Daily Archives: April 10, 2004

Junior’s On Vacation. Again.

Must be nice to have a job you can just bail on any time you feel like it. Personally, I wouldn’t know, but Junior does.

This is Bush’s 33rd visit to his ranch since becoming president. He has spent all or part of 233 days on his Texas ranch since taking office, according to a tally by CBS News. Adding his 78 visits to Camp David and his five visits to Kennebunkport, Maine, Bush has spent all or part of 500 days in office at one of his three retreats, or more than 40 percent of his presidency. (emphasis added)

Wow. 40%. That’s, like, two days out of a five-day week. I took that kind of time off, my employer would be taking applications for my job.

Yet I gotta admit I’m split about this. On the one hand, seems like Junior isn’t taking the job all that seriously if he figures he can bail almost half the time, and that’s probably not good for the country. On the other hand, maybe it is. Look at it this way: on vacation, Junior isn’t working–

Campaigning in Milwaukee, Sen. John F. Kerry, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, said: “I notice President Bush is taking some days off down at Crawford, Texas, and I’m told that when he takes days off, you know, he totally relaxes: He doesn’t watch television, he doesn’t read the newspapers, he doesn’t make long-term plans, doesn’t worry about the economy. I thought about that for a moment. I said, sounds to me like it’s just like life in Washington, doesn’t it?” (emphasis added)

–and if he isn’t doing anything, isn’t that better for the country? Every day he takes off is one less day he’s signing executive orders to trash the environment, install extremist radcons on the Federal bench, hand over yet another dept of govt to the industry it’s supposed to regulate, or hammer another nail into the coffin of our credibility and respect in the rest of the world. Maybe we should urge him to take more vacations, like, permanently.

Another way to look at it is that they guy has never before worked a day in his life. He dumped his TANG responsibilities, got his Dad’s friends to set him up with an oil company, sold out for a position on the board of Harken (one day a month, and all he had to do was sit through a meeting), bought himself into the Texas Rangers where his main duty was to sit in the Owners’ Box during games and swill martini’s (his “partners” actually ran the club), and then went into politics, aiming to get himself elected to the most un-taxing Governorship in the nation (in Texas, being Gov is largely a ceremonial post unless you deliberately work at it; Georgie cut ribbons at supermarkets and stuff). For a guy like that, being forced to really do stuff three whole days a week must be, like, a burden.

Maybe we should be grateful he’s resting that weak brain of his so often. No telling what he might do if he’s exhausted and can’t think straight. Might start proposing stoopid Constitutional Amendments or sending arms to brutal East Asian dictators. (What?…He has??) Scratch that. Apparently “rest” doesn’t help.

This is a tough call.

I guess I think it’s probably better for everybody if he stays away as much as possible. I figger he’ll do less damage, and it won’t hurt to have Baghdad Dick and Disoriented Don spinning their wheels for awhile. I mean, he does run the show, right?

Oops. Damn. Now I don’t know what to think.

(Via The Raw Story)

Question for Omnium Readers:

Are we better off when George is on vacation? Or not?