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Saturday, August 16, 2003

Back in black

Just after the power started returning to New York City in the wake of America's largest blackout since Columbus' invasion, McDonald's started flashing its neon arches -- probably just to show the world who gets priority treatment.

While the Washington Times was busy kissing Bush's ass trying to make him out to be an environmentalist, the "unpaid army of researchers" known as the "Blogosphere" was hard at work digging up the facts about Bush's latest lies.

BuzzFlash has a nice exposé of Bush's comments regarding this week's blackout. (Thanks to The Poison Dart for the link!) As soon as Bush tried to deceive people into believing that he has pushed for modernization of the electrical grid "all along," BuzzFlash points out just how untrue this is -- unless your definition of "all along" is no longer than 26 months. An excerpt from BuzzFlash:
In June of 2001, Bush opposed and the congressional GOP voted down legislation to provide $350 million worth of loans to modernize the nation's power grid... [T]he Bush Administration lobbied against [legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA)] and the Republicans voted it down three separate times...
So it most certainly wasn't "all along." In fact, if Bush and the Republicans are concerned at all now, it's only about covering their own asses.

No, Bush didn't want to spend $350,000,000 to improve the power grid. But he was willing to cut taxes for the rich while simultaneously spending billions (currently over $69,000,000,000) of the Americans' tax money to drop bombs on Iraq, install a puppet "government," and spread money and power among his friends.

While 50,000,000 residents of North America sat in darkness, Bush bathed in the riches of oil -- "black gold," "Texas tea."

UPDATE: Catch a caboodle of editorial cartoons about the blackout here.
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