Koskinen's public worries on power, railroads & now telecom

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In the story over the weekend about Koskinen saying the federal government would be fine, etc, he mentioned that he worried about telecom. Has anyone noticed that this comes after his statements that he "has no indications the railroads will make it" and that the government is ready to step in if power companies aren't getting the job done? My post on this subject (which includes the references for those quotes) is at:


I hope that comes out right.

Anyway, thoughts, anyone? It's just a pattern I've noticed...

-- Drew Parkhill/CBN News (
y2k@cbn.org), February 16, 1999


Another heavy hitter! Thank you Drew, and please, keep 'em coming! Thank you very much, sir.

-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), February 16, 1999.

Patterns? From this Administration?

Can you say: L - I - A - R - S ?

What else would you expect from this bunch?

The truth?


-- INVAR (gundark@aol.com), February 16, 1999.

(anti-spam -- remove Xs to email)

If you're going to tell those people who are listening that it's best to get ready for some serious stuff, but don't want to tell everyone, the only way to do it is speak in code.

That code seems to be letting one thing slip, even as our government tells us how good things are going.

With all due respect to those who automatically cry, "Liar," the really major spin control problem is the banking system because that's something that could crush the government financially -- if the banks do get run, and if losses resulting from those runs are substantial, FDIC can't cover the bill. The government must do what they can to stop that, so they spin positive. At the same time, little tidbits slip, slowly, so that anyone who really is interested can pick them up. Just my opinion

-- De (dealtonX@Xconcentric.net), February 16, 1999.

With all due respect to those who yell LIAR LIAR, here's something I read on the Freedom Forum, which I found, not only true, but very funny. Remember, no president has a monopoly on lying.

It was under the heading of: Low Character and the Presidency: "How does someone of such inestimable low character get elected president of the USA. How does a man who perjured himself countless times, brought the whole power of his office against investigators, witnesses, potential and actual jurors, get so many to defend him? Answer is easy: People of low character voted him in and people of low character are defending him. Well, that explains Ronald Reagan once and for alll....now let's get back to Bill Clinton." by Patrick Russell.

Let's face it folks, it's the Government; if they're walking and talking and breathing, they're lying.

-- gilda jessie (jess@listbot.com), February 16, 1999.

Drew Parkhill commented:

"Anyway, thoughts, anyone? It's just a pattern I've noticed... "

Parsing is the name of the game. This is their CYA comeback. They (the Administration) will always be able to say "I told you so".


-- Ray (ray@totacc.com), February 16, 1999.

Drew -

you may be giving them too much credit. Personally I think that koskinen et al are counting on the fact that the average person wont remember what is said from one commercial to the next...they don't stop to worry about what they've said previously, since they'll just say they 'misspoke themselves' if they're ever questioned about.

I think they're like the prez - not consciously lying because one has to have a grasp of objective truth in order to understand the concept of lying...and none of them seem to have any notion that such a thing as objective truth exists.


-- Arlin H. Adams (ahadams@ix.netcom.com), February 16, 1999.

Arlin et al,

It would seem to me that should things get bad, they can say, "Well, we worried about that..." It's a good way of CYA. When Koskinen spoke at the DC Y2K Group meeting last September, he said he was worried about all kinds of things, including small & medium-sized businesses, even some big businesses,& the international situation. I was wondering, "Gee, what's left?" It was careful hedging of bets...

-- Drew Parkhill/CBN News (y2k@cbn.org), February 18, 1999.

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