Friday, March 26, 2004

Target Rich Environments

Reality is always a cold slap in the face to the Businistas. In another forum that I frequent (which, by the way has a nice crossection of libs and cons), one of the cons was shilling for Dub on a jobs report released yesterday:
Manufacturers expect to hire in 2004
By Rex Nutting,
Last Update: 11:44 AM ET March 25, 2004

WASHINGTON (CBS.MW) -- A majority of U.S. manufacturing firms surveyed by a national trade group say they plan to add jobs this year.

Small manufacturers are more upbeat about hiring, sales, capital spending and profit growth, said Jerry Jasinowski, president of the National Association of Manufacturers.

No one can argue that the word "expect" has taken on a whole new meaning in the last 3+ years. Let me be kind enough to give a few examples culled from my response:
Yeah, and you expected al-Zawahri to be caught.

You expected WMD to be found.

You expected 2.6 million jobs.

You expected Richard Clarke to tank.

You didn't expect $2.75 trillion in deficits as far as the eye can see.

You didn't expect 3 more soldiers killed in Iraq today.

You didn't expect a higher suicide rate among servicemen/women in Iraq than in Vietnam.

You didn't expect 9/11. Apparently, neither did Dub.

You didn't expect the drip, drip, drip, drip on the Bush presidency. It's happening.

You didn't expect to have to live in Bizzaro World to validate your viewpoints.

I think what pisses me off more than anything is that I had very low expectations for the Bush administration going into 2001, and three years into it, they've met or exceeded all of my expectations.