Friday, November 19, 2004
New York Times, Nov. 17:
New CIA chief Porter Goss has told employees that they are expected to "support the administration and its policies in our work," a copy of the internal memorandum shows.
"As agency employees we do not identify with, support or champion opposition to the administration or its policies," Goss said in the memo circulated Monday at the Central Intelligence Agency. He added that he was seeking "to clarify beyond doubt the rules of the road." ...
... 51 U.S. troops and eight Iraqi security forces have died in the Falluja offensive, while 425 U.S. and 43 Iraqi forces have been wounded. ...
Congress sent President Bush an $800 billion boost in the federal borrowing limit on Thursday, spotlighting how the budget has lurched out of control in recent years and how hard it will be to afford future initiatives.
The funny thing about liars like Bush is that you can detect the severity of the lies by the inflection in their voices. In this case, the Bush soundbite I heard this morning was about "reforming" the tax code. But it really doesn't matter what the issue might be.
When I worked as a Teamster warehouseman at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, I remember hearing the same inflection from my shop steward. Our union was in the middle of a contentious labor dispute with the company, but instead of focusing on the common enemy, the shop steward was more interested in protecting his chosen cronies by giving them cushy jobs at the expense of the rest of the union workers. By surrounding himself by his supporters, the shop steward, like Bush, hoped to insulate himself and prolong his power. The company recognized his selfish interest and gave him enough rope to hang himself and the rest of us. In the end, management essentially busted our union. It doesn't exist anymore. Jobs have been outsourced. The work force has been drastically reduced. The seniority system abolished. Two and three tier wage scales have been implemented.
My point is that whenever the shop stewart addressed us, either one-on-one or in a group, he had a certain manner of speaking. The lilt of his voice seemed to ascend toward the end of each sentence, leaving his final words of indecsion and deceit dangling. His minions adapted a similar way of speaking. The shop stewart and his ilk were trying to act like they had everything under control; that they were looking after all of us equally. Those of us on the other side, who were constantly being dumped on, knew differently. That's exactly the way Bush's voice sounds nowadays. Anybody who has ever been bullshitted can hear it in his voice.