Apr 29, 2005

Dumb and Dumberer. Fox Picks Paris, Shaves Bush

I've got a hangover from a rare event last night. No, it wasn't drinking or partying--I wish. It was a presidential press conference, a rarer than a blue moon, in his lordship of G.W. Bush. Well, let's be fair, the guy is just wrapping up a two-month tour touting his Social (in)Security plan. He spoke to many Americans, planted by the Repubs in those fake "town hall" settings. Even last night, our leader couldn't give a straight answer. Anyway, I won't lose sleep over another Bush press conference in prime time for a while now. Hey, did you notice that FOX (in New York at least) cut Bush short towards the end of his conference because it wanted to run The Simple Life with Paris Hilton! Well, I don't really blame Fox News for doing this; Bush wasn't saying anything relevant or illuminating (that would be the day).
I was primed today to write something about the non-news Bush would made last night, but today on a second thought, I'll just let you have a few morsels to chew in your mind during the rush hour on your way home this evening.
The House relented and voted to go back to the old standard of ethics. In the last Congress, the Repub-dominated Ethics Committee had admonished the corrupt Repub leader Delay. That didn't sit well with the leadership, so in the new Congress (emerged after last election in 2004), they threw out the Repub chairman who dared to enforce the ethics rules & punish Delay, and for good measure, they changed the rules to shield Tom "The Hammer" Delay! That was under the Repub plan to establish, first, one-party rule, and then a theocratic state.
But, the pile of dung kept getting bigger and stinkier and now the Repub Majority leader Delay is so filthy that the Repubs are realizing that holding on to someone who's covered in elephant dung is not a good thing.
I expect things to return to normal as the Ethics Committee will now be used to go after those Dems who started the whole thing against Delay. As any zookeeper would say, incompatible animals will soon attack each other, especially when the food is scarce. Let's keep it that way, otherwise those omnivores will turn on us for fresh meat. This has happened before. Actually, this was the expectation of the Repub leadership: don't attack us, we won't attack you. Sure, we'll have an ethics committee! Wink, wink, ya know what I mean?


Anonymous said...

Of course the Republicans want to establish one-party rule in this country.
Take for example the changing of the fillibuster rule in the Senate. Some more reasonable conservatives have pointed out that changing the rules may come back to haunt their party because the Republicans won't be in the majority for ever!
Really? That's not the view of the current Rep. leadership!
Not to mention that some of them are rapturists who believe in the end of times (coming soon) so the new kingdom will come under their reign!
Justine, NY

Anonymous said...

As Think Progress points out, Bush is now defining people who are "better off" as anyone earning over $20,000/year. When selling his tax cuts, he defined people who were the "lowest income taxpayers" as anyone earning under $100,000.

Do you think life necessities got cheaper since? I don't think so. In America, outside the big cities, everyone needs to drive, so when Bush took over in 2001, the price of gas here in NJ was about $1/gallon. Now, it's $2.20! That makes a huge dent in my disposable income. My friends across the river are paying around $2.50-2.65/gallon.

I wonder whether Bush and his friends have any concept of what $20,000 are.... They're multi-millionairs, never had to struggle to pay rent, for food, health care, etc. So, he says now that if you earn more than that you're better off!! BEtter off compared to what???!!!

Kent, NJ

Anonymous said...

I don't know if Shrub believes this, but last night he distanced himself from those who argue that the Democrats oppose any judicial nominee because they former oppose the Xtian nature of the latter!

Shrub, at least on record, took a different position than his father... The then VP Bush senior gave an interview in 1987...
This from the blog Eschaton:
Sherman: What will you do to win the votes of the Americans who are atheists?

Bush: I guess I'm pretty weak in the atheist community. Faith in God is important to me.

Sherman: Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists?

Bush: No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God!


Anonymous said...

Yeah, most of us prefer Paris without a bush. Maybe because we're not into Bush! I should know, I'm an aborigine.
The Bushman, AU

Anonymous said...

I have to say that the press corps(e) stinks! Those were softball questions and no good follow-ups. It's embarrassing to see these reporters being so passive, especially when this White House has been one of the most secretive in decades.
I think Jeff Gannon/Guckert--you know the male prostitute--was right at home at the White House press room. Why, he should be the president of the corps(e).


Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight.. when Bush talks about Social Security, those "better off" are anyone who makes over $20,000 a year!

When he talked about tax breaks during the campaign, he classified those better off as the ones making over $100,000 (or, was it $300,000?).

That's pure bushwacking in my opinion.