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July 07, 2007
Speechless

Bush can do that to me. Leave me entirely speechless at his hypocrisy.

President Bush accused Democratic lawmakers on Saturday of being unable to live up to their duties, citing Congress' inability to pass legislation to fund the federal government.

"Democrats are failing in their responsibility to make tough decisions and spend the people's money wisely," Bush said in his weekly radio address.

I mean. Seriously. Is everyone's memory really as faulty as he and his minions assume it is? Fortunately, the AP's article gives us a little more:

Democratic leaders say they are behind because an emergency spending measure funding the war in Iraq came first. They also had to pass an omnibus measure cleaning up last year's appropriations mess.

Then, the Republicans who then controlled Congress failed to pass into law a single spending bill for domestic agencies save the Homeland Security Department -- a situation that brought little complaint from Bush.

Of course it didn't. He was living in daily fear of a mass revolt on the part of GOP members who, under pressure from home districts, might at any moment come out against his ridiculous war.

In other news and, speaking of spending people's money wisely how about that war in Iraq?

Projected cost by the Bush Administration and their oil war-mad cronies: $50 billion

Actual costs now forecast to hit $1.2 trillion.

Some days I suspect that "wise" doesn't mean what I think it means.

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I use that January '07 link because, to put things in perspective, you really need to take a good, hard look at the little graph on the left. The one that compares the annual cost of killing people in Iraq to our expenditures for offering preschool to all 3 and 4 year-olds in the country. The article includes other interesting suggestions for how $1.2 trillion could better have been spent and some discussion of costs that some of us might not have been considering before--like rebuilding the military afterwards. If there is an afterwards.

If you're in the mood to be impressed, you can take a look at this 2002 Congressional Budget Office prediction of $6B - $9B a month. We're now spending, if I remember correctly, about $8 billion a month, meaning that at least those budgeting guys can add.

Obviously, no neo-con nitwit could have predicted that we'd stay in Iraq for five or ten or fifteen years and since the Bush Administration doesn't take dissenting opinions well (Lawrence Lindsey was fired for suggesting the war might cost as much as $200 billion), it's just silly to think they'd have listened to any of the tens of thousands of voices, objecting to their proposals and assumptions, before they committed us to this disastrous course.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:08 PM


Comments

Thank you for this opinion. It is a further example of how the Bush Administration and especially Bush himself have already failed the American people.

I enjoyed your perspective.

Posted by: Michael at July 7, 2007 07:16 PM

Thank you so much--you just put into words exactly what made me so angry about this article. And with better factual support, too.

Posted by: Dave at July 8, 2007 02:08 PM

Thanks, guys.

It continues to amaze me how, after all this time, I can still get hot under the collar about how we were lied and misdirected and stampeded into Bush's personal little war.

Posted by: Anne at July 9, 2007 09:11 AM