|The Nossiter Net
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Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
|Retirement Plan for Bush
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
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|When President Bush leaves office he'll start earning a handsome pension. He also gets a big allowance for staff salaries, office space lease, travel, office supplies, and other expenses. The former president will continue to enjoy twenty-four hour Secret Service protection. The all-in cost to taxpayers of maintaining Mr. Bush in retirement? Millions of dollars per year. And here's the thing: Bush doesn't do any work right now, and he's hardly about to start when he retires. Rachel Maddow reported yesterday that the presidential agenda on Wednesday contained exactly zero appointments. Out of office Bush, unlike former President Carter, isn't going to monitor elections around the world or support Habitat for Humanity. Unlike former Presidents Clinton and Bush I he's not going to be a goodwill ambassador, representing the U.S. at the scenes of international disasters. Who'd want the master bungler of Katrina at a disaster site? All he'd do is turn catastrophe into cataclysm.
So all those millions of dollars taxpayers are going to be spending on Bush's retirement will net us precisely nothing in return. Some would argue that, considering he can do us no further harm as a former president, it's actually money very well spent. A good point. But there's still the matter of all those millions. We could send dozens of smart poor kids to college for that money. We could build parks, housing, schools, hospitals. We could, in short, invest that money in many useful ways instead of wasting it on George's future downtime.
Supposing we did. Not that anyone actually cares what happens to Bush in retirement, but it would be inhumane to simply cut him loose. There are a fair number of people not at all well-disposed to him right now. Some are victims of the economic catastrophe he engineered. Others have suffered loss of limbs or loved ones in his two senseless wars. Still others might have been wrongfully imprisoned, tortured, or ruined during his reign of terror. Bush has a lot of enemies, and however justified their animus, it might diminish us as a society to simply throw him to the wolves.
How to maintain Bush in retirement, safely and at minimal cost? Throw him in jail. Permanent residence at a Club Fed would cost mere tens of thousands instead of millions each year. He'd be out of trouble and out of sight, even if the lingering damage from his presidency couldn't quite put him out of mind. Prison would be the perfect place for Bush. Besides which, all these compelling reasons apart, he deserves it.
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2008
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A NOTE TO READERS ***Update***
Another three week plus hiatus, from April 30th until May 23rd, again due to Yahoo Geocities dismal service.
There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and April 26th, 2007, nearly eight weeks. The reason: tech sabotage. Yahoo Geocities, the host for this site, denied access for the entire period. At one point, they even managed to lose all the files. In many discussions with Yahoo staff, no clear explanation was forthcoming. No one seemed able to fix the problem. Ruling out the possibility of Dubbya’s revenge, I finally wrote to Mr. Terry Semel, Chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Inc and described the ordeal the page had undergone since the beginning of March. A week later, a helpful Yahooo engineer named Jason called. He had my letter before him. Though he couldn’t do the repairs on on the spot, he promised a fix by the next day. That was April 26th, nearly two months after shutting me down in the first place.
The Nossiter Net apologizes, which is more than I can say for Yahoo Geocities.
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