President Bushwa

Check your dictionary, and you'll find that "bushwa" is a slang term meaning rubbishy nonsense, baloney, bull, b.s.

For an example of bushwa in action, look no further than the White House, as George W. and Dick Cheney continue to push policies that favor their fat cat campaign contributors at the expense of regular Americans ... and common sense. From denying the science of global warming to promoting the fantasy of star wars, from proposing that we "save" social security by destroying it to insisting that NAFTA is such a success we should extend it to 31 other Latin American countries -- Bush & Co. are specialists in rubbishy nonsense.

Perhaps they're swallowing their own policy baloney, but few other Americans are buying it. The latest New York Times/CBS News poll -- which actually is worded in a way that favors incumbent presidents -- dumps a ton of bad numbers on Bush's presidency. Even after all the media converage he got for his fat, sugary tax cut, and even after he took a made-for-television tour of Europe, Little George's overall job-approval rating has dropped to a pitiable 53 percent. It's way worse for him on specific isues -- for example only 47 percent approve of his foreign policy performance, he's down to 39 percent approval on his environmental policies, and his energy approach gets the OK of only 33 percent of Americans.

The worst news for Bush, though, is that the people see through his claim to be president for "all Americans." Only 10 percent think his policies favor the middle class or the poor, while nearly 60 percent say he favors the rich. Also, like Daddy Bush before him, he's seen as being out of touch with regular folks -- only 25 percent say that he's concentrating on the problems that matter most to them.

This is Jim Hightower saying ... Bush's PR flacks keep posing him with babies and Bambi to make him appear to be the people's pal ... but as this poll confirms, people know bushwa when they see it.


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