Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Bush and Berlusconi 

President Bush met today at the White House with Italian Prime Minister Sylvio Berlusconi, and made a few policy statements during the meeting and at a later photo session.

With regard to the U.S. trade deficit, which in October hit a record monthly high of $55 billion:
"That's easy to resolve," Bush said. "People can buy more United States products if they're worried about the trade deficit."
Of course - why didn't anyone else think of that? Hey, that approach might work with lots of problems. Worried about unemployment rates? Hire more workers! Worried about homelessness? Build lots of affordable housing units! Worried about the drug trade? Don't buy drugs!

While these suggestions could work, it might help if people in leadership put their heads together and provided some incentives for people to do any of the above.

He also gave notice to Iran and Syria that:
"meddling in the internal affairs of Iraq is not in their interest."

That kind of activity is only appropriate for the United States. As I'm sure the Bush Administration will be happy to demonstrate to Iran and/or Syria should they fail to heed his friendly note of caution.

He also declared his intention to work with Congess to reduce the deficit. Given his concurrent determination to cut funding sources (i.e. taxes), the only way that's going to happen is to cut investment in America (i.e. spending on infrastructure, healthcare, education, etc.). On that note, he led right into identifying one of the types of deficit the government is dealing with:
"the unfunded liabilities that come with Social Security and health programs for the elderly."
There you go. We're wasting money on the retired and the elderly. Get out there and fend for yourselves, dammit!

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 1:55 PM