Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Deconstructing George

Where to begin?

Wow, what a speech. Fifty-one minutes; over 5300 words; complete bullshit. I can't recall the last time I saw someone speak for so long and actually say so little.

Do you remember those sixteen famous words from the 2003 SOTU speech?

Well last night, Georgieboy dropped another doozy on us when he was trying to justify his warrantless spying. Peter Wallsten and Maura Reynolds of the LA Times did a great job of covering this one, so I'll let them handle it:

And what about all of that talk concerning oil addiction? Turns out, he was just kidding.

Despite never meeting a spending bill he couldn't endorse, George pretended to admonish congress for adding earmarks to the budget. He indicated that this could all be cured if congress would give him the line item veto. Too bad the Supreme Court declared the line item veto unconstitutional back in 1998.

In an attempt to perpetuate the misconception that he knows what he's doing in the area of education, Junior proposed training "70,000 high school teachers to lead advanced-placement courses in math and science, bring 30,000 math and science professionals to teach in classrooms, and give early help to students who struggle with math, so they have a better chance at good, high-wage jobs." All of this sounds great, but does this proposal come with money for the school districts to be able to pay for these teachers? Districts are strapped for cash as it is trying to comply with NCLB, so where are they going to get the money to hire these teachers? Many districts here in West Central Illinois are having to cut faculty and staff while others are having to consolidate just to survive. Sorry George, but adding new math and science teachers just isn't fiscally possible. Unlike you, we can't get China to finance our debt.

And finally, all this talk of a "hopeful nation" has got to stop. When six of the last eight polls taken show Bush's approval rating declining and his highest rating is still under 50 %, the only that can truly be said is that the nation is hopeful that he doesn't fuck things up any worse than he already has.

SIDENOTE - If you haven't seen Olberman rip O'Reilly a new one yet, you need to. It is too damned funny.

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