Originally posted by Northgate
What will happen during the next four years if George Bush and his chronies are (re)elected? What will the state of the nation be at the end of an eight year reign?
Will we invade another country like Iran or Syria?
Not a fullscale invasion; the troop strength is not there (yet)...we will conduct operations like selected bombing operations to 'behead' leaderships considered 'rogue', or nuclear facilities such as in Iran or North Korea
Will we reinstate the draft?
Without a doubt. Its been openly talked about, and Kerry referenced this a few days back.
What will be the state of affairs in Iraq? Civil war or tenuous stability?
According to recently published intelligence reports, civil war and chaos is the most likely outcome. The only party who could restore order there would be a 'strongman'. I read recently that Saddam Husseins lawyers are trying to get him on the ballot...
How many of our soldiers will be dead and what will the dent be in our war chest?
The occupation has cost some $200 billion in 18 months...in another 4 years, thats some $0.5 Trillion..and thats not counting materiel losses.
1040 soldiers dead in 18 months is possibly not accurate; soldiers who die in the field or shortly afterwards represent the bodycount. Soldiers who die of their injuries much later are not added to the death toll. How many more is unclear.
What will our national debt be after returning tax dollars to the top one percent?
Make that the top 0.5%......doesn't really make that much difference! National Debt? Huge, big, massive, and becoming more engorged...
What will the state of the environment be?
Polluters etc. are being held less accountable for their crimes under this administration, so expect a dirtier, more deforested, more dangerous and more toxic world under Bush,
What will the unemployment rate be and what will the average hourly rate be?
Unemployment figures will continue to be massaged. Fast food workers are now in "manufacturing". Janitors will be in the "engineering" profession. One thing you can count on...the huge pool of free labor in prisons will increase, and I would bet that these "jobs" will be added to the list of new employment opportunities and positions created under the Bush administration.
Re. the hourly rate? Lets just say it will not be keeping pace with the cost of living. Does it ever? Has it ever?
Will hate be added to the constitution?
How can you add
hate to the Constitution?
But just replace a moderate judge with a(nother) hardline redneck religious radical fundamentalist wacko in the Supreme Court.....and Constitutional decisions based on (at least) intolerance
will be legion. Replacing two
more moderate judges with Bush preferences and "hate" may well be an appropriate designation...
Will we see a dramatic move toward alternative fuels or more of the same?
Only fake ones, like that $2billion H2 initiative that Bush was touting a few years back. It is easier to extract hydrogen from hydrocarbons (read fossils fuels), than water...a boondoggle for the oil industry, in disguise.
What will be the state of Medicare, perscription drugs
Probably privatized, or partially so.....prescription drugs costs rocketing skywards
and a woman's right to choose?
Given a severe bias of rightwing Supreme Court judges, and the right's philosophy of taking government out of the work place and planting it firmly in your home and personal life, there is a good chance of Roe vs Wade of being overturned, and a return to prohibition, and a thriving black market.
Will our ports, chemical factories and nuclear power plants be more protected and less vulnerable to attack?
There has been abject failure so far to implement security at ports and facilities dealing with dangerous materials. Whats the reason for this extraordinary (on the surface) state of affairs:
(1) Rampant incompetence and fiscal irresponsibility on a criminal scale?
(2) The threat of terrorism is a phoney creation of this administration, to keep Americans in a state of fear, using Cheney's grotesque "9-11 Spectacular" as a perpetual reminder. The administration, knowing the reality that terrorism is so unlikely or rare, feel that spending money on beefing up security in ports, nuke and chemical facilities is unnecessary?
(3) Or...they have far better things to do, like harrassing political activists such as the former Cat Stevens. after all...imagine the horrific consequences of subjecting the American people to an endless barrage of "Morning has Broken" or "Peace Train"