Bush the Addict
Tim Russert says
Preznit HalfWit… El Pollo Loco….the President has gone ‘double or nothing’. What an appropriate analogy.
There’s Bush, hoping against hope that somehow, someway, he can make things turn out the way he wants them too, despite all evidence and all advice to the contrary.
He’s like your typical gambling addict, getting deeper and deeper and deeper in debt, but continuing to bet, continuing to lose, always believing in their heart of hearts that they really can quit if they want to, but they aren’t going to quit playing because they don’t need to, and everything will turn out just fine.
They get angry when someone tries to talk to them about getting help for their addiction. They don’t have a problem; other people have problems. They’re fine.
Meanwhile they ignore the past due notices on their mortgage and car loans. They pretend they didn’t see the shut-off notices from the utility companies. They borrow money from legal payday loans and from illegal loan sharks. They beg friends, they steal from relatives. They max out the credit cards.
And the whole time, they just keep believing their luck is going to turn.. It’s bad cards, or bad luck, or some other reason why they keep losing, but really, honestly, truly….just one good hand and they’ll be swimming in dough. It’ll be the high life then, baby!
Eventually, they wake up to reality, and that’s going to go one of two ways: either they face their addictions, go to Gamblers Anonymous, and start paying off the mess they’ve made, or they look reality in the face, see the awfulness of their deeds, and stick a hose in the tailpipe, or a gun in the mouth, or a razor blade in the wrist.
And so, like the addict he is, our Gambler-in-Chief keeps throwing more and more soldiers on the pile in front, thinking just one more hand, one more ‘Friedman unit’, one more election, one more this, one more that – and somehow it’ll all turn around.
Kenny Rogers used to have advice for gamblers:
You got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money when your sitting at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.
It’s time for a group intervention, folks.
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