Thursday, February 1, 2007

Classic Fairy Tales Rewritten

A report today in The Guardian, "Millions Wasted in Iraq Reconstruction" -- don't worry, it will show up in the US media within a few weeks...or months -- let's the public in on a nasty little secret. It appears that a good chunk of our taxpayer dollars are being handed over to Corporate America for diddly squat. In other words, a lot of the so-called reconstruction in Iraq is nothing more than so-called.

It got me to thinking that the Bush administration is mirroring many classic tales, albeit in a perverse manner. For example, Bush could play the role of Robin Hood. Of course, in this 21st century version, the theme is turned upside down; instead of robbing the rich to give to the poor, Bush Hood robs the poor to give to the rich!

Or maybe Dubya has taken on the persona of famed Don Quixote and the windmill he's tilting at is the "war on terror".

Though not a classic tale -- it's a romanticized rendition of an historical event -- we were taught in Civics class that the American revolutionists fought under the cry of "taxation without representation". This cry well fits the current situation too.

All of our taxpayer dollars are being handed over to megacorporations under a different guise (i.e., reconstruction). In the end, though, it turns out to be nothing more than corporate welfare, an entitlement program for the well-to-do.

Help me out here. Can you think of more classic fairy tales the Bush administration could star in? If so, leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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