Bush Will Personally Kill Colombian Labor Leaders if You Don't Pass His Stupid Trade Deal
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If we've learned anything about surviving the Bush era, it's this: As the number of Administration and Washington Post staff reiterating a single message increases, the probability of it all being one big, fat lie approaches one.
Yesterday our dumb president went on the teevee to force the legislative branch into a vote on a trade deal with Colombia within 90 days. And while Congress will be allowed to read and discuss the bill, they will not be permitted to amend it in any way, because of the democracy.
This trade pact is all very crucial, says Bush, because the murder rate of Colombian trade unionists has gone down this year, and you wouldn't want it to go back up now would you? Condi said basically the same thing in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, and of course the Post ran an editorial saying Obama must be crazy for " believing" the stories of violence at all, and on the right hand side of the same page George Will helpfully explains that last year "The murder rate of unionists was less than one-eighth the murder rate of Colombians generally."
Clearly we are just one Colin Powell power point presentation away from a never-ending blood spattered Colombian trade quagmire.