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Wednesday, July 02, 2003  

Speaking of listing, how about the label "liar" that seems to be sticking on the President's lapel? Two fine bits today that will be fun to see him try to wiggle out of.

The first, from Dana Milbank, who identifies the President as, ahem, a revisionist historian.

"Two-and-a-half years ago, we inherited an economy in recession," he told donors at a Bush-Cheney '04 reception yesterday in Miami. He has raised the same accusation in fundraising appearances since mid-June in Washington, Georgia, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

At the time, Bush accepted the [National Bureau of Economic Research's] verdict with perfect accuracy. "This week, the official announcement came that our economy has been in recession since March," he said in his radio address the next weekend. "And unfortunately, to a lot of Americans, that news comes as no surprise. Many have lost jobs or seen their hours cut. Many have seen friends or family laid off. The long economic expansion that started 10 years ago, in 1991, began to slow last year. Many economists warned me when I took office that a recession was beginning, so we took quick action."

Then, last summer, Bush revised his history of when the recession began. Beginning in August 2002, he began to say that "we did, in fact, inherit an economic recession." Addressing Republican governors in September, he declared: "I want you all to remember that when Dick Cheney and I got sworn in, the country was in a recession." In May of this year, Bush even gave the recession an official starting date three weeks before he took office, saying "our nation went into a recession, starting January 1 of 2001."

Whoops. And not only is this another lie (hmmm, better update the Dossier), but it exposes another of the weaknesses of the Bush economy. Even if he had inherited a recession, his tax cuts have done nothing to reverse the process. After a few years, you gotta own up to your lame policies.

posted by Jeff | 9:50 PM |
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