Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Put up or shut up

Resident Bush's recent challenge to John Kerry to name the foreign leaders who would like to see Bush defeated is another Bush administration exercise in futility. We all know that the French, the Germans, the Russians, and many other nations were opposed to the war in Iraq. They also don't like the way Bush and his cronies have behaved towards the UN, International Treaties, the environment, trade, taxes, and many other issues that affect the whole world. They are amazed that Bush trashed the good will the whole world felt for us after 9-11. It doesn't take a genius, or even a C student, to realize these leaders would prefer someone else be in charge of the US.

In the final analysis, though, the Bush challenge for Kerry to put forward the names of these leaders is the ultimate in hypocrisy. Until Bush and his supporters put forward facts to back up these claims made by the President, I suggest they shut up:

"There is no doubt the Iraqi regime continues to possess the most lethal weapons ever devised."
(David Kay, among many others, said this is not true.)

"We found the weapons of mass destruction."
(He was referring to mobile hydrogen production trailers, which are not WMDs.)

"By far the vast majority of the help goes to the people at the bottom end of the economic ladder."
(Congress' bipartisan Joint Committee on Taxation said households making less than $40,000 - roughly the bottom half of the economic ladder - would receive only 10 percent of Bush's income tax cut.)

"This nation has got a deficit because we have been through a war."
(He said this two months after his own budget acknowledged that his economic policies and tax cuts for the wealthy - not the war - were what created the largest deficits in American history.)

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