Thursday, March 31, 2005


What? No WMD?

Sometimes the blog just writes itself.


What kills me is that there are still conservatives that swear we've already found the WMD. Or better yet, that they exist but were moved prior to the invasion. I've even heard claims that they were moved to Lebanon and are being guarded by Syria which explains why the Syrians won't withdraw from the country. And they say Michael Moore is full of shit.

I think we may have stumbled onto a new campaign slogan for 2006:


I'll start printing the bumper stickers!

Wednesday, March 30, 2005


The Bush Boondoggle

As part of the never ending Social Insecurity Tour, Georgieboy made a stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, today in order to confuse the shit out of a bunch of old Republicans.To do this, he brought out the full arsenal of half-truths, fuzzy math, and downright lies. Let's go to the transcript:
This is, of course, not true. People aren't actually "living longer years" but more people are surviving into their retirement years. With the advances in medicine and less hazardous work conditions, people aren't dying as young as they once did. This is a minor detail, but part of the whole Bush plan to deceive.
This is a blatant scare tactic implying that if he doesn't get his way your taxes are going to be raised through the roof. It's shameless. The truth is, a minor raise in the Social Security tax cap could solve a lot of the problems he says the system is now facing. And the best part is that this minor raise in the cap wouldn't even effect most of the people currently paying taxes. The only people that would be affected would be those that are currently making over $90,000 a year.
Maybe I've missed it, but I have yet to see this "propaganda" claiming that seniors are going to have their benefits cut. The information I've seen refers to benefit cuts for younger workers. Another brazen attempt to scare senior citizens.
That explains why he spent all that time correcting Al Gore in the 2000 debates when Gore kept referring to the Social Security trust fund. NOT! The real reason there is no trust fund per say is because any extra social security money that there is/was gets absorbed into the budget and is spent as capital leaving Social Security with just enought to pay it's bills.
This is a half-truth at best. Both President Clinton and Senator Moynihan did indeed discuss private investment accounts but in a much different way than what Georgieboy is talking about. Clinton and Moynihan suggested private accounts in addition to social security, not in place of it. The Clinton/Moynihan plan wouldn't have diverted any money from social security the way Bush's plan would and there were no transition costs involved unlike the $2 trillion that would be necessary for Georgieboy's little ponzie scheme. President Clinton also suggested investing some of the excess social security money into the stock market, but the Republican controlled congress claimed that it would be too risky and shot it down.
If it doesn't fix it, why are we even talking about it? I thought Georgieboy was elected because he wasn't going to pass problems onto future generations. Whoops!
That's assuming that the average worker is making $35,000 per year over his or her lifetime. Still, that means an investment of $1400 per year for approximately 42 years and getting a steady rate of return of at least 3%. That's assuming an awful lot. What if a worker can't work for a while because of a disablity? What if the rate of return dips below 3%? None of these things are guaranteed.
WTF? What he's failing to say is that your benefits will only be augmented if your investments earn over what is expected. If they earn under the expectations, your benefits are not guaranteed.

I'm not sure how many more stops on he has left on this geriatric scare-fest, but it appears as if he's striking out mightily. According to Time magazine, his poll numbers are down to 31% approval/58% disapproval on social security while the latest Gallup Poll puts his overall approval rating at 45%. Way to go Georgiboy. Keep lying and I'm sure things will work out for you. Hell, it got you re-elected didn't it?



I forgot to post last night. Not sure what happened, but I'll be back with a new post tonight.

Monday, March 28, 2005


Adventures In Hypocrisy

While on vacation in the land of Schiavo, I often had occassion to ponder recent events that have taken place in the Southeastern-most state of our union. While it's hard to avoid the debate over Terri, we must not forget the 2000 and 2004 elections, the hurricanes, My Pet Goat, and a multitude of other events that have continued to garner our attention. But one thing struck me as particularly odd as I lunched on a $6.00 hot dog in the Magic Kingdom last week. That one thing was the opposing viewpoints taken by the conservatives in Florida's two most popular custody cases of recent memory. One of those cases, of course, is the case of Terri Schiavo, while the other is that of Elian Gonzalez.

As you may recall, Elian Gonzalez was a young Cuban boy whose mother had died while trying to defect to the United States. Elian was taken in by some of his relatives only to have his father win a court battle allowing him to take Elian back home to Cuba. The conservative standpoint was that Elian should be allowed to stay here in the United States therefore arguing against parental rights. On the other hand, the conservative viewpoint in the Terri Schiavo case is that the Schindlers, Terri's parents, should have the authority to override the wishes of her husband thereby arguing for parental rights.

It appears as if the conservative party is more beholden to their evangelical base than they'd like to admit. Whichever way that evangelical wind blows, expect the party to be swaying. It's pathetic really, when a political party becomes controlled by a group of activists like this. They should be ashamed. I was told that they were the party of decisiveness and resoluteness. Apparently that's only if the evangelicals say it's okay. I wonder if their mommies still have to help them wipe their asses too?

Wednesday, March 16, 2005


I'll Be Back

Due to an extremely busy schedule, Truespeak will be going on a brief hiatus. For the next week and a half, kissfan will be responsible for approximately 80 high school students on vacation in Florida. Assuming that I have any sanity left, I will return on March 28. So while I'm away, please visit my friends linked along the left-hand side of this page.

I appreciate those of you who visit here regularly and I look forward to getting back into the swing of things when I return. Take care, keep fighting, and I'll see you all soon.


Tuesday, March 15, 2005


Dear Sen. Reid,

I would like to apologize. A few months ago when it was announced that you would be the Democrat's new leader in the Senate, I was less than enthusiastic. After an appearance on the Today show, I maligned you rather harshly on this site and on others. To me you appeared to embody everything that was wrong with my party. I was wrong.

Since you assumed your leadership role, you have been the consumate team player. You have stood strong in the face of adversity and have spoken eloquently about the issues currently facing our nation. I appreciate your steadfastness to the party's cause and your eloquent words on our behalf. Please accept my apologies as I look forward to your continued leadership.


P.S. - This, of course, doesn't mean that I won't rip you a new one if you start screwing things up.

For an example of Sen Harry Reid's eloquence, check out his remarks concerning the "Nuclear Option" intended to end Democratic fillibusters.

Thanks to Bob Brigham for the transcript.

Monday, March 14, 2005


Too Funny!

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Friday, March 11, 2005


How Soon We Forget

Apparently the LA Times is suffering from some rare form of journalistic amnesia. They're giving the Bush administration credit for something they don't deserve.

What the paper is referring to is the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR). It was proposed in January, 2004. However, anyone who watched the second Bush/Kerry debate knows that this is not the environmental policy that Georgieboy was endorsing. In fact, the CAIR was put on the back burner in favor of the Clear Skies Initiative that was introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK).

The Clear Skies Initiative actually called for the loosening of regulations that were set forth by the Clean Air Act. It weakened restrictions on the production of mercury from coal-fired power plants by 520%. It relaxed the cap on the production of nitrogen oxide, a major contributor to smog associated with asthma and lung disease, by 68%. It weakened protection against the production of sulphur dioxide, a contributing factor to acid rain, by 225%. And it failed to place any limits on the production of carbon dioxide.

So while the CAIR is actually a pretty good thing, I can't give any credit to the Bush administration. Had the Democrats not successfully killed the Clear Skies Initiative in committee on Wednesday thereby leaving the Bush administration no alternative, the CAIR may have never been enacted.

Thursday, March 10, 2005


Priceless Leadership

For perspective:

It appears as if the steward of our country is running us into the ground.

But not to worry, there is some good news.

Phew! That $5.1 billion is going to make a huge difference. It's a whole 2.2%! Hey, let's put it into social security. Oh wait, it's not really money that we're saving, it's just money that we don't have to borrow from China. Never mind.

According to Hack Alan Greenspan:

See, even Georgieboy's lapdogs get it. Why doesn't he?

Wednesday, March 09, 2005


Slip-Sliding Away

Georgieboy is losing his grip. Not just his grip on reality mind you, but his hold over the rest of his party. Apparently seeing him as the lame duck that he is, some of the Republican Senators have decided to cover their own asses in hopes of being reelected. The New York Times has the details, but Truespeak has the highlights:

Awwwwww. Poor Georgie.

Now that dear leader's out on his ass in four years, maybe we'll see some of the more sensible Republicans actually tell the truth once in a while.

Oh, and by the way, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says there is no crisis.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005


Dueling Quotes

George W. Bush March 8, 2005:

Osama bin Laden on November 1, 2004:

Could it be that we're playing their game? As I write this, the cost of the war in Iraq, according to the counter on the left side of this site, is approaching $155 billion. That's $155 billion that's not being spent on our actual security here at home. Our nuclear and water facilities are still not sufficiently protected. Our borders are still very porous. The majority of cargo coming into this country is still going unscreened. All the while, our military is spread throughout the Middle East and unable to meet it's recruiting goals back home. Plus, our budget is running in the red and record deficits are predicted for the future.

So I want to know, "Who's running this show?" It certainly doesn't look like us.

Monday, March 07, 2005


Republican Logic & Missed Opportunities

Sometimes the Republican logic is just too absurd to believe.  Take for example this exchange between Tim Russert and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) from yesterday's Meet the Press:


Why do we continuously let these opportunities pass us by?  What Sen. Durbin should have said is:

I guess that would have been too rude.  Maybe next time. (I'm not holding my breath, though.)

Friday, March 04, 2005



It's not very often that I do this, but tonight I'm not going to talk about politics. Instead, I would like you all to read this diary over at dailyKos. It's one of the most amazing stories I think I've ever read. If you're the sentimental type, you'll want to get some tissues ready.

Have a great weekend! I'll bitch about Georgieboy on Monday.

Thursday, March 03, 2005


Canada Gets It, Why Don't We?

From today's Winnipeg Free Press:

I couldn't have said it better myself. So I won't even try.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Compassionate(?) Conservative

I'd like to nominate Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nev) for Conservative of the Year. Rep. Gibbons has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that divisiveness and hatred remain a part of our great nation.

Ha ha ha ha! Damn, that is funny stuff.

Unfortunately Rep. Gibbons doesn't appear to understand. It was not blind fealty that made this country what it is. If our founding fathers had exhibited the unquestioning loyalty that Rep. Gibbons does, we would still be an English settlement ruled by a foriegn monarch. It was the liberal spirit that spawned this country and it will be the liberal spirit that sustains it.

Too many times I have heard that liberals "hate America." Nothing could be further from the truth. If we truly hated America we wouldn't be fighting so hard for what we thought was right. We'd sit back and allow things like bigotry, poverty, violence, corruption, and hatred to remain. We'd allow the government to ammend the constitution so that it condoned discrimination based upon sexual preference. We'd silently watch as the wealthy received tax breaks and the poor are forced to absorb more of the tax burden. We'd look the other way while our military invaded other countries that posed no tangible threat to our safety. We'd keep our mouths shut as our elected officials tried to figure out ways to justify torture. But we don't. And we never will. We may not always win, but we will always stand up for what's right.

So, dear reader, the true question isn't "why do liberals hate America," but "why do conservatives hate liberal Americans?" That is something I'd like to know.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005


Too Many Things, Too Little Time

Sorry guys, no post tonight. Busy, busy, busy. Instead, go read advisorjim's latest post. If you haven't been reading him, you're missing some good stuff.

Back tomorrow night.

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