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The Washington Monthly goes Daily...

Well, Congratulations to Kevin Drum whose journal has now become the main daily content of The Washington Monthly's magazine website. Of course, it means that it will be harder to find the actual magazine content of the Monthly. I really hope this isn't the start of the devaluing of longer form more in-depth articles for more instant commentary and rebuttals.

That said, I did manage to find...well, I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I think Bush is less concerned about solving problems than saying he is solving problems. I may have said before, and I may have linked to people who say likewise, that perhaps solutions are secondary to the looking like he was solving the problem. Image is everything. From the movie set, Bruce Reed (an old advisor to Bill Clinton, or course) says everything is done just to goose the poll numbers. Even the bit about not reading the polls.

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rtfirefly
Mar. 17th, 2004 06:02 pm (UTC)
"I think Bush is less concerned about solving problems than saying he is solving problems."

Umm...yeah.

Actually, he's less concerned about solving problems than using any problem that might arise as an excuse for pushing his predetermined agenda: cutting taxes on the rich, and giving lotsa Federal boodle to his corporate buddies. Oh, and beating up the guy who tried to kill his daddy.

Ideally, he'd like to pass these off as 'solutions' to problems. For instance, cutting taxes has been a 'solution' to the 'problem' of paying off the national debt, an anti-recession stimulus package, and a jobs creation program.

Invading Iraq was passed off as a 'solution' to 9/11.

Occasionally he has to pretend to solve some problem where tax cuts or corporate giveaways aren't part of the solution. One alternative he's used is to make one or the other part of the 'solution'. (The prescription drug benefit is the best example of this. It isn't clear whether it does much for seniors who need medications, but it's unquestionably one hell of a giveaway to drug companies and a number of other interests.) Another is to make a big splashy announcement that he's gonna do this or that, then never bother to follow up, or cut the funding later on. (AIDS in Africa, rebuilding NYC after 9/11, help for first responders, you name it.)

It's hard to say whether Nixon or Bush was more cynical in his use of the government. At least Nixon knew he was being cynical. I know the country's gone to hell these past few years - I'm getting nostalgic for Tricky Dick. And that's really, really bad. But Nixon actually did try to solve some problems along the way, in between undermining democracy here and in Chile.
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