Wednesday, September 15, 2004

GAME FACE John Kerry has ratched up the rhetoric in recent days. It was time.

First he hit Bush on North Korea. Then on the assault weapons ban. Today, in front of the Detroit Economic Club, he went after the president on taxes and the economy. From the speech:

Of course, the President would have us believe that his record is the result of bad luck, not bad decisions. That he’s faced the wrong circumstances, not made the wrong choices. In fact, this President has created more excuses than jobs.

His is the Excuse Presidency: Never wrong, Never Responsible, Never to Blame. President Bush's desk isn't where the buck stops-–it's where the blame begins. He's blamed just about everyone but himself and his administration for America’s economic problems. And if he’s missed you, don't worry--he's still got 48 days left until the election.


To George Bush, stubborn leadership is steady leadership. But as far as I’m concerned, George Bush’s failures are the result of misplaced values and wrong choices that always give more and more to those with the most and tells the middle-class "you are not the priority."

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.