Time to cut some brush

The Washington Post via Josh Micah Marshall:

“Bush has spent all or part of 500 days in office at one of his three retreats, or more than 40 percent of his presidency.”

The whole Bush family has always taken the whole month of August off. If you want an image of The Bosses, forget about top hats and cigars and the other cartoonist’s cliches. Just think of every member of a large family being able to say “Oh, by the way, I’m taking August off”.

That’s not the common American experience. Few workers can schedule their vacations whenever they want to, and few indeed get a whole month off. On my mother’s 80th birthday we moved heaven and earth so that finally 20 out of 22 children, inlaws, and grandchildren were able to be there at some point during the same week.

In France, of course, because of a strong labor movement and strong labor laws, most people do get a full month off (often in August). And any good Republican can tell you how terrible a thing that is, when it’s workers who are able to do it. And the Republicans have done a good job of making sure that that kind of thing doesn’t happen here.

Supposedly Bush “works from home”. Most people have heard that one before too. Sometimes the people working at home actually do work, and sometimes you’re pretty sure they don’t, but almost always you know that they’re able to do it because they’re the boss. As Bush says about himself, they’re the boss and don’t have to answer any questions.

Of course, we can also ask ourselves whether Bush has ever really been management either. Harken and Arbusto seem mainly to have been shell companies used to launder funds being transferred from one mysterious entity to another, like a Mafia-owned cafe. And with the Texas Rangers, Bush lent his name and face as a front, but otherwise was a silent partner.

Of course, there’s a standard troll answer to this: “Work smarter, not harder! Look how hard Jimmy Carter worked, and look at the terrible results he got!”

Which might be fine, except that the wheels are coming off Bush’s cart. The biggest job loss since Hoover, and a lose-lose war of attrition in Iraq. Bush’s campaign only has two things to run on: first, smears against Kerry, and second (if things improve slightly) talk about how “He turned things around”. Which amounts to running against himself, because he can’t afford to compare himself to Clinton. “Things are a lot better now than they were during my first 3 1/2 years!”

Sounds like a good time for the trolls to be spending some time with their families. I bet there’s a lot of brush to cut on those little troll ranches.