by Peter Freyne
Something to bounce the endless Iraq suicide-bomber stories and the Bush White House lies off the front page, eh?
In fact, our distinguished President George “WMD” Bush is about to step before the cameras and express his deep concern and heartfelt sympathies.
....And announce he’s pulling the plug on his Iraq War madness and bringing the troops home!
In an historic moment, Bush will tell the nation he will instead propose pumping the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars he’s been flushing down the Iraq War toilet into a bold new program to rebuild America’s infrastructure before it’s too late!
“America’s crumbling roads, bridges, subways and water treatment plants,” he will say to a stunned nation, “are a far greater threat to our beloved nation than Iraq ever was or ever will be. We must act before it’s too late and that means acting immediately.”
“And I’m also announcing," Bush will say, "that I’ve asked for and received the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Lying will not be tolerated any longer in my administration!"
Yeah, sure, dream on.
Instead, get ready for a political battle over who can convince the America people they care more about our nation’s infrastructure: President Katrina or the Democrats?
***Updated 11:30 a.m. ***
I was wrong.
President Bush only used the opening 20 percent, or 133 words of his "eloquent" 645-word Rose Garden speech to acknowledge the Minnesota Tragedy. Told the TV cameras and the handful of reporters that he had phoned the governor of Minnesota and mayor of Minneapolis this morning, sent his prayers and expressed the view the feds should help the state rebuild "as quickly as possible."
Then he moved on to what he really wanted to use the national media spotlight for!
The remaining 80 percent of President Bush's remarks were devoted to using the bright lights of the Minnesota Tragedy to politically attack the Democrats for not passing his spending bills fast enough, just the way he wants 'em.
"If Congress doesn't pass the spending bills by the end of the fiscal year," said Bush, leaving Minnesota behind, "Cabinet Secretaries report that their departments may be unable to move forward with urgent priorities for our country...
"The plan I put forward would keep your taxes low and balance the budget within five years, and that is the right path for our country," said our Presidential Disgrace.
And everybody thinks this guy knows "the right path for our country," right?
DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and check out the straight and honest remarks of Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy on Politico.
As you know, “Freyne Land” has always had a media link [column right] to The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. And this morning the Minnesota memories are flooding back. Spent almost four years post-college on the banks of the Mississippi in St. Paul and then in Minneapolis [1971-74]. And yes, I was riding a bicycle back then, too. Great bike town. Things are pretty flat, and Minneapolis really is a “City of Lakes.”
A different time. Attended many a University of Minnesota “Golden Gopher” hockey game in the old Williams Arena. The joint was usually just about half-full.
In our modern American media “culture,” we never get any news out of Minnesota unless it’s pro sports or bad news like this Interstate bridge falling into the Mighty Mississippi.
P.S. Interesting letter-to-the-editor on the Star-Tribune site yesterday. About taxpayers funding new sports stadiums for billionaires, rather than...bridges.
Guess today's groundbreaking ceremony has been canceled, eh?
The groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the Twins stadium should also include a memorial service for the local taxpayers...
It sure looks like [owner] Carl Pohlad and the Twins could have paid for the entire stadium project and had enough leftover to finance a few lakeside estates, an overpriced jewelry store and still made a handsome profit on their investment. In a period of crucial funding shortfalls for roads, bridges, libraries and crumbling public infrastructure, local government officials decided building a stadium for a billionaire was more important.
On Aug. 2, please indulge in a moment of silence for the local taxpayers. Hennepin County officials buried them long ago.
JAMES HAFNER, COON RAPIDS