September 20, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Liar, liar, Iraq on fire....

Matthew Y. asks the logical question concerning the President's failure to serve in the National Guard three decades ago, Does This Matter?

The fact that George W. Bush lies constantly about everything he does is very relevant to discussing his performance as commander-in-chief.

If I had my druthers this issue would be talked about by noting that he lies about Iraq ("my choice was to trust the word of a madman"), about Libya (where the deal had nothing to do with Iraq), about North Korea (where the US, and not the DPRK, was cheating on the agreed framework), about tax policy (among other things, said his plan cut taxes for everyone when it didn't), about health care policy (left $50 billion or so off the pricetag for his Medicare bill), and about education policy (keeps saying people either "oppose" or want to "water down" NCLB when they actually want to increase federal spending aimed at NCLB implementation).

Sadly, though, it's hard to get that stuff on the agenda. The press is more comfortable talking about lies that pertain to a person's personal life, such as this National Guard stuff.

But if it becomes established that Bush is a liar, that may make it easier to shed light on his policy-relevant lies.

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