Monday, September 13, 2004

Dick Cheney's Alternate Universe, Part I

(This is the first of an occasional series)

Wages have fallen 0.6% since President Bush took office, and while he's out on the stump telling Americans how the economy has "turned the corner," wage growth in July was the slowest in 20 months.

But this doesn't bother Vice President Dick Cheney.

Speaking Thursday in Cincinnati, Cheney said that indicators measuring economic milestones doesn't take into consideration those who make money selling goods on eBay.

"That’s a source that didn’t even exist 10 years ago,” Cheney said. “Four hundred thousand people make some money trading on eBay.”


And now, we take a closer look inside ...


Unidentified Ohio Home
Sept. 9, 2004

Dick: Honey, I have good news and bad news.

Lynne: What's the good news?

Dick: I spent the morning on eBay ...

Lynne: eBay?

Dick: You know, the auction website? Anyway, I've done the math, and if we sell the car, the kids' bedroom furniture, our wedding china, and all those baseball cards I collected when I was a kid, we could make $10,000, maybe more -- all on eBay.

Lynne: But Dick, I don't understand. The car? Our china? Why?

Dick: Well, that's the bad news. Honey, the factory outsourced my job to Bombay. And with you no longer getting any overtime, we have to cut some corners. You know how much Bobby's asthma medicine costs. ... But honey, I applied for a part-time job at Wal-Mart, and if that doesn't come through, there's always Burger King.

Lynne: Oh my God! Oh, honey!

Dick: No, it's ok. I was listening to the vice president driving back from Wal-Mart, and he said that the economy is better than some people say, because so many people are making money on eBay. That'll teach those liberal Harvard eggheads, huh?

Lynne: I can't wait to re-elect Vice President Cheney!

The End


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This script, though fictional, has a lot to say about people supporting Bush's economic policies without being able to say why. Despite the economy flushing down the toilet, Cheney says we can make money on EBay? Are people really losing their jobs while cheering on this and similar rubbish!?
I fear people have unconsciously bought the media approved Bush spin, without recognizing the damage this administration has done to them and their fellow citizens.
As an example, I know a middle-aged woman who each weekend hands out stacks of Bush-Cheney yard signs, balloons, pamphletes etc. at county fairs throughout the state. She also runs an email blog focused on GOP bile against Kerry's character, and Bushes campaign run in Pennslyvania. I regularly email her copies of this blog's post. I always ask her to please educate me, as a Bush supporter, with her rebuttal. I said it's important because her state has been especially hard hit by job losses resulting from Bush policies. (The Blog uses facts to force people like her to take a hard look at the real issues).
In typical fashion, she responded to the most recent Blog challenging Bush's claims about the U.S. being safer from terrorism by changing the subject to Bushie propoganda. She offered a long essay about the Swift Boat flap trashing Kerry. "Did you know that there is now an ongoing congressional investigation into Kerry having used fraud to win his medals?," she concluded. (That's a new one on me).
Does she represent the way mainstream America thinks when deciding whom to vote for on November 2?

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like I am not the only one who goes off subject on this blog. I found the alternate universe amusing--was waiting for Cheney to say he saved a ton of money switching to Geico. You can always find ignorant people out there. I believe most people, even republicans, are not psyched about the rising costs of drugs etc., the stagnation in wages, potential rise in inflation.....not many think the economy is doing all that well. Unfortunately, this election is not just about the economy. This time around, the economy is second. "Its the war, stupid" this time around. I had an economics professor in college that said every presidential election centers on the economy no matter what the candidates say or how they say it EXCEPT during war. Basically the only thing more important than money is safety.

On subject of this site- the media - has anyone anything to say about the potentially incorrect 60 minutes/CBS documents all over the news. Surprised this hasnt been mentioned here.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't want to speak for this blog, but I bet David is goint to let the GOP sites trash CBS. David?

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it is "the War stupid," and not "the economy stupid, that is all the more reason to vote for Kerry. Unfortunately, it is the perception created by the Bush Administration that the U.S. is safer -- not the reality.
People have lined up like sheep to adapt the Bush false mantra.
Adding fuel to David's posting the other day, I read a report recently where most every counter terrorism expert agrees that Iraq has created a feeding ground for Al Quada while making the world more vulnerable to terrorist attacks.
As for the controversy other the Bush memos, you'll observe the same right-wing columnists calling for CBS to eat goat as the ones who've advocated the similarilly questionable allegations by the Swift Boat crew. Hypocrisy.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jon Stewart had a great piece about right-wing loony Robert Novak, who had the cahones to demand that CBS out its source.

Ironically, Novak won't out his source in the Valerie Plame case.

Stewart rightly gave him a Douchebag Lifetime Achievemetn Award!

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasnt asking anyone to trash CBS. This is a site about the media and how it slants various topics. This is a rather large media topic right now. Its not like Bush made this story up-it was put out there to hurt him. It is a bit strange and I find it odd how CBS has responded. It basically is irrelevant anyway but i figured this site would have some thoughts/comments. Unless the word PARTISAN overrides all discussion over the media unless it is squarely an issue where the left feels disparaged. If so, there is not much room here for original thought and everyone is basically preaching to the converted.

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You didn't read the thing on the top of the blog. He's fighting "the conservative stranglehold" on the meida.

Fair or not, that's the purpose of the blog, and I sort of like it that way. You can always go somewhere else for the other side.

11:30 PM  

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