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Still don't get how bad Bush is?

In case you answered the above question "Yes," there's an event (two, actually - or one, twice - or something) I'd like to tell you about. The "Bush Legacy Tour" is in Maine for the next couple of days. It's a biodiesel-powered bus operated by Americans United for Change (a 501(c)4 tax-exempt non-profit issue-lobbying organization largely funded by organized labor and based in Washington DC), with onboard exhibits to draw attention to, well, Bush's legacy.

"This is not a personal think about Bush," says Jeremy Funk, AUFC's main press guy. "It's about the failed conservative policies that he represents."

The exhibits, which are also available online, address various aspects of Bush's policies, including economic problems, the Iraq war, and education.

One exhibit, for example, includes a discussion of the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, with the context of conservatives' attitude that government is the problem and should be small. Given that sentiment, when faced with a major disaster, "is it any wonderthat they just didn't know what to do?" Funk asks.

The overall goal, he says, is "to drive a stake in conservative ideology as a governing philosophy once and for all." It's coming to Maine to draw attention to the close ties our US senators have to the Bush administration (hey, don't forget about the close ties one of our US reps has, too!).

It was in Brewer this morning, and will be there again tomorrow, at the Eastern Maine Labor Council's July Fourth celebration at 20 Ivers Street.

Then it'll come down to Portland, and will be in town from 10 am to 12:30 pm. There is no fixed location for it to be, and it will likely be stopping at the TV stations and perhaps the office of the Portland Press Herald (if anyone's actually there), so journalists can see it and perhaps write or tape stories about it, Funk says. (Yes, this is different from the schedule on the bus's Web site. Plans have changed - this is the right info.)

If you want to see the bus or its exhibits, Funk suggests calling Julie Blust, who is traveling on the bus, on her cell phone at 202.340.4744 and arranging a place and time to meet up with it.

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