding train barreling down upon us, I was transfixed by the idiot in the drivers seat, who merely shouted louder that there are no railway tracks and there is no train. It was his idiotic idea of "the ownership society"--correctly spelled "owe-nership"--that led to the sub-prime mortgage fiasco.
Bush can't even be consistent about his foreign policy, saying about Raul Castro: "He's nothing more than an extension of what his brother did, which was to ruin an island, and imprison people because of their beliefs." And then saying in response to a question about a factory worker in China being tried for subversion for saying human rights are more important than the Olympics, that "I am not the least bit shy of bringing up the concerns expressed by this factory worker, and I believe that I'll have an opportunity to do so with the President and, at the same time, enjoy a great sporting event. I'm a sports fan."
Yeah, right. That and China has sovereign funds to invest in the US economy, which Cuba doesn't.