Atanu Dey On India's Development

Bush Bumper Stickers

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

That bit of popular wisdom comes to mind when one considers POTUS George W Bush. Clearly the man is not to blame. Nearly half of the US voted for the man. Twice. Bush is not the problem; he is only the most visible symptom. The neo-conservatives that run the US are representative of a significant percentage of the US population. If the leader of the pack is as dumb as a rock, then the pack has the collective intelligence of a rather huge pile of rocks. Here are some bumper stickers poking fun at the stupidity of Americans, using Bush as a proxy.

* Bush. Like a Rock. Only Dumber.


* If You Can Read This, You’re Not Our President.

* My Kid is an Honor Student. My President is a Moron.

* George Bush: Creating the Terrorists Our Kids Will Have to Fight

* America: One Nation, Under Surveillance

* They Call Him “W” So He Can Spell It

* Bush: God’s Way of Proving Intelligent Design is Full Of Crap

* We Need a President Who’s Fluent In At Least One Language

* We’re Making Enemies Faster Than We Can Kill Them

* When Bush Took Office, Gas Was $1.46

* The Republican Party: Our Bridge to the 11th Century

* One Nation Under Clod

* Bush Never Exhaled

* At Least Nixon Resigned

  • Vijay SRD
  • Sharma

    “If the leader of the pack is as dumb as a rock, then the pack has the collective intelligence of a rather huge pile of rocks”

    What do you call it when most of India suck up to that “huge pile of rocks” that built the great nation. Dirty arrogant bastards.

    Accusing others has been India’s time pass for generations. No wonder this kind of senseless comment props up too often in the cow dung infested smelly country. Don’t you ever forget, given a chance you or your cronies that may respond to this comment, will happily die if ever you get a chance to be part of that “pile of rocks”.

    God Bless America

    Atanu’s response: Oh dear, rubbed you the wrong way, did I? We are having reading comprehension problems this morning, are we? I suppose you are a supporter of Dubya. That would explain the difficulty you are having comprehending what the problem is with the US. The problem is not the fearless leader, George W Bush, as I explained. It is with a majority of the US voting public who voted for George the Idiot, not once but twice. Get a grip on yourself, for crying out loud. And one more thing: what is with that “Sharma” handle? Surely you are not pretending to be from the “cow dung smelly infested country”? Cause if you are, may I suggest you have a shower to wash off the cow dung?

  • http://constructal.blogspot.com Sameer

    Atanu: Bush has fooled the American citizens twice and many of them are rightfully feeling the shame. The first-time the President’s office was handed over to him by Florida state officials and SC justices appointed by his father. The second time Bush-Rove fooled the people by the rhetoric of war and patriotism. Now, his approval rating is ~30%. Senators from his own party are criticizing and voting against his policies.

    I think labeling all Americans as stupid on account of Bush’s stupidity is a bit over the top.

    Atanu’s response: I looked over my post yet again. I don’t see where I accused ALL Americans of being dumber than rocks. I said that there is a majority which voted for GW Bush even after getting a clear message that he is clearly deluded. A majority that elected him to office but still not all. So could you explain why you believe that I have labeled all Americans stupid and therefore been over the top? Inquiring minds would like to know.

  • Hernandez/Puerto Rico

    Love those Bumper Stickers and don’t mind Sharma he’s probably a republican and they have been upset since they lost their power.Now the democrats hold the purse strings.
    Hernandez/ Puerto Rico

  • http://constructal.blogspot.com Sameer

    I don’t see where I accused ALL Americans of being dumber than rocks. I said that there is a majority which voted for GW Bush even after getting a clear message that he is clearly deluded.

    Well alright! my bad. You accused a majority of Americans (~51% give or take). My point was – those people have been fooled twice and many of them rightfully feel ashamed which is probably why 70% of Americans disapprove of him now. Sadly they can change the president only after 4 years (unless he resigns or is impeached). In any case I feel the characterization of “a majority” of Americans as idiots is bit over the top IMO. I mean comparing someone to be Dubya should be officially counted as an insult by now!

    Atanu’s response: I apologize for going over the top. You see, I was merely telling it like I see it. Stupid is as stupid does, as the great American philosopher TJ Gump said. Electing an idiot — twice — is not very smart, is it? It is stupid. Repeat after me: Stupid is as stupid does.

  • http://valluvar.blogspot.com shiv

    Atanu,
    how is the neo-con philosophy any different from your ‘free market’ philosophy ? The way i see it, neo-con politics is a consequence of unregulated markets!

    Atanu’s response: According to the Wikipedia, there are three basic pillars of Neoconservatism:

    1. Economics: Cutting tax rates in order to stimulate steady, wide-spread economic growth and acceptance of the necessity of the risks inherent in that growth, such as budget deficits, as well as the potential benefits, such as budget surpluses.
    2. Domestic Affairs: Preferring strong government but not intrusive government, slight acceptance of the welfare state, adherence to social conservatism, and disapproval of counterculture
    3. Foreign Policy: Patriotism is a necessity, world government is a terrible idea, the ability to distinguish friend from foe, protecting national interest both at home and abroad, and the necessity of a strong military.

    I belong ideologically to the Misesian and Hayekian school of liberal democracy and free-market capitalism. Again see the Wikipedia: “The efficient exchange and use of resources, Hayek claimed, can be maintained only through the price mechanism in free markets (see economic calculation problem). In The Use of Knowledge in Society (1945), Hayek argued that the price mechanism serves to share and synchronize local and personal knowledge, allowing society’s members to achieve diverse, complicated ends through a principle of spontaneous self-organization. He coined the term catallaxy to describe a “self-organizing system of voluntary co-operation.”

    In Hayek’s view, the central role of the state should be to maintain the rule of law, with as little arbitrary intervention as possible.”

    That is where the distinction lies between neocons and my insistence on the free market determining how resources are allocated and what is allowed or disallowed.

  • http://gudem.blogspot.com Chandra

    Bush has been under the weather lately. Polls consistently indicate his approval in the high 20s (a country is allowed to have 30% stupid people, no?) – no other president has been this low, ever! They may be stupid, but terrorism scared their wits until 2005 – I think most people realized what they have done after Hurricane Katrina and with the on-going Iraq debacle. But one can’t turn the clock easily – it’s not a parliamentary system to boot him out mid-way (primary downside of presidential system we seem to be clamouring for). So they cover their noise and look for 2008.

    In any case, Bush has been great for Indo-US relations – never mind rest of the world :)

  • Anonymous Coward

    If Bush hadn’t been elected for the first time
    Al Gore would have won-
    1. Would have implemented KYOTO Protocol in USA, the economy would have floundered along with the dot-com hangover.
    2. The world economy will be dragged by its ass because the worlds biggest economy USA is struggling.
    3. We would all get free coupons to watch a movie on Global Warming- An Inconvenient Truth
    4. More Indians would remain poor.

    If Bush hadn’t been elected for the second time
    1. John Kerry would have stopped outsourcing to Indian companies.
    2. Already slow economy would come to a screeching halt.
    3.More Indians would remain poor

    Democrats should be kept out the US presidential race.
    Democrats don’t make war, they make love under the table with interns in the whitehouse.
    Democrats Suck!

  • Guru Gulab Khatri

    Its easy to blame bush but given binary choices against mr gore and kerry he was the better candidate.
    Regarding US being at war,
    A society goes to war with the president its got.
    India did go to war with mrs Randira(oops i meant Indira) as the head.
    On the issue of Iraq being botched well what can you do when former Kissinger associates like paul bremmer are given the responsibilities.
    But no way is some one like Albright is to be trusted over some one like Rice on having their moral compass pointing straight.
    Quite Frankly WRT Iraq US gave away the game plan causing Saudi Arabia to take full advantage of it. In retrospect it appears US would have been better off.
    Considering gas prices.
    Well Dey Ji arent you an economist.
    Real gas prices havent gone up.
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2005-05-31-gas-prices-edit_x.htm