Bush Crying Wolf Again?

This seems to be a pattern

Bush has a tendency of "crying wolf." Instead of talking reasonably and in a more balanced fashion about issues, he has a tendency to tell us about boogeymen and making the issue more frightening than it really is.

Crying wolf:
Iraq is connected to Al Qaeda and 9/11! They have WMD that they intend to unleash on Americans! And the next terror attack on Americans will be a mushroom cloud!

The truth that should have been told:
We don't know if they are connected with 9/11. We don't know if they have WMD, though we expect they do. We don't have evidence of nuclear capability nor the procurement of nuclear material, though we think they want to. We think that if we can get Saddam Hussein out of power there, it will start a domino effect that will help US interests in these oil-laden countries. We should have finished the job under Bush #1.

Social Security now:
Crying wolf:
“The system...on its current path, is headed toward bankruptcy. And so we must join together to strengthen and save Social Security…By the year 2042, the entire system would be exhausted and bankrupt. If steps are not taken to avert that outcome, the only solutions would be dramatically higher taxes, massive new borrowing, or sudden and severe cuts in Social Security benefits or other government programs.” –Bush’s State of the Union Address

The truth that should have been told:
This from factcheck.org:
“In fact there are two official projections -- one by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and a somewhat less pessimistic projection by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The President referred to the SSA projection, which calculates that the system's trust fund will be depleted in 2042. After that, the system would have legal authority to pay only 73 percent of currently promised benefits -- and that figure would decline each year after, reaching 68 percent in the year 2075. The CBO doesn't project trust-fund depletion until a decade later, in 2052, and figures that the benefits cuts wouldn't be so severe, a reduction to 78% of promised benefits. But either way, even a ‘bankrupt’ system would continue to provide most of what's promised currently.”
So, maybe a more reasonable and balanced statement might simply be what Bush has also said (without the "Crying Wolf" part): We feel that Social Securuty needs to be updated to ensure its future...and here's my proposal for doing so.

It seems that Bush does not trust that the American public will back his leadership unless he scares the tar out of us first.

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