Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Bush Up-is-Down-ism 

The Times gets a little feisty and actually puts two and two together. Well, they got three, but they get an A for effort!

[M]any administration officials are taking credit for spreading largess through programs that President Bush tried to eliminate or to cut sharply.

For example, Justice Department officials recently announced that they were awarding $47 million to scores of local law enforcement agencies for the hiring of police officers. Mr. Bush had just proposed cutting the budget for the program, known as Community Oriented Policing Services, by 87 percent, to $97 million next year, from $756 million.

The administration has been particularly energetic in publicizing health programs, even ones that had been scheduled for cuts or elimination.

Tommy G. Thompson, the secretary of health and human services, announced recently that the administration was awarding $11.7 million in grants to help 30 states plan and provide coverage for people without health insurance. Mr. Bush had proposed ending the program in each of the last three years.

The administration also announced recently that it was providing $11.6 million to the states so they could buy defibrillators to save the lives of heart attack victims. But Mr. Bush had proposed cutting the budget for such devices by 82 percent, to $2 million from $10.9 million.
(via Times)

That was the windup—the pitch—

Whether they involve programs Mr. Bush supported or not, the grant announcements illustrate how the administration blends politics and policy, blurring the distinction between official business and campaign-related activities.

Eesh. Outside and away, all the way to the backstop.

No, the announcements don't illustrate the "blend of politics and policy." Give me a break.

They illustrate how the administration just flat out lies. Up is down. "We had to cut the program's budget in order to save it."

And the story illustrates how the press, and the Times, keeps giving Inerrant Boy a free pass.

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