blogenlust
9.02.2004

Bush's RNC Speech


I think the AP pretty much sums it up: "Bush Leaves Out Complex Facts in Speech":
President Bush's boast of a 30-member-strong coalition in Iraq masked the reality that the United States is bearing the overwhelming share of costs, in lives and troop commitments. And in claiming to have routed most al-Qaida leaders, he did not mention that the big one got away. Bush's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night brought the nation a collection of facts that told only part of the story, hardly unusual for this most political of occasions. He took some license in telling Americans that Democratic opponent John Kerry "is running on a platform of increasing taxes." Kerry would, in fact, raise taxes on the richest 2 percent of Americans as part of a plan to keep the Bush tax cuts for everyone else and even cut some of them more. That's not exactly a tax-increase platform. And on education, Bush voiced an inherent contradiction, dating back to his 2000 campaign, in stating his stout support for local control of education, yet promising to toughen federal standards that override local decision-making. "We are insisting on accountability, empowering parents and teachers, and making sure that local people are in charge of their schools," he said, on one hand. Yet, "we will require a rigorous exam before graduation."
Additionally, Bush proposed a few ambitious domestic programs, such as more funding for community colleges and rural health care centers. He also discussed his plans to make his tax cuts permanent. Of course, he failed to point out that it would be virtually impossible to fund these domestic programs if we didn't have the tax revenue to pay for them. Nevermind the fact that it makes no sense to have permanent tax cuts in a time of perpetual war. I fear, though, that the "say it, explain it later" theory will be in effect, and people will eat this shit up.