Truth to Power

SOTU: STFU

In case you had something more fun and enriching to do instead of watching King George cluck, such as giving your dog a pedicure, TTP performs a vital public service and gives a quick recap:

“Blah blah blah. Platitude, lie, distortion, blah, blah, smirk, lie, thank you.”

No one can fault our kings steadfastness. He lied to get the job, and he’s lied everyday since. For example:

Bush said: “The people’s trust in their Government is undermined by congressional earmarks – special interest projects that are often snuck in at the last minute, without discussion or debate.”

FACT – BUSH HAS ENGAGED IN HIS OWN EARMARKING: In 2007, Bush stuffed approximately 580 earmarks worth $15.6 billion into his appropriation request for military construction and veterans affairs. Bush’s earmarks included $24 million for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program and “$8.9 million for the Points of Light foundation, a pet project started by his father, former President George H.W. Bush.” [Washington Examiner, 11/15/07]

FACT – BUSH HAS REPEATEDLY SIGNED PORK-LADEN BILLS INTO LAW: According to the Congressional Research Service, there were 997 earmarks in the Fiscal 2000 defense appropriation bill. By the Fiscal 2005 law that Bush signed into law, there were 2506 earmarks, “more than two and half times the number contained the Fiscal 2000 bill.” In the bill funding the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, the number of earmarks grew from 291 in 2000 to 3,014 in 2005. [Lilly, 1/28/08]

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For those of you gluttons for punishment, Think Progress gives the reality of our lying tyrant’s hopefully last SOTU address.


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