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Monday, December 19, 2005

W Gives a Press Conference -- So Many Disgusting Lies, It's Pornography

Last night, President Bush gave a prime-time speech on how great things were going in the country. Spying? Not only is he not sorry, but he promises to keep it up. Illegal and immoral, but the man has chutzpuh. This morning, President Bush gave one of those rare press conferences; here's my analysis.

Bush on Iraq: Iraq, 9/11, Iraq, 9/11, Iraq, 9/11, Iraq, 9/11. Yes, George W. resorted to more phony connections between Iraq and 9/11. He no longer makes the mistake of simply lying and asserting some connection existed. Now he just talks about the two subjects simultaneously in order to convey the same message. Ignorant Americans tuning in for just a moment will still believe the connection exists. Here's an example of Bush's evil sleight of hand:

And we will keep working toward our goal of a democratic Iraq that can govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself.

Our mission in Iraq is critical to victory in the global war on terror. After our country was attacked on September the 11th, and nearly 3,000 lives were lost, I vowed to do everything within my power to bring justice to those who were responsible.

Bush on race: I love Black people. In fact, let's talk about the ownership society.... Bush quickly moves into private accounts as a way to fight racism. The thought, according to W, is that it will increase wealth transfers between generations. If private accounts actually increased wealth, that might be true. However, private accounts are just a way to drain social programs and funnel it into wealthy GOP stock market investors. In true GOP Corporate Tool fashion, Bush turned a conversation on race into one about destroying social security in favor of gambling on the stock market. You've got to give him credit for that one, even if it was deceitful, disrespectful and racist.

Bush on Phony Economic Indicators:
We added 215,000 new jobs in November. We've added nearly 4.5 million new jobs since May of 2003.

The unemployment rate is down to 5 percent; lower than the average of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Sounds great right? No. During President Clinton's administration, the economy added an average of 236,000 jobs per month. That's just an AVERAGE, not a great total to brag about like Bush is trying with his pathetic 215,000 figure. Clinton presided over office when 23 months brought over 300,000 jobs created.

As for the unemployment rate, low unemployment doesn't mean a lot of good jobs. A lot of people have stopped looking for work; they are no longer counted as being "unemployed." Other people have taken lousy jobs at Wal-Mart and other low paying Republican supporters. Even though they are on government assistance and can't pay their bills, our stats consider them "employed." So you can just ignore the unemployment rate; it's a phony indicator that doesn't provide real information about how good our economy is doing.

Bush on spying: W takes the offense: If you talk about the spying program, you hate America and are helping the terrorists. Bush says the program is great, remember 9/11, it's helping us prevent another 9/11. "Shameful" was clearly the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy buzzword of the day. Bush chides reporters for revealing "sources" in the war on terror. Now, of course, Bush had no problem participating in the criminal conspiracy to destroy a source -- Valerie Plame. Still, Mr. President, isn't it illegal to spy on citizens?

As I mentioned in my remarks, the legal authority is derived from the Constitution, as well as the authorization of force by the United States Congress.

I'm checking the Constitution here...no mention of it being ok to spy on US citizens during times of war. Ok, let's check the authorization of force by Congress. Hmmm, no mention either of the legality of Bush's spy tactics. Well, sir, you lied. Bush's argument is that he's the commander-in-chief, the commander-in-chief must protect America, therefore anything Bush does that arguably protects America is legal. Under this line of reasoning, it would be ok for Bush to commit genocide in order to prevent another 9/11. Obviously that would be horribly illegal. Bush's disrespect for the rule of law is absolutely disgusting. He has no legal authority to spy on me.

Bush on the Patriot Act:

In the war on terror, we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment.

Bush provides no details whatsoever as to how the Patriot Act fights terror. The reason is that it DOESN'T fight terror and there is no objective evidence that shows it helps in the war on terror. Here's an example of more GOP smear tactics:

Most of the senators now filibustering the Patriot Act actually voted for it in 2001. These senators need to explain why they thought the Patriot Act was a vital tool after the September the 11th attacks but now think it's no longer necessary.

BECAUSE THEY NEVER READ IT IN 2001. The voting version of the bill, over 1000 pages, was issued just hours before the vote. It was not possible for any single person to read it and John Conyers admitted it in Fahrenheit 9/11. Bush is engaging in outright lies and deception by seizing on the American public's ignorance and our press corps' incompetence. Outrageous.

Bush on a Reporter named Jackson: He calls him "Action Jackson." Bush loves to use disrespectful nicknames when addressing people. It's a way of him saying "I'm superior to you and I can belittle you by giving you a funny name." No reporter could call the President "Bushie," but this President is a man of entrenched privilege who despises anyone with less power and influence than him. Contrast him with President Clinton. Clinton was a man who emerged from poverty. President Clinton didn't need to make fun of everyone around him in order to feel superior. That wouldn't be right; Bush doesn't care.

If you are still a Republican after listening to Bush's remarks this morning, there's no hope for you. A dimwit liar is running our country into the ground and our corporate press corps is laughing all the way down.

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