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Bush administration officials say the darnedest things

From Dana Millbank’s column in Tuesday’s Washington Post:

“If the Democratic policies had been pursued over the last two or three years, the kind of tax increases that both Kerry and [Sen. John] Edwards [D-N.C.] have talked about, we would not have had the kind of job growth we’ve had.”
— Vice President Cheney, in an MSNBC interview March 2, lending his perspective to the economy’s loss of 2.2 million jobs over three years.

“He doesn’t sign this report.”
— Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao on March 4, distancing Bush from political embarrassments caused by the 2004 Economic Report of the President (which predicted the economy will add 2.6 million jobs this year).

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— From page 4 of the 2004 Economic Report of the President

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