Hits the Trifecta, America Hits the Skids
"He's reminded them this is a very serious matter that
when it comes to risking the default of the United States
government in the pursuit of politics, that is something the
American people will not welcome," White House spokesman Ari
"He hopes they will not politicize this issue," Fleischer
told reporters as Bush was traveling to North Carolina for
a political event.
From the New
House Republicans are exploring whether a March deadline
for raising the federal debt limit can be postponed to delay
an election-year showdown that Democrats hope to use to tar
the GOP for renewed budget deficits.
It is unclear whether the Bush administration will cooperate.
President Bush said Wednesday it would be "inappropriate
to play politics with the debt ceiling,'' and the Treasury
Department renewed its demand for an immediate debt limit
Meanwhile in North Carolina pResident Bush jokes
about hitting the Trifecta:
Remarks by the President to Robin Hayes for Congress and
Elizabeth Dole for Senate North Carolina Republican Party
"And we've got a job to do at home, as well. You
know, I was campaigning in Chicago and somebody asked me,
is there ever any time where the budget might have to go into
deficit? I said only if we were at war or had a national emergency
or were in recession. (Laughter.) Little did I realize we'd
get the trifecta. (Laughter.) But we're fine."
Does Bush also find this
THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION: JANUARY 2002 Employment continued
to decline in January.
In January, the number of persons not in the labor force
who reported that they currently want a job rose by 163,000
to 4.8 million, seasonally adjusted.
With weekly Terrorist Alerts, apprehension about the economy,
and worries about the escalation of military action, do you
feel lucky that Bush hit the Trifecta? Bush continues to speak
with one lip expressing compassion and concern, while with
the other lip he is turning a serious matter into a lounge
act - using the economy, September 11, and the War on Terror
to raise money for his party.
Do the Americans on unemployment find it amusing and lucky
that Bush hit the Trifecta? Do the families that lost loved
ones on September 11 find it funny and lucky that Bush hit
the Trifecta? Are the Enron employees laughing about how lucky
Bush is to hit the Trifecta?
Bush, the Republicans and their corporate friends may find
it funny. It may be amusing to turn tragic events and circumstances
into fodder for fundraisers. Many checks are being written
for these great one liners. Legislation being dictated to
the White House in exchange for all those dollars. Isn't that
We had eight years of peace, prosperity, and an historical
surplus. Within one year under Bush, Republican and corporate
leadership we have a war, a recession and a deficit. Our financial
security, our safety, and our freedoms are in jeopardy. This
is our Trifecta. Do you find it amusing? Do you feel lucky?
Well, do you?