Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Cognitive Dissonance

Definition: A psychological theory for how individuals reconcile differences/disparities/ambiguities in their expectations or desires and the reality of their world.

There's no other way to explain why, on a day that George Bush is campaigning in Wisconsin on a jobs platform, that his Treasury Secretary, John Snow, is promoting outsourcing. Being somewhat a victim of outsourcing myself, I'm particularly livid at some of Snow's comments:
It's part of trade," Snow said. "It's one aspect of trade, and there can't be any doubt about the fact that trade makes the economy stronger. You can outsource a lot of activities and get them done just as well, or better, at a lower cost. If we can keep the American economy strong and growing and expanding, we'll create lots of jobs." To which some folks in Wisconsin replied...
"George Bush is doing some terrible things to America and it's affecting the Fox Valley," said Bob Poeschl of Oshkosh, organizer of the Winnebago Peace and Justice Center. "It's time we get that word out."

Further down on College Avenue on the site of the former Rich's Bakery in Grand Chute, another group of protesters gathered.

"This is all about jobs or the lack of jobs," said Gary Ruhl, a union representative.
Makes you wonder what gated-community planet the Bush cabal actually lives on...but then, these guys seem to live such an insulated existence, the duplicity is continually magnified.