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Saturday, October 16, 2004

You gotta just LOVE the internet

Here is another example of the completely outrageous stuff that runs around the Internet everyday. It is very typical of the Right Wing to put this stuff out so that the sheep of the world go BAAA BAAA and not their head in agreement. It is a very "Rovian" method. Ascribe philosophies and sound bites to the Left, especially if they don't actually ever believe that, and put fear in the hearts of Americans.

My comments are posted blatantly in-between. What cracks me up the most is that the Right still has to go out of their way to bash Clinton 3.75 yrs after he is out of office. What it has to do with this election is beyond me.

Anyway on to the comedy bits (again):


I'm trying to get all this political stuff straightened out in my head so I'll know how to vote come November. Right now, we have one guy saying one thing. Then the other guy says something else. Who to believe. Lemme see; have I got this straight?

Clinton awards Halliburton no-bid contract in Yugoslavia - good...
Bush awards Halliburton no-bid contract in Iraq - bad...

Any President awarding a no bid contract is bad.

Clinton spends 77 billion on war in Serbia - good...
Bush spends 87 billion in Iraq - bad...

It's 120 billion. The war in Serbia was a NATO operation that America was part of. The war in Iraq was a unilateral attack on a dictatorship.

Clinton imposes regime change in Serbia - good...
Bush imposes regime change in Iraq - bad...

Again, this was a NATO operation, not a unilateral operation.

Clinton bombs Christian Serbs on behalf of Muslim Albanian terrorists-good...
Bush liberates 25 million from a genocidal dictator - bad...

See the NATO comments. This author obviously has the notion that past administrations operated in the same manner as this one.

Clinton bombs Chinese embassy - good...
Bush bombs terrorist camps - bad...

Clinton was soundly berated Nationally and Internationally for bombing the Chinese embassy. There is no one who has berated Bush for bombing terrorist camps.

Clinton commits felonies while in office - good...
Bush lands on aircraft carrier in jumpsuit - bad...

No felonies were charged to President Clinton before or after his Presidency, although there was attempt to impeach him. Nothing wrong with Bush landing on an aircraft in a jumpsuit, and it was not the Administration who put the "Mission Accomplished" sign up, it was a done by some sailors.

No mass graves found in Serbia - good...
No WMD found Iraq - bad...

Uhhh lets see. There were mass graves found in YUGOSLAVIA. NATO didn't go to war in YUGOSLAVIA due to mass graves anyway. However this Administration DID go to war in Iraq over WMD's that "absolutely" existed.

Stock market crashes in 2000 under Clinton - good...
Economy on upswing under Bush - bad...

I want to know where this person lives? Where is the economic upswing? Just yesterday the number of jobless applications for first time unemployment spiked again.

Clinton refuses to take custody of Bin Laden - good...
World Trade Centers fall under Bush - bad...

Who offered custody of Bin Laden to Clinton? When? I'll take this one on the chin if I'm wrong. Clinton DID fumble around like an idiot in the early 90's regarding Bin Laden and terrorists. But hindsight is easily 20-20. And yes it was not bad but HORRIBLE about 9\11. What kind of sicko writes this stuff.

Clinton says Saddam has nukes - good...
Bush says Saddam has nukes - bad...

Again both were BAD. The 9/11 commissions specifically put blame on both administrations. Read the report, I have, did you?

Clinton calls for regime change in Iraq - good...
Bush imposes regime change in Iraq - bad...

The Clinton Administration called for regime change through peaceful means of economic sanctions and support of internal groups. This has been the American way of doing things from Cuba to South Africa. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Bush imposed Regime Change in Iraq in a unilateral war. And by the way lets get some things clear: The "Left" 1) supports our troops in Iraq. 2) Supported the need for regime change in Iraq. 3) Takes issue with the METHOD of change, not the need.

Terrorist training in Afghanistan under Clinton - good...
Bush destroys training camps in Afghanistan - bad...

Why is this bad again? Cite sources where anyone criticized the destruction of Training camps in Afghanistan.

Milosevic not yet convicted - good...
Saddam turned over for trial - bad...

Huh? I think this is backwards. The Milosevic trial is a joke, and having the Iraqi's put Saddam to trial in their own country is fantastic.

Ahh, it's so confusing!

I think this is because the writer listens to way to much talk radio.

Every year an independent tax watchdog group analyzes the average tax burden on Americans, and then calculates the "Tax Freedom Day".

This is the day after which the money you earn goes to you, not the government. This year, tax freedom day was April 11th. That's the earliest it has been since 1991. It's latest day ever was May 2nd, which occurred in 2000. Notice anything special about those dates?

Recently, John Kerry gave a speech in which he claimed Americans are actually paying more taxes under Bush, despite the tax cuts. He gave no explanation and provided no data for this claim.

Well actually he did support the claim. He uses cites increased State and Local taxes which are an inadvertent reaction to the Bush Tax cuts as his support. He also makes the claim by speaking of percentages, and due to the recession with incomes lower, tax burdens as a percentage of income are higher. It may be fuzzy maths, but it was supported

Another interesting fact: Both George Bush and John Kerry are wealthy men. Bush owns only one home, his ranch in Texas. Kerry owns 4 mansions, all worth several million dollars. (His ski resort home in Idaho is an old barn brought over from Europe in pieces. Not your average A-frame).

Actually Theresa owns these properties which she inherited from her late husband, who was a Republican.

Bush paid $250,000 in taxes this year; Kerry paid $90,000. Does that sound right? The man who wants to raise your taxes obviously has figured out a way to avoid paying his own.

Well did they have the same income? I do believe that the President makes more than a Senator. That and the fact that at this point I doubt these numbers are accurate.
posted by Mike 8:19 AM

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