Liar, liar

Joel Bleifuss

Pants on fire, hang them over a telephone wire, is the line from the children’s rhyme that inspired Ben Cohen’s True Majority to initiate the Pants On Fire campaign ( The campaign’s goal is “to make Americans aware that George Bush has lied to us about many of the most important issues facing our country” and “to make sure that Americans never forget about those lies so that we don’t get burned again.” To help you remember those lies, a “limited edition 17-inch-high cloth and vinyl figure of George Bush with his Pants on Fire” can be yours for $15.45.

Joel Bleifuss, a former director of the Peace Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is the editor & publisher of In These Times, where he has worked since October 1986.

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