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Thursday, June 12, 2003


Bush Lies FINALLY Featured

posted by Adam F. at Thursday, June 12, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Dems Fight to Focus on Bush's Credibility
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Bush, elected after casting Al Gore as a serial exaggerator and borderline liar, is now being accused of stretching the truth about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

It is an irony that Democratic rivals would like to convert to a campaign issue - a broad attack on Bush's credibility...."

"...Even if they make all the right political moves, Democrats concede that character attacks may not work as well on Bush as they did against Gore in 2000.

"I think it's going to be a pretty hard sell right now," said Tricia Enright, communications director for presidential candidate Howard Dean. "I don't see the case being made by a broad range of Democrats, and that's what it will take to gain steam."

Dean and his presidential rivals are doing their part. Keying off the Bush administration's failure so far to find the Iraqi weapons, the candidates are trying to make an issue of Bush's trustworthiness.

Sen. Bob Graham of Florida, former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused Bush of "a pattern of deception and deceit." Other candidates have tried to build the issue into a consuming Watergate-style controversy.

"The question now is going to become, 'What did the president know, and when did he know it?' " Dean said...."

"...The candidates say Bush has fudged the facts on issues well beyond Iraq, including:

_ Education. While the president promotes his "No Child Left Behind" legislation, state and local officials struggle to pay for the standardized tests and other requirements of the 2002 law. "What kind of education plan tries to add by subtracting?" Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri said.

_ Tax cuts. Bush said all families will get a break, but the $350 billion bill he signed excluded many low-income families from a child tax credit. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts said Bush was "leaving 12 million children behind."

_ Deficits. Bush pledged to bring fiscal sanity to Washington, but he "brought back the era of big and bloated government," Gephardt said.

_ Foreign affairs. Bush promised in 2000 to have a "humble" foreign policy, but many allies feel bullied by Bush's moves on global warming, trade and Iraq. "Our country is viewed with increased hostility," Graham said.

_ Homeland security. State and local leaders complain they have not received enough money from Washington to prepare for future attacks. "We should not cede this issue," said Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina...."

It's not a great story. Still LOTS of the corporate media "but Bush is such a nice man this can't be true" BS. It's a step in the right direction though. We know the real story though, don't we?

Let's put an exclamation point beside that point. Finding Bush lies are EASY. Finding the last time Bush told the complete truth about ANYTHING is MUCH more difficult. Your assignment, if you should choose to accept it, is to try to figure out the last time Bush actually told the complete truth about anything regarding public policy in a speech or public appearance.

Good Luck... you'll need it. The last complete Dubya truth I could come up with was when he told one of those kids playing t-ball on the south lawn they made a good play, and that doesn't even count according to the guidelines I set up.


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