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The Bush Administration has fostered and worsened the pay disparity examined in "CEOs and Slaves" by penalizing the very individuals they claim to serve.

Corporate America certainly demonstrates the widening gap between the "haves" and "have nots." But the US military perhaps best illustrates the irony and hypocrisy of Bush policies. How many times must we multiply the salary of an enlisted GI to get to the salary of a senior Halliburton executive? Even within the military, the higher ranks can expect consulting contracts or book deals when they leave the service, while the soldiers who fought can expect bureaucracy and low wages when they leave.

The Bush Administration was the alleged champion of traditional family values, yet the proposed Social Security privatization of Bush's early second term would have essentially caused impoverished retirement for millions of "stay-at-home" mothers that comprise many traditional families.

And finally, has the standard of living for our nation's elderly really improved in the last six years? The hailed Medicaid prescription drug plan clearly benefits drug companies. Negotiating with drug companies for lower prices or seeking lower cost medicines from other countries would narrow the healthcare gap between the "haves" and "have nots." But the "haves" in the Bush Administration don't see it that way.