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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

This would be amusing, if it didn't all matter so much

That seems to be my recurring thought on the idiocy of the presidential campaign. Anyway, on page one of Tuesday's Post Mike Allen submits this second parargraph to a story:

A staple of Bush's stump speech is his claim that his Democratic challenger, John F. Kerry, has proposed $2 trillion in long-term spending, a figure the Massachusetts senator's campaign calls exaggerated. But the cost of the new tax breaks and spending outlined by Bush at the GOP convention far eclipses that of the Kerry plan.

There was also Bush's farcical healthcare event on Monday:

I'm running against a fellow who has got a massive, complicated blueprint to have our government take over the decision-making in health care.

AUDIENCE: Booo!

THE PRESIDENT: His plan, if you listen carefully to what he says, would have bureaucrats become the decision-makers, and that would be wrong for America. As well, today, there's a independent study, which has been released, which says that his plan would cost the taxpayers $1.5 trillion in new government spending. Not only is his plan going to increase the power of bureaucrats in your lives, but he can't pay for it unless he raises your taxes.

Today, we're going to talk about a difference of opinion. It starts with -- you know, what would you expect from a Senator from Massachusetts? (Laughter and applause.)

Rank dishonesty and scare tactics, as per usual (how else is he going to get around the facts?), not to mention the habitual smearing of my home state, which only enjoys one of the highest living standards in the country and is home to some of the world's top medical facilities. Also, if Bush has a real plan to make healthcare more affordable and available, why the hell hasn't he started implementing it during his first term? God knows the 45 million people without insurance could use some help ASAP.