Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Here's Hoping He's Lying

Like many of you, I just heard El Presidente hold forth in the annual State of the Etc., etc. It seems to me that there's a remarkable symmetry.

Recall Bubba Clinton, delivering himself of a similar oration in early 1995. He was looking out at a Congress that had just passed from the control of his party to the GOP. He got up and declared that "the era of big government is over." Remember?

He didn't mean it, of course. He was doing what might technically be called "lying." Or maybe dissembling, or some other more polite term. In any case, the era of big government was not over. Big government, God help us, has prospered exceedingly in the years since.

So, tonight George the Slow looked out at a (very narrowly) Democratic Congress, and he said that the era of big government is here as never before! Health care! Energy! Security of every sort!

My hope is that he means that as little as did his predecessor.

In a related note, from the speech:
A second task we can take on together is to design and establish a volunteer Civilian Reserve Corps. Such a corps would function much like our military reserve. It would ease the burden on the Armed Forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them. And it would give people across America who do not wear the uniform a chance to serve in the defining struggle of our time.
So what's this about? Has Blackwater raised its prices too much? Or are they having the same recruitment problems as the uniformed legions?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wondered the same thing. Sounds like a sneaky way of getting more citizens to "volunteer" to serve in Little Boots' war; notice he says "It would ease the burden on the Armed Forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them."

Step right up folks!
itsmecissy

Bartleby said...

Yep. I'm also wondering what kind of wages Mr. Boots , errrr, Bush plans to offer the mercs, errr, civilians with critical skills. I've heard that the "contractors" have commanded some mad jack up to now.