Milwaukee County is considering a boycott of products from Arizona. Too bad one resident, and a government employee, doesn’t know where Arizona is located. Peggy West, as viewed on the Tucson Citizen website, stated that Arizona had no business passing such a tough law since Arizona is “a ways removed from the border.”
Peggy West is a County Supervisor and was speaking in support of a measure that would help punish Arizona. To add insult to her claims, she herself became the first elected County Supervisor in Milwaukee who is Hispanic-American. She is the mother of three daughters according to her section of the Milwaukee County government website.
The blogosphere is full of people who have called her a “dumb Democrat” and such. Even though I usually support Democratic ideals, it is sad when our own leaders are uneducated about a situation. She wasn’t even saying something spontaneously off the top of her head as she looked as if she had rehearsed this speech before she said it. Her words were slow and deliberate even if they were ignorant.
This reminds me of many of the ignorant and thoughtless things our national politicians have said before. It’s one thing for a local politician to say something weird about an issue during a meeting, but it is another to say something regarding an issue of national importance that is just plain wrong and incorrect.
As an example of a politician who has trouble putting English words together to make sense, I will use that of former alcoholic President George W. Bush. His quotations on the economic recession, when said out loud, make my head hurt. I told my wife that I’ll be using him for the article but I can’t repeat Bush’s quotes out loud because they will make your ears fall off.
Slate.com has a list of many Bushisms about the hard economic times in which we are currently engaged. There are videos of his speeches to accompany the quotes. I would explain why the quotes are not only hilarious but sad at the same time, but they don’t need any rationalization.
On January 12, 2009, eight days before leaving office, Bush was quoted as saying in Washington “One of the very difficult parts of the decision I made on the financial crisis was to use hardworking people’s money to help prevent there to be a crisis.”
Even more confusing is this gem from December 2008 just after the economic crisis began. “So I analyzed that and decided I didn’t want to be the president during a depression greater than the Great Depression, or the beginning of a depression greater than the Great Depression.”
Two days earlier, Bush said this “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.” And conservative radicals call Obama a socialist?
The Tucson Citizen and Slate.com provided information for this article, as well as the Milwaukee County website.