The Lady Speaks

Business as usual for the WH

President George W. Bush, a hypocrite? No! Say it isn’t so!

But, of course it is. George is nothing, if not a hypocrite who says one thing (any time we’re wire-tapping, it’s with a warrant) and does another (NSA wiretaps Americans without warrants).

Jonathan [not Eric*] Alter has the latest target: the National Civilian Community Corps.

It’s a form of hypocrisy that’s becoming emblematic of the Bush era. Four years ago, President Bush held a big photo-op to showcase after-school programs at a Delaware Boys and Girls Club—then cut funding for the very after-school programs he was touting. After pressure, funding was restored. Will the same thing happen this time?

Two years ago, Bush had his picture taken in Florida with idealistic young members of the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), a small, team-based AmeriCorps program that works on environmental and disaster relief projects. “I’m a strong believer in AmeriCorps,” he said. “I want to thank you for your service, thank you for your hard work and may God continue to bless you and your families as you pursue your dreams.” Now, those dreams are at risk of being deferred. In his fiscal year 2007 budget, the president is proposing not just to trim the NCCC, but to eliminate the $25 million program altogether.

Bowing to the Office of Management and Budget (which knows little about what happens on the ground), the Bush administration folks who run AmeriCorps are now loyally badmouthing the NCCC. But only a few weeks ago, they put out a press release that said, “Since the unprecedented series of storms hit last summer and fall, NCCC teams have assisted more than 900,000 people living in the disaster area. Among other accomplishments, NCCC teams have served 882,000 meals; collected or distributed 2,376 tons of food; removed 15 tons of debris; conducted more than 800 home assessments; supported more than 400 emergency response centers; and recruited or coordinated nearly 1,500 community volunteers.”

George Bush, a hypocritical liar? What a surprise….not.

*Correction: (3/16/06) Who knows why, but for some reason, I gave Jonathan Alter a new first name.

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March 15, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Politics

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