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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

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 8 lies you will hear tomorrow

Check out today's column by Paul Krugman detailing eight lies Bush keeps repeating at the debates. Here's a sampling:
Jobs: Mr. Bush will talk about the 1.7 million jobs created since the summer of 2003, and will say that the economy is 'strong and getting stronger.' That's like boasting about getting a D on your final exam, when you flunked the midterm and needed at least a C to pass the course....

Unemployment: [T]he employed fraction of the population didn't rise at all....

The deficit: Congressional Budget Office estimates show that [the Bush] tax cuts caused about two-thirds of the 2004 deficit.

The tax cuts: [B]udget office numbers show that most of Mr. Bush's tax cuts went to the best-off 10 percent of families, and more than a third went to the top 1 percent, whose average income is more than $1 million....


Mr. Kerry sometimes uses verbal shorthand that offers nitpickers things to complain about.... Mr. Bush's statements, on the other hand, are fundamentally dishonest....

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

His final comment is quite an indictment of the president and Krugman's fellow journalists:

"Mr. Bush's statements, on the other hand, are fundamentally dishonest. He is insisting that black is white, and that failure is success. Journalists who play it safe by spending equal time exposing his lies and parsing Mr. Kerry's choice of words are betraying their readers."

10:48 AM  
Blogger Knott said...

I am a great fan of Charlie Reese's thinking, if not of some of his stances. The fact that he's come out against Bush is one of the most compelling indictments of our current president that I can name....

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow.

5:07 PM  

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