August 27, 2002

"Wouldn't it be nice if just once, on some issue, the Bush administration came up with a plan that didn't involve weakened environmental protection, financial breaks for wealthy individuals and corporations and reduced public oversight?" - Paul Krugman, of course, in the NY Times.

"Bush Makes No Comments on the Economy on Monday and the Market Closes Up" - headline at

"There are few more sickening sights than George W. Bush wearing a lapel pin bearing an image of the American flag. Bush and his creepy henchmen can wrap themselves in nationalistic symbolism all they want, but these right-wing thugs aren't patriots. They may pledge allegiance to the flag, but they despise the republic for which it stands." - Ted Rall, via email.

"On one panel, Mr. Bush could be found in mutual fawning with his campaign contributor "Chuck" Schwab - Charles to us - no doubt oblivious to the fact that Chuck had just placed a nose behind Enron's Ken Lay and Global Crossing's Gary Winnick on Fortune's "Greedy Bunch" list of those executives who cashed out the most stock before their companies' shares tanked by 75 percent or more. Yet even this touching tableau, on a day when Schwab was laying off nearly 400 employees, did not stop CNN, MSNBC and Fox News from switching to such alternative programming as a picturesque natural gas explosion in a suburban California house." - Frank Rich in the NY Times.

"The American public's access to the White House has been severely restricted. So you may have an increased perception problem if, in fact, large contributors are getting access to the White House." - Larry Noble, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, on the BFEE donors' and, ummmm, large contributors' White House sleepovers.

"It's pretty interesting that all the generals see it the same way, and all the others who have never fired a shot and are hot to go to war see it another way." - Bush Administration's special Mideast envoy, retired Marine General Anthony Zinni, on the Bombing for Poll Numbers campaign (Note: see here for the Chickenhawk Database).

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