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02/02/2004

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Derelict

Just for a little background, here: Is Bush the first president to introduce cartoons and campaign-flyer nonsense into his budget presentation?

If so, I think this demonstrates quite well the contempt in which this administration holds both lawmakers and the electorate.

Mark Schmitt

In response to Derelict, yes, this is the first. The FY 2003 budget (Bush's first) made a big deal about how they were changing the presentation and introducing graphics to make the numbers more "accessible."

Dennis Slater

It probably would help Democrats like Kerry or Dean if Timberlake snatched off a wardrobe malfunction from crotch area in front of 90 million views to prove their manhood once and for all.

"even if there were the slightest reason to think that he or Congress listened to seniors in designing the Medicare bill" Didn't the old folk's group, AARP, who represents 33 million old codgers approve of the bill much to the dismay of the Democrats? I would be surprised if the AARP was not consulted about the bill. Wouldn't you?

Derelict

Mark, thanks for the followup.

Dennis, you might recall that AARP's membership was not consulted about the Medicare Bill. Concurrent with the bill being voted on, AARP launched a massive PR-campaign to try to convince the membership that the bill was a good thing. The result? More than 15,000 AARP members quit in protest while almost 100,000 more protested vigorous.

Yep, AARP's Washington head was consulted, and he sold out the membership.

Stentor

They're laughing with the budget, not at it.

Jordan Barab

This is great Mark. I was sure you made it up until I followed the link. Fire the Saturday Night Live writers, you can't get much better than this.

walden

Today's Washington Post says the Admin has announced it will be spending about $9 million of taxpayer money this summer on television commercials telling citizens how good the Medicare bill will be and reassuring them that their concerns are unfounded. Supposedly the money is coming from the funds allocated for "education and implementation". The article also notes that the taxpayer funded media campaign will also include English and Spanish-language print media as well as network TV.

Neil Sinhababu

Regarding that last photo: Who is teaching whom to read?

(Cheap shot, but I couldn't let it go.)

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