The Ribald Reign of King George the Second

Thanks for (less than) Nothing

This just in, folks: George W. Bush is going to have to borrow money to cover the cost of those "rebate" checks he's sending to the already better-off.

That's right: Warren Buffett, George Soros, the Rockefellers and the Carnegies are going to get $600 checks they don't need, and George W. Bush is putting us into more collective debt to do it. It turns out Bush will have to borrow all the money he's sending out in those checks, plus $11 billion more, to cover his expenses.

Wasn't it candidate George W. Bush who said all this tax cut money was going to come from a surplus, and he'd leave enough left over to pay down the debt? No, I guess that couldn't have been the same fella. One of 'em must have just been a mannequin. You know, a talking dummy.

As we know, these debts will of course have to be repaid, with interest. And who do you think is going to have to pay the interest charges? Certainly not Bush himself - his business cronies have always helped him enough loopholes and shelters to keep him and his safe. No siree Bob, you and I and all the other little people are gonna have to pay that bill.

It's just like somebody waltzed into your house, signed you up for a credit card you didn't necessarily want, stuck a $300 or $600 (or, in my case, $131) cash advance down your throat, then sent you a bill for all that original money, plus some. And, oh yeah, he'd also like your thanks.

In most situations, we'd call that a crime. In the Bush era, it's what they call "enlightened policy." Unfortunately, the only thing it's going to enlighten is your own pocketbook. Thanks for less than nothing, George.

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