Thursday, October 14, 2004

Running government like a business 
Yup - just like Enron.
The U.S. government reached the $7.384 trillion legal limit on how much it can borrow, forcing the Bush administration to shuffle funds among accounts and prompting fresh Democratic criticism of the president's economic policies.

To avoid exceeding the cap, the Treasury said it would temporarily suspend contributions to a government pension program. The department's plan to announce new debt sales in early November won't be affected. Congress isn't expected to increase the amount of debt the Treasury can sell to fund approved government spending until sometime next month.

from Bloomberg, via Atrios

President "Pants On Fire" 
Liar Bush. Not exaggeration, out and out lies.

What he said before, video here, text here:
Q But don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.
But last night, when Senator Kerry called him on it, Bush pulled an I know you are but what am I?:
KERRY: ... Six months after he said Osama bin Laden must be caught dead or alive, this president was asked, "Where is Osama bin Laden? " He said, "I don't know. I don't really think about him very much. I'm not that concerned. "

We need a president who stays deadly focused on the real war on terror.

SCHIEFFER: Mr. President?

BUSH: Gosh, I just don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those exaggerations.

Of course we're worried about Osama bin Laden. We're on the hunt after Osama bin Laden. We're using every asset at our disposal to get Osama bin Laden.

BUSH: I say, here's some help, here's some trade adjustment assistance money for you to go a community college in your neighborhood, a community college which is providing the skills necessary to fill the jobs of the 21st century.
Okay - so ... I have already have a college degree, in a high-tech area that is growing ... but the jobs in high-tech, like manufacturing jobs before them, are moving offshore. What field am I supposed to switch to? I'm ALREADY in a "21st century" job. What should I go to that community college to learn? How to lock'n'load?

Canadian flu vaccine? 
BUSH: Bob, we relied upon a company out of England to provide about half of the flu vaccines for the United States citizen, and it turned out that the vaccine they were producing was contaminated. And so we took the right action and didn't allow contaminated medicine into our country.

We're working with Canada to hopefully -- that they'll produce a -- help us realize the vaccine necessary to make sure our citizens have got flu vaccinations during this upcoming season.
1 - the firm that produces those vaccines is Chiron - an AMERICAN company, that outsourced the vaccine production to the UK. 2 - which is it, Mr. Bush? Canadian drugs are too dangerous for Americans to buy, as you told us last week, or they're more trustworthy than drugs from anywhere else?

Quick take debate 3 
What else can I say?Another win for Kerry. Bush continues to look supercilious and sound whiny, while Kerry projects "presidential."

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