Excerpts and talking points for tonight's Bush speech

Because Bush will spout hollow sentiments like...


"Tonight so many victims of the hurricane and the flood are far from home and friends and familiar things. You need to know that our whole Nation cares about you -- and in the journey ahead you are not alone..."
...they'll be pushing callous and bankrupt talking points like:
"There’s always discussion about raising taxes but right when businesses and people are trying to get back on their feet in the gulf coast region, the worst thing we can do with these families is pop them with another tax."
Uhhh, couldn't you just not tax the victims? Couldn't you say... oh, i don't know, not repeal the estate tax that only effects 18,800 wealthy families and which costs America $100 billion? Or something...

Kevin Drum's fave is:
"This is going to require difficult decisions in Washington. It’s going to be important that we don’t have the same ol’ same ol’ that we see in Washington. Tough choices will be to have made and President Bush is willing to do that."
To which he responds:
"Let's get this straight. Bush is saying that (a) he's planning to spend $200 billion on reconstruction, (b) he won't raise any taxes, and (c) we shouldn't be pointing fingers because everybody's at fault here. Is there a tough choice hidden in there somewhere that I don't see?"
Private note to Bush: No matter how nervous you are about delivering a speech that can never actually make up for the fact that your inaction -- and the inaction of your corrupt appointments -- caused the deaths of Americans you were meant to protect, don't drink too much water beforehand.

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