Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

by Molly Ivins

Bush, Bushwhacked chronicles the destructive impact of the Bush administration on the very people who put him in the White House in the first place.

Here, too, the story of a rancher who has fallen prey to a Bush-Cheney interior department that is perhaps a wee bit too cozy with the oil industry.

Bushwhacked is highly original and entirely thought-provokingessential reading for anyone living in George W.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Politics
  • Rating: 4.03
  • Pages: 347
  • Publish Date: June 1st 2004 by Vintage
  • Isbn10: 0375713115
  • Isbn13: 9780375713118

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Book on CD read by Molly Ivins The subtitle really says it all.

Of course, Ivins would be too busy writing the sequel to Bushwhacked; something biting, insightful, and right on target with the current (sometimes) occupant of the White House.

Her approach was, like that of Jim Hightower, to look at the lives of ordinary people and explore how they are affected by the politics of the President and the Congress.

Its a catalogue of every destructive policy decision Bush made in his first 2 years. Government no longer works for most of the people in this country. As governor of Texas, Bush lowered taxes for the very rich, lowered services to the very poor and made it a no-regulation state. ($800 billion now!) One of Bushs agendas was the shifting of social security funds into the stock market. Government regulation is how to control corporate greed. Bush puts money directly into pockets of big business by-passing both workers and small business. Offshore banks allow big business to avoid paying taxes and cost us $70 billion/year. The first of Bushs tax cuts: A 40% cut went to the richest 1%, those who make > $373,000/year. In 2001, 1.3 million people fell below the federal poverty line which is $18,000/year for a family of 4. Half of the tax cut gains went to 0.01% (13,000 taxpayers) who had an average income of $17 million. Many, many corporations pay zero income tax for years, even working it so the US government owes these flagrant tax cheaters money! Bush repeals estate tax on estates of > $2.5 million! Over the last 30 years, the average annual income of Americans rose %10. Most political contributors are in it for the money and are richly repaid with special tax breaks, anti-competitive measures and government subsidies - at the expense of those who dont contribute, dont pay attention and dont vote. Eugene Scalia, labor lawyer in charge of the federal governments law firm under Bush, believes Ergonomics is a threat to American business. (Were talking even Bathroom Rights here!) Backed by Bush and business, the House killed the ergonomics rules and regs that were 12 years in the making by the Department of Labor. Bush, Rove, DeLay and Scalia won big - the Congressional Review Act prohibits ANY federal agency from writing rules similar to the Ergonomics Protection for workers. As president, Bush has spent less money on education reform than he offered Turkey to accept US troops. Money is precisely the critical element schools need and what Bush failed to deliver in his education reform bill. Destroying the Ombudsmans office is a crime by Bush against the American people. Bush failed to release $300 million in federal funds to help people keep their houses warm in winter of 2003. The Texas Association of Christian Child Care Agencies, Bushs model for faith based social welfare programs, failed miserably. No modern American president has been as public about his personal religious beliefs and based public policy on them as much as Bush has. Bushs first act as president was the global gag rule which cut off American foreign aid to any family planning clinic that even mentions the word abortion, closing clinics in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa, leaving women without healthcare and increasing the spread of AIDS and causing even more unwanted pregnancies and more abortions. Bush strips $34 million out of the UN Populations Fund. We need to include the use of honest wording to describe every bill, act and policy, (like not naming bombs Peacemaker!) Undo Bushs economically disastrous tax cuts.

I enjoyed reading this book, but the second half is better than the first.

Bush's America Molly Ivins & Lou DuBose Vintage Books (Random House) $17 CDN, Paperback *** 1/2 Newspaper columns come in three varieties: Good, bad and disposable. Unsurprisingly, the best-selling Bushwhacked (now available in a mass-market paperback edition) displays all of those qualities, which points to the reason why co-author Molly Ivins' syndicated column is published in more than 300 U.S. newspapers. Ivins and Texas journalist Lou Dubose present a well-researched account of how the actions and policies of U.S. President George W. The authors put human faces on ample facts and statistics: * A single mom who walks six miles to the unemployment office because she can't afford bus fare as she's ineligible for a late-coming aid package that some say the Bush administration delayed for political reasons.

Bush's America Molly Ivins & Lou DuBose Vintage Books (Random House) $17 CDN, Paperback *** 1/2 Newspaper columns come in three varieties: Good, bad and disposable. Unsurprisingly, the best-selling Bushwhacked (now available in a mass-market paperback edition) displays all of those qualities, which points to the reason why co-author Molly Ivins' syndicated column is published in more than 300 U.S. newspapers. Ivins and Texas journalist Lou Dubose present a well-researched account of how the actions and policies of U.S. President George W. The authors put human faces on ample facts and statistics: * A single mom who walks six miles to the unemployment office because she can't afford bus fare as she's ineligible for a late-coming aid package that some say the Bush administration delayed for political reasons.

In Shrub, her 2000 skewering of presidential candidate Bush, the inimitable Ivins, with co-author Lou Dubose, offered a devastating expose of Dubya's career and abysmal record as governor of Texas. Now, in their second book on our current White House occupant, Ivins and Dubose take the wire brush to the Bush presidency and show how he has applied the same flawed strategies he used in governing Texas to running the largest superpower in the world. Bushwhacked is very different than her other books -- her sly sense of humor is conspicuous by its absence, and the chapters are filled with facts and statistics, and stories about the people that Dubya's policies have hurt. And as always when I read anything she wrote, I wonder what she would be saying about the current political scene.

I thought the strongest portion of the book was the first chapter as Ivins discusses the Bush record as Governor of Texas. As a Texas political observer, Ivins has a lot of insight into his Governorship, much of which I either didn't know or forgot at this point. Enron also features heavily in the book, as well as a chapter toward the end on the Iraq War, which was just in its early stages at the time Bushwhacked was published.