Monday, May 26, 2008

Idiot Dana Petrino

White House spokesperson Dana Petrino, easily the second-worst presidential spokesperson in modern history (next to press gallery pinata, Scott McClelland), spread the following disinformation today in a White House press statement:

"Once again, the New York Times Editorial Board doesn't let the facts get in the way of expressing its vitriolic opinions - no matter how misleading they may be.

In today's editorial, 'Mr. Bush and the GI Bill', the New York Times irresponsibly distorts President Bush's strong commitment to strengthening and expanding support for America's service members and their families."

The only one doing any distorting is Ms. Petrino. The G.I. Bill passed by veto-proof majorities in both the House and the Senate would bring the value of college benefits to the level that they were following World War II. Second, the real reason that this administration is against this bill is not because it wants to strengthen and expand support for our heroic service members -- after all, this is the administration which has subjected wounded veterans to the deplorable conditions at Walter Reed hospital, and sought to reclaim bonus benefits from recruits who, because of their wounds, are unable to complete their enlistments -- but because a Congressional Budget Office report suggests that improved educational benefits could reduce military retention by 16%. What the administration does not say is that the same report suggests that military enlistments could rise by 16%. In other words, the effect is likely to be a wash in terms of the total number of military personnel.

Of course, I don't expect any better from Ms. Petrino. This is the same press secretary who did not know what the Cuban Missile Crisis was.

Then again, when you think about it, she has about the same amount of competence as the rest of this administration.