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Big Lie Era

Monday, 23 February 2004 12:00 AM

Skilling, my old Harvard Business School classmate, was an unethical - and unapologetic - student 26 years ago. Who could have known that he would take his perfidious and psychopathic personality to Houston and literally ruin thousands of lives?

Furthermore, who could predict that he could take a polygraph test administered by the former head FBI polygrapher and

He should at least be indicted for incompetence. Or for testing our intelligence by asking us to believe that a guy who took over $60 million in pay out of Enron did not know that the company was about to tank.

But Jeff Skilling fits right in with today's pop culture: His Enron tenure - 1990-2001 - perfectly dovetails with White House lies. From G.H. W. Bush's out-and-out whopper about "never raising taxes" to Bill and Hillary Clinton's eight-plus years of lying constantly about everything, Skilling merely is reflecting the decline of honesty in this country.

This culture is today rife with the Big Lie. Look at the still-raging war in Iraq. A year ago another President George Bush churned the nation into a white-hot frenzy over the imminent threat of Saddam's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Based on repeated assertions that we had to strike first - or else - the American people overwhelmingly supported our first-ever 'pre-emptive war.'

Now we are told - by the very same people who urged the war - that no WMD exist and none existed before the war either.

So, who lied to us?

Was it President Bush and Colin Powell and Rummy and Vice President Cheney?

Or were they lied to by the CIA and other intel agencies?

It is at the heart of President Bush's present political difficulties. His credibility is mostly shot because you can't take a country to war based on a lie - whether it be deliberate or not.

Imagine how conservatives would react if Clinton or Kerry took us into a war based on lies and/or faulty intelligence?

G.W. Bush's credibility problems have now mushroomed to his immigration policy and budget. On immigration he claims it is a "no amnesty" proposal - and no one believes him.

On the budget we now learn that his prescription drug bill will cost hundreds of billions more than he originally told us when the bill was signed.

And just last week he and his Cabinet had to retreat on

When a president's credibility is gone, it is hard - if not impossible - to get it back. No wonder his Air National Guard problems persisted: Even his own supporters now have doubts about his veracity.

The Big Lie mentality applies to other aspects of our society, too. Take the now-infamous Super Bowl halftime show. Janet Jackson lied to the organizers in advance about her plans. And then, after it was over, her co-conspirator, Justin Timberlake, had the effrontery to describe the bared breast as a "wardrobe malfunction."

No one ever admits to their lies, do they?

Lest anyone doubt that lies are bipartisan, please know this: John Kerry is a total liar. Having dealt with him in 1991 and 1992 on the subject of our living POWs abandoned in Southeast Asia, I can tell you that Kerry is a total liar. He is also vicious and cold-blooded. G.W. Bush doesn't have a clue what he is in for this year.

Typical, isn't it? Our two main political parties are dominated by total lies. The GOP platform in 2000 specifically called for the "elimination of the Department of Education." What was the first thing President G.W. Bush did after being inaugurated? He met with Teddy Kennedy and cut a deal to

What about the Defense Department? All during the 2000 campaign Mr. Bush had promised, "Help in on the way." Did he increase defense spending in 2001 after taking office? No, he refused, citing the need for Secretary Rumsfeld to 'study' the situation.

It wasn't until

Similarly, in 2000 Mr. Bush decried the use of our military for "nation building" and pledged to stop it. Guess what? The Bush administration has our troops stretched beyond their limits - and they're doing more "nation building" than the Clinton administration did.

The lies go on and on. We must all be cynical of

As the 2004 campaign unfolds, you are going to hear more lies than ever before.

Why?

Because they think they can get away with it.

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