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Bush Missing Boat on Second-Term Agenda

Monday, 25 April 2005 12:00 AM

As I have previously written, the situation in Iraq is

This is going nowhere for President Bush and the GOP. The more it is talked about, the less popular it is. No wonder representatives and senators prefer to talk about steroids or filibusters; the more they do town hall forums defending the Bush privatization plan back in their districts, the less popular

The president has missed the boat on his second-term agenda.

Illegal immigration, the exploding cost of health care and the rising cost of gas at the pump are much more immediate and pressing problems; by almost ignoring them, G.W. Bush has frittered away some of his hard-won political capital from last year's election.

When Hillary is to the right of the White House on an issue, you know you're in trouble.

The Bush position – giving amnesty to illegals already here, without calling it amnesty – is

The Minutemen on the Mexican border and Arnold Schwarzeneggar's controversial comments about "closing" the border to Mexico highlight the explosiveness of this issue.

And, of course, there is the post-9/11 Homeland Security issue here, too: How long until al-Qaida infiltrates more murderers into the U.S. across this sieve of a southern border?

Three years ago in this column I projected a July 4, 2002 speech by the president entitled Project Independence in which an oilman president and vice president (Bush and Cheney) would use their post-9/11 credibility to announce a joint government-private industry (Detroit) project to begin in two years manufacturing

This radical proposal – pooh-poohed at the time – would by now already be weaning us from imported oil from Arabs, Iranians, Venezuelans, Russians and Mexicans. How can we rely on those countries for such a crucial commodity? In the name of our national security – not to mention our faltering economic position – it is total insanity to rely on those nations for the oil with which we power our country.

Leading the way on the mass production of hydrogen fuel cell engines will indeed shake things up. But it will wean us from our addiction to foreign oil, it will radically change our foreign accounts balance (for the good!), and it will go a long way toward cleaning up the environment.

Plus we can sell these new cars, trucks and buses worldwide and again lead the way in pioneering a new technology.

We must do this for all these reasons; ‘can't' cannot be in our national vocabulary.

Do you really believe that the United States of America – if her government

It is a national disgrace that the leader of the 9/11 attacks is still on the loose, still taunting us with audio and video tapes, and still inspiring tens of millions of wayward Muslims to hate the USA.

He

And the Bush administration has clearly refocused itself on Iraq and devoted over $300 billion on that war while Osama remains free.

Can anyone tell me that we have given an equal effort to get Osama?

No!

Hillary is the Democrat, and who knows who the GOP nominee will be? But it is way, way too early for 2008; we have so many crucial problems to solve now that we can't be worried about the next election.

Whether we even address these problems will determine what happens in 2008.

And, so far, Washington, D.C., is seemingly oblivious to these problems.

No wonder so many people – on both sides of the political aisle – are disillusioned.

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