Sunday | January 05, 2003
Bush drops monthly layoff report
Kos here. Yeah, I know I'm on hiatus, but what the heck. Check out the headline in this story:
Bush ends break to figh economic, foreign threatsWhat the F? Since when does the White House communications office write Reuters' headlines? He didn't end his break to fight those "threats". He ended his break because he's been on vacation a ridiculous amount of time, and another 10-day break was already long enough for a nation suffering a barrage of bad news. The dude was going to have to return to work at some point, threats or no threats.
But we're going to be seeing lots of these headlines as Rove and Co. push hard to make it look like Bush is "doing something". But their biggest accomplishment on their war against the economy? Check out this gem (reprinted in full until the AP lawyers contact me):
The Bush administration has dropped the government's monthly report on mass layoffs, which also had been eliminated when President Bush's father was in office.Like father, like son. Employment figures put the administration in a bad light? Kill the report. This is despicable even by Bush's standards, but I do wonder to myself: "Why do these things surprise me?" This administration has become the most secretive in recent memory. And sorry, but Ari does not persuade:
Asked if there was anyone in the administration who was a consistent advocate of openness, who argued that secrecy hurt as well as helped, Mr. Fleischer said President Bush was that person. He said that was exemplified by the fact that while "the president reserved the authority to try people under military tribunals, nobody has been tried under military tribunals."(He just keeps them locked up indefinitely without access to lawyers, courts, or the media.) Posted January 05, 2003 11:15 AM | Comments (18)