Monday, September 01, 2003

Rest Easy-- Shrubya's on the unemployment thingamabob

As painful as it was to do, I watched Shrubya deliver a speech in especially hard-hit Ohio today. My favorite line: "I want more people working." That should do the trick. Of course the backstory on that line, which he added himself to the speech, was that he wants more people working at the country club at which he most frequently golfs when in Texas. He noticed recently the service in the restaurant was bit slow, and the fella in the pro shop didn't seem to know his clubs.

What struck me most was the similarity to his father in the 1992 campaign. Due to a genetic defect preventing the display, and in Shrubya's case the feeling, of empathy, both deem it necessary to spell out what they are trying to convey. Unsure of his ability to deliver it, Shrubya pointed out, "I bring an optimistic message." His version of Daddy's, "Message: I care." Why so optimistic? Hell, he just told Donald Evans to make a dent in the unemployment rate by--expanding government one assistant secretary at the time.

RICHFIELD, Ohio (Reuters) - Feeling political heat over lost manufacturing jobs, President Bush marked Labor Day on Monday with the promise he will work to ensure nations attracting U.S. factories overseas have fair trade policies.

About 2.5 million of the 3 million U.S. jobs lost since Bush took office in January 2001 have been in the manufacturing sector, and Democrats hoping to unseat him in the 2004 election are using that to say Bush has been a failed steward of the U.S. economy.

Acknowledging that "there's a problem with the manufacturing sector," Bush said he had directed Commerce Secretary Don Evans to appoint an assistant secretary of commerce to focus exclusively on the needs of manufacturers.

How 'bout that! Your still gonna lose your jobs to companies bailing out of the good 'ol USA, but were gonna ask 'em to fight fair on their way out the door! Oh, and we're gonna find some way to cut their taxes anyway, just to make sure we're meeting their "needs." Feel better?

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