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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Maybe The Onion really is "America's Finest News Source"

The Onion seems to have predicted the "Joe the Plumber" phenomenon -- in 1993.

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/10/30/onion-headline-from.html


Now, a blogger named GodlessGeeks has noticed unfortunate similarities between what The Onion wrote in 2001 George W. Bush would do, and what he actually did.

GodlessGeeks even annotates The Onion's article, to show how much actually happened. A small part of the original piece:

During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised ... that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.

"You better believe we're going to mix it up with somebody at some point during my administration," said Bush, who plans a 250 percent boost in military spending. "Unlike my predecessor, I am fully committed to putting soldiers in battle situations. Otherwise, what is the point of even having a military?"

On the economic side, Bush vowed to bring back economic stagnationby 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.

Wall Street responded strongly to the Bush speech, with the Dow Jones industrial fluctuating wildly before closing at an 18-month low. The NASDAQ composite index, rattled by a gloomy outlook for tech stocks in 2001, also fell sharply, losing 4.4 percent of its total value between 3 p.m. and the closing bell.