I think we are living through one of those times that will be a huge chapter in the history books a hundred years from now...if there are any history books or anybody left that can read, a hundred years from now. WE have a monumental contradiction on our hands.
I was thinking and it occurred to me that this statement involving two leaders of sovereign nations involves one stating something that is true...and one stating something that is false:
"Saddam Hussein is a man who told the world he wouldn't have weapons of mass destruction, but he's got them." -- George W. Bush, Nov. 3, 2002
Saddam was telling the truth by the way. There is no way around the fact that we as a nation, were led into a war under pretenses that were not true.
"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us." -- Vice President Cheney, Aug. 26, 2002.
No Doubt? They knew better than that, even then.
As a Nation, America seems unwilling to face what it has done. At the very least let's learn from the awful truth of Iraq:
Our leaders made serial misjudgements and lied to us about it.
Now they are hellbent to screw Social Security. Yesterday, in a guest appearance, Frankie Roosevelt warned us:
"In our efforts to provide security for all of the American people, let us not allow ourselves to be misled by those who advocate short cuts to Utopia or fantastic financial schemes."
Social Security is in immenent danger of a 13 trillion dollar train wreck, they say. Why? because the Social Security trust fund, that would be all the money you and I have paid in social security payments...all of it...has been spent. It's gone! In its place are obligations of the US Treasury. Up until George W. Bush took power, U.S. Treasury Notes were considered the safest investments on earth. Now our President is telling us that is no longer true?
So what does he propose to save us from his mythical $13 Trillion disaster? A $15 trillion disaster:
"Privatization would cost an additional $3 trillion in its second decade, $5 trillion in the decade after that and another $5 trillion in the decade after that. By the time privatization started to save money, if it ever did, the federal government would have run up around $15 trillion in extra debt."
Of course the real reson Bush can say that SS is in trouble is that he stole the money...and lied about it. Here are two Bush quotes:
BUSH PLEDGES NOT TO TOUCH SOCIAL SECURITY SURPLUS... "We're going to keep the promise of Social Security and keep the government from raiding the Social Security surplus." [President Bush, 3/3/01]
...BUSH SPENDS SOCIAL SECURITY SURPLUS The New York Times reported that "the president's new budget uses Social Security surpluses to pay for other programs every year through 2013, ultimately diverting more than $1.4 trillion in Social Security funds to other purposes." [The New York Times, 2/6/02]
So with a history of lying and monumental bad hudgement, we are going to let them work their majic on Social Security? Jeez, are we insane for letting them get away with this?
This is very very good (Thanks to Berube for pointing it out):
"Appreciate this. Understand that the people killing us in Iraq aren’t motivated by Gore Vidal or inspired by Susan Sontag or organized by Michael Moore or in cahoots in any way with any of the right’s celebrity piñatas - not literally, not metaphorically, not if you look at it in a certain way, not to any infinitesimal degree, not in any sense, not in any way at all. They do not lead a clandestine international conspiracy of Evil which has corrupted everything in every foreign country plus everything in America not owned by loyal Bush Republican apparatchiks; nor are they members of such a conspiracy; nor does a conspiracy remotely matching that description exist. To think otherwise is, literally and to a very great degree, insanity. It is insane."
See! FundXtians at work, again. Read the Poor Man:
The Poor Man