14 Sept. 2004 | Washington Post by Mike Allen The expansive agenda President Bush laid out at the Republican National Convention was missing a price tag, but administration figures show the total is likely to be well in excess of $3 trillion over a decade. A staple of Bush’s stump speech is his claim that his Democratic challenger, John F. Kerry, has proposed $2 trillion in long-term spending, a figure the Massachusetts senator’s campaign calls exaggerated. But the cost of the new tax breaks and spending outlined by Bush at the GOP convention far eclipses that of the Kerry plan.
[ In 2001, The Onion must have been unaware of how unfunny this piece would be in retrospect! Thanks to Annie Butler for bringing it to my attention. –BL ] 18 January 2001 | The Onion WASHINGTON, DC—Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight years of Bill Clinton, president-elect George W. Bush assured the nation in a televised address Tuesday that “our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over.” Above: President-elect Bush vows that “together, we can put the triumphs of the recent past behind us.” “My fellow Americans,” Bush said, “at […]
The Washington Post reports that outgoing U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. James T. Conway, who was in charge of western Iraq, dealt a blow “against top U.S. military and civilian leaders who ordered the [April] Fallujah invasion and withdrawal.” After the late March “killing [in Fallujah] of four U.S. security contractors, whose bodies were mutilated or burned by a celebrating mob[,] Conway said he resisted calls for revenge, and instead advocated targeted operations and continued engagement with municipal leaders.” The U.S.-led assault on Fallujah, he said, “served to increase ‘the level of animosity’ in the city.”