Friday, March 24, 2006

Musings 130--Lying dogs don't sleep

The old adage that one should "let sleeping dogs lie," just doesn't fill the bill for the Bushie lovers and enablers. "Lying dogs don't sleep," would be a better, more modern adage. Plus, dogs is a good way of referring to these administrative bootlickers.

The Bush jr. Administration has no better "lying dog" than Sean "Big Head" Hannity. He is constantly using half-truths and outright lies to aid the Bushies in their reshaping of America. Last night he was talking about how the unemployment rate is in the best shape it has ever been in. Well, that just isn't true. If you look to the left you will see a chart that plots the unemployment rate from Bush I, through Clinton and now Bush II. I stole this graph from the guys at Media Matters. David Brock, who runs that website is usually pretty reliable. (See Link)

If you notice, that under Clinton the last three years of unemployment ( 1998, 1999, 2000) were much better than current rates under Bush II. Granted they are going down now under Bush II, but I wonder how long this will last. Gas prices and healthcare costs could very well do away with the progress that has been made the last couple of years. It is also possible that new housing starts will flatten out this summer due to rising interest rates. If this happens, then, unemployment will rise. Construction workers are a large part of the employment market.

Dogs like Hannity and Rush, stay up nights inventing positive spin for this president. Recently, it has been the media's fault for the civil war in Iraq. Oh, wait...there is no civil war in Iraq. Those dead bodies that we find daily are just remnants of old feuds. Yep, it is called a civil war. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be an kangaroo, according to Hannity and his ilk.


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