Okay, so maybe he isn’t on drugs…

Greg Palast begins his commentary on President Bush’s State of the Union Address last night:

There was that tongue again. When the President lies he’s got this weird nervous tick: He sticks the tip of his tongue out between his lips. Like a little boy who knows he’s fibbing. Like a snake licking a rat.

In his State of the Union tonight the President did his tongue thing 124 times — my kids kept count.

I’m guessing that drugs would suppress that nervous tic. Maybe I’m wrong.

Other things are scary. Palast points out that to “‘give employers the tools to verify the legal status of their workers.'” is to “creat[e] a federal citizen profile database.” It is a post hoc justification for the accumulation of personal information under the auspices of the National Security Agency.

As if oil prices were’t already high enough, Bush wants to double the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. You might recall that the idea here was to buy oil when prices are low. So either the Bush administration is arguing that prices will be far higher than at present or that they are currently too low (doubling the Reserve will surely increase demand, pushing prices higher) and that the oil companies haven’t made enough money.

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