Prophetic Onion article about the Bush presidency written before 9/11

7 Oct

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28784

This was written BEFORE 9/11:

Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’

(some choice excerpts)

WASHINGTON, DC–Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight years of Bill Clinton, president-elect George W. Bush assured the nation in a televised address Tuesday that “our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over.”

During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.

On the economic side, Bush vowed to bring back economic stagnation by implementing substantial tax cuts, which would lead to a recession, which would necessitate a tax hike, which would lead to a drop in consumer spending, which would lead to layoffs, which would deepen the recession even further.

“For years, I tirelessly preached the message that Clinton must be stopped,” conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said. “And yet, in 1996, the American public failed to heed my urgent warnings, re-electing Clinton despite the fact that the nation was prosperous and at peace under his regime. But now, thank God, that’s all done with. Once again, we will enjoy mounting debt, jingoism, nuclear paranoia, mass deficit, and a massive military build-up.”

“After eight years of relatively sane fiscal policy under the Democrats, we have reached a point where, just a few weeks ago, President Clinton said that the national debt could be paid off by as early as 2012,” Rahway, NJ, machinist and father of three Bud Crandall said. “That’s not the kind of world I want my children to grow up in.”

“Much work lies ahead of us: The gap between the rich and the poor may be wide, be there’s much more widening left to do. We must squander our nation’s hard-won budget surplus on tax breaks for the wealthiest 15 percent. And, on the foreign front, we must find an enemy and defeat it.”

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4 Responses to “Prophetic Onion article about the Bush presidency written before 9/11”

  1. the_lucky_nun October 7, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    that’s funny, but terrifying. I’d forgotten about this story.

  2. dazz October 7, 2008 at 9:30 pm #

    …Meh. Not as good as the Demolition Man prophecies.

    • bboyneko October 8, 2008 at 12:51 am #

      the only thing it got right so far is that Awnuld would become a governer

  3. atlasimpure October 8, 2008 at 1:49 am #

    That kind of shit is what keeps Jon Stewert in paychecks.

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