COMMENTARY BY FLONORA MERRITT.
In recent news, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Jr. was pardoned by President Bush, causing a major uproar with the public. Mr. Libby was convicted for revealing the identity of a CIA operative and lying to Congress about it. That is a huge no-no. I may not know too much about the CIA, but I do know that they need to be secretive and must work in the shadows. It’s hard to work in the shadows, if a light is beaming on you. Mr. Libby should have been sentenced to 30 months in prison as well as have to pay a $250,000 fine for perjury (lying) in connection with exposing the CIA agent Valerie Plame to the press. So far, he only paid the fine. He put that agent in danger. But instead, Libby was pardoned because he’s a friend of President Bush. If you broke one of your parents’ rules, you’d get grounded, right? Your friends wouldn't save you from getting grounded because of a small chance they might get grounded. I really don’t know what’s with President Bush. He’s from Texas right? Aren’t Texans big on crime and punishment? Sadly, this isn’t the worst thing that President Bush has done during his two long terms in office.
First of all, during the first six months of his presidency, Bush went on vacation. He just takes office and already he takes a break on our dime? Say you are the boss of a huge company and you just hired someone. The next day that person decides to go on vacation. You would fire him. But that was just the beginning.
Ever since September 11, 2001, I believe Bush has put the United States in trouble. Although the suspected terrorists behind 9/11 lived in Afghanistan, Bush sent U.S. troops to Iraq. They were deployed because President Bush led our country to believe that Iraq held weapons of mass destruction, which the U.S. military has yet to find. But most people know the real reason why troops are over there in Iraq. It’s all about getting that oil. Have you every seen Michael Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11. If you haven’t, the film tells, what I believe is the truth about September 11th and the War in Iraq. If you watched that film, then you were just as mad as I was.
I believe President Bush is leading this country into poverty. The War in Iraq is bleeding us dry. When too much money leaves the country prices tend to go up. If prices go up that means you can't afford to buy those new LeBron's shoes and Chris Brown’s new CD. When Bill Clinton was president he reduced the deficit (the debt owed by the U.S.) and even created a surplus of $237 billion. Then, President Bush got his hands on the surplus spending most of it on the war and giving the wealthy tax cuts. Now the U.S. has a deficit of about $9 trillion instead of the surplus. That’s the largest deficit in the history of the United States. Yeah, that was a bright idea. Leave the poor to pay more taxes.
I believe President Bush should be impeached. If we aren't careful, Bush could take this country backwards causing another Great Depression by wasting the taxpayer's money on the War in Iraq. Since I'm a material girl, the Great Depression just cannot happen again.
Well, it's President Bush's last semester in the White House. After carefully looking over his actions and work, Bush's final grade is a big fat F. Class is dismissed.