Skip to comments.Bush Economy Provokes Long Lines, Riots at Stores--Women and Children Traumatized
Posted on 11/25/2005 10:35:09 AM PST by kristinn
In scenes reminiscient of the Great Depression, Americans lined up early this morning outside stores across the country as word of shortages of Christmas gifts caused riots when the stores opened.
With the price of gasoline and heating oil having hit record highs this year, consumers waited in the freezing cold to be first in line when the doors opened at 5 a.m. to buy laptop computers and other essentials before supplies were exhausted.
Riots at stores from Washington, D.C. to Washington state and as far south as Florida were reported. Shocked mothers complained their children were traumatized by the violence. Many expressed fears their children would be afraid to open their Christmas gifts for fear of causing a riot.
Economists are blaming the Bush administration's hard line on tax cuts for the violence.
"George Bush has never had to get up at three in the morning to wait in line for Wal-Mart to open so he could get a $400 laptop for his children," observed Robert Rubin, former Clinton administration Treasury secretary. "Bush's irresponsible tax cuts have hurt working families. I haven't seen lines like this since the breadlines of Republican Herbert Hoover's Great Depression. The shortages of Christmas gifts at this time of year shows how much Bush has squandered the Clinton legacy of sound economic policies."
Republican adviser David Gergen agreed with Rubin, "President Bush has allowed himself to lose touch with the average American. He should have been first in line at the Waco Wal-Mart this morning rather than in his bunker at Crawford."
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Bush wanted to go to the Waco Wal-Mart this morning, but the Secret Service was concerned that the people in line would have taken out their anger on Bush for their long wait in line and the shortages of Christmas gifts.
Gives a new meaning to "shop till you drop" huh?
That is an accurate portrayal of the Bush PR team.
Love it! I was mentioning the gas prices last night when I noticed they were down to $2.22 in my area.
Uh-oh, Scrappleface has some competition!
My local paper may just run that if they thought it WAS an AP story.
--to my amazement , when we stopped at the Pahrump, NV Walmart for a few non-essentials this morning, I only got to listen to one segment of repeat Rush while she did it---
If only we had demanded tax increases, it would have never have come to this. Will we never learn? :)
LOL - very good, Kristinn!
"Love it! I was mentioning the gas prices last night when I noticed they were down to $2.22 in my area."
I paid $1.87 for regular unleaded in north Mississippi yesterday. More like $2.09 where I live, though.
Just stopped by the house to read my E-mail and see what was on FR on the way to the bread line! Good one, Kristinn!
(I certainly hope they have more than just bread crusts left...)
Shopping is hell...
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