Archive for January, 2004

The deficit and taxes

January 27th, 2004 – 8:29 pm
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Paul Krugman had an excellent column in today’s New York Times about what’s behind the skyrocketing deficit: A recent study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities does the math. While overall government spending has risen rapidly since 2001, the great bulk of that increase can be attributed either to outlays on defense and […]

The Onion on Bush-Cheney 2004

January 27th, 2004 – 8:26 pm
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From a very funny new article over on The Onion: Addressing guests at a $2,000-a-plate fundraiser, George W. Bush pledged Monday that, if re-elected in November, he and running mate Dick Cheney will “restore honor and dignity to the White House.” “After years of false statements and empty promises, it’s time for big changes in […]

One-party government

January 26th, 2004 – 9:37 pm
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In case you don’t find the current state of the nation scary enough, think about America as a one-party state (and that party being the Republicans). It’s closer to becoming a reality than you might think: We are at risk of becoming an autocracy in three key respects. First, Republican parliamentary gimmickry has emasculated legislative […]

Bush isn’t a deserter….he was just AWOL

January 26th, 2004 – 9:14 pm
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David Neiwert over at Ornicus has posted an excellent analysis of the current uproar caused by Michael Moore calling G.W. Bush a “deserter” while he was (as I understand it) campaigning for Wesley Clark. The Bush-ites apparently seem to think that because Bush didn’t actually desert (according to the legal definition) everything is just hunky-dory. […]

“Weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.”

January 25th, 2004 – 4:00 pm
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A fine post over on Electrolite: “Weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.” I just wanted to hear that again. “Weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.” Smoking gun-related activity program initiative! Conclusive evidence-related involvement postulation enterprise! This isn’t just moving the goalposts, it’s attaching the goalposts to a booster rocket and shooting them into the Sun. […]

My take on last week’s SOTU address

January 25th, 2004 – 2:59 pm
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Better late than never. Having read the transcript, it was about what I’d expected….lies, half-truths and spin. I was surprised that he made no mention of the soldiers who have died (and are still dying) in Iraq, but I suppose that fits with his policy of ignoring their funerals. I have no idea why he […]

Various reactions to the State of the Union

January 25th, 2004 – 2:53 pm
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It’s taken me longer to pull this post together than I’d planned, but here’s a whole bunch of news and commentary about Bush’s State of the Union address this past Tuesday: Bush launches US re-election bid — A straightforward report on the speech, but with an excellent choice of headline. George W Bush and the […]

Get Your SOTU On

January 25th, 2004 – 1:56 pm
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There’s a new Get Your War On comic about the State of the Union. It’s excellent, as always, so go and read it!

The State of the Union

January 20th, 2004 – 10:21 pm
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After the festival of lies about Iraq (and the economy) that Bush shared with us last year, I was hardly about the watch the thing this year and risk giving myself a stroke. I’ll be linking to the best of the post-SOTU analysis soon though (hopefully tomorrow). For now, check out Paul Krugman’s latest column […]

The Iowa caucuses

January 20th, 2004 – 10:18 pm
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As you may have heard by now, Kerry was the surprise winner in the Iowa caucuses, followed closely by Edwards, with Dean coming in a disappointing third and Gephardt getting totally wiped out. The blogs are filled with post-game analysis, and most of it’s a lot more insightful than what they’re peddling at CNN or […]