Dan Froomkin fact-checks the Bush acceptance speech

Can you say “four-flusher”? I thought you could.

Dan Froomkin of the Washington Post wasn’t impressed with the acceptance speech:

“Tonight,” President Bush said at the top of his hour-long convention speech last night, “I will tell you where I stand, what I believe and where I will lead this country in the next four years.”

Not much luck on that last part.

Oooof! Read it all.

Froomkin links to John Tierney and Sheryl Gay Stolberg in the NY Times, who caught President Bush (who doesn’t believe that America can win the war on terror) bluffing. They give their “Walter Mondale Where’s-the-Beef Award” to:

George W. Bush, who told the conventioneers, “Anyone who wants more details on my agenda can find them online.” Ever the wonks, we followed the directions to georgewbush.com, seeking the details of the crowd-pleasing promise in his speech to “lead a bipartisan effort to reform and simplify the federal tax code.” Here’s all we found: “President Bush will work with Congress to make the tax code simpler for taxpayers, encourage saving and investment, and improve the economy’s ability to create jobs and raise wages.”

It’s a tiny lie, a silly little lie, but it really tells you all you need to know about the current resident at 1600 Penn. His contempt for the actual business of crafting and implementing policies is matched only by his contempt for the intelligence of the press and the voters.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com