Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Fool Me Once....

If you don't read anything else all day, go read this Op-Ed by Paul Krugman in the NYTimes:
A charming man courts a woman, telling her that he's a wealthy independent businessman. Just after the wedding, however, she learns that he has been cooking the books, several employees have accused him of sexual harassment and his company is about to file for bankruptcy. She accuses him of deception. "The accountability moment is behind us," he replies.

Last week President Bush declared that the election was the "accountability moment" for the war in Iraq - the voters saw it his way, and that's that. But Mr. Bush didn't level with the voters during the campaign and doesn't deserve anyone's future trust.

Lemme see if I get this: Bush lied, hornswoggled, obfuscated, played a shell game with "moral values", invoked God to do evil, conned the Retard Right into finally electing him and, because he pulled it off, now it's OK ? As in, "Hey, suckers, I lied, cheated, and stole. I got away with it. I'm head honcho now, you did it and there's nothing you can do about it. Get over it. I'll do what I want. Fuck you." That about it?
Maybe we can't hold Mr. Bush directly to account for misleading the public about Iraq. But Mr. Bush still has a domestic agenda, for which the lessons of Iraq are totally relevant.

White House officials themselves concede - or maybe boast - that their plan to sell Social Security privatization is modeled on their selling of the Iraq war. In fact, the parallels are remarkably exact.

Still, there are two reasons why the selling of Social Security privatization shouldn't be another slam dunk.

One is that we're not talking about secret intelligence; the media, if they do their job, can check out the numbers and see that they don't match what Mr. Bush is saying. (A good starting point is Roger Lowenstein's superb survey in The Times Magazine last Sunday.)

The other is that we've been here before. Fool me once...

Bush, you only managed to fool enough people by a little bit. There is no statute of limitations on what you've done and I want to be there when the American sheeple figure out what a snow job you pulled on them. They'll be mad at themselves for being naive enough to let you get away with it, and then, because nobody likes to admit they 've been a fool, they'll transfer that anger to you and you'll hang. You haven't seen your "accountability moment" yet, motherfucker, and when you do, I and millions of other "reality-based" Americans will fucking come! (See Fixer's post)

If we let this arrogant fool destroy a social safety net that is the envy of the world and has served Americans well for over sixty years, by the same bullshit tactics he sold his bullshit war with, well, maybe we deserve to spend our Golden Years eating Wal-Mart dog food.

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