Let us drink our Victory tea and smoke our Victory cigarettes. We will win the perpetual war with Eurasia!

Maybe it’s just because I’m in a bad mood this week, but I think my cynicism with the current administration has reached new heights. Bush has made it clear this week that he’s the “lapdog”:http://stinging-nettle.blogspot.com/2005_04_01_stinging-nettle_archive.html#111452795567051516 (or, rather, “here”:http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/04/25/bush.saudi/) of the Saudis and thinks the answer to high oil prices is more oil. Anyone having been exposed to Econ 101 might guess that, well, yes, a higher supply might lower prices, and that’s true. However, see a “previous entry”:http://www.ibiblio.org/smiley/blog/pivot/entry.php?id=267 and its linked article. Sure, a “bigger needle” might make things better for now, but there are a lot of complicating issues lurking behind the deceptively simple supply and demand argument that are going to get real ugly if we ignore them. Of course, blaming all our economic woes on high energy prices and not laying out at least a vision for dealing with the long-term energy needs rings very hollow.

So, we move onto Social Security. Now, I’m not a big fan of our current system. And Bush talks a nice talk, with the voluntary accounts and nonesuch. And given that both sides of the Social Security argument feel the need to “skew”:http://factcheck.org/article.aspx?docID=319 the “facts”:http://factcheck.org/article305.html, I have little faith that our government is going to produce anything viable. I mean, here’s a man who talked about the joys of limited government in his 2000 campaign, and then did almost the complete opposite. A potentially large chunk of my retirement has been reduced to political weaponry to make politicians look bad. Great.

And Bush talks up multilateral talks with North Korea, and emphasizes the importance of the Chinese roll. What he leaves out is the importance of the North Korean role at the table. And the right is talking up the potential for Kim Jong Il to deliver a nuclear weapon to the U.S., and of course this is the reason Bush has to deploy his “faith-based missile defense”:http://stinging-nettle.blogspot.com/2004_11_01_stinging-nettle_archive.html now. What is left out is that it’s more effective to sell the nuclear weapon to al-Qaeda or some other stupid gun group so they can sent a nutjob into the center of New York or Los Angeles with a dirty suitcase bomb. Oh, and the fact that their “smart rock”-based system doesn’t work very well.

And right-wingers are so upset about the fact that Bush got asked a few questions harder than Guckert/Gannon/whoverthehellheis “would ask”:http://boortz.com/nuze/200504/04292005.html#press_conference. Keep the hard questions coming! Make ’em harder! Our government needs to be held accountable for everything it does, despite the opinions of the current administration.

Of course, there’s the obligatory “No timeframe for Iraq withdrawal but Real Soon Now!™” It’s not that I want a timeframe for Iraq withdrawal, I want something other than this fake optimism while the real truth gets slipped into the memoryhole.

Thankfully, Mr.-All-Hat-and-No-Cattle’s press conferences are rare. Maybe the polls, except for the Fox News one of course, will show how empty Mr. Bush’s words ring.

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