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The Cowboy Chronicles
William A. Davis
Copyright 2009 William A. Davis
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DISCLAIMER: This is not a work of fiction. The wrongful conviction of Michael Toney
actually happened. Some of the names in this story have been changed or disguised to protect the
innocent, the guilty and actors who elected to not give the author permission to use their real
To Hope and Christiane:
Michael, we hardly knew you.
-- Mr. Bill
November 18, 2000: Letter to the editor of the Fort Worth Star Telegram
Nightmare on Bush Street
I had a bad dream about the future. Dubya had been elected El Presidente. During Dubya's four-
year reign of ―compassionate conservatism,‖ the following happened.
The rich got richer and the poor got poorer. Big corporations and inside traders reaped the
benefit of the GOP's traditional incestuous love affair with big business. Wage slaves watched
the gains reaped during the Clinton administration go down the toilet as their jobs were
outsourced to Third World countries and as American wages stagnated.
Air standards were relaxed and ignored. The ozone hole over the North Pole spread to
encompass the entire Northern Hemisphere and deaths from skin cancer increased exponentially.
Manufacturers of portable air supplies and oxygen masks reaped obscene profits.
The national crime rate rose in spite of a record number of executions and increased prison
population because the issues that produced the crime rate were not addressed by the ―hang-'em-
high compassionate conservatives.‖