This is not the biggest or most important thing you will read today, but it did catch my attention a couple of days ago and nagged at me enough to note it for posterity.
You remember this guy? Ari Fleischer? The "Baghdad Bob" of the failed Bush Administration? Well instead to eking out a character-building career re-soling shoes in a minimum security prison somewhere, Mr. Fleischer -- like so many other disgraced Bush-regime dead enders -- quickly made the profitable transition from the willing instrument of the worst president in modern history to Respected Cable News Contributor without so much as a single hour spent in "You fucking fuckers, people died because of you" purgatory.
So what is Mr. Ari Fleischer up to, you ask?
Well, a couple of days ago he showed up on the virtually-unwatchable discredited late night washed-up pundit kaffeeklatsch on MSNBC called "The 11th Hour" to explain that the nation desperately needed are giant, unpaid for tax cuts for millionaire and billionaires because, "we've had low growth -- 1 to 2 percent for the last 8-10 years".
What Mr. Fleicher and, sadly, everyone else on the panel would very much rather not talk about, is what the shape of job growth over the "last 8-10 years" actually looked like this.
See all those bars in red? That was the collapse of the global economy.
You might have read about it. It was in many newspapers.
Hollywood even made several movies about it, some of which were pretty good.
It was called the Great Recession: a disaster which was presided over by Mr. Fleicher's former boss, George W. Bush, and which President Obama worked relentlessly to dig us out of despite the unceasing lockstep obstruction and sabotage of Mr. Fleicher's Republican party.
And speaking of the Failed Bush Administration, does anyone remember how the last Republican president kicked off his failed administration?
He rammed through giant, unpaid for tax cuts for millionaire and billionaires, because giant, unpaid for tax cuts for millionaire and billionaires were our nation's only defense against the terrible budget surplus that the Clinton Administration had managed to accrue despite the unceasing lockstep obstruction and sabotage of Mr. Fleicher's Republican party.
When asked after the Iraq War where he got his bullshit "facts" from, the original Baghdad Bob replied that he had "authentic sources—many authentic sources" and that, however outlandish and absurd his lies might have been, he "was a professional, doing his job".
And every night in Americas, dozens of highly-paid cable news hacks lull themselves to sleep by telling themselves exactly the same thing.