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Liar-side Chat™

As reported by the Associated Press, another classic liar-side chat [Saturday radio address] in which he lies about the work Congress is doing, but this time the AP writer calls him on it: Bush urges Congress to OK veterans bill

“Congressional leaders let the fiscal year end without passing this bill they know our veterans need,” Bush said in his weekly radio address. “The time to act is running out. … The best way members of Congress can give thanks to our veterans is to send me a clean bill that I can sign into law.”

Bush’s dig at Democrats didn’t tell the whole story.

Congress has never delivered to Bush a veterans affairs spending bill by Veterans Day, even when Capitol Hill was run by Republicans. And even veterans’ groups have been reluctant to criticize this year’s Congress for the delay, because they are thankful for large budget increases already engineered by Democrats since they assumed the majority in January. They added $3.4 billion to the veterans’ budget in February and $1.8 billion in May.

He adds to the VA’s work load without adding to the budget and no one is supposed to notice. He is going to veto whatever they send him, so there’s no use in rushing. He’ll claim it is too expensive, just as he will veto the Defense appropriation bill because it gives the troops a 3.5% raise, instead of 3%.

8 comments

1 hipparchia { 11.10.07 at 10:44 pm }

a clean bill, huh? no problemo.

nice to see the press doing at least a small part of their job,

2 Bryan { 11.10.07 at 11:53 pm }

A few of the brighter ones are getting embarrassed by what gets printed. There was no name associated with the report, just “staff writer.”

Oh, you didn’t appear instantly because you misspelled your e-mail account. The “forms” tool in Firefox takes care of that for me.

3 hipparchia { 11.11.07 at 12:32 am }

i saw that, the unidentified ap writer.

[there’s a reason why i didn’t like the forms tool, though i can’t remember now what it was. wouldn’t matter anywa\\\\9*/////// as

the kittens would find a workaround for that too.]

4 Bryan { 11.11.07 at 12:44 am }

Yes, it is difficult to type when the wrist rest is “occupied” and there’s a furry blob where the monitor should be.

It’s the grooming with one or more feet in the center of the keyboard that’s the big problem.

5 hipparchia { 11.11.07 at 1:05 am }

not to mention the 13-cat catfits, which are always superbly entertaining, if sometimes inconvenient.

6 Bryan { 11.11.07 at 12:11 pm }

Three to six going crazy is enough for me. Sox usually starts it with Dot, but Dot stops quickly as the “herd” picks up the pace.

7 hipparchia { 11.11.07 at 1:40 pm }

it’s not that all 13 critters here are coordinated exactly, and full pandemonium doesn’t always break out when a few of them go berserk. when it has happened, it seems to be the youngsters storming on one path through the place, the older crew racing to get out of the way, curmudgeon cat staging a counter-demonstration, and the dog gleefully chasing everybody.

i have very tolerant neighbors.

8 Bryan { 11.11.07 at 3:24 pm }

The time between occurrences lengthens considerably as they get older – if you can hold out and stay out of the path.