I was driving home to DC from a work assignment in Richmond, Virginia, when I happened to flip to a radio channel playing Bush’s speech about the economic “crisis.”
I have to admit he made a pretty compelling argument. I almost was impressed and I might have been convinced if I didn’t remember another time you told us a BIG decision had to be made in a rush.
Let’s flash back more than five years, shall we. Back to when Bush said we needed to act immediately to prevent Saddam Hussein from using weapons of mass destruction against us.
Do you remember this phrase? Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised. —George W Bush, March 18, 2003.
If you need a short refresher check out this blog Weapons of Mass Destruction: Who Said What When posted in 2003.
Being a reporter whose job is to write about companies such as Lehman Brothers, I’m finding it VERY hard not to get politically involved and tell my Congressional Reps what I think they should do about the financial situation. But this time I can’t resist saying just a little.
So here’s my message to Bush.
How can I believe you?
How can I believe the boy who cried wolf about WMD? It doesn’t matter whether you knew or didn’t know WMD was a lie. What you told us about WMD was a lie.
Please, don’t use trigger phrases meant to invoke panic like “millions of people will loose their jobs.”
And would it really be a bad thing if it became harder to get credit? Weren’t easy lines of credit what got us here in the first place?
Please, Mr. President, please. How can I believe you when your advisers used to work for the very companies that you seek to rescue?
How can I believe you when you’ve given me a foundation of sand on which to stand.