Should I Laugh Or Cry?

I’m really not sure how to react to this Onion story originally published on January 17, 2001. Some excerpts:

Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight years of Bill Clinton, president-elect George W. Bush assured the nation in a televised address Tuesday that “our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over.” . . .

During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.

“You better believe we’re going to mix it up with somebody at some point during my administration,” said Bush, who plans a 250 percent boost in military spending. “Unlike my predecessor, I am fully committed to putting soldiers in battle situations. Otherwise, what is the point of even having a military?” . . .

“After eight years of relatively sane fiscal policy under the Democrats, we have reached a point where, just a few weeks ago, President Clinton said that the national debt could be paid off by as early as 2012,” Rahway, NJ, machinist and father of three Bud Crandall said. “That’s not the kind of world I want my children to grow up in.”

“We as a people must stand united, banding together to tear this nation in two,” Bush said. “Much work lies ahead of us: The gap between the rich and the poor may be wide, be there’s much more widening left to do. We must squander our nation’s hard-won budget surplus on tax breaks for the wealthiest 15 percent. And, on the foreign front, we must find an enemy and defeat it.”

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One Comment on “Should I Laugh Or Cry?”

  1. Kathy Says:

    Now that I’ve seen this, I guess I’ll be a little more understanding of the fundie nut who read a satire about abortion in an old issue of The Onion and thought it was dead serious. He really got his undies in a wad about it; even the pro-lifers who commented at his blog told him he was an idiot, but maybe he had also seen this prescient Bush piece and concluded that The Onion was a real newspaper.


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