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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bush: "Poor people are lazy"

This explains just about everything that's happened since Bush took office. In an interview with Mary Jacoby of Salon.com, one of Bush's former business professors at Harvard said Bush "showed pathological lying habits and was in denial when challenged on his prejudices and biases. He would even deny saying something he just said 30 seconds ago. He was famous for that."

The professor, Yoshi Tsurumi, recalled that when he was leading a discussion on whether the government should assist retirees and other people on fixed incomes with heating costs, Bush said, "The government doesn't have to help poor people...they are lazy." And when Tsurumi showed the film "The Grapes of Wrath," Bush sneered. "We were in a discussion of the New Deal," Tsurumi said, "and he called Franklin Roosevelt's policies 'socialism.' He denounced labor unions, the Securities and Exchange Commission, Medicare, Social Security, you name it. He denounced the civil rights movement as socialism. To him, socialism and communism were the same thing. And when challenged to explain his prejudice, he could not defend his argument, either ideologically, polemically, or academically."

Students who challenged and embarrassed Bush in class would then become the subject of a whispering campaign by him, Tsurumi said. "In class, he couldn't challenge them. But after class, he sometimes came up to me in the hallway and started bad-mouthing those students who had challenged him. He would complain that someone was drinking too much. It was innuendo and lies. Behind his smile and his smirk, he was a very insecure, cunning, and vengeful guy."

Tsurumi said Bush sometimes came late to class and often sat in the back of the classroom, wearing a bomber jacket from the Texas Air National Guard and spitting chewing tobacco into a cup.

"At first," Tsurumi said, "I wondered, 'Who is this George Bush?' It's a very common name and I didn't know his background. And he was such a bad student that I asked him once how he got in. He said, 'My dad has good friends.'" Bush scored in the lowest 10 percent of the class.

But Bush is not as dumb as many people think, Tsurumi said. "He was just badly brought up, with no discipline, and no compassion."



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear All,

I loved your article about poverty, i live in Kenya and i can tell you at this time we have famine in kenya. the food and agriculture organisation prefers not to give food, a staff member recently told me ' food will make them have more children' is that their business whether they have children or not? they mission is to provide food and improve food security of the people, i am afraid to say is that the bush ideaology is very much present in the UN.

writer from kenya

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