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The Business Of Backing Bush

Reported by Ellen - July 24, 2005

Yesterday's Forbes on FOX opened as usual with The Flip Side, a 10-minute discussion that is almost always about why Bush's policies are good for the economy. Yesterday's discussion was a tad more neutral. The debate was whether, in the wake of the London terror attacks, we should triple our military spending. Most of the debate was over HOW MUCH more to spend, not whether to spend more. This just happens to come in the middle of Congress' debate over the defense authorization bill. The bill is getting hung up on one of Rumsfeld's cost-cutting measures, base closures. I wonder if this is a precursor to a Republican compromise effort that would add more money to the bill.

Only one panelist specifically mentioned that the way to fight terrorists is through intelligence, not battleships. While another panelist mentioned that we should be working better, not necessarily with more money, there was no mention of the missing billions of dollars unaccounted for in Iraq, no mention that world terrorism has increased under Bush's watch, no mention that the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame may have compromised intelligence on WMD's, her field of expertise. There was also no mention of the current vulnerability of our ports and borders. Instead, panelist Mike Ozanian said that there's waste in every war and Jim Michaels said there's no way to stop a "crazy kid" with a bomb so we might as well focus on fighting abroad (and lining the pockets of Halliburton a bit further).

Then, during the break at the end of the segment, the following business question was posted on the screen: Annual salary Supreme Court nominee John Robert earned in private practice $1,044,399. How much will he earn if he is confirmed by the Senate? All this to the chorus of "Johnny B Good" (go, go, go Johnny go, etc.) Answer $199,200.

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