POSITIVELY BLACK Junious Ricardo Stanton Are You Better Off Now Than you Were Before Bush II? "The recently released monthly US employment statistics show a steady decline in overall American employment. In March 2003 an additional 108,000 jobs were lost and over 2.5 million jobs have been lost since January 2001. The number of Americans who have been unemployed for more than 15 weeks has risen over 125%. But new analysis by Republicons.org has shown that African Americans have been disproportionately affected by the downturn in the job market. The analysis from figures released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that while white Americans suffered job losses and lack of job opportunities African Americans experienced rates of joblessness rates that increased more than twice as much." http://www.Republicons.org When Ronald Reagan campaigned for president in 1980 against Jimmy Carter one of his campaign slogans was "Are you better off today than when Jimmy Carter took office?" Due to adverse economic conditions, high interests rates, inflation, a sluggish economy and Carter's inability to free the hostages, Reagan rode into office on the crest of a "Conservative" (overtly fascist and racist) backlash. That movement was slightly derailed twelve years later by a Clinton victory; using a modified version of the "Southern Strategy" platform a Centrist? Right Wing shift from the progressive?liberal base of the Northern Democrats. Here we are half way through the first term of the unelected presidency of George W Bush and a legitimate question is, "Are we better off now than before Bush became president?" For Africans in AmeriKKKa , conscious working class whites and ethnics the answer is a resounding "Hell No!" For the super rich, multi?national corporations, white collar criminals, fraudsters, inside stock market manipulators/traders, drug runners, money launderers, warmongers and fascists the Bush presidency has been a boon and a blessing. George W. Bush comes from a blood line who think nothing of making money on the suffering and degradation of others or betraying the trust of the AmeriKKKan public. His grandfather Prescott Bush and Great Grandfather Herbert Walker helped industrialize Nazi Germany and made mad cash (before it was confiscated by the US Government) helping Hitler prepare for his reign of military aggression in Europe. Daddy Bush was the head of the secret police (CIA), he is the central figure in the Iran?Contra narcodollars, gun running deals and drug trafficking. Brother Neil was the ring leader in a Savings and Loan scandal that stole billions of dollars, Brothers Jeb and Marvin have had their fair share of scandals using public monies as have their Uncle Prescott and on it goes. Under George W.Bush corporate influence peddling has allowed scandals such as Enron, WorldCom to go virtually unpunished. And now we have the global War on Terrorism which is making Daddy Bush and his Carlyle Group buddies, defense contractors and oil companies ungodly rich. Black incarceration is at an all time high, unemployment across the board is skyrocketing thanks to the hydras of corporate accounting fraud ala Enron, globalism (shipping jobs overseas to exploit cheaper labor) record level business collapses and bankruptcies and government "failures" such as 911 Automatically parse Uno mistake the government totally failed in its' responsibility to prevent 9-11 given the available information they had) and policies such as the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq which were planned long before 911! Do you feel safer or more secure after the gross failures of civilian, intelligence and military agencies on 9?11 which have never been admitted to, seriously investigated, resolved or accounted for. There is an eerie feeling, a foreboding dread amongst the masses something isn't right, an anxiousness about the whittling away of civil and procedural rights of citizens by an Attorney General gone mad, unchallenged by an emasculated and pliant Congress prompted by a fear campaign (psychological warfare) in the mass media designed to make us think terrorists are under every bed and global warfare against weaker nations is the only solution! Do you feel you are being told the truth? Evidently not because more and more people get their information from the Internet or satellite television rather than the blatant propaganda of the corporate media presstitutes. Nationwide mass demonstrations were held to protest and prevent an unprovoked attack against Iraq. Yet Congress gave Bush (of all people, a man AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard) a blank check to wage war on the world. One definition of fascism is, an autocratic government dominated by corporations which exhibit a virulently nationalistic, militaristic and xenophobic orientation. Take a good look at AmeriKKKa ask yourself if these characteristics apply and are you better off now that you were in 2000?