Tuesday, June 14, 2005

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This is hilarious. Baseball geekdom is not a strategy for romancing the ladies!

Unintentionally hilarious were comments today by Treasury Secretary John Snow in Brussels. The punch line:

Let me say a word about our fiscal situation. Before joining government, I was not a fan of large deficits. And I'm still not! Some things never change. The current budget deficit is unwelcome but understandable given the extraordinary shocks we endured: the bursting tech bubble, 9/11, and corporate scandals. This was a "perfect economic storm." Since then, we have made strides to trim the budget deficit. Our solution is not to raise taxes. Spending restraint, combined with economic growth, is the key to a lower deficit.

You know, John Snow is a very versatile actor. First, after laboring in obscurity (admit it, if I hadn't named him you couldn't have named the Treasury Secretary) Snow played the role of the groveling, begging, self-abasing supplicant very very well earlier this year in the demanding role of Cabinet Secretary Desperate To Keep His Job in the early 2005 Rovian White House production of "Kiss Ass or Get Fired." Snow kept his job, and is rewarded by still being completely ignored.

And now Snow demonstrates further dramatic range by keeping his face perfectly straight and admitting not even the tiniest bit of doubt that maybe, just maybe, all those tax cuts for oil tycoons, Halliburton executives, and Paris Hilton, coupled with the huge spending increases (not limited to the strictly optional and unrelated-to-terrorism war in Iraq) might have had the slightest impact on the federal budget deficit.

Bravo.

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