....LMB: "Bush on the Economy"....

September 04, 2003

Just caught the "NBC exclusive interview" with President Bush, and it really is astounding to hear the man speak.

Q: How come the economic stimulus is not translating into job creation?

I actually think it will translate into job creation. Look, my attitude is that so long as somebody wants to work and can't find a job, that means we got a problem. Rather than quantifying the numbers, all I want to do is create the conditions necessary so that all eligible people can find work. And I'm optimistic that that'll happen. I'm much more optimistic today than I was a year ago.

Okay. When asked why Bush's economic plans aren't creating jobs, Bush tells us that he thinks they will. When? Why? How? Nope, we don't get any of that. This answer is worse than useless to the public, and doesn't even answer the question.

Q: Is it entirely Congress' fault that the deficits are so big?

It's nobody's fault, in the sense that half the deficit was caused by a recession. When you have a recession, there's less revenues coming in the treasury, you know that. And about half of the projected deficits were caused by the recession. A quarter of the deficit was caused by the fact that I requested, and Congress spent, enough money to win the war on terror. And my attitude is that if we're gonna put people in harm's way, we need to spend the money necessary for them to succeed.

"It's nobody's fault"? That's a funny answer for a conservative. I thought they were the party of "personal responsibility."

And although I know it's probably just Bush's poor verbal skills, but he announces here that he and Congress have appropriated enough money to "win the war on terror." You heard it here first, the latest U.S. budget will fully fund the elimination of international terrorism. Or not...

Q: Will it really cost $50-80 billion for U.S. operations in Iraq?

I have not yet decided on a number. The way I do business, or the way I run the administration, is I say to those who are responsible for the actions in the field, what does it take to get the job done? How money will it require? We're at war. We're at war against some pretty tough characters who hate America. And therefore we need to put the money up in order to win this war. I wanna make sure that America is more secure. I will not forget the lessons of September the eleventh, 2001. And the lesson of September the eleventh is that an enemy does exist, and this great country will never cower in the face of terrorists. And that we have an obligation in this administration to do everything in our power to make sure that doesn't happen again.

Well historically speaking, the way Bush does business is to run the company into the ground, and then wait for his daddy's friends to bail it out (but maybe that's just me being bitter and cynical and accurate).

We are indeed in a war in Iraq (kinda). And in Afghanistan (kinda). But as always the "war on terror(ism)" is bullshit. Terrorism is a tactic, and declaring war on it is like declaring war on gunfire. Even if we interpret it to mean what we know Bush wants it to mean--fundamentalist Islamic organizations that plot acts of violence against American targets--declaring war on them doesn't make sense either. I've said all along that the the anti-terror effort should be waged as a campaign against a particular form of organized crime, not like a battle against the Redcoats in the Revolutionary War.

Let's also note that Bush manages to complete evade the question, not mentioning how much money he thinks it will cost to succeed in Iraq.

So in the eyes of George W. Bush, the lessons of 9/11 are:

- we have enemies
- America will never "cower in the face of terrorists"
- the Bush administration has an obligation to stop thousands of Americans from being killed by terrorists (again)

I would think that 1 and 3 would be obvious, and I'm not even sure what the hell 2 means.

Who the hell listens to this simian?

Posted by Jake at 07:07 PM | TrackBack (0)

unfortunately, a lot of people listen to this damn simian, and i have a felling that for many, bush's evasions of the questions you listed will provide enough "answers" for the majority of freakin' idiots out there.

and that was my articulate response.

Posted by: ms lauren at September 5, 2003 06:51 AM

People listen, but they don't hear. They are afraid and Bush is doing something. The idea that an idiot is running the country is far too outrageous for them to give it any creedence.

Also, the press aren't liars, or right-wing slanted. They are lazy, incompetent morons and should all be fired.

That's "my" rant for the day.

Posted by: Woody at September 5, 2003 02:28 PM

your logic is showing.

Posted by: BudMan at September 5, 2003 02:34 PM

As a professional editor, I bear the cross of a peculiar habit that causes me to dismiss the comments--however reasonable or sagacious--of anyone who makes obvious spelling, syntax, punctuation or grammatical errors, which is a behavior based in fallacious reasoning but one which I cannot seem to leave behind, even though I think the above comments are highly accurate in spirit.



woops!!! did I type that out loud?

heh. Oh, wait, I'm straying from the political topic here. Sorry.

Posted by: michele at September 5, 2003 11:42 PM

"Q: How come the economic stimulus is not translating into job creation?"

How come? Last time I checked that was bad grammar. Also some other things in the comments that could have used a spell checker.

Bush is stupid? I'm shocked.

Posted by: FooFighter at September 6, 2003 10:59 PM

Rumsfeld used the same "logic" (ie, question evasion) in his press conference in Iraq. That is, when he wasn't pedantically lecturing Iraqis like they were five-year-olds.

Arrogance and Ignorance, hand in hand.

Posted by: Hylo Bates at September 7, 2003 06:41 AM

yeah right.

Posted by: billfish at September 8, 2003 01:19 AM

Aside from your grammatical errors, you make an excellent point; George W. Bush isn't fighting the good fight, and we should impeach him. I don't care, all these other people are sitting here writing, "well you didn't spell 'howcome' correctly, therefore you are an idiot." That's NOTHING!!! You fuckers! What about George W. Bush's little slip-up on television, "we are going to have a crusade..."!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is some scary shit! Or what about what he said to the Prime Minister of Poland when he was unaware that the cameras were rolling, "It's amazing I won; I was running against peace, prosperity, and incumbency."??? There you go, non-believers or whatever you are.

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Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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