Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on….or by imbeciles who really mean it.

Mark Twain

via James Quinn in Looming Financial Catastrophe: A Real Inconvenient Truth

Example cited:

The Bush Administration recently announced that the budget deficit for FY09 will be $482 billion. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said President Bush is determined to enforce greater fiscal discipline while pursuing a pro-growth economic strategy…. He has 4 months left in office and NOW he wants to enforce greater fiscal discipline. The $482 billion doesn’t include the $180 billion per year being spent … in Iraq and Afghanistan.