Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Number of the Day: 935

That's how many lies the Bush Administration put out there leading up to the Iraq War.

Part of the reason I'm so against our own Representative Scott Garrett is the ease with which his statements and releases use misinformation and lying. We've seen it over the last year with things like SCHIP, his votes on earmark reform, or making up studies to support his positions.

Some would say Garrett's actions are different than those of Bush's, or discount Garrett's as politics. However, Garrett having a penchant for using misinformation is problematic in and of itself, and could have even more troubling consequences down the line.

Nearly 100,000 people have lost their lives as a result of the Iraq War since the 935 lies were told to get us there. Regardless of political ideology, no one should accept this as being remotely acceptable. If we are going to restore our standing in the world, and our own faith in government, we have to eliminate this institutionalized comfort with dishonesty.

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