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I just read this (from cnn.com):
Bush said the U.S. economy was changing and that the government had a responsibility "to create an environment that increases more jobs and helps people find the skills to fill those jobs."

This is a college graduate. An Ivy League graduate, no less. I can only assume the man has an education vastly superior to my own, which does not involve a completed college degree or an Ivy League school, and therefore says what he means to say.
So what he's saying to us is that the government has a responsibility to increase more jobs. Does this mean 'increase the quantity of jobs out there' (which is not in fact what it says), or does this mean 'increase the scope of work involved in more extant jobs' (which seems to actually be what it says)?

Oh, but according to the embattled tormented besieged insanely hugely funded Re-Elect Bush campaign, the Democrats are histrionic and indulging in partisan ad hominem attacks.

How did I forget.

Again I'd point folks to the 'Case Against George Walker Bush' stuff I tacked up in my memories (found here): a few entries about the last couple years in politics and things that just made my stomach churn.

Elect someone else.

  • No comment by anyone I've seen about how it's suddenly a big priority, in an election year, to find Osama bin Laden. And it wasn't, say, at the beginning of 2002, or during 2003. But now it is.
    • I've distinctly noticed that, yeah.

      A lot of foreign papers reported on a statement made by some Palestinian minister or other re: bin Laden having basically been kept on a shelf until now, tucked away somewhere he couldn't get out of until the US was ready to go get him.
      • Re: I've distinctly noticed that, yeah.

        Er Pakistani minister, not Palestinian.
        • Re: I've distinctly noticed that, yeah.

          Has anyone drawn the obvious conclusion from this? I mean, about the value of the war on terror to the Bush Administration? I guess not. The Patriot Act doesn't even merit a byline anymore, and nobody connects the presence of all these ex-Reagan staffers with the last war on terror...
          • Re: I've distinctly noticed that, yeah.

            At any rate, he was a C graduate, but I'm coming to the opinion that college graduates are just ordinary tards with a fine polish. At least in the States. I know I gained nothing from college except for a piece of paper and a fine Iron Maiden collection.
            • Re: I've distinctly noticed that, yeah.

              I'd add an ability to bounce a quarter into a shot glass while drunk, but I'd already mastered that skill before I got to college. It wasn't nearly as much fun when nobody else could do it. Snif.
  • I'm trying, I'm trying!
  • One of those stories is from Fox News, though. Getting their opinion of Democrats is like walking into a Black Panthers meeting and asking if anyone's a Nate Forrest fan.
    • YOU! are correct.

      Deliberately lifted that from foxnews.com: if anybody were to be defined as indulging in partisan ad hominem attacks...
  • Maybe, she says sarcastically, it has something to do with the recent studies on how horribly fat the average American is and how obesity is rapidly becoming the biggest preventable US killer, well above terrorism or even cigarettes, almost. So perhaps we need to "increase more jobs" because the size of our collective national butts have increased. Our president is surely informed of the importance of ass coverage.

    Or if our Prez actually intended to say something about, say, creating more jobs, perhaps we should start with a White House speech coach and grammar expert.

    Or maybe we could outsource the White House to India. And forget to give the senior staff malaria pills.
  • Oh, dig it, same story:

    In acknowledging anxiety over manufacturing job losses, outsourcing and rising health and retirement costs, Bush drew a parallel to 15 or 20 years ago, when the rise of the Japanese auto industry had some people predicting the end of the U.S. automotive sector.

    Note that he doesn't actually say how we beat back the Japanese competition, by extreme protectionism. Tariffs, trade barriers, subsidies to US companies, etc. Quite the opposite of 'free trade.' Nor does he address the fact that most of those manufacturing jobs lost in the 80s never came back. Certainly the 80s wages never did.

  • http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=34323

    hmmm so perhaps he is going to invest more in colleges so people can affordably get medical careers?
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