Monday, March 07, 2005

Bush Lies*

Kevin Drum, Chris Mooney and The Washington Post pretty much nail the administration in one of their petty lies. The specific issue is regarding HIV and needle exchanges, but the bigger issue is this administration's consistent willingness to flat out lie if they feel it will help them.

To me this is one of the biggest reasons why I can't fully support Bush in areas where I agree with him, like bringing democracy to the Middle East. I don't trust him.

Accomplishing your goals through deceit and lies may accomplish your goals, but it makes it harder to gain support next time from the people you lied to this time. (Try to remember the "little boy who cried wolf" story that your mommy used tell you when you were a little kid.)

Now, I am not naive enough to think that lying in Washington is a one way avenue, nor is it always uncalled for. And I am well aware that the last guy, who I supported wholeheartedly, had bouts with dishonesty. But it seems to me that this has become the modus operandi in this administration. It many ways they are like little kids - why tell the truth when a lie is easier, especially if the lie is small enough so you probably won't get caught. But we don't let our 4 years old get away with such things, shouldn't the President be held to same standard?

And, by the way, I will acknowledge some hypocrisy on the issue of truth telling and the Presidency, but only when Bush administration fans acknowledge theirs.

(*This rant actually should be titled "Bush Administration Lies", but you know - the buck stops here and all that stuff should apply.)