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Middleton Golf Course Promotion For 9/11 Follows President Bush Playbook

September 10, 2013

A controversy has erupted locally when Middleton’s Tumbledown Trails made a promotional offer for nine holes of golf for $9.11 and 18 holes for $19.11 to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  Now I admit at first glance it seems a bit unseemly, and not something I would have advised the business to have done.

But as soon as I heard about the blowback from the public over this matter I thought perhaps the owners of the business were only recalling the mood that was generated from President Bush following the events of September 11, 2201.

Following the terrorist attacks when the nation was ready to find common ground and would have welcomed and understood wartime economic sacrifice President Bush instead told the nation to “Get down to Disney World in Florida.”   He did not want the economy to stall or suffer, he wanted money to trade hands and profits to be made.

Instead of making the nation mindful that wars costs money, as President Lincoln correctly did when secessionists threatened the Union, Bush thought wars could be waged ‘off-budget’ and somehow all would be made right if Americans just kept charging more purchases at the mall.  Instead of taxing like Lincoln did to pay for the military might that was needed to win, Bush turned aside ideas that would have anchored our national budget to sanity while conflicts were waged overseas.

So as our soldiers were slogging through Afghanistan Bush was resolute that no taxes would be raised for the war, and that the only thing Americans needed to do was binge on consumer goods.

So I am not shocked to read now a business thought the best way to ‘honor’ 9/11 was to promote itself and urge for customers to spend some cash.

After all, that is what history shows happened in this nation following the terrorist attacks.

One Comment
  1. tom permalink
    September 10, 2013 11:18 PM

    While I agree that the business is actually damaging its image as a result of this shameless promotion, I find the connection to Bush administration policies is a bit of a stretch to say the least. Are we to assume that if Americans had huddled in fear, foregoing any but the most necessary items or expenses in the wake of the terrorist attacks, that the economy would have continued to produce the same revenues for the government? Bush era tax cuts lowered the rates for the poorest Americans and increased the earned-income tax credit and other subsidies for dependents. All of this and still tax revenue increased year after year.

    During the civil war, the first income tax was imposed on earners making (I think, $6,000) at a rate of 3%. The shocking lesson here is one of the colossal growth of government and the disturbing confiscation of an ever increasing proportion of the amount of effort and struggle of citizens by their government. The problem is not that Bush didn’t tax citizens enough, but that the government couldn’t bring itself cut spending in other areas as necessary. Why? Because that would have demanded sacrifice and politicians on both sides use our tax dollars buy votes and buy their re-election. Everyone knows this is the problem. Who knows, maybe we do need to return to the idea of states simply appointing their senators and congressmen to end the cycle.

    And while I admit that it is nice to think back to the breezy days of Bush-era debt and deficit, the real story is the current mismanagement of out nations finances by the federal government. Remember when congress used to approve a budget? Bishop Morlino didn’t even have hair on his chin then and people in Madison didn’t need to lock their doors and AM radio was in its prime.

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